For the sake of my newer readers who don’t know much (if anything) about my history:
I am a retired gestational surrogate. The focus of my archives (2008-2010) is mostly centered on my efforts to carry a second surrogacy pregnancy. In 2007, I delivered a healthy baby boy to my former intended parents, Former IM and Former IF.
I just found out that Baby M, now age 4, was diagnosed with Acute Lymphoblastic Lymphoma (ALL) yesterday. Leukemia. Cancer. My Baby M.
I can hardly see straight, so here are the point-blank facts as I know them (and I’m sure I screwed something up because as soon as I heard LEUKEMIA my mind stopped functioning properly):
- They’re waiting to get lab results from Atlanta to determine to what stage it has advanced.
- Baby M has been in the hospital since late Tuesday night when they sent him to get further testing. He’ll be in at least until Monday. Tomorrow he’ll start chemo via portacath. When he’s discharged, he’ll continue with oral chemotherapy. Once they get the results from Atlanta, they’ll work up a more specific treatment plan.
- ALL has an 85% survival rate, which as ominous as it sounds, is actually fairly good as far as cancer goes. As it was explained to Former IM, it is better that he has ALL versus Acute Myeloid Lymphoma (AML).
- The average span of treatment is three years.