James (age 8) was diagnosed with Acute Lymphoblastic Leukemia (ALL) in May of 2007. He had been going through chemotherapy for 2 ½ years, which had been its own difficult road, when he suffered a very rare, unexpected, and severe side effect from the chemo that suddenly took away his ability to walk or stand. In late January of 2010, in the matter of a few days, he went from running up and down a basketball court, to being in a wheelchair and unable to walk. As we were reeling from this, with our little boy in and out of the hospital and rehabilitation over the next two months, we struggled with how we were going to care for him in our home, which was made for people who could climb steps. We were carrying James, who weighed 70 lbs at the time, up and down the stairs all the time, which was not only difficult (aching backs) but somewhat dangerous.
Tuesday, April 8, 2014