On June 1, 2010 our two year old, "Little Air Bear," was diagnosed with Childhood Acute Myeloid Leukemia (AML) Type M7. After enduring 146 days at Primary Children's Hospital, Erin is now in remission and living a full life at home with our family. Her strong will and constant happy smile is an inspiration to us all. Through our difficult circumstances we found great strength and peace in our Savior, Jesus Christ. Thank you for checking in on us.

Sunday, June 13, 2010

Visiting Erin

We have had so many people ask about coming to visit Erin. We are extremely appreciative of the support that we have received from everyone. We are so grateful for caring friends and family.

While Erin's ANC (fighter white blood cells) is at zero we have to be very cautious about who is in contact with Erin. Erin's isn't allowed outside of her hospital room until her ANC rises to 500 (average ANC is 2,000-3,000) and even then she has to wear a mask. Our family is able to spend time in her room with her because she shares much of the same bacteria in her body as we do. She is currently on two very strong antibiotics and tomorrow she will start an antifungal medication. It's hard to fathom that she could get sick from even the air around her or the carpet in our house.

While Erin's ANC is at zero the hospital is taking a lot of precautions on those who are in contact with Erin. They would like to limit visitors to family and ask that no children come in her room. When her ANC starts coming up they will most likely reduce the restrictions.


  1. Dear Jill and John, reading your blog brought back so many memories. I worked on the Oncology floor for 13 years. It was difficult taking care of the adults, but extremely hard taking care of the kids! Rewarding but difficult. My thoughts and prayers are with you. I wish I could be there to take care of your little Erin!
    I know she has great nurses at Primary's! They are the best! Take care, we love you guys!

  2. Hughes-
    It was good to see you guys at church, but I felt sad that Erin was missing. I wanted to talk to you, but didn't know what to say. I hope that you know that we are praying for Erin and your family as are alot of people. Reading this blog is so nice to keep up with things, but it breaks my heart. Maybe next time I will know better what to say, but either way you are in our hearts.