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Jaden

Jaden was diagnosed with B-cell Acute Lymphoblastic Leukemia also known as blood cancer.on November 18th, 2019.

On Friday November 15th, 2019, after what we thought would be a typical sick visitwith our pediatrician for our 3 year old Jaden; we were sent that morning immediately to MUSC Children's Hospital due to Jaden's hemoglobin level being a dangerously low level of 1.2 (average range should be around 12.5). Once we arrived at the ER that late Friday morning, Jaden started countless blood transfusions and platelet transfusions around the clock. The next 3 days of our lives were filled with uncertainty, fear, unanswered questions, unfamiliar faces, bags of hanging blood, countless tubes for around the clock testing, and tears. We couldn't find our answer until Monday night, November 18th, 2019, around 6pm when the doctors came to grab me and my husband (Bobby), and asked us to follow them so that we may speak in private. Walking that hallway to the conference room, that’s when it hit me, if it were good news, why wouldn't they just tell us in the waiting room? Now, sitting at the table, across from the 2 doctors, the most devastating words that a parent can hear "Your son has cancer" came out of jades doctors mouths. B-cell Acute Lymphoblastic Leukemia also known as blood cancer. Immediately upon hearing this news, your life changes. He's no longer allowed to eat certain foods because of how they can interact with the chemotherapy (until his body starts to adjust to it), that beautiful head of hair will slowly start to fall out in the next 3 weeks. Your 3 year old, rambunctious, fearless boy will now have to have a port placed into his chest going into a major artery in the neck, so be careful when playing with your son. He's no longer allowed to be in daycare surrounded by other kids his age that he's been around for the past 2 years. So the daycare used daily to make sure my son was being watched, is no longer an option. Going to work monday-friday, 8am-6pm is no longer an option for a mom whos son has blood cancer. Graduating school to work your dream job will have to be put on hold until further notice. Make a decision on who the "bread-winner" is for your family of 5, because you need a parent who will become the source of income and a parent who will be tasked with trying to help save your immune compromised child's life. Avoid crowds and shopping. Let's also throw into that mix that the flu season this year has been at an all time high, and a global pandemic has now crawled its way into the USA. What do you do?

Hi there, my name is Kelli Briggs, my husband is Bobby Briggs, and we have 3 incredible kids Jackson (M,20), Peyton (F, 17), and Jaden (M,5). Our son Jaden was diagnosed with b-cell acute lymphoblastic leukemia on November 18th, 2019 at the age of 3. Since Jadens diagnosis, I had to quit my full time job as a medical assistant with Doctors Care so that I could be there to take care of Jaden since he could no longer attend daycare. For the past 2 years, Jaden and I have been in quarantine at home together while my husband works Monday-Friday 6am-4pm, as the primary financial income for our family. Our other 2 kids live in Columbia with their biological mother and her parents. Jackson has graduated high school and is now working and Peyton is a Junior at Dutch Fork Highschool. Jaden doesn't get to see his siblings very often but when he does, the time they spend together means the world to him. Since we moved to Charleston 4-5 years ago, we have no family nearby that can help with watching Jaden. So everything is left up to me and my husband. Date nights must include a 5 year old, at a kid friendly restaurant where he will actually eat, and outdoor dining only. Since leaving my job in the clinic, I've been grateful for the experience of working from home doing telehealth services for the same company while working from 8am-8pm. With the finances I bring in, I pay for all the groceries, gas, car payment, cell phone payments, and personal needs for our family. Since we've started quarantining, Jaden and myself have not been inside any stores to shop so everything has been based on a delivery type service with amazon or walmart. The finances that Bobby brings in pays for the mortgage, electric bill, water bill, car insurances, health insurances, his car, and other big time bills. After all of our bills are paid, the remaining finances go to a “just in case” savings account. A typical day for our family would look like dad at work, I'm working telehealth 12 hour shifts and Jaden, homebound schooling and learning to play the best that he can by himself. Jaden is the coolest, sweetest, funniest, sarcastic, and most intelligent 5 year old you will ever come across. He's such a happy lil guy that loves to use his imagination.