Molly’s story begins with my 5 week bed rest stay in the hospital. I began having trouble at 16 weeks gestation. I was put in the hospital at 18 weeks and stayed there until Molly was born. She was born at 2:52 a.m. on a Sunday morning. Molly was born at 23 [...]
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Ryan was diagnosed with (ALL) Acute Lymphoblastic Leukemia when he was 5 on April 7, 2008. This is his story. Ryan was a typical 5 year old. He was in kindergarten and had his first T-ball practice on Wed April 2nd, 2008. He just didn't seem as excited as we had [...]
Evan Meade was diagnosed with Acute Myeloid Leukemia (AML) on January 27, 2010 just two weeks after his 16th birthday. With what he thought was the flu, Evan went to the doctor to determine why he got so sick in just a couple of days. Blood tests revealed that he [...]
Diana was a 28 weeks, 3 pound 2 ounce preemie and has had 57 surgeries in all at riley and Lutheran combined. She has had eye straightening surgery, tendons tightened and lengthened, and numerous neurosurgeries. 21 surgeries in all at Riley. Her only seizure was at Riley. She spent 7.5 [...]
Jeremy has breathing issues due to asthma. He has been hospitalized on several occasions due to his oxygen levels dropping dangerously low. He is also seen by the Sleep Clinic at Riley for Sleep apnea. He has also had a few surgeries like getting his tonsils removed, and placing tubes in his [...]
Juliana was born with a hand that was not fully developed. She has had a few surgeries, one surgery to take bones out of her feet and place them in her hand. This was done to hopefully give her better use in her hand. Thanks to Riley, Juliana is a young [...]
Jacob was born three weeks premature on July 9th, 1999. Within a week he had lost weight and was hospitalized with Jaundice. In addition, he also had lactose intolerance, causing him to have problems digesting milk. He was able to overcome these complications at birth but his home life was characterized [...]
Keegan was a second grader and was looking forward to a partial school day and plans with a friend to go to the zoo when I got a call from his school nurse. She told me he was having a horrible headache, and by the time I got him home, it [...]
At 14 weeks into my pregnancy, I found out that I have having monoamniotic twins. This means that I was having identical baby boys, however they were both in the same amniotic sac. This rare condition meant that there was an 85% chance that both boys would die prior to [...]
I found out I was pregnant just a couple of weeks after 9/11. My doctor set my due date as June 6, 2002. I was worried about terrorism affecting my pregnancy. Prematurity never crossed my mind. I was told that I would be on hospital bedrest for the next 15 weeks. I [...]
Reagan was two months old when her pediatrician recommended we take her to Riley because she didn't feel as though her head was shaped right. We drove up in December for Dr. Ackerman to take one look at her and say "Oh yeah, she has craniosynostosis." She put Reagan through [...]
At first, Anna’s only symptom was walking a little “wobbly,” but over the next few weeks she began to limp, especially after waking in the morning or from a nap. She never really complained, but Anna rarely complained about anything. She was a cooperative baby, always smiling and curious about [...]