On February 8, 2016 our youngest daughter Samantha was diagnosed with acute lymphoblastic leukemia (ALL) after a few different symptoms all started to add up. We had taken her to Children’s Hospital of Los Angeles and that’s when our lives were turned upside down. We honestly expected them to tell us that she had mono. There isn’t anything on this planet that I wouldn’t give to trade the diagnosis, but we all know how that works out.
Within a matter of a few hours Sam was admitted to the oncology floor, given a blood and platelet transfusion, had a PICC line implanted in her arm and started chemo. Looking back I don’t know how any of us survived it. It was absolutely soul crushing. The pain of her diagnosis ripped through us like wildfire and we were rendered completely helpless. Sam ended up staying in the hospital for 8 days and shortly thereafter she lost all of her hair and we were in the midst of having a child with chemo. 10 days into her diagnosis she developed diabetes due to the high doses of steroids that she was taking so we now had to learn how to deal with that as well. In hindsight I am amazed at the things we were about to do.
Fast forward 14 months and Sam is doing well. She is in maintenance and is back at school and is as close to being a normal teenager as she can possibly be at this point in life. She has a long road ahead of her but she’s the strongest person I have ever met and by the grace of God she will make it out.
Sheri has been nominated to be the Leukemia Lymphoma Society Woman of the Year. She has helped our mission to Fight cancer financially and we don’t know anyone else that would be more deserving of this recognition. To follow her campaign or attend one of her upcoming events please visit her website and invite your friends too.