When a young child gets sick with a major disease, life changes drastically for everyone involved. Sonia joins the ladies to tell her story of her son Grayson, 8-years-old at the time, being diagnosed with leukemia in April of 2020 , and their journey.
Leukemia is a cancer of the blood. It starts in blood stem cells. Stem cells are the earliest blood cells that develop into different types of specialized blood cells.
As the stem cells of the blood develop, they produce immature blood cells (blasts). Blasts then develop into mature blood cells. Blood stem cells develop into either lymphoid stem cells or myeloid stem cells.
Leukemia causes an overproduction of blasts. These blasts develop abnormally and don’t develop into mature blood cells. Over time the blasts crowd out normal blood cells so that they can’t do their jobs. There are many different types of leukemia.