For those of you new to my blog, at the end of my year I chose to celebrate by holding a fundraiser for Harper Doughtie who has Acute Lymphoblastic Leukemia. I was introduced to her story because her Facebook page is Hugs for Harper. She is a friend of a friend. Thanks to social media and kind, thoughtful followers, I raised almost $3000. Here is an update from her Mom:
Harper has been doing really well. She is now in the “long term maintenance” part of treatment, which means she has gone from weekly IV chemo to once a month. She also takes chemo pills every day, but it is much easier for her to handle and the side effects have lessened. She will be in this phase for 2 years.
The good news is that her blood counts and immunity have improved with the decrease in chemo, so she is able to be around other kids and will start kindergarten in the fall. She still has some days where she doesn’t feel as well, but most days are good. She has less pain and nausea. She becomes worn out more easily than other kids. For instance, a couple hours of active play usually means about twice that time resting and recovering. But her spirits are really good and she rarely has sad days or days where she thinks its all so unfair (even though it is so unfair).
Thank you so much for all you have done for Harper. There were many times right after Holden was born when I was not sure how we were going to pay a bill or even make the monthly insurance payment. Your fundraiser covered our insurance cost for several months. You have no idea what a relief it was to have that one big thing not to worry about so I could concentrate on Harper and Holden. Matt and I are so very appreciative, words really can’t express it.
This is an ongoing battle that no family should ever have to worry about. Her daughter is the same age as my son and it hit really close to home. I vowed to not stop fundraising until all of her medical bills are paid off. I have been blessed with an unbelievable platform through this blog and if you are moved to help, please see the tab at the top of my blog titled Hugs for Harper. All of the fundraising information can be found there. From the bottom of my heart, thank you.
Please accept this blog as my virtual hug to you.