August 18, 2011

Prayers for Jaidyn

It is with great sadness but also great hope that I write today. My friend Jaime's daughter, Jaidyn, was diagnosed with acute lymphoblastic leukemia (ALL). She is three years old.

Jaime and Jaidyn
On August 10, she was taken to the hospital, complaining that she was very tired and couldn't walk. Blood tests showed that her hemoglobin was at 24 (normal is 105-135). Doctors were concerned that she was severely anemic so she was transferred to the British Columbia Children's Hospital. Jaime met with oncologists to rule out leukemia, as the worst case scenario. Jaidyn's blood showed no signs of abnormal cells so the next step in ruling out leukemia was bone marrow aspiration. Her bone marrow test came back and her marrow was full of leukemia.

ALL is most common in childhood with a peak incidence at 2–5 years of age. The overall cure rate in children is about 80% and luckily, children 2-5 years of age respond best to treatment. Her treatment will consist of two years of chemo, starting immediately. The doctors have told Jaime that the first six to eight months of that treatment will be the most difficult.

Once discharged from the hospital (in a few more days), Jaidyn will be treated as an outpatient. Jaime and Jaidyn will commute to the hospital three days a week for chemo and transfusions. The side effects of her treatment will likely be fatigue (requiring transfusions) and hair loss. She will also be more susceptible to infection.

Throughout the first month of treatment, Jaidyn will be given three types of chemos, and a steroid twice a day. After the first month, she will have another bone marrow aspiration and doctors will assess how well treatment is working and determine next steps.

During the next two years, Jaidyn's immune system will be virtually non-existent. As you can imagine, this means she will be home from school frequently and as a result, Jaime, Jaidyn's father, Andy, and their families will miss a tremendous amount of work.

Jaime, Jaidyn, me, and Linden
There is little I can do from Germany, but offer my love and support to Jaime. I can't hug her. I can't cook her a warm meal. I can't bring her a coffee to help her make it through the day. But I can help relieve some of the financial burden she carries during this trying time.

I set up an account in Jaime's name. If you would like to donate, please click the 'donate' button on the left side of this site. All donations go directly to Jaime and will be used to pay uncovered medical expenses and bills.

There are other ways you can donate, too. Please visit Canadian Blood Services or OneMatch (in Canada) or National Marrow Donor Program or American Red Cross (in the US).

Keep Jaidyn in your thoughts and prayers.

10 comments:

  1. Hi,

    First of all i wish the best of luck to your friend.

    Second, i wanted to give another possibility to your readers who would like to do a bit more. There is an organisation in the US and Canada called Team in training that help raise money to fight Leukemia and other blood diseases. To raise money, you have to run or walk a half or a full marathon, or you can also do a triathlon. You get proper training and coaching, and mentors are there to help you with your fundraising. You also get a webpage where people can give you money, kind of like what you are doing. Last year and with their help i was able to raise more than 7000$ for the cause. You can check their website at http://www.teamintraining.org/

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  2. Sending prayers and positive thoughts to Jaime and Jaidyn!

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  3. I send my prayers and blessings her way. I am happy to hear she is in Canada, though hard and expensive, I know BCCH has some of the best care in the world and she will be in good hands!

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  4. Hugs to Jaidyn and her family. I will drop by to see how they are doing.

    Katy xxx

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  5. Our son was diagnosed with ALL at age 7 1/2. He finished his chemo a year ago, in remission with great prognosis. Please let your friend know that Jaidyn was very lucky to get this type of cancer, which is very treatable. It's going to be OK! We have a blog about our experience here: http://benfightsleukemia.blogspot.com. I can be contacted through that blog if your friend wants to talk to someone who went through the same thing recently.

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  6. I am so sorry to hear about your friend's daughter's diagnosis. That has got to be so scary. Sending positive thoughts for her, her family and her friends. Hoping this little girl can show ALL who is boss.

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  7. Oh my gosh, that is heartbreaking! You know I'm praying!

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  8. I just found your blog today and was srolling down and read this story. Mine, and my families prayers are with your friend and Jaidyn.
    I was diagnosed with A.L.L at the begining of May, just before I graduated from high school, and my hair is allready starting to come back, and my treatments will soon go into the maitenance phase. We will be praying that she has the same luck that I seemed to have been blessed with to responding well to treatments.

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  9. Latvia pray for Jaidyn. Strength and faith!

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