…79 Days Until Race Day
Seth is 2-years-old and was diagnosed with Myeloid Sarcoma (a subtype of Acute Myeloid Leukemia) on November 21, 2016.
Seth had several lesions on his legs and hip, which caused him a lot of pain and prevented him from walking. After his first round of chemo, he is feeling much better and his walking is getting better by the day.
Seth has only been home for 5 days since his diagnosis on 11/21/2016.
This is an often forgotten or never thought of circumstance of a child constantly in the hospital battling cancer, who stays with them?
Seth’s mom has been staying with him most of the time 24/7 while his dad comes up almost every day. Sadly, this is the norm for many cancer patients and their families. It is incredibly disruptive to the family, both physically and emotionally.
Seth misses playing with his brothers (older brother Nathaniel and identical twin, Joel) and misses his family being together at home.
As if all of this isn’t already tear-jerking, both Seth and his twin brother, Joel, will require bone marrow transplants. Joel will get his as soon as a donor is found. Seth will get his as soon as he completes his third round of chemo.
Why do they BOTH need a bone marrow transplant? They both need transplants due to under-lying bone marrow issues, with leukemia being one of the possible complications.
Despite everything going on, Seth always has a smile on his face and is happy.
That’s the strength of a child, no doubt.
Today’s run was not stellar by my own standards. It was a double workout and that is why I chose to dedicate it to Seth, because he AND his twin, Joel, are both 2 and each needs a bone marrow transplant.
Guys, it wasn’t the prettiest of runs, but we got it done.
Who will you meet tomorrow?