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.