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Family Friday

The Becca Allen Family

 

 

Hi I am Liz Allen, from the Allen family and this is my little sister’s story.

My little sister’s name is Rebecca or as we call her Becca. When she was born she seemed ok but after a while she would get these really bad ear infections.I noticed she would also bruise very easily. My mom took her to the pediatrician and they said she would be fine as long as they gave her medicine. It would work for a little while but then the ear infections would come back even worse so the pediatrician sent my mom, dad and Becca to the Hershey Medical Center.

I was in school at the time so the person in charge came up to me and my other sister Steph and told us that we would be staying a little later than the other kids. One of the teachers told me that my sister was sick and she had cancer. I was only 11 so I didn’t really know what was going on. I knew what cancer was but I didn’t know how bad my sister had it and how badly it would effect my family. Later that day, I was picked up and we went right to the hospital to see my sister.

I didn’t know what to expect. As soon as I walked in I felt really awkward and out of place. We went up to seventh floor with my newborn baby sister Amanda. She was born just a week before Becca was diagnosed. After they ran a few tests we found out she had ALL or Acute Lymphoblastic Leukemia. Leukemia cells are abnormal cells that cannot do what normal blood cells do. The abnormal cells are immature white blood cells that cannot help the body fight infections.

When I first walked into the room she was hooked up to so many tubes and wires it was scary. I didn’t know what was happening to her. After a day she came home but we had to rush her back to stay for two weeks. She fought with all her heart and I honestly was happy that my sister able to beat the Leukemia. She has been in remission for 5 years.

If my family hadn’t been a part of the Four Diamonds Fund we would have never been able to pay for the treatments. Our family heard of a thing called THON. We have been going since 2006 and I wouldn’t miss it for the world! I love the feeling of going up to Happy Valley to see our college friends and get the support and love from people we never met. The best thing about THON is that I can never actually find my sisters haha. Actually I LOVE the whole family aspect of it. THON makes me feel like we are all a big family. And that’s exactly what we needed at the time and I never will get tired of it!!


 

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Meet Megan Eslinger

Throughout THON’s 33 year partnership with The Four Diamonds Fund, one common theme has endured, and it is was drives THON’s 15,000 volunteers still today. For The Kids. The children and their families who receive treatment at Hershey Medical Center are our inspiration throughout the year, and so it is only appropriate that the THON Blog’s new friday feature will be Family Friday. Each Friday, we will share with you a story of a Four Diamonds Fund child to help remind the THON community exactly why we are here.

This Friday, we have the story of Megan Eslinger, FOTO’s THON child.

OUR STORY

On Friday, January 23rd, 2009 Our 18 month old daughter was diagnosed with A.L.L. (Acute Lymphoblast ic Leukemia)

This all started a few weeks ago with what we thought was a leg injury from climbing into a chair. She limped for a couple of days but the doctor found no serious injury. Then she stopped walking completely due to the pain in her leg. Then when she began to get fevers off and on with no other symptoms, the doctor ordered a blood test and X-ray. The results of those tests were the beginning of what can only be described as any parent’s worst nightmare. Having to rush her to the emergency room. There, more tests were done. Pediatricians began to break the news to us Thursday night of the likelihood of Megan having Leukemia but the tests Friday would tell us for sure. After the results came back Friday, they took a bone marrow sample and did a spinal tap to check for signs of it there and to also give her a dose of medication to treat her in the event that it had spread to the brain. (The doctors said it was unusual for this to happen) Saturday, the result of the spinal fluid was negative but as expected, her bone marrow was at least 90% Leukemia cells. Megan was put through so much those first few days. Over the weekend she was given lots of fluids, antibiotics, platelets and blood. They also performed surgery on Saturday to place an external catheter, Broviac, into her chest. All of this to prepare for the rigorous schedule of treatments to begin Monday, January 26th. The Doctors told us that this type of Leukemia has an 85% success rate and that she also has several things in her favor so they are very optimistic.

To read more about Megan, visit her website here.

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