In April 2008, at the age of three, Enzo was diagnosed with Pre-B, Acute Lymphoblastic Leukemia. He is being treated at Emanuel Hospital in Portland, Oregon. Since April he has undergone a series of regular procedures that have been both uncomfortable and painful. Enzo is thankfully responding well to chemotherapy. His current treatment calls for a variety of IV and syringe drugs, dozens of pills, lumbar punctures, and occasional transfusions of both blood cells and platelets. During Enzo's treatment he has experienced many of the side effects of chemo: fatique, nausea, vomiting, night terrors, hair loss, weight loss and weight gain. But on a promising note he has managed to grow 3 1/2 inches taller and 12 lbs. heavier since April.
The cancer survival rates for children have improved significantly during the last several decades due to new and better treatments. Enzo is currently in "remission" but he will never be able to say he is "cured." He will need daily chemo treatment until June 10, 2011, then he will get blood tests every month for a year afterwards and then he will need to be re-checked every year of his life, but we have every hope that Enzo will remain cancer free in the future.
Enzo is a magical child, with the most amazing, fun and positive attitude through this difficult time. He is brave, strong, resilient and does not like to be fussed over or treated like he is "sick." He rarely complains, even when we know he is in tremendous pain or scared. He greets everyday with a smile. He has inspired so many people with his bravery. Enzo is an "old soul." It remains a mystery why he was chosen for this path, I guess time will tell...But we could not have asked for a stronger or sweeter boy to get through this with.