Hudson McKearney: B-cell Acute Lymphoblastic Leukemia
Updated: Sep 24, 2021
Hudson was diagnosed with B-cell Acute Lymphoblastic Leukemia just a few weeks before his second birthday. His mom is a Nurse Practitioner, and noticed symptoms right away. Not everyone is versed in the medical field, and often times symptoms are overlooked. Thankfully, Hudson's cancer was caught early on, and he started treatment right away. His mom had the same feeling every parent has, "how can I consent to toxin's being pumped into my child?" Unfortunately, there isn't much of a choice. They did find cancer cells in his spinal fluid, making him a slightly higher risk, but he received extra chemotherapy into his spine to help with this. Hudson was incredibly strong throughout front-line treatment and hit maintenance in November 2019. Hudson is now 3, and considered in remission. The thing about Leukemia that most don't know, is that after the initial month or so of treatment, they will continue with "maintenance" chemo for up to 3 years. He will not be completely done with treatment until May of 2022.
The definition of B-cell Acute Lymphoblastic Leukemia: An aggressive (fast-growing) type of leukemia (blood cancer) in which too many B-cell lymphoblasts (immature white blood cells) are found in the bone marrow and blood. It is the most common type of acute lymphoblastic leukemia (ALL). Also called B-cell acute lymphocytic leukemia and precursor B-lymphoblastic leukemia.-www.cancer.gov
"Hudson is strong, brave, empathetic, hilarious and the worlds best big brother."- Hudson's Mom
This sweet little boy reminds me of Brantley so much. He loved all the goodies we packed into his BFF bag and box. It really humbles me that we can put a smile on a child's face when going through the hardest thing they will ever have to do.