I have been thinking about whether or not I should write about my daughter and her condition on this blog. After talking it over with my husband we have decided to try to live our lives as normally as possible. For me, that includes taking lots of pictures and writing about the things I do with my family. Although spending the next two years dealing with Leukemia is not the path I would have chosen, it is the one I must take.
My daughter's name is Jemma. She is 5 years old and very tough.
This has been one difficult week. Jemma was diagonosed with Lukemia on Friday morning. Thinking back, over the last two weeks she has been complaining about some very strange things. Each time I put her in her car seat she said I was
hurting her. She also told me I was hurting her when I put her in
time-out, held her above the sink to rinse her mouth while brushing her
teeth and hugged her. She has had leg pain and arm pain. Now I know that
all of these are bone pains associated with Leukemia.
On Monday she obviously had an illness. Normally when my children are sick I let them stay home for about three days while they recover, but this time something seemed different. Although she had a fever, she didn't have nausea, a runny nose, a headache or any of the usual symptoms. She did have pain. After a doctor's visit she ended up in the emergency room with an extremely bad bacteria infection. While the doctors gave her high doses of strong antibiotics to clear up the infection they performed a lot of tests to find the root cause of her infection......
Friday afternoon we were transfered to the Homburg, Germany Children's Cancer Center. I had no idea what to expect. The doctor said we were checking into the hospital for a minimum of 35 days. After that he said we would be in for 6 months of
several hospital visits per week. Followed by another year or two of less