Honored Kid

Jedidiah D.

Age 9
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Location

Berkeley, IL, US

Diagnosis

Acute lymphoblastic leukemia (ALL)

Date of Diagnosis

August 2012

Status

In maintenance

Treated At

Ronald McDonald Children's Hospital

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My Story

Jedidiah (Jeddy/Jed) has had a very healthy childhood. Leading up to his diagnosis you would never have guessed he was so ill. With the knowledge of our pediatrician we were observing swollen lymph nodes with no other symptoms for a couple of weeks. His bruised body didn't phase us because it was summer and he was an active boy. Almost overnight things began to change. Spots on his legs and back appeared (petechia) and a fever. On Aug. 20th, just nine days after his 2nd birthday, Jedidiah was diagnosed with ALL (acute lymphoblastic leukemia). Although his body responded rapidly to chemotherapy and was in remission within one month of starting treatment the chemotherapy protocol for his specific leukemia is 3-1/2 years. Thus far he has battled infections, experienced an allergic reaction to a medication leading to anaphylactic shock, persevered through many leg injections, received numerous blood and platelet transfusions, & undergoes frequent spinal taps. As a side effect of drugs he lost his ability to walk and has worked hard through patience and play to regain it. The light at the end of the tunnel is visible as he has just begun the maintenance phase of his treatment plan. This is great news as he has lived in isolation (at home with his family) or been in the hospital since August to protect his immune compromised body from germs. Maintenance means he can return to a somewhat normal life and be out and about in public. Our entire family is looking forward to attending church and other events like "Take Me Out to the Baldgame" TOGETHER!

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