On April 8th of 2012 our "normal life" was turned upside down when our then 2 year old son Jackson was diagnosed with Acute Lymphoblastic Leukemia. He had acted like he didn't feel well for about 4 days but we thought it was just a little bug. He was actually so sick he required 6 blood and 6 platelet transfusions in the first 36 hours. The treatment, while saving his life, has come at a cost. Jack at one point stopped walking and had to relearn how to walk. He goes to weekly physical therapy to help build his strength and wears custom made braces to keep his feet and ankles in the proper position. He has had 2 brain MRI's to monitor adverse chemo effects, spent 60 days in the hospital, 2 bone marrow biopsies, over 20 doses of spinal chemotherapy, another 30+ port chemos, and about 750 oral doses of chemo so far! He's had a few setbacks with side effects of all the medications, but overall has done incredibly well!
We will forever be grateful to Children's Medical Center for taking such great care of our boy! Jackson has had his older sister Giuliana by his side almost every step of the way and this Summer will be joined by a new baby brother!
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