On June 12th, 2018 I was diagnosed with Acute Lymphoblastic Leukemia and since then my Mother has been my biggest supporter. Being from Medicine Hat and having to be at Calgary’s Foothills hospital for treatment has been especially hard but thankfully my Mother had taken time off work and moved up to Calgary to be with me everyday in the hospital while I was going through what was easily the most scary, painful, and tiring few months of my life being an inpatient.
I started my journey with an ambulance ride up to Foothills Hospital from the Medicine Hat Hospital where I was diagnosed with ALL and treated as an in-patient for a month in the Tom Baker Cancer Center where I received many chemo treatments, lumbar punctures, bone marrow test, and 10 days of radiation; since then I have been receiving weekly chemo.
Thankfully I have finally started the maintenance period of my protocol which means doctor's appointments only every 3 weeks as I am able to take most of my chemo orally from home. My treatment has in no way been easy or short and has come with many surprises like bone pain, muscle loss, nausea, infections, and tiredness. I have been put on the Dana Farber Protocol which will make my treatment around 2 ½ years long. Going through cancer alone is not something I would have been able to do without my Mom.
I am so grateful for everything she has done like always coming with me to my chemo, radiation, and doctor appointments and to cook and take care of me when I am not feeling well (which is often).
Thank you Mom for making this as easy as possible, I appreciate you.
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