Pray for Grant

How We Discovered Grant's Cancer

May 24, 2009 - How it all started

I want to thank you all so much for the support you have shown us over the past two days. David and I truly feel very blessed to have all in our lives. Your support and prayers will get us through this terribly difficult time in our lives.

If you have not yet heard, we found out on May 24th that our almost 3 yr. old son Grant McTaggart has Leukemia. This process started on Wednesday last week with my belief that his stomach felt too hard and was very bloated. On Thursday, we thought it must just be gas. On Saturday we went to Waco, TX to visit David’s parents. While we were there I had a very overwhelming feeling that something was very wrong with him. He only  ran a low grade fever, but the stomach was still very hard and bloated. He was in GREAT spirits that night and was wild as ever.

Even still, I insisted that we take our son to the ER and David agreed. So, we headed to the ER in Waco. There they took blood, ran an X-ray of his stomach and did a CT scan. We learned from the X-ray that he did indeed have a lot of gas and hard stool. We then learned from the blood tests that he had anemia and that is platelet count was very low. They suggested Leukemia, a bad virus, or Lymphoma. The CT scan showed that his spleen was very inflamed. So, they decided he needed to come here to TX Children’s.

On our first night here they gave him a platelet transfusion and a blood transfusion. The next morning they did a bone marrow biopsy to determine what exactly he had. He did so well. We are so proud of him. 

That afternoon, the Dr. confirmed that he does have Leukemia, but he has a very common form of it called ALL that has a great success rate. That night they gave him more platelets and have changed his antibiotics because of his fever. They have checked him again to see if he also has a bacterial infection. His spleen is larger and now his liver is quite large. You can see and feel these organs sticking up through his belly.  They also had to give him another blood transfusion so he can take on the tasks of the following day. His red blood count levels had dropped again. 

On Tuesday, May 26,
they will put him under general anesthesia and put a central line in. This is basically an IV that will enter in his chest under the skin and connect to his heart. This is where they will hook his up for his Chemo. They will also do a spinal tap and through that give him his first round of Chemo Therapy. 

Please, please, please, keep him in your prayers. We will be here in the hospital for at least the next 5-7 days. Then, we should be able to go home and then come back here for Chemo twice a week for 6 months. Then from the 6th month to the 3rd year and 4th month, he will hopefully only be on oral Chemo. Yes, that is right, it is a 3 year and 4 month process. They say that hopefully he will be in remission in 35 days but they have to keep up the Chemo for this length of time to keep it from coming back. 

He will not get to attend any school, classroom, playgroup, workout kids watch, go to the public pool, or things as such for a year. Then after that he will hopefully get to go back to being a typical little boy.

This is such a lesson for me and I hope it is to all of you as well. Always follow that gut feeling and always choose to spend that extra time with your kids when they ask you to throw the ball just one more time, or hold them a little longer, or read just one more story. You just never know when God will call them back home. 

Thanks again to all of you!!!

 Melanie McTaggart