We are so happy to now have been apart of Kenna's Kids now for the 5 th year. Dawson was a beneficiary in 2010. At that time Dawson was still in treatment for Acute Lymphoblastic Leukemia. As of November 2013 Dawson was 1 year post any chemotherapy. We still visit Texas Childrens regularly and that will always be.
When Dawson was diagnosed in July of 2009 our world was flipped upside down. We adjusted to a new normal and now we can happily say that we DO feel like we are really back to normal. Dawson is now 6 years old and will be finishing Kindergarten this year. He is playing baseball for the second year and is doing really Awesome. He is most certainly a slugger! In fact friends of ours who's kids play are always surprised to see how well he is doing. We have always wondered how would all the Chemotherapy Dawson received over 3 1/2 years would effect him and that is one of many reason he is checked out regularly at the clinic. But Dawson has never skipped a beat! We are truly blessed at what we have in our lives and we most certainly give thanks to GOD!
- Jamie and Cory Brown
The end of June 2009 Dawson started limping on his right leg. We thought he had hurt his leg somehow, because he was and still is a very active boy. A couple of weeks went by and the limp did not get too much worse but we were concerned. We took him to his pediatrician in Beaumont and he had ordered x-rays and some lab work on Dawson. When the results came back, the radiologist had mentioned that there was a problem with Dawson's growth plate in his right knee. I called around for a pediatric orthopedic doctor and found one that came to Beaumont regularly but he was not coming to our area until September. We took Dawson to his office in League City (1-1/2 hr drive) instead of waiting and thank God we did. This Doctor took more x-rays and decided that Dawson had an infection in his right lower leg. He put Dawson on an antibiotic and told us that if anything changed to call him or we would see him in 2 weeks. Dawson at this point had been limping for 3 weeks so we really did not think that anything would change. That doctor's appointment was on Thursday July 16, 2009. Saturday July 18, 2009 Dawson started running a fever. The next day the fever got up to 102. I called the doctor that Sunday to let him know what was going on and of course got the on call doctor, so first thing Monday July 20, 2009 I got in touch with him and he told me that the infection in his leg was probably spreading and he needed to take Dawson to surgery that day to stop it. We were scared; worried about Dawson's leg and him he was our little baby going to have surgery on his leg. So we met his doctor at UTMB in Galveston (2 hr drive) and they took Dawson to surgery very quick. When the surgery was over the doctor came out to talk to us and told us that there was NO infection. He wanted to keep us over night to follow up with lab work the following morning.
The lab work that was done that next morning is what started our New Journey, and many, many different doctors coming in to see us. Dawson's white blood count (WBC) was extremely low, and for him to have an infection in his leg the WBC should have been high. There were a few other "things" that looked abnormal in Dawson's lab work. So a Hematologist/ Oncologist came to talk to us about what they wanted to do next. A bone marrow biopsy and aspiration. Dawson had the test the following morning. They went into his lower hip and took out bone marrow. Then we had to wait. Every time our door opened we thought they were coming to tell us the results. We were never told exactly what they thought it could be but we had a pretty good idea. On July 23, 2009 our lives changed completely. Dawson was diagnosed with Acute Lymphoblastic Leukemia.
We were told that there was an extremely high CURE rate for this particular type of leukemia. From UTMB in Galveston we were transferred to Texas Children's Hospital in Houston. Initially so much information was given to us and we were very overwhelmed. Dawson had to stay in the hospital for a little over a week to start his chemotherapy. Dawson's first chemo treatment was on July 27, 2009. After that initial hospital stay, we have returned to the Texas Children's Hospital Clinic as an outpatient for treatments. The Oncologist or the treatment plan likes for their patients to be in remission after the first month of chemo. Dawson however was not. So he is considered to be a slow responder to the chemo and actually made his treatment plan change a little. His total treatment is 3 1/2 years. He will be 5 years old when we are done. After this first month he was able to get a Port a Cath put into his chest. This port makes it so much easier for the nurses to give chemo and to draw lab work. Dawson actually calls his "his Apple". Dawson has undergone multiple bone marrow biopsies, spinal taps, and many different medications, along with all the chemo that he has received weekly. And if you met him you would never know that there is anything wrong. We call him "Awesome Dawson", because he is truly that.