DOCTOR'S VIEW ARCHIVE
Leukemia, A Trip
Medical Author: Frederick Hecht, MD, FAAP, FACMG
Medical Editor: William C. Shiel, Jr., MD, FACP, FACR
May 13, 2002 -- On February 15 the diagnosis of APL, a type of acute leukemia, was made in our beloved 16-year-old granddaughter Tania. I told about first learning of the diagnosis and then a little of my feelings in Leukemia in the Family and promised then "to let you know how Tania is doing by providing you with updates on her progress. I will try to let you know, too, how we (and perhaps others in the family) are coping with Tania's illness."
In partial fulfillment of this promise to keep you current on the situation, I provided what might be considered a prologue to this Doctor's View, It was called Coping with a Bad Disease - Community Counts. I incorporated words written by son Rick Hecht (Tania's dad). He has had to cope, as do all parents of children with cancer, on a daily basis with it.
Now I wish to give you a further look at the situation as it is evolving. I will again quote amply from Rick. This time the words come from a "Tania Update" letter I received yesterday from him. I hope that you may find this of interest.