Kayden's Story: Parent's Letter Project Acute myeloid leukemia. (AML)- Kayden’s mom

Hi, my name is Amber and I am Kayden's mother. Recently my 7-month-old baby boy was diagnosed with AML (Acute Myeloid Leukemia). Our family had no clue he even had it. Kayden was a healthy little boy who never once was sick. It all started when he started teething and then his temperature got high. At his six month visit, the doctor said he had a slight ear infection in the right ear, which also could cause the high fevers. A couple nights after his visit, his temperature reached 104.4 degrees Fahrenheit. That's when my mom and I both knew this was something more then an ear infection and teething. 

We took him to Mary Washington Hospital in Fredericksburg, Va and they admitted him on February 26. The next morning the doctor told us they were sending us to Children's National in Washington, DC. My son had one of the three scenarios. He had a really bad virus and his body couldn't fight it off because of his low blood counts. It had something to do with his bone marrow or he has leukemia. Once I heard leukemia, my heart stopped and I just looked at the doctor and my mom like they were crazy, that there was no way possible that he had leukemia.

On February 28, my son Kayden's and my life changed. The doctors had to do a biopsy and get a sample of his platelets. A couple hours later they told me it was definitely leukemia and that it was AML. I broke down crying asking God, "Why Kayden?" Why any child? I know this sounds wrong, but I really did want to curse God out, but I knew that wasn't the right thing to do. I needed to trust in him, and hold my head high to stay strong for my little boy. If it wasn't for my mom being there I don't know what I would have done.

I would like to take this time to ask anyone and everyone if it's not too much to ask please keep my little man in your thoughts and in your prayers. When you think that you have it bad, just think about the poor kids here at Children's National and their families who are going through the same thing my son and I are.

Thanks for taking the time to reading this and God Bless! 

Sincerely,

Kayden's mommy, Amber

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