The 10 Things Parents Of Children With Cancer Want You To Know
In June of 2015, Abby Williams and her husband took their sweet 2-year-old son, Wyatt, to the pediatrician after a minor fall. Although their son wasn’t eating or drinking as he normally does, the pediatrician wasn’t too concerned. The Williams had no idea their lives would drastically change in 24 short hours.
The bruising on his ear was a bit unusual, so the pediatrician ordered some blood tests to check for anemia. The tests revealed their son’s platelets were low, so a visit to the local ER was recommended. After further tests were done at the ER, the Williams received the shocking diagnosis that their tiny toddler, who loved playing outside poking bugs with sticks and seemed perfectly healthy, had Acute Lymphocytic Leukemia.
Naturally the Williams were shocked, but had little time to digest the news as immediate treatment was necessary. These parents who took their toddler to the pediatrician just to be on the safe side now found themselves being introduced to an oncology staff at a nearby hospital. The staff greeted the family warmly and treated them with the compassion two parents whose lives have been turned upside down would expect. The staff knew the shock and devastation of the diagnosis was only the beginning of their journey.