Life-Saving Letters | Ep. 6

Life-Saving Letters | Ep. 6

November 6, 2019 95 By William Morgan


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January 2017 we had gone to watch one of
my nephew’s play basketball le was
running up and down the court at
halftime playing with the other little
girls running up and down the bleachers
and we go to bed that night everything
was just normal
but around 10 o’clock she woke up
telling me that her legs were hurting
and I thought well she was running a lot
tonight but just tired and she’s always
been a very healthy child she was never
really much of a crier because she’s
always around boys and always had to be
tough but she was continuing to hurt I had
tried everything I had massages her
legs, ice, heat at 3 a.m. she looked at me
and she said mommy please help me so I
did I put her in the car and I took her
to the Children’s Hospital
they took her straight back and the
doctor did some tests
the ER doctor he came in he talked to me
and he said her x-ray looks great her
blood work looks normal however I don’t
want you to leave yet he said there’s
two more tests and I’m waiting on that
aren’t back and at 8:30 a new doctor
comes in
and that’s when he told us all the tests
were highly suspicious for leukemia that
was the worst moment of my love Ellie
crawls up in my lap she put her hands on
my face and she said breathe mommy
breathe two days later they send us to
Memphis at St. Jude you know when we got
here she says mom I am mad at you and I
said why are you mad at me and she said
well you’ve taken me to the hospital
where kids have cancer so she asked me
she said “mom do I have cancer?” and I
wasn’t gonna lie to her I said that’s
what the doctors think and that’s why
we’re here she just said mom I don’t
want to be a cancer person so I just
felt there and held her and just told
her it was gonna be okay a few days
later we got some unexpected news
when Ellee had her bone marrow biopsy and
some other testing done it moved Ellee from
a low risk category to a high risk I
wasn’t prepared for that at all you have
a million questions going through your
mind at that point but your biggest
question is is my little girl gonna be
okay
please God don’t take her you know that
was just the beginning of her battle
Ellee’s treatment it is pretty intense you
know I think about the medicine that my
child has had and it is more than the
majority of people take in a lifetime but
she just amazes me every day with how
strong she is she’s my hero
and she’s a blessing to us but she
misses doing things that she used to do
we tried to find things for her to look
forward to even though she felt so ill
the thing that seemed to bring her the
most joy every day was a trip to mail
room so that became part of our daily
routine to see does Ellie have mail she
got mail from all over the United States
I still don’t know who some of the
people were who sent her just a card
that says stay strong brave girl we’re
so proud of you
and we read every card she has ever
gotten the mail brightened her day
not only did it comfort her but it was
a huge comfort to me and her father just
to know that we had that many people who
loved her, were thinking about her we
would never have enough time to thank
them I know that my baby will never stop
this is only going to make her stronger
I know that she will tackle anything in
her future but I do think St. Jude they
are giving her a future we’ll never be
able to repay St. Jude for what
they’ve done to allow me to be with her
every day I don’t have to worry about
paying those medical bills at the end of
this cause all I need to worry about is
focusing on her that’s all I want to do
is just to make sure she’s okay she’s
comfortable and for that I’m forever
grateful
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