Friday, November 6, 2009

it's not good


I have sat down at this keyboard several times in the past few hours, each time the tears start up again and I have to walk away. It is hard to find the words.   Kristen had a bone marrow biopsy and also a spinal tap this morning.  If you look closely at her pic you can see the bruise from the IV.  It was confirmed that Kristen is indeed full of Leukemia cells.  It is in her blood, in her bone marrow and also in her spinal fluid.  Acute Myeloid Leukemia (AML) has returned without warning.  I highly recommend that you all grab your children and hold them a little  tighter than you usually would as there is a monster on the loose.  This monster does not discriminate...he takes the old, the young, the bold and the brave.  He rips the hearts from mothers and fathers as they stand helplessly by.  But because Kristen is beautiful, corageous, and brave, we at the Kirton household will once again stand arm in arm and put on the armor and we will fight back with every ounce of our souls and we will
NOT stop fighting. 

We were told today that the only way  Kristen stood a chance at a cure would be to have a bone marrow transplant. She would first need to reach a full remission which would take 2 to 3 rounds of Chemo...which translates to 3-4 months in the hospital. and then several more months for the transplant. Oh and by the way since this is a reoccurance her chances of reaching a remission just went down significantly, 25%  of AML relapses don't ever reach a remission, and because she has
down syndrome a bone marrow transplant is extremely risky. 
So there you have it...it's not good.
I have yet to tell Kristen of her plight...that next Wednesday we will once again be checking into the Hospital for a VERY extended stay.
Please Say a little prayer for her.

31 comments:

Lacey said...

So do you have to stay in the hospital that full time for chemo? I will be up to visit often and bring cheer. And this brave hero will fight her heart out like she so graceously does.
I'm seriously thinking about getting my picket sign and walking up to the capital demanding more funding and research for our childrens cancers.
Keep fighting sweet girl, we love you.

Ruby's Mom said...

I'll be praying for Kristen to win this battle.My prayers go up for your family.

Heather said...

We are here.We are going no where.We will join you,arm in arm,right beside you as you fight this fight once again.We will gather all our fervent prayers and send them to Kristen.To all of you.We will allow nothing but hope and faith to creep in.We will NOT believe anything other then Kristen will once again beat this thing.This beast.This in-descriminate, horrible disease.

Polly,Kristen is strong.So,so strong.She has over come seemingly insurmountable odds before and she will do it again.

Please turn to us,those in this blog community, that have come to love you all so much.Lean on us and ask of us.Please know we would move mountains for your brave girl.For you.You also have an incredible local community,right outside your door,waiting to lend a hand.Ask.

Love to you all.Most especially Kristen.Wishing she did not have to face all this once again.We will be praying her through each and every moment.Faithfully.

Adrienne said...

I am so, so sorry she is having to go through this again. I will keep your sweet daughter in my prayers as well as the rest of your family.

Iqbal said...

Prayers and prayers are being said here for Kristin your beautiful, brave, strong young girl. As dark as the day seems the sun will rise again, Kristin will fight this and with all the prayers being said worldwide there can only be a brighter day lying ahead. God stay close by her side and by your family, to give you all strength and hope.

Tina said...

Sorry I had logged in by a different user in my last comment, I repeat once again.....

Prayers and prayers are being said here for Kristin your beautiful, brave, strong young girl. As dark as the day seems the sun will rise again, Kristin will fight this and with all the prayers being said worldwide there can only be a brighter day lying ahead. God stay close by her side and by your family, to give you all strength and hope.

stephanie said...

We will all be here for you both far and near in the flesh and in spirit to do everything we can.
From my home to yours we are sending our love and constant prayers.

Kim said...

That stinks. Kristen and your family are in our prayers. I will be sure to add her name to our prayer list at church. Keep fighting!

ABandCsMom said...

I can't begin to imagine how your family is feeling at this moment. My heart aches for you all. Especially for Kristen. Please know, we will be praying. Praying for your family as you face this demon again. Praying for Kristen to have the strength and the fight left in her, to once again beat this demon down. Please give Kristen a hug from us.

Peter Olson said...

I'm praying for remission and a perfect donor match for Kristen. A BMT is no road of ease but there is hope for a better future with one.
May God bless you all!

stefanie said...

i am soooooo sorry, its not fair that sweet babies get sick, to bad cancer wasn't descriminating, because there are alot of awful, evil people it should go to, i will keep all of you in my prayers

Mommy to those Special Ks said...

We're praying VERY hard. We believe that she CAN beat this. Stupid cancer. We'll be praying every step of the way!!!!

Annette said...

Not only will you have our prayers with you will will help and support your entire family in any way we can. Heart felt love to you.

My name is Sarah said...

I am so sad for Kristen. I just put up a post for her.

Rochelle said...

Our prayers are with you both!

Junior said...

Praying for you Kristen

heather said...

I am so sorry to read this post today. It breaks my heart for your family and for Kristen. It just doesn't seem fair that your sweet daughter has to go through this battle again. My prayers will be with your family. Big hugs!!!

Michelle said...

I am so sorry to hear that Kristen is having to battle cancer for the 4th time! My prayers are definitely with her, and her family.

Suzie said...

I am so sad to read this. Kristen will be in my thougths and prayers.

Suzie said...

Will you email me please suzie@udsf.org

Mel said...

Fingers and toes crossed for all of you. I have a friend who has recently fought AML and had a successful transplant, and am hoping for the same for you. Hang in there :)

Nicki McFadden said...

I am in tears reading your update. Kristen WILL BEAT THIS MONSTER AGAIN!!!!! My heart aches for her and your family.

Keep the FAITH!

Cammie Heflin said...

Praying for her!

Mandy said...

Praying for Kristen and your whole family.

Alisha said...

I will of course pray for her!

Monica said...

Praying for Kristen and her family~

Jeana said...

Our prayer are with your family, that you will be strengthened through this extremely difficult time. If there is anything we can do, please let us know. We are close by and oh so willing to help...with anything. We will be up there periodically for Kaelyn's appointments...can we visit?

Rebecca said...

I came to your blog, both from Feisty Kaelyn and one other blog I can't recall. I am so sorry for Kristen's plight. Your fighting spirit is so inspiring, though. I said a prayer for her today, for God's arms to be wrapped around her in love, for Him to be near.

ABandCsMom said...

Just checking on you all. I've felt so terribly sad for Kristen and for your family over the weekend. I know you'll post when you can. In the meantime, just know that our family is keeping your family close at heart.

Alicia said...

I just came up with your blog, im mom to a 4 yr old boy with.
first let me tell you how blessed you are, i can see through pictures and words the beautiful family you have. im very touched.

then, i will keep your daughter and family in my prayers

sending you some hugs from Mexico

Anderson Family said...

We are so sorry that once again she has to fight another fight. We will of course keep her and your family in our prayers. She is strong and brave and she will fight yet again!!