Relapse

20 months after being diagnosed, 14 months into maintenance therapy, and 4 months from the end of treatment (EOT), cancerous blasts were found in the spinal fluid sample of Beaudin’s quarterly lumbar puncture. Because the number of blasts was within the threshold of waiting and watching, they administered chemo and did a follow-up one month later. With blasts present again in the sample, he was diagnosed as a relapse.

In January of 2021, Beaudin began relapse treatment for his Leukemia, specifically participating in 2 CAR T trials at the Children’s Hospital of Philadelphia.

Here are other posts on relapse:

Canaries in September.

Each September the info graphics start flooding my Facebook feed. As though they finally have an excuse to scream these statistics at the top of their lungs, all my cancer mom friends fill their pages with data on childhood cancer…

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Survival rates and percentage math.

When your child is diagnosed with acute lymphoblastic leukemia you hear that it’s the “good” cancer in that it’s EFS (event free survival) is upwards of 94%. And that helps you find some footing in the sinking sand because in…

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God willing. This is the end.

In January we celebrated Selah’s birthday at her Waldorf preschool. I was invited to watch the ceremony and as soon as I walked in and saw her, I was choked up. She was adorned with a crown and cape and…

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