Witness to a miracle: relapse
Mitchell has relapsed.
The leukemia is back and is in 89% of his bone marrow. We will begin chemo all over again. The goal is to get him into remission and then he will have a bone marrow transplant.
Frank, Meg, and Little Frank will all be tested. Little Frank will most likely be the match.
Pray. Pray hard.
Ask God to protect Mitchell as we begin this very difficult and intense course of chemotherapy drugs all over again.
We will be in the hospital for a long time. I'm not sure how long, but we've basically moved back in.
We are in complete shock. Please pray for our family and especially my sweet baby Mitchie.
As Mitchell began his treatment again, it was a hard day for all of us. Mitchell was in pain because of the procedures and we also think his bones may be hurting since that is where the cancer is. We gave him a myriad of drugs including morphine.
It's always hard to tell the nurses to give my little baby morphine.
He rested well. I did not sleep much. There is so much on my mind.
I prayed a lot. I told God how angry I am that this is happening to us. I committed that I will trust Him, but begged Him not to take my baby from me.
Mitchell has proven that he can tolerate the hard chemotherapy drugs like vincristine and daunarubinson that will start today.
I need you to pray that the drugs will kill the cancer.
We need him to go into remission so that he can have a bone marrow transplant.
Please pray for strength for Mitchell and for us.
His red blood count had dropped to 5 this morning. We usually transfuse at 8.
Today is day 1 of treatment.
He will have another bone marrow test on day 8.
If the cancer is in remission then, we will move swiftly to Carolinas Medical System, where he will have the bone marrow transplant. If he does not reach
remission by day 8, we will continue with intense chemotherapy and test his bone marrow again on Day 29.
I am still in shock, but I am moving forward.
I am staying close to the hospital today, but will go home to spend the night with Little Frank tonight. I promised I would take him on a "date night" to one of his favorite pizza places.
I plan to work on site at a client's office tomorrow. I have to get back to normal. Frank and I have to keep our income and insurance. Pray for us as we
balance everything that is coming our way.
I will say again that I am in shock.
I just can't believe he was so close to the finish line and relapsed.
I am angry. I am sad. I am heartbroken that my sweet baby has to go through all this again. I am scared. I hate cancer and I'm telling you right now, that this disease has messed with the wrong Mama Bear.
When our family is gets through this horrific nightmare and my Mitchie is strong, I plan to work until the day I die to increase awareness and funding for pediatric cancer.
- Part one: before diagnosis
- Part two: diagnosis
- Part three: a new reality
- Part four: "momcologist"
- Part five: becoming a voice
Meg McElwain is wife to Frank Turner, III, and mother to 4 ½ year old Frank and 2 year old Mitchell. Lucy is her loyal Labrador retriever. Meg has owned and operated Magnolia Marketing in Charlotte for over a decade. She volunteers and serves the community. After, Mitchell was diagnosed with a rare form of cancer at only 3 months old, Meg felt God calling her to use Mitchells fight to beat cancer and her journey as his mother to inspire and help others. Meg and Frank established the Mitchell Bays Turner Pediatric Fund within the Novant Health Foundation and raise money to support, educate and advocate for families facing challenging pediatric diagnosis.
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