No one who hasn’t had a seriously ill child can possibly imagine what it’s like to hear that your child’s life is in danger (and I say that as one who has been blessed with three remarkably healthy children). But in this guest post, Erin Miller gives all of us some valuable information that, hopefully, we’ll never need. But just in case….
The Leukemia Research Foundation has found that leukemia accounts for 33% of all cases of cancer in children 0 to 14 years of age. At the present time researchers do not know the direct causes, but only the circumstances that increase the possibilities of a community’s children getting this type of cancer. The most common type of leukemia in childhood is acute lymphoblastic. Acute means the cancer has a rapid onset. Lymphoblastic is a type of white blood cell that is not mature yet. White blood cells are the entities that fight germs and keep your body healthy. Immature white blood cells do not have the mechanisms yet to fight the germs. So often in leukemia a child dies from some other infection that their body was unable fight off due to the cancer weakening their health.