Phoebe's Story (the very very short version)
On October 26th, 2010, Phoebe Rose was diagnosed with High Risk Infant Acute Lymphoblastic Leukemia, she was 9 weeks old.
This past year of 2012, Phoebe relapsed, which led to numerous efforts from her parents to try and find a possible treatment. Phoebe has spent numerous days at children's hospitals in Canada and the United States, basically her whole life. She finally got positive results this March when she was at the St. Jude Children's Research Hospital. Phoebe and her family were able to come back to Ottawa, which is home, in April this year, Leukemia free!
I cannot really understand all the science behind this complicated disease and I am not even going to try and imagine what it must be like for Phoebe or her family but after reading all the posts from start to finish on Phoebe's mom's blog what really became apparent to me was that these loving parents have given everything to help Phoebe fight her cancer.
From reading the blog you know that Jenny has some strong feelings about the level of awareness that currently exists about this disease in children. What also becomes apparent is her concern for the lack of funding, the number of children fighting this disease and the side effects children who have/had cancer are living with.
I have had the pleasure to teach Phoebe's older sister, Mae, Core French at Manor Park Public School in Ottawa this past year before they left for St. Jude Children's Research Hospital in Memphis and when they returned after Phoebe showed to be Leukemia free. I would be honoured to teach Phoebe in the future when she comes to school and maybe someday ride a bicycle, in of course a tutu, with her.
To read more of Phoebe's story and links please go to her mom's blog: http://www.phoeberoserocks.blogspot.ca/.
To send your warm thoughts to the family you can email Phoebe's mom at firstname.lastname@example.org