When Noah was 13-months-old, he was walking, but went back to crawling. His parents took him to the doctor, but they couldn’t figure out what was going on. They didn’t know then that it was because Noah’s joints and organs were swollen. His body was trying to fight Leukemia. Since Noah’s family was getting ready to move back to Lincoln, his parents called back to some doctors they knew and scheduled a full work-up of tests.
They were getting into the car after Noah’s appointment, and a nurse came running out of the office after them. She said they needed to go immediately to Children’s hospital. Noah’s hemoglobin was really low. His white blood count was way up. Noah was lucky, because his type of Leukemia, Acute Lymphoblastic Leukemia (ALL), is the most common kind. His chance of survival was 70 percent. Noah’s parents had strong faith that he would beat the cancer.
Noah feels blessed through his struggle. He said, “I’ve never really felt like a victim. I believe now that Leukemia has made me better. The Leukemia and Lymphoma Society (LLS) has been an incredible resource for me and my family. The research funded by LLS was a huge part of why I was able to win the battle and survive. But Leukemia isn’t just something that I was lucky to survive, I think about it all the time and use it as an example of how blessed I am to be here right now.”
I am a wife, a mother, a daughter, a sister, a friend; I am a cancer survivor. On March 19, 2010, my husband Tyler, my son Cooper and I welcomed our baby daughter Sophia into our family. Three weeks later I was diagnosed with non-Hodgkins lymphoma. I would need to have surgery to remove a mass and pathology studies done to identify the type of cancer, which was presumably a kind of lymphoma. After two surgeries, numerous tests and scans, countless physician visits and lab draws, six rounds of chemotherapy and every side effect that goes with it, a hospital stay and finally 25 rounds of radiation, I heard those golden words … remission!
The Leukemia and Lymphoma Society (LLS) was a lifeline for my family and me when I was diagnosed. We visited their website frequently for information and LLS also provided me with valuable co-pay assistance.
I also happened upon information for their Team In Training (TNT) program, which raises monies for LLS. I made it my goal to join TNT and fundraise and train for a half marathon when I was done with treatment. I am proud to say that I completed two half marathons with TNT and in April 2012 completed my first full marathon. Please share my story of hope with your friends and family.
In April 2004, after having a CT scan to screen for marfans syndrome, Mac was told that he had cancer. After having a biopsy done, he was diagnosed with follicular non-Hodgkin’s lymphoma. This type of lymphoma is classified as treatable but not curable. In 2004, he had five months of chemo followed by two years of maintenance chemo. This treatment put him into remission. In 2011, the cancer returned, and he did additional treatments that reduced the amount of cancer he had but did not get him back into a full remission. In March 2015, he spent 20 days at UNMC and did an autologous stem cell transplant. At this point, he is cancer free with some hope that the cancer might not come back.
Mac served on the Nebraska chapter of the Leukemia and Lymphoma Society’s Board (LLS). “Getting connected with caring people at LLS that can educate and help new patients understand the services and financial help that is available to them is huge. This says nothing of the treatment research that is funded to allow people like me to still be alive 12 years after being diagnosed. “
Mac is grateful to LLS and the work they do. “In 2004, our prayers were that I would live to see all our kids graduate from high school. And 12 years later we’re excited to welcome our first grandchild into the family. God is good, and LLS helps do his work for people dealing with cancer.”