Ok, here is the updated version......thank you!!!
Prior to September 23, 2013, our life was pretty normal. We have three boys so our time was consumed with schoolwork and sports. Things were always hectic, but we enjoyed it nonetheless. On that date though, everything changed. Our youngest son had been sick for a little while and blood tests showed that he had more than just a common cold. It wasn't until that day in September that we knew exactly what was ailing him.
Eleven days before his second birthday, our son, Mateo, was diagnosed with Acute Lymphoblastic Leukemia. We began treatment the day after we found out. From that day forward we have become very familiar with what it means to have a child who has cancer. We have learned so much more than we ever wanted to know about chemotherapy and it's effects on a young child. We know all the names and why they are used. In addition to becoming familar with all of this, we have also become very familiar with the drive to both CHLA (Children's Hospital Los Angeles) and a satellite branch in Ventura.
Mateo's treatment is going well. We are presently in a stage known as Maintenance which consists of oral chemo daily, oral methotrexate chemo weekly, Vincristine chemo monthly with 5 days of steroids after and spinal chemo every 3 months and periodic blood work. We are looking forward to when treatment ENDS on December 23, 2016. So many things have changed, but we are detemined to make the most of it. We know that we are on quite a long journey and feel incredibly blessed by all the support from our local community and our online community. It is very comforting knowing that we don't have to walk it alone and thank you for taking a few steps with us.
The Cota Family