On February 23rd 2011 we took our 2 1/2 year old Abigail to Primary Childrens Hospital to figure out why she had stopped walking that morning. At 2a.m. on the 24th, she was diagnosed with ALL Leukemia.
Treatment for ALL leukemia is 2 1/2 years long. She is doing well, but has suffered several difficult complications such as diabetes, high blood pressure, demodex folliculitis, neuropathy, etc. It has also included a stay in the intensive care unit. She is an amazing and resilient girl who rarely lets the nausea or pain get in her way.
When Abigail was diagnosed, one of our first questions was "What about her identical twin?" We were given a 50-75% chance that her twin would be diagnosed too. We checked often and thought that maybe we would defy the odds. Our luck ran out on November 4, 2011, when our sweet Natasha was also diagnosed with ALL leukemia.
Natasha is doing well and has had a totally different experience with the Leukemia. Her complications have come in the form of viral illnesses that have admitted her to the hospital several times for 5-7 days each. She has had 2 positive blood cultures and has spent weeks on IV antibiotics. Usually our only clue that Tasha is sick is when she doesn't eat or when we hear "Oops, soowy" because she just threw up. She is always at the ready with a smile and hugs for anyone.
In addition to being identical twins with Leukemia, our sweet girls also have Down syndrome, making them the only set of identical twins with Down syndrome and ALL leukemia known in the world. We have been able to participate in studies to hopefully help researchers and doctors better treat children with Leukemia.
So far, we have spent 11 weeks in the hospital with one or both of our girls. Abigail and Natasha are 5th and 6th out of our 7 kids. We are currently living in the basement of a family member's home to help offset the costs and expenses associated with twins that have cancer. Unfortunately, we can only do so much. We have created this site in the hopes of raising enough money to help with their care.
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