Honored Kid

Ember M.

Age 5
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Location

Macomb, MI, US

Diagnosis

Acute lymphoblastic leukemia (ALL)

Date of Diagnosis

January 2016

Status

In treatment

Treated At

William Beaumont Hospital

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My Story

Thank you for supporting me and the more than 300,000 kids worldwide who will be diagnosed with cancer this year. By sharing the gifts of your time, talent and money with the St. Baldrick’s Foundation, you're supporting research to give all kids with cancer a better chance for a cure. On January 15, 2016 Ember started running a fever, and it lasted off and on over the weekend. I decided to take her to the pediatrician on Monday, due to the fever returning and her not urinating much during the day. They checked her urine and it was fine so they said it was probably a virus. Well, Tuesday night at 2 AM she woke up screaming that her tummy hurt, it was hard as a rock, and her fever had spiked again. This persisted and I called the nurse who told me to give her a suppository so I did. After she woke up from her nap she was still in a lot of pain and running a fever, so I took her to Troy Beaumont pediatric ER. They told me she thought she had fifths disease because her cheeks were really red. I wasn't happy with that answer so I demanded they run some blood tests and get an x-ray of her belly. Well her blood work came back abnormal and they decided to transfer us by ambulance to Royal Oak Beaumont to meet with a specialist. We met with an oncologist and they told us they thought she had leukemia, but were going to do a lumbar puncture for bone marrow and a spinal tap to confirm. They drew a little extra bone marrow from her in order to send her information to the other top hospitals in the area. They collaborate on best possible treatment options as a team. Once the tests were done they confirmed she has type B-ALL leukemia. They told us that this is the most common and most curable type...so if you are going to get cancer this is the one to get. She has already started her treatment and they told us the whole course of treatment should take approximately 2 years and 2 months.

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