On August 20, 2008, Lindsay was diagnosed with AML (acute Myelogenous leukemia) when she was three years old. She was three years old, and prior to the diagnosis, she had been a perfectly healthy child.
Suddenly, we found ourselves in Brenner Children’s hospital, hearing that this form of leukemia had only a 50% success rate for treatment. For six months, Lindsay underwent aggressive chemotherapy, and spent the majority of that time inpatient. Risks of treatment included life-threatening infections, damage to the heart, and even secondary cancers resulting from treatment. Despite being incredibly sick, Lindsay remained tough and cheerful during most of her treatment.
When treatment ended, my husband and I looked for ways to get involved and to focus on something other than our fears of relapse. We found LLS’s team in training and, despite not being at all athletic, we took up endurance events.
In time, Lindsay caught the endurance bug. She started swimming year-round and has completed 6 kids’ triathlon.
Today, she participated in her first-ever adult triathlon – Ramblin rose Winston-Salem. We were grateful to be part of such a supportive, empowering race. Lindsay even managed to finish 3rd in her age group (along with her two good friends, Lily and Lindsey E – they all finished within seconds of each other and essentially tied!)
On Thursday of this week, she saw her oncologist for her annual check. She remains in remission, with no complications. We are so very grateful and realize things could have easily turned out differently.
We are so grateful for her health and are always eager to share her story so others become aware of childhood cancers!