Age 2 Son Stops Walking, Mother Knows it's Not Good. Then DRs Confirm Worst Fears


When you welcome a new life into the world, it can be an exciting-but-scary time. You realize just how responsible you are for another human being, and that can be daunting.

You begin to realize the dangers lurking around every corner and all the harm your little one might face.

Most parents expect to run into a few setbacks, and know there will be bumps and bruises along the way. Most don’t expect that their child will experience a life-threatening disease before they’re even 2 years old.

But at just 15 months old, Jordan Cagle was facing just such a battle. His parents knew something was up when the normally rambunctious little boy lost his energy.

It wasn’t just that the tot was tuckered out after a day of play. He was nearly lethargic, and wouldn’t eat or drink much.

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“He was constantly sleeping. He didn’t want to walk, which gave us a red light,” said his mother, Denise Wilson.

Jordan had just gotten a round of immunizations, so the parents were told by staff at the ER that he would be fine.

But after a week of similar behavior and no improvement, the parents knew they had to do something more, and went to a pediatrician.

Soon they had the results, and it was nothing Wilson wanted to hear. She remembered the moment she got the results.

“I actually cried even though I was at work,” she said. “I broke down, because we knew it was something serious.”

The little boy had been diagnosed with Acute Lymphoblastic Leukemia, or ALL.

His doctor from Jimmy Everest Cancer Center, Ashley Baker, said that “His case was pretty straight forward once the doctor had done a blood count. His white count was very elevated and you could see his blast on a blood smear.”

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Fortunately, after just one round of chemotherapy, there was a remarkable improvement in the toddler’s energy levels.

“He responded great to the first month of therapy,” said Dr. Baker, “which gives us hope that we’ll be able to cure his cancer for leukemia. The first 28 days are an important time frame in ALL therapy.”

With Jordan responding so well to treatment, and with high survival rates for this type of cancer, Wilson is hopeful that it will all turn out well.

“He’s going to beat it, that’s what I think,” she said. “He’s amazing with all the treatment and medicine. The people are amazing here, the nurses, the doctors, they’re amazing here.”

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Amanda holds an MA in Rhetoric and TESOL from Cal Poly Pomona. After teaching composition and logic for several years, she's strayed into writing full-time and especially enjoys animal-related topics.
As of January 2019, Amanda has written over 1,000 stories for The Western Journal but doesn't really know how. Graduating from California State Polytechnic University with a MA in Rhetoric/Composition and TESOL, she wrote her thesis about metacognitive development and the skill transfer between reading and writing in freshman students.
She has a slew of interests that keep her busy, including trying out new recipes, enjoying nature, discussing ridiculous topics, reading, drawing, people watching, developing curriculum, and writing bios. Sometimes she has red hair, sometimes she has brown hair, sometimes she's had teal hair.
With a book on productive communication strategies in the works, Amanda is also writing and illustrating some children's books with her husband, Edward.
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