It’s that time of year where you might be feeling overwhelmed or anxious and this is the craft for you – and it’s not just for kids! Some computer problems in the Kids Cancer Care office inspired a few staff to make some calm down jars and remember that sometimes you need to just take […]
Maddie’s Journey In early 2008, my five-year-old daughter Madeline started feeling unwell. She seemed to be catching lots of colds and was often complaining of stomach trouble. At first, the doctors believed she was having some digestive problems and sent her for a variety of tests, but all the tests they ran came back indicating […]
Aria began facing serious health issues the summer of 2016, at 10 months old. She was not gaining weight and refusing to eat solid foods. We worked with our family doctor, pediatrician, occupational therapists, dietitians and an allergist to try determine the cause. She was diagnosed as “Failure to Thrive” on November 7, 2016 by a pediatric GI specialist, in addition to discovering that her liver was enlarged.
It’s impossible to describe that day and the day of surgery. While the surgical fellow finished the surgery, the neurosurgeon came to tell us the tumour looked like medulloblastoma, a malignant brain tumour. She said this was not going to be a sprint, but a marathon, so we should take all the help that comes our way. Those days were a blur, but we can remember certain details clearly.
Three days after his 10th birthday, Joel was diagnosed with medulablastoma, a type of brain cancer. It was the darkest day of our lives and the first time Joel ever his father cry. The mass was the size of a kiwi fruit, but the good news was that it was a solid tumour and it was operable.
“Stacey”, she said, “You need to head back to the Alberta Children’s Hospital right away and I think it would be best if you packed a bag as you could potentially be staying overnight. Colby’s blood counts are extremely low. I’m going to send them these results right now and they know you will coming there soon.”