Aryan is a very intelligent, kind, compassionate, and cheerful boy. He has always mesmerized everyone with his charm and sportsmanship. The first time we saw lymph nodes appear at the back of his head, the doctors told us it was a sign of fever and recovery. We monitored him for a month until we saw a much bigger lump appear right under his chin. On a late summer evening on a Friday, we received the most shocking and heartbreaking news from his pediatric doctor.
Aryan was diagnosed with acute lymphoblastic leukemia (ALL) just a month and a half before his 5th birthday on June 1, 2013!
Aryan went through nine months of intense chemotherapy treatment at Oakland Kaiser Hospital. After completing his treatment, Aryan was placed into maintenance -- similar to remission -- which will end in September 2016. His treatment is still ongoing as he takes 15 oral pills a week and has a monthly chemotherapy infusion and a quarterly lumbar procedure. My son has gone through a lot at such a tender age.
Aryan is currently on a clinical trial. This treatment so far is working well for him with occasional hiccups of high fever and emergency department visits. He is now 7 years old and has 15 more months of maintenance treatment left! He has been back to school and will be starting first grade this year.
We are very positive that everything will go well. Thank you for organizations like The Leukemia & Lymphoma Society (LLS) that help research and find cures for blood cancers.