When my 2-year-old, Myles, got a fever, I wasn't worried at first. But when he stopped being able to walk, I knew this was more than just a virus. We immediately headed to urgent care at Fairview Clinics - Eagan.
Myles was seen by the urgent care physicians and was quickly referred to the Emergency Department at Fairview Ridges Hospital. From there, we were transferred by ambulance to University of Minnesota Masonic Children’s Hospital. It was such a whirlwind.
Myles was soon diagnosed with Acute Lymphoblastic Leukemia (ALL), and our world as we knew it was completely turned upside down. Within 24 hours, Myles had a port placed and started his first round of chemotherapy.
I had so many questions about my son’s diagnosis and his treatment plan. Fortunately, as a Fairview employee, I knew Myles was in expert hands. But I also wondered, "How am I going to continue to work so I can pay my bills?" That’s when my Fairview family came to my rescue. I was overwhelmed with the constant support and generosity of my co-workers. Meals were provided on a regular basis. Envelopes of money would appear on my desk, along with gift cards for gas and groceries.
I soon joined a support group for moms with children diagnosed with cancer. That's where I learned just how fortunate I was to work for such a wonderful organization like Fairview. Several people I met through the support group weren’t as lucky and lost their jobs.
During Myles’ treatment, his white blood cell count was very low; he couldn’t attend day care because of the risk of infection. Thankfully, I was given the option to work part time from home. As Myles started to improve, I returned to work a few days a week, still with the ability to work at home as needed. I’m happy to report that Myles, now 6, is finished with treatment and remains in remission.
Myles was a very sick little boy and if it wasn’t for the fast-acting, knowledgeable staff at Fairview Clinics – Eagan, Fairview Ridges and Masonic Children’s Hospital, I’m not sure how things would have turned out.
Throughout this journey, we’ve experienced many highs and lows—and Fairview has been there for me every step of the way. I’m so thankful for the care we received and for my Fairview family.
Supervisor, Hemophilia Program