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.

Wednesday, June 2, 2010

Acute Myeloid Leukemia: What happens next?

Erin, our precious 23 month old, has Acute Myeloid Leukemia, type M7 (acute megakaryocytic leukemia).  What happens next? That seems to be our constant question. We are going day by day, step by step.

Tomorrow we start Phase 1 of 5 phases of chemo-therapy. Each phase will last approximately 28 days. That means that Erin will be here at Primary Children's Hospital for each of those 28 days phases. She will receive chemo for the first 10 days.

After her round of chemo her white blood cells will approach zero so her immune system will be very vulnerable. The doctors and nurses will be closely monitoring her for infection and disease. So we ask that if you visit us that you be free from any illness and not have been around an ill person recently.

When her 28-day stay is complete we will be able to take her home for about 10-15 days. Then she will move on to phase 2, etc. This process will take about 6 months at the least.

Tags: "Childhood Acute Myeloid Leukemia" "AML" "Leukemia" "M7" "Acute Megakaryocytic Leukemia"

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