Friday, December 31, 2010

The Beginning

Last night, Dec 30, 2010, I received a phone call at about 7:30pm that will forever change our life.

Carter has leukemia.

Wow. We went from talking and laughing with our friends to total shock and chaos within seconds. So we packed our bags and headed to the hospital.

But I guess the real 'beginning' was a few months or more ago. Carter's health and spirits have been slowing deteriorating. He had a cold for a while and we moved to our new house and we just had a new baby so we thought it was due to all this. The past couple weeks, he's still been congested and not sleeping well and has started to look really pale. I took him to the doctor last week and she put him on an antibiotic for a sinus infection. Well, that didn't help at all so I took him back in yesterday. He prescribed a stronger antibiotic for the same thing and then ordered some blood work to be done since he looks so pale. The doctor was worried he might be anemic. So, despite promising him earlier that he would not get "poked" at the doctor, I took him over to the lab and had his blood drawn. We both cried the whole time. About two hours later is when I got the call from the doctor. I knew when I saw the doctor's office on my caller ID that is was not going to be good news since they were calling after office hours on the night before a holiday. He informed me that his blood work was quite alarming with his white blood cell count at about 10 times the normal. His platelets and hemoglobin were extremely low. This was leading him to believe that our son has leukemia and we needed to go to the hospital as soon as possible to have more tests done. So we drove down there, they took more blood, did more tests, and sure enough, our precious little boy has cancer. Wow, that sentence was really hard to type. Chemotherapy will start today.

Please pray for us.


  1. I'm in shock & broken hearted for him, for both of you, & for me and all of us who love Carter & your family. Sending love and prayers.

  2. My heart aches that this is something you are having to face. I send my love and Carter will always be in my prayers.

  3. My heart is breaking for you guys. I am so sorry you have to go through this. Our thoughts are prayers will be with you through all of this. You can always count on us to help when needed. You might be seeing WAY too much of Tiffanie and me in the coming months. We love you.

  4. Oh My Gosh, I am so sorry to hear of this. I am reading this wanting to cry. I don't know much to say that will make you feel better because right now nothing will probably do that, but know we love you and will be praying for you. Good luck with everything.

  5. I don't even know you and I am in tears for you and your little boy! I have a son his age and I can't imagine! Prayers for your family and prayers for full and complete healing!!!!