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.
Thank you to those who called, texted, FaceTimed, and left sweet birthday messages here on Facebook/Instagram. You all made today so special and helped us celebrate such a well deserving little man. Thank you.
Today we took our Liam to Chuck-E-Cheese to celebrate our Liam’s birthday. Liam has been begging to go there but we of course avoid places like these because we are so nervous about germs. Josh called yesterday and talked with the manager and told them about our Liam and him wanting to celebrate his bday there. They told Josh that they would clean down more then they do already and for us to come right when they opened, so we did.
We all had a wonderful time together and Liam was so excited when he saw Daddy pulling in to the parking lot. It’s not how we normally celebrate our babies birthdays. In the past we are all about the big birthdays surrounded by family and friends but we are finding the joy and peace in the small things and celebrating the new “big” things. God is always so good to us and always has a way of magnifying what IS important and not what we THINK is important.
Josh said it best tonight when he said our prayers with the girls, “Thank you God for giving our family Liam.” Amen
It is truly overwhelming to wrap up all we feel for this incredible little man in a Birthday post.
Liam is a huge bundle of energy that can’t be stopped or held down by anything this life throws at him. He is so sweet and loving to his sisters and misses them every time he is without them. Liam has discovered a love for painting and can sit down with the best of them and discuss the whole species of sharks and dinosaurs. Over this last year Liam has continued to grow and reach and accomplish new milestones like potty training and transitioning from a crib to a big boy bed, which happened on his Make-A-Wish trip.
Liam shows us daily what it is like to keep going and not let the trails of life or the bumps in the road to take you out. He is so strong and so resilient. In Liam’s world he is just like ever other normal little boy.
Today we celebrate our handsome 4 year old who waited with every ounce of patience that he had for his birthday to come. Today we celebrate that we get to celebrate another birthday with him.
We are so thankful that God blessed of family with our silly, full of energy, loving, smart, and strongest 4 year old we know.
Happy Birthday to our Liam who is loved more then all the grains of sand on the shore.
IV Vincristine ✔️
Physical Exam ✔️
Handed out Christmas gifts to all our favorite people. ✔️✔️
With all the normal Pre-Spinal tap/Chemo appointment anxiety days leading up and then throw in all the excitement of all of us being sick the last two weeks before for extra “keep us on our toes”, today was a success!!! We made it through another day.
Liam recovered from his strep in time for his chemo appointment and his lungs checked out great (Thank you for your prayers❤️) He was such a good boy dealing with not being able to have anything to eat or drink in preparation for his procedure and waiting patiently for everything to get started. Getting to play on the X-Box, thanks to his buddy Ralph helped out a lot with that.
Our Dr. Cruikshank oversaw/performed Liam’s Spinal Tap with sedition this morning. Double bonus for us because we love getting to see her and we were able to hand deliver her Christmas gift to her. Liam worked very hard on it.
We are so excited and relieved to have today over with and in the books. We praise God that Liam is and has remained so healthy, even when he recently got sick with strep. His counts have continued to remain strong and stable. God is good.
We are going into Christmas with so much to be incredibly grateful for and so many to count our blessings for. God has brought so many wonderful people into our lives that have become like family to us. After Liam’s appointment today we stopped by Child Life Playroom to pick up gifts that were given to our family from a “Giving Tree”. These are just some of the small examples of how amazing this hospital is and how they find any way to reach out and bless you. And again, not just for Liam but for all of us.❤️
**Please don’t forget about our Toy Drive with Dion’s. We need your help and donations. This is what this is all about. Putting smiles on the face of a child like Liam who just went through a full morning of medical procedures and then getting to be celebrated like the super hero’s they are and more importantly, reminded that they are still kids. **
Today we went and told our story to the incredibly sweet and compassionate Jackie and Tony in preparation for next January’s 100.3 The Peaks Radiothon to benefit UNM Children’s Hospital.
As always, we are grateful and humbled by these opportunities to help out and do our part to give back to those who have meant so much to us but more importantly we are so blessed to be given purpose for our pain. To be given chances to work through this difficult diagnosis of our child through educating or raising awareness, through toy drives and fundraising. We want there to be a reason for all of this. We want to be used by God. To come out the other side stronger. We are so thankful for these opportunities along this journey.