When my 8-year-old with autism was diagnosed with cancer, it was overwhelming. We had just been transported by ambulance over 80 miles away from home to Children's Hospital Los Angeles. We left in the middle of the night with no notice and didn't even have an overnight bag!
"Oncology" was going to become a central focus of our lives though I didn't know anything about cancer treatment, and my son Royce had never even heard the word cancer before.
We were so overwhelmed by the numerous invasive medical treatments our son received that we didn't know where to begin or what questions to ask. The T.J. Martell Foundation helped us and quickly! They connected us with hospital and department leadership, and within 36 hours of our arrival, we had a care plan and family resources to guide us.
Now, our little guy is in remission and is thriving. We went from chemo to bicycling and from appointments to playdates. We are so thankful to have our lives back and for my son to focus on just being a kid! We love and appreciate the T.J. Martell Foundation for the help and support they gave us in our greatest time of need.