Jaiden was first diagnosed with Acute Lymphoblastic Leukaemia at the age of 2, in September 2012, after his mum Jurna found a rash and a sore on his bottom. He was taken to PMH for some tests including blood and urine. After an exhausting 5 hour wait, his parents were given the devasting news about his diagnosis.
Acute lymphoblastic leukaemia (ALL) is a type of cancer that affects the blood and bone marrow. ALL is characterised by an overproduction of immature white blood cells, called lymphoblasts or leukaemic blasts. Because the bone marrow is unable to make adequate numbers of red cells, normal white cells and platelets, people with ALL become more susceptible to anaemia, recurrent infections, and to bruising and bleeding easily. The blast cells can spill out of the bone marrow into the bloodstream and accumulate in various organs including the lymph nodes (glands), spleen, liver and central nervous system (brain and spinal cord).
Jaiden’s treatment plan started with intense chemo and other meds for seven long months. Then his long term maintenance plan involved more chemo and meds – just less aggressive – for a couple of years.
His treatments concluded in December 2015 and for the last 2 years and 10 months he has enjoyed life as a “normal” boy.
His family which includes his two older sisters Aneisha (12) and Aaliaah (15) moved up to South Hedland at the beginning of the 2018 and the whole family has thoroughly enjoyed the lifestyle up there. Jaiden is now 8. He’s been attending the local Primary School and has relished all the outdoor adventures.
The family recently enjoyed a week in Exmouth as part of the school holidays before returning to Perth for Jaiden’s regular 3 monthly check up.
That was when he was given the devastating news – the leukaemia had returned.
Jaiden has just spent 30 days in PCH for an aggressive first round of treatment. He had a few complications but is now recovering well at home. The family is waiting to find out the results from his bone marrow aspirate, which will determine the remainder of his treatment plan.
This has been a really trying time for the whole family. Jaiden has already lost all his hair again and very self-conscious about it. He remembers parts of his previous treatments and one of the first questions he asked his parents was if he was going to lose his hair. Jaiden was quite upset and angry when he received his diagnosis. Right now, he is calm because he is at home, but his mum is just waiting to see what will happen next.
Jaiden loves fishing, the outdoors and his scooter. He recently became an Eagles fan after they came to Hedland for a visit (which broke his mum’s heart as he used to be a Hawthorn fan like his mum). He loves his Playstation and Fortnite like all little boys at the moment.