King Beat Cancer
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My name is
yes, my legal name is King : )
On June 6th, 2016 at 2 years old,
I was diagnosed with Acute Lymphoblastic Leukemia (a blood cancer in the high risk category).
I also have G6PD which is an incurable, lifelong blood disorder.
It is a RARE and deadly combination to have both leukemia and G6PD.
My treatment plan was 3 1/2 YEARS of DAILY CHEMOTHERAPY.
I took 75 CHEMO PILLS MONTHLY.
This did not include intravenous or spinal chemo.
I had several severe complications during my treatment. At 3 years old, I had to relearn how to walk and talk.
The chemotherapy was so toxic it left me unable to walk for months (vincristine toxicity). A few more side effects included
nerve damage throughout my body (neuropathy), PTSD, brain swelling (leukoencephalopathy)
with loss of white brain matter and painful mouth sores.
The most scariest part of treatment is that it
Since the day of diagnosis 6.6.16, I took at least one chemo pill
EVERY ... SINGLE ... DAY.
In addition I did monthly intravenous chemo infusions and every other Friday, I took 14 pills which consisted of prednisone (steroids) and chemo pills named methotrexate and mercaptopurine. I also took zantac to prevent ulcers in my stomach and intestines and zofran or hydroxyzine for nausea and vomiting and preventative meds like nystatin, pentamidine, delsym and IgG short for immunoglobins to name a few. Unfortunately, as I got older the amount of medication I took increased.
I had chemo in my spine and through my port which was connected to my heart.
I spent the remainder of 2016 and most of 2017 hospitalized and isolated in my hospital room for weeks at a time.
I've had countless blood and platelet transfusions, blood draws, lumbar punctures (with and without spinal chemo)
chemotherapy infusions in my port, sedation's, hospital induced infections and month long hospital stays.
I am often reminded that I am a strong, courageous and inspirational boy. Cancer steals childhoods.
People often ask how I did it but I was not given a choice. Cancer does not discriminate and it affects the entire family. Especially my younger siblings Mesiah and Faith. I am grateful to all those that supported my family
and I during the most challenging time of our lives.
We are passionately on a mission to spread awareness and help find a cure for childhood cancer.
We will not stop until there is a cure.
Regardless of all that I have been through and still go through with the long term side effects of my treatment,
I stay positive and spread awareness about pediatric cancer, bullying and rare diseases.
Please follow my journey!
Please share my story with others so we can spread awareness!
THANK YOU ALL SO MUCH FOR YOUR PRAYERS AND SUPPORT,
IT IS GREATLY APPRECIATED!!
God bless you and your families!