A mother talks about her son’s leukemia diagnosis

A new mom at the time, Amanda Traver, wasn’t quite sure where to go.

COLUMBIA, SC – “I felt the world being pulled away from me. He was our only child at the time. I just said, ‘Why my child, why mine?'” says mother Amanda Traver.

Her son, Trenton Traver, who was 21 months old at the time, was diagnosed with leukemia.

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“Nobody prepares you for those words. There’s no manual that says how to navigate your life through childhood cancer,” Traver says.

Pediatric oncologist Dr. Stuart Cramer said of Trenton, “He was diagnosed with acute leukemia as a toddler.”

Once diagnosed, he underwent three long years of chemotherapy and was in remission, until six months ago.

“Coincidentally, he was involved in this car accident. That led to him having an MRI and then having persistent pain, which allowed us to diagnose this second malignancy,” said Dr. Cramer.

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Traver says, “They confirmed with me on the MRI. They found a mass in his colon, liver lesions, and lesions on his spine.”

A devastating blow because they thought they had already had cancer. “He was like, ‘Why me mommy? Why? Why does this keep happening?’ I said, ‘Honey, cancer doesn’t discriminate. I can’t answer you.'”

Traver says explaining the diagnosis to Trenton and then to her five-year-old was a task she wasn’t ready for.

According to DHEC, between 2014-2018, 39 children under 15 in South Carolina developed leukemia and 19 developed lymphoma. 29 developed a brain or spinal cord tumor. 2.1% of all children in the same age group with a malignant cancer have lost the battle against the disease between 2014-2018.

Trenton remains positive, saying, “Sometimes I think good thoughts … that I can beat it, that it won’t last that long.”

Trenton is now in remission.

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