Isaac’s cancer was discovered serendipitously. In April he had a blood test for an unrelated concern, and the blood test showed that he had a low platelet count. A few weeks later his pediatrician rechecked his counts and ordered a blood smear, which showed blast cells.
We were sent to the Children’s Hospital in Pensacola, where the results of still more blood tests prompted a bone marrow biopsy. The results from all of these tests led to a diagnosis of Acute Myeloid Leukemia (AML).Isaac underwent five rounds of chemotherapy over the course of six months, spending 95 days in the hospital.
He received his last dose of chemo on Oct. 26, 2016, and his counts finished recovering Nov. 16, 2016. We’ve been done with cancer for two months, and Isaac is getting back to the business of being a kid.