Diagnosed with ALL June 2007
Early on Father's Day morning, June 21, 2007, our four year old daughter Paige woke up complaining of leg pain. Surprised by the severity of her discomfort (she found it painful to walk) we took her to urgent care. The pediatrician was concerned upon seeing Paige. Paige had been sick many times throughout the spring. She also had a lot of bruising on her legs. After a lengthy discussion, the pediatrician ordered a blood test. Forty five minutes later, we were given the news that changed our lives.
Paige was diagnosed with Acute Lymphoblastic Leukemia. She was immediately admitted at Lucile Packard Children's Hospital in Palo Alto, and began undergoing an intensive chemotherapy treatment program. When she was discharged three weeks later, we were happy and relieved to have her home. However, she still had over two long years of treatment ahead of her.
Currently, Paige continues her fight against blood cancer. There are side effects to her many medications including frequent stomachaches and headaches, mood swings and fatigue.
One of Paige's greatest sources of comfort and quiet pleasure throughout her treatment has been creating art. She will happily draw for up to two hours a day. When we saw the flyer for the Kids and Art program, we knew it would be a wonderful opportunity for Paige.
Despite not feeling well on the day of the program, Paige drew, painted and created beautiful art pieces with her talented art partner, Michael Cutlip, for three hours. She was so proud of their final project, just as we are so proud of her.