Painting the Town Gold

Philadelphia Chromosome Positive  Accute Lymphoblastic Leukemia

Hi, I’m Todd.  My cancer journey actually began in late June, 2013, but I was not diagnosed until July 13, 2013.  In late June I was not feeling well and ended up in Urgent Care.  There I was told I was dehydrated and had a virus, to rest, get plenty of fluids, and I would be fine in a couple weeks.  I was fine for a couple of weeks.  But on July 12, I had a pain in my left side that became so bad I had to go to the emergency room.  After a few hours and three blood tests, the ER doctor told my mom I needed to be taken to Cardinal Glennon ASAP because my white blood cell count was dangerously high, and they were afraid I had Leukemia.  At 3:00 in the morning on July 13, that diagnosis was confirmed at Cardinal Glennon.  The pain I felt in my side was actually coming from my spleen.  It had become jam packed with my out of control white blood cells.  I was admitted to the hospital, had my PIC line, spinal tap, and first chemo all by 10:00 that morning.

A couple days later, my family and I found out that my road to remission and recovery would be a little trickier since I had tested positive for the Philadelphia Chromosome.  This meant I had a chromosomal trans location that kind of triggered my crazy white blood cells to grow just a little more out of control.

I have currently finished the main part of my treatment and am working on just being 17.  I know now to appreciate each day for its blessings and to never take a day for granted.