A Parent’s Perspective

Nicholas, 17
My 17-year-old son Nick was playing hockey one day, and the next told me he had a severe stomachache. What occurred after that was every parent’s worst nightmare. Nick was diagnosed with anaplastic large cell lymphoma almost overnight. My son had cancer. For me, as a mother, the experience was terrifying and shocking. His illness took over without any warning. Within 2 weeks, Nicholas was in multi-system organ failure on a ventilator in the pediatric intensive care unit.

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Hope for a Family

Erica, 29
When Erica Bullinger (Quinn), now 29, was first diagnosed with Hodgkin lymphoma in 2002, she was just 16. Becoming a mother was the furthest thing from her mind. She and her family just wanted her to get better, and she did, achieving remission after a six-month course of outpatient chemotherapy directed by her physicians at NewYork-Presbyterian/Columbia.

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A Team Approach to One Girl’s Care

Skylar, 6
As a licensed massage therapist, Pamela knew every inch of her baby girl’s body. So when she felt a golf ball-sized lump in her one-year-old daughter Skylar’s abdomen, she knew something wasn’t quite right.

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A Light at the End of the Tunnel

Bryce
Bryce was diagnosed with sickle cell disease when he was 3 years old. His parents, Tiffany and Alex, knew about the potential complications of sickle cell disease — Tiffany was particularly worried about the risk of stroke — and were referred to NYP/Morgan Stanley Children’s by their pediatrician.
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Back to a Life of Dancing and Skating

Emely, 9
When Emely was 8 years old, she experienced a rapid heartbeat and excessive bruising.Her mother, Regina, brought her to NYP/Morgan Stanley Children’s — just four blocks from their apartment. She was diagnosed with severe aplastic anemia (SAA) — a disease in which the bone marrow does not make enough blood cells.
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