as told by his mom, Bonnie.
Calvin was just five years old when he was diagnosed with cancer – acute lymphoblastic leukemia – in January, 2015. He entered remission in 35 days, but a few days after the news of remission, Calvin became extremely ill and was treated for bacterial and fungal meningitis.
During our stay, we were lucky enough to meet a team of wonderful doctors, nurses, counsellors, and other patients. Then there’s that one special person you meet that is a true blessing. She never brings you bad news, and always has a smile and an ear to listen. Renee, from Childcan, was our special lady! Bringing bags full of goodies, meal vouchers, parking cards, gift cards, etc., not only did she help us out financially, she never rushed her visits. She always took time to ask and listen to how Calvin was doing.
After a long 56 days in the hospital, so many needles I can’t even count, and surgery to place a port-a-cath, we were eventually sent home, only to return to London – first every week and, eventually, every three months as long as his good health continues.
After numerous rounds of IV chemo, oral chemo, lumbar punctures, oral antibiotics, blood transfusions, blood tests, x-rays, and CT scans, we made it to maintenance therapy. We will continue to be on maintenance therapy until 2018. Throughout our visits to London hospital, we were lucky enough to visit with Renee, who always greeted us with a smile. She always took time to chat to see how we were doing. And she genuinely cares.
Along with his medications, Calvin also undergoes frequent visits to Windsor hospital for blood counts, port flushes, blood transfusions and routine check-ups. Once every three months, we travel to London for a lumbar puncture with chemo, IV chemo and a routine checkup.
Calvin has become immune to needles, day trips to hospitals and other medical testing; this, unfortunately, is a new “normal” for our family. I’m always thankful for his unbelievable strength and courage.
Cancer was once a stranger to us too. I will always be thankful for wonderful organizations like Childcan who truly help you through the toughest times of life.