Strength of Family
Mom Charlene knew in early 2011 that something was amiss with her seven year old son Trevelyan. His energy was decreasing and he was constantly complaining of a sore stomach. Frequent visits to doctors were unable to determine the cause of his ailment.
In early April 2011, Trevelyan was unable to finish playing a hockey game and Charlene knew that something was clearly wrong with him. Trevelyan loved playing the sport and under normal circumstances would never have missed a game. An astute doctor at a walk-in-clinic suggested Charlene take Trevelyan to the hospital and gave her the requisite paperwork to speed up the intake process.
By that evening Charlene and husband Stephen had the shocking news that Trevelyan had Acute Lymphoblastic Leukemia (ALL).
Often, when parents talk about their child becoming sick and receiving a serious diagnosis, they remember that time as being unreal or as passing in a blur. Such was the case for Charlene. Immediately following Trevelyan’s diagnosis both parents were thrown into a whirlwind of meetings with doctors, pharmacists, social workers and others at the hospital. They barely had time to absorb the fact that their little boy had leukemia.
Charlene recounts one of the hardest nights for her since Trevelyan’s diagnosis .
"Trev was instantly hospitalized. I stayed with him and Stephen had to be the one to keep coming home to deal with all the other responsibilities. The first night that I came home without Trev was incredibly hard for me."
Trevelyan has been given a three and a half year treatment protocol of chemotherapy. The first eight and a half months were more aggressive and he did end up back in the hospital with fever. He will complete his treatment in the fall of 2014.
Charlene was pregnant at the time of Trevelyan’s diagnosis and the family now includes baby Cormack, nine months and seven year old brother Samson.
Naturally the family would like Trevelyan to complete his treatment before his wish. He talks about becoming a Lego engineer when he grows up and it is only natural that his wish is to go to Legoland in Florida.
For now, Charlene is comforted by knowing that there were some wonderful discoveries during this incredibly difficult time.
"We were so overwhelmed by the support from friends and family. The community as a whole has helped us out tremendously. But the thing we really learned is how incredibly strong we are as a family."