Pooka was diagnosed with Acute Lymphoctyic Leukemia (ALL-Pre B) on October 18, 2005.
She is in the very best hands at Children's Hospital of Detroit, a national top 5 facililty for Pediatrics. Her prognosis is very good, but it is going to be a very long 2.5 years of treatment. All prayers are welcome. She is halfway through the first phase of chemo, which is 35 days long. So far she is doing very well and is suffering very few side effects, thank God. Kisu and I remain very positive and upbeat and so is she. It's hard for a 3 year old who feels fine to accept that she has to take so much medicine and can't go grocery shopping or play with her friends. We have done our best to explain the situation to her; as bright as she is, she understands pretty well. Fortunately, my father and stepmother moved up here while Pooka was still in the hospital, so we have lots of support from them and also Kisu's father and stepmother. With help from God and all our family and friends, we will get through this somehow.