Sean Kerr is a four-year-old boy from the Philadelphia suburbs. He loves pudding. And cheese. And Thomas the Tank Engine. And his little sister Maggie.
After a being sick for several days, Sean’s pediatrician sent him to Abington Memorial Hospital for a pneumonia test. While the testing showed no signs of pneumonia, his bloodwork—combined with other symptoms—led doctors to send him to Children’s Hospital of Philadelphia for a better diagnosis.
After undergoing two biopsies, a spinal tap and several other procedures, the doctors diagnosed Sean with Acute Lymphoblastic Leukemia. He stayed in the hospital for 24 days before being released for out-patient care.
Although having Sean home is a positive step forward, it comes with its own unique set of challenges. When he first left the hospital, he had trouble with stairs due to joint pain caused from the steroids he takes as part of the chemotherapy. He also experienced ‘roid rage and wild mood swings as well as extreme weight changes.
Sean is currently in the Delayed Intensification phase of his treatment, the most difficult part of this journey.
The Kerr family is positive that Sean will get through this tough time with the same tenacity and strength he’s shown throughout his young life.