My name is Lindsey Davidson. I’m 15 years old and I live in Montgomery, Louisiana. Around September 8, 2017, my doctor noticed some extreme bruising on my legs and decided to run some blood test. After getting a CBC ran, they noticed that my white blood cells, red blood cells, and platelets were all very low. I was referred to the hematology/oncology center at The Children’s Hospital in New Orleans, Louisiana.
When they heard what had been going on and what my blood counts were, I was immediately admitted to the hospital on September 13 for a bone marrow biopsy to check for what it seemed like I had... leukemia. I had a double bone marrow biopsy and spent 5 days in the hospital to be tested for many different things (vitamin deficiencies, autoimmune diseases, childhood viruses, leukemia, etc.), which all came back negative. We don’t know a lot, but what we do know is that my bone marrow isn’t producing my cells correctly or producing the amount of cells that it should be.
While still waiting for some kind of direction, my blood counts are continuing to drop and I am receiving blood transfusions every three weeks (I just had my fourth one). I had to spend my entire Thanksgiving and birthday secluded from my friends and family because my infection level was too low for me to be around anybody, and as a fifteen year old social butterfly, that was definitely one of the hardest things I’ve ever had to do. But for months now I have had test after test ran and nothing has came back with any definite answer, but it seems like a bone marrow transplant is looking more prominent in my future.
On December 8, New Orleans wanted me to return for another double bone marrow biopsy to compare it to my first one and see if there was anything new that could possibly lead the doctors in some sort of direction. When those results came back, they were exactly the same as they were the first time I had one done. Nothing has gotten worse, but it definitely has not gotten better. Our next step is to see a geneticist and have more test ran to make sure I don’t have anything in my genetic makeup that could be the reason my bone marrow has stopped making. And even though we are not positive whether a bone marrow transplant is in my future or not… I am forever grateful for everything that Be The Match is doing to help children all over the world to getting back to their normal selves. And although me and my family do not know what the future holds, we know that it is all in God’s timing and in his perfect hands.
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