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Telly was originally diagnosed with acute myeloid leukemia (AML) in his bone marrow in October 2015 at just 16 months old. He went into remission after the first round of chemotherapy and completed the remaining three rounds of chemo successfully.
Unfortunately, after almost seven months of living in remission, he relapsed with the same subtype of AML in his bone marrow, spinal fluid and brain. After radiation treatment and just one round of chemo, Telly’s cancer went into remission again. He was transferred to another hospital for a bone marrow transplant and spent a considerable amount of time in the intensive care unit (ICU).
Telly is now 4 years old, a big brother and a middle child! He has physical and speech therapy three times a week and wears leg braces, but he can now jump off the ground with both feet. That is great progress from last summer, when he lost all muscle tone from being bedridden during treatment and couldn’t even sit on his own. He is retaking preschool since he missed out on so many life experiences. He loves summer and is learning how to pick dandelions and play with ants because he’s never seen them before!
Telly’s family shares his story to give hope to those who need it and educate people who had no idea this world of childhood cancer existed. Most importantly, they share the story for Telly so he can learn just how far he has come and how strong he truly is.
Information provided by Molly Sturgis, Telford’s Mother
Updated: July 2018
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