This is our cousins child. Diagnosed with Leukemia at age 9. Their entire world has been turned upside down as he undergoes chemo trying to beat this terrible disease - and that leaves mom in a tough state because, as...
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A few words from Jadens mother...
On June 7th, 2018, I received a phone call that I needed to take my son to Shands Pediatric Emergency right away. We had bloodwork at his doctor's office the day before. Even though I was nervous, I never in a million years expected to find myself in a closet-sized room, gripping my nine year old's hand and listening to an Oncologist tell me they think my son has Leukemia. I remember shaking my head "no" over and over while the whole world flipped over on its axis. Everything after that was a blur- a nightmare. My son, Jaden, is my whole world. I know most mothers will say that about their children. But he really is. Life had already handed us a set of circumstances that required us to persevere through dark times. And because of that our bond is so strong. We have always just pushed through whatever hand we were dealt and we succeed because we always do it together. But this... I was not prepared for this. My son was diagnosed with Acute Myeloid Leukemia. My baby has cancer. Even as I write this, 14 days into his diagnosis and treatment, I'm still not always convinced this is really our life. Like at any moment I will wake up and things will be normal; he will be healthy. Jaden's treatment plan will require chemotherapy and us to be in the hospital for a minimum of 30 days at a time assuming everything runs smoothly. We then get a break at home for a week before returning back to wage war all over again. This cycle goes on for 4-6 months. We have not left the hospital since that dreadful day when time stopped ticking. And I have not left his side. Nor will I ever. My life has been put on pause. Everything. My job is on hold, Jaden's school is on hold. My entire existence doesn't exist. All I know is my son is sick and I will do whatever is necessary to save his life, by any means. I will not rest till the job is done. But even though I feel as though my life has been gridlocked, I know it still exists outside these hospital walls. Responsibility is still there. My obligations are still there. I stand firm in my strength as an independent single mother because my son is my rock. And I stand firm in my faith as I know my God will cure him. But I can not fight this battle alone. Jaden's Army is already so big. He steals the heart of everyone he encounters. And so many people choose to love my son through this horrible life-changing diagnosis. Please join our army. Please pray for my sweet, sweet boy. And help us win his fight against AML. #JadensArmy #CureJaden
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