Childhood cancer, in our numbers ....
487 days ago, Gabby had a lingering cough.
12 - the age my oldest was turning the next day; we had plans, and didn't have time for a sick kid.
1 - the number of birthday parties we had in the pediatric oncology ICU
485 - days ago, Acute Lymphoblastic Leukemia became A Thing.
485 - the number of days Gabby has smiled since then
481 - days ago, Gabby underwent surgery to implant a port on her chest to facilitate chemo. The port attaches to a catheter, which is inserted in the superior vena cavain, a large vein near her heart. It's placed here because it's the vein is large, and can handle the chemo. The chemo would destroy her veins if administered through an IV.
20 - the number of days we lived in the hospital.
11 - the number of different medications she was on when we brought her home from the hospital.
3 - the number of medications she's on right now at home.
12 - the number of pills she takes at home every Thursday night
22 - the number of days from diagnosis that it took for Gabby to lose her hair.
2 - the number of times she has lost her hair during treatment
2 - number of bone marrow biopsies Gabby has had so far
11 - the number of lumbar punctures Gabby has had so far
10 - pounds gained in the first month on steroids
95% - Gabby's 5 year survival rate once she completes treatment.
84% - Gabby's 10 year survival rate.
1,304 - the number of children expected to die from cancer in 2012
23% - estimated chance of infertility as a result of childhood cancer treatments
1 - the number of childhood cancer drugs approved by the FDA in 20 years.
9 - different chemotherapy drugs involved in her treatment
2 - the number of those drugs that specifically warn of potentially causing cancer
2 - the number of those drugs that we have experienced a potential shortage of
2,370 - the number of dollars we raised for Pediatric Cancer Research Foundation last year
56,000 - the number of dollars OC/IE Team in Training Team Gab raised last fall
63,000 - the number of dollars the PCRF VIP Training group has raised this year (as of almost 2 weeks ago...)
18 - the number of friends running for Pediatric Cancer Research Foundation on Team Gab with me Sunday
6,071 - the amount we've raised this year supporting PCRF
5 - the number of days before half marathon #7
5 - the number of days left to donate to fight pediatric cancer. CLICK HERE TO DONATE.
304 - days until remission