Liam's Leukemia treatment
On Tuesday April 11th 2017, Josh and Becky heard the awful word that no parent ever wants to hear. Leukemia. Their 2 year old, happy and seemingly heathy son had Leukemia. Those are devastating and heartbreaking words for anyone to hear let alone a parent.
The words cancer of any kind brings about so many unknowns and questions. The next few days were a flurry of testing including a lumbar puncture and bone marrow biopsy.
Those first few days can best be described by Becky:
“How do I put into words or into a FB post all that my beautiful little family has been through in the last 4 days.
First I'll start off by saying from the very bottom of my heart and my husband's, we are beyond grateful for all the love and prayers that have been sent our way and to our beautiful son. They are more then appreciated and I beg of you to please continue praying for our Liam.
To our family and close friends, the love and constant support that you have shown us and how special and loved you have made our Liam feel during one of the darkest and scariest times in our lives. There are no words, no amount of repayment we could do to show our gratitude. With one simple phone call our world came crashing to the ground and each of you, piece by piece are slowly helping us hold it all together. You, along with God are what is holding us together. Our beautiful, handsome little man was diagnosed with B-Precursor Acute Lymphoblastic Leukemia (ALL) as of Wednesday. It has been a fast going roller coaster since then. Bone marrow biopsy, lumbar puncture, a port placed, two rounds of Chemo, a blood transfusion, and so much more. We are scared, we are absolutely devastated, nervous, overwhelmed, you name it we have and are feeling it. However, we are hopeful. We look at our little man and I can already tell you where I have seen God's hands in all of this heartache. Between our Pediatrician acting on her concerns, to our beautiful family and friends love and support, to our Liam's strength and fight. I am so incredibly heartbroken and scared for what is ahead of our son but I know, I believe in my God who loves and cares for us. Josh and I fell to our knees, literally fell to our knees in prayer after we got the phone call and that is were we will remain through this all. Please pray for our Liam, pray for his sisters who adore him and are trying to understand it all. Pray for his Grandparents and Aunts and Uncles and cousins and friends who love our boy. Pray for my husband who is my rock, my strength, pray for him as he watches his son fight. Pray for Gods will and our trusting in his plan. Please pray.”
Liam’s treatment will last for the next 3 and ½ years. The first months will be very aggressive and will require many stays at the hospital and then as time goes on his treatments will be farther apart but will still require hospital stays.
As we all know medical expenses add up very very quickly and there are many other additional expenses that go along with having a family member in and out of the hospital. And so we are asking that you would consider giving a generous donation to ease this incredible financial burden that they are about to be under and that you would share this page with all of your friends so that they may consider donating as well.
More than anything Josh, Becky and the entire family covet your prayers. We know that we serve a God who is able to do abundantly above and beyond all that we ask or think, and so we ask that you continually keep our sweet little Liam, along with his parents and sisters in your prayers.
Sincerely the Hansen and Ogden Families.
Now to Him who is able to do far more abundantly beyond all that we ask or think, according to the power that works within us, to Him be the glory in the church and in Christ Jesus to all generations forever and ever. Amen.
Josh and I were so honored to be apart of such an incredible event that raised money for our outstanding UNM Children’s Hospital that so many children, including our precious Liam benefits from.
The amazing people of 100.3 The Peak radio station, Jackie, Tony, and Donnie who gave their heart and soul to the two day Radiothon cannot be thanked enough. Their love for these kids and the passion they have for why they are there raising the money radiates from them.
Because of the amazing community we live in, because of wonderful companies providing matching hours, because of everyday people that listened to their hearts. A grand total of $189,628.00 was raised!! How wonderful is that!!!
A huge thank you to our Dion’s family for the money that was raised by loyal customers and then matched by Dion’s. Thank you to our Dion’s crew who came out today and volunteered their time to answer phones and take donations. We love you all!
This was a great event to be apart of that we will be sure to join again next year. Because the need is always there and UNMCH is always providing the best care.
Turn on 100.3 The Peak and listen to the stories and testimonies of these families, our family who has been touched and blessed by UNM Children’s Hospital. There are beautiful story’s that I promise will touch your hearts. The Peak radio station is throwing a Radiothon that is benefiting UNM Children’s Hospital all day today and tomorrow. If you find it in your heart to donate, do it! Dion’s is also partnering with 100.3 The Peak and offering a way to donate on their online ordering system. These donations are local and benefit our community, our children.
A little secret, Josh will be on the radio tomorrow.
We wanted to let everyone know that our little guys is doing good.
Liam had lab work drawn on Monday that came back looking amazing!! ANC’s were up to 2,752!! Platelets 417!! Liam still has a runny nose and annoying cough but he is well on his way to feeling better.
As of Monday and because of his wonderful looking blood work, Liam started back on his Chemo treatment. Oral Chemo here at home, 6MP everyday, Methotrexate every Friday, Antibiotics twice a day on Saturday and Sunday, and of course his IV Vincristine once a month and 5 day Steroids one week out of the month.
As Liam starts back up on Chemo we are praying his body can handle the medications and chemo and remains strong. We are praying his immune system has encountered all it needs to this season, we know he’s had his fair share, and he can get better and remain healthy.
Thank you all again for your prayers and support. ❤️ Please continue to keep our Liam in your thoughts and prayers. His journey and fight continues everyday.
Our big boy is finally starting to feel better since first getting sick at the beginning of January and it taking a turn when he was admitted to the hospital early this past Sunday morning. He’s not a 100% yet but praise God He is getting there.
We have lab work scheduled for Monday and we are praying his numbers come back high enough to start back on Chemo. As of today Liam has been on his chemo hold for two and a half weeks.
I wanted to share with you these sweet “Get Well” cards that our daughter, Isabella’s 4th grade class made for Liam while he was in the hospital. They are so thoughtful, decorated with all of his favorite things with messages of encouragement and well wishes.
Our Liam is so loved! ❤️
In our thoughts and prayers we miss you and love you ❤️ Held by Natalie Grant