Beating Acute Lymphoblastic Leukaemia
In the spring of 2009, Grant’s parents noticed that he had a very bloated and hard stomach, but thought the conditions would simply go away naturally. His distended stomach remained for days and was accompanied by a low grade fever so Mom and Dad immediately took him to the emergency room.
Following extensive tests and scans, physicians discovered anaemia, an alarmingly low platelet count and an inflamed spleen. Grant’s father, a pathologist, examined the cells and immediately knew the grim diagnosis of leukaemia for his grandson.
On May 24, 2009, after additional tests, transfusions and a bone marrow biopsy, 2-year-old Grant began his fight against Philadelphia Chromosome Positive Acute Lymphoblastic Leukaemia (ALL), a condition in which less than 50% of those inflicted survive.
Grant began a grueling 32 months of chemotherapy treatment at Texas Children’s Cancer Center. The treatment was debilitating and caused him to suffer from neuromuscular side effects, losing his ability to walk, talk or even sit up on his own. It was an arduous path, but he continued fighting.
With assistance of multiple therapies, the support of family and friends, the clinical trial of a drug, Gleevec®, and the expertise and care of our medical team, he gradually recovered. Finally, Grant received his last chemotherapy in early August 2012.
Thanks to Texas Children’s Hospital, Grant is now living the life of a healthy 6-year-old kindergartener. He loves baseball (especially his hometown hero, Craig Biggio) and spending time with his best friend and resilient big sister, Claire.
The main reason that Grant was able to overcome his cancer is because his father was aware of the Early Warning Signs of Childhood Cancer and took action immediately, which resulted in an early diagnosis and getting Grant on treatment quickly.
Make sure that you and those that you love who have children also know what the Early Warning Signs of Childhood Cancer are
Posted on 4 October, 2016, in Blog, Videos and tagged acute lymphoblastic leukaemia, ALL, cancer cells, Cancer Survivor, cancer treatment, Child Cancer Awareness, childhood cancer, Fighting Cancer, LFCT, Little Fighters Cancer Trust. Bookmark the permalink. Leave a comment.