Sunday, September 20, 2009

How did you know Piper had Leukemia?

We have had alot of people ask us how we were able to know something was wrong with Piper. And I know that this blog is read by many people and many of you do not believe in God but I do and I know that His hand is on my little girl...let me share the first of many "coincidences" (as the medical world insist on calling them)

Piper was born healthy on 7/7/09. She was and is beautiful, alert and chatty. I am not an alarmist parent and I am constantly going with my girls...Wal-mart, the park, church...We like to run around and Piper was proving to be just as flexible as her big sister. Its been a fun last 3 months for sure.
So when Piper developed a fever last Monday I wasnt too worried but combined with the diahrrea she had had for a day or so and the few sleepless nights she was having, I was just tired...and ready to have the Dr give her something to help her out. We went in and Dr. Baker took a look at her and said he thought it was just a stomach bug and for us to come back in if it were to get worse. Then he seemed to rethink it and said that he was going to send us to Athens Regional Hospital to do blood work to rule out the rotovirus. So after a few hours at the hospital and some blood work it was told to us that Pipers platelets were low so they kept us overnight to do more tests in the morning. Dr Baker gave the hospital doctors a few things to test for and he threw the leukemia test in as an afterthought. As we all know the leukemia test came back positve and we were all stunned, even Dr Baker who by his own addmittance did not think that was even a possibility.
Since arriving at Scottish Rite, Piper has had no fever what so ever. Her diahrrea went away as well and she has been in wonderful shape. The cold that she had was nothing to do with her diagnosis...just a "coincidence" as the Drs say. The doctors are surprised because apparently most of the young children who come in with leukemia already have an infection or sickness which make treating the leukemia even more difficult.
Piper could have gone weeks without being diagnosed. She would have gotten sicker and sicker before we thought her sickness was anything more than a common cold or something. I believe that God used Dr Baker and I am so glad that Chad and I chose to continue bringing our girls to him even after moving an hour away.


  1. praise God!! Thanks for writing this blog!

  2. That is amazing. I'm not an alarmist parent either, but this situation tempts me to become one! What a God-send Dr. Baker was. Thank you for being so faithful to the Lord... yet so honest too. Those don't have to be two separate things!

  3. A friend of mine just posted this on her facebook and I thought that it was a good verse for your trial.

    Zechariah 13:9 (New International Version)

    9 This third I will bring into the fire;
    I will refine them like silver
    and test them like gold.
    They will call on my name
    and I will answer them;
    I will say, 'They are my people,'
    and they will say, 'The LORD is our God.' "