For four-year-old Silas of Dickinson, it all started with a fever and symptoms of the flu. Things took a turn for the worse when Silas developed a bloody nose that would not stop. When he began vomiting blood, his parents knew that it was time to act. It would be incredibly terrifying and heartbreaking for any parent to see their child in this situation. After a trip to the ER, Silas was immediately transferred to Sanford Children's Hospital in Fargo, where October 28, 2016, he was diagnosed with B-cell acute lymphoblastic leukemia (ALL) in October of 2016.
Silas had a rough start to treatment, developing kidney stones as well as appendicitis. It was a helpless feeling for his parents, because all they were able to do was to comfort Silas as much as possible to help him through. Most of the first several months of treatment were spent in the hospital; a place that was five hours from home, family and friends. Most of the time it was just Silas and his mom. Dad, Carl, kept school and activities running smoothly at home, keeping life for Silas' brothers as normal as possible. Together they were able to visit on weekends, along with Silas' grandparents. After the rough start, Silas soared through treatment and recently took his last oral chemo on January third of this year. Currently Silas is scheduled to ring the bell signifying his completion of treatment sometime in March or April!
Silas, now seven, is thriving and is thrilled to be done with chemo. He loves animals, especially dogs and has a best friend named Spike, who is a Boston Terrier that is very patient with Silas. Spike seems to realize he is Silas' comfort and his best friend. When Silas was in the hospital, they would frequently use Facetime in order to speak with family at home. Silas would not speak to anyone until after he got to talk to his buddy Spike. When Silas came home from the hospital, Spike wouldn't leave his side for a second. Silas is feeling well and is excited for summer, as he wants to give baseball a try. He is ready to get back to doing some normal kid activities!