Elsa was diagnosed with Acute Lymphoblastic Leukemia on January 5, 2006. She was a high energy, blond, blue-eyed little kindergartener, just five years old. She had not been feeling well and a large lump appeared one day on her neck. Her pediatrician did some blood tests and the next thing we knew, we were checking into Children's Hospital in Denver, completely confused and terrified. Her diagnosis came as an earth-shattering shock, but her prognosis was positive. We sat and listened to the oncologists explain Elsa's disease and the treatment, and just cried and cried. She watched us with an amazing amount of maturity and sensitivity.
Luckily, she responded well to the start of chemotherapy and we checked out of the hospital five days later. Elsa went into remission quickly and endured six months of intensive treatment. She lost all her hair and the strength in her legs. Once she began the less-intensive maintenance treatment, she bounced back and started to feel much better.
Elsa finished her treatment in March 2008 and, thankfully, life for her and her family is back to normal. Routine check ups at Children's Hospital in Denver are now just once per year.
We are certainly blessed that she has survived this horrible disease and thank our lucky stars each and every day!
May more money be raised to improve the chances for kids like Elsa!