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Patient of the Month - March 2011


March 2011 Patient of the Month

Seth
6 years old

 

Diagnosis:

Seth was found to suffer from acute lymphoblastic leukemia in winter 2008.

 

Seth's story:

Seth was an energetic child who was always on the go. But just before Christmas in 2008, his parents noticed their little boy was sleeping more and didn't want to eat or play. When his skin took on a yellowish cast, his parents took him to the local children's hospital. Blood work revealed the crushing news: Seth suffered from acute lymphoblastic leukemia, the most common form of childhood cancer. "I kept saying ‘no, no, no.' It was devastating," Seth's mom remembered. His family was referred to St. Jude Children's Research Hospital for his treatment and care.

 

At St. Jude:

Seth immediately began chemotherapy. He visits St. Jude once a week for intravenous chemotherapy, and he takes oral chemotherapy at home. Seth's treatment is at times difficult, but he's resilient. His parents appreciate the fact that St. Jude does everything they can to let the kids be kids. "He's very energetic, not one to sit still," said his mom. "Here, they make sure kids aren't scared. They understand kids."

Seth's parents are grateful for people who support St. Jude. "I hope the people who donate know they're saving strangers' lives, kids' lives, every day," said his mom. "That's a selfless act. Words can't express how much thanks we have."

Seth is outgoing and likes to play games. When he's at the hospital, he likes to visit the fish tanks.

 

March 2011


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