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Rowan Price fighting AML

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Created October 7, 2018
Rowan is the three year old daughter of Scott and Mandy Price, and the little sister of Emory.  Rowan was diagnosed with AML M7 on Friday, October 5, 2018.  AML M7 is an aggressive and rare form of leukemia for children.  Chemotherapy treatments will begin almost immediately.  This road of treatments will be extremely long, and will likely include a bone marrow transplant.

Scott, her father, has dedicated his life to working with special needs kids as a Special Education teacher in a local elementary school.

Mandy, Rowan’s mom, is a RN at the Veteran’s Hospital in Salem, VA.

Rowan’s parents spend their days helping others, and it’s time we help them!

Anything that you give will help with hospital costs, treatment plans, missed days from work, and all the other monetary costs that come with fighting childhood cancer.

Let’s show the Price family that we are all ROWAN STRONG!
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Scott, Mandy, and Rowan are off to Duke to begin Rowan's work up for transplant. The work up will start tomorrow (Jan 2nd).
What many may not know is that they are having to uproot and relocate for over three months. Rowan will be inpatient at Duke for approximately two months as she undergoes chemo and total body radiation to destroy everything in her bone marrow...good and bad. This has to be done so her new stem cells will migrate and take over in her empty bone marrow.
The hardest part on them will not be the chemo, the radiation, the side effects, the being away from home, or the transplant, it will be the fact her big sister, Emory, can't visit. It's flu season and per Duke regulations, kids under 18 cannot recognize when they are getting sick. This means that no one under 18 can come in the transplant unit until flu season is passed. This will be the hardest part for us all. Emory will remain in Roanoke to continue her life as a “normal kindergartener" and will visit them on weekends. Unfortunately, her visits with Rowan will be limited to electronics and a screen (thank God for technology). Scott and Mandy are anxious, nervous, scared, and overwhelmed. This is one hell of an emotional rollercoaster and the fear of the unknown can be paralyzing.
But as you all know, Rowan is a fighter and so is Emory. The Price family never backs down from controversy and they look fear in the face. This is a new journey and they will face it together and overcome the obstacles in our way!
2019 will be a New Year and a New Beginning!
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Rowan made it through day 2 of her 2nd stay in the hospital for AML treatment. Everyone was sad to leave home but know this is where they need to be and have to be. There were some tears on the way to the hospital from everyone and some fears....

Rowan has become anxious during her port accessing (placing the needle in the port where chemo is delivered), so this time accessing was a little dramatic and sad for everyone involved.In the end it was no problem, as the wonderful nurses did an excellent job.

Rowan also had to have another echocardiogram before chemo because this particular regimen can be hard on the heart. During the heart ultrasound they could not find/locate the catheter associated to her port that should be in the large heart vessel. So. .. This warranted lab work. They drew labs called an arterial blood gas from her port to measure oxygenan and carbon dioxide in the blood. They did and results were not the results that were expected. This made our oncologist and the cardiologist suspicious. They met with a cardiologist and had a repeat echocardiogram. Rowan was a trooper. She laid still for this guy for over 45 minutes allowing the doctor to look at her heart and the flow of the catheter. They found the catheter (in the right spot) and did some turbulence flow. Ultimately, the lab did had not resulted accurately, and Rowan's heart is just fine - no defects, no abnormalities - just an inaccurate blood result. This delayed chemo though, until 630pm last night.

As for Rowan, she just rolled with the flow. Today started out a little rough once her 2nd chemo treatment was started at 630am. She was nauseous and dry heaving shortly after it finished infusing. With some medicine to help the nausea, she was able to sleep. She slept for about 5 hours yesterday afternoon. When she awoke, she was feeling good and able to enjoy her sister and some surprises!
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Rowan finished her 6th day of chemo on Sunday, October 14. She has done surprisingly well. Rowan had the opportunity to spend the day with her grandparents and some other family visitors, while her mom and dad took her sister to GoFest. Both girls were kids today. Rowan has 4 more days of chemo this round. The family is hoping to return home on Thursday. Rowan’s family is extremely grateful for each and every person that has given their prayers, love and support during this difficult time.
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Today (October 8, 2018), Rowan had her “princess power” port placed to allow all blood draws and IV chemo to be administered. Rowan is now officially their Warrior Princess! She received one round of chemotherapy directly in to her spinal fluid, and will begin IV chemo tomorrow. This will consist of ten days of treatment from three different chemotherapy agents.
Scott said that she has had the opportunity to still be a kid amongst everything going on. Rowan is already showing her fighting spirit.
Praise God!
#RowanStrong
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