Jasmin Murray was diagnosed with Acute Lymphoblastic Leukemia on September 30th, 2014 at the age of six. Since her diagnosis, Jasmin has undergone rounds and rounds of chemotherapy.
She is currently in the “maintenance phase” of her chemo, which means she has one more year before she can claim remission. While Jasmin and her family keep hope that she will continue to progress, bills incurred from hospitals and travel still escalate.
Jasmin's father has served tours of duty in Iraq, Kuwait, and Afghanistan and his current responsibilities in the National Guard make these expenses even more strenuous on the family.
At just 6-years old, Jasmin was diagnosed with Acute Lymphoblastic Leukemia, a rare form of cancer affecting the white blood cells. Due to her chemotherapy, she soon developed an invasive fungal infection that required her to be attached to an IV for 8 hours every day.
Though she still has chemo treatments once a month, Jasmin is currently in the “maintenance phase” of her chemotherapy, which is the last phase before she can claim remission.
Jasmin is the daughter of superhero parents, Daniel and Sarah Murray. She also has a sweet brother named Osage, and a baby sister, Violet, who can make Jasmin smile no matter how bad the chemo makes her feel.
Daniel and Sarah have met many other families of children undergoing chemotherapy at Jasmin’s hospital, and find they often comment on Jasmin’s devotion to befriending and inspiring her fellow leukemia patients, even while she is fighting a battle of her own.
Jasmin’s father, Daniel, is active duty Army reserve and has served in Iraq, Kuwait and Afghanistan. In addition to caring for Jasmin's Acute Lymphoblastic Leukemia, Daniel and his wife, Sarah, also tend to Jasmin’s younger brother, Osage, who has been diagnosed with Failure to Thrive.
Though both diseases are extremely rare, they are far more likely to occur in children of those who served in the Gulf War. Tragically the VA refuses to acknowledge fault and fully cover Jasmin's treatment. It's now up to us, the ones that Daniel was protecting, to help pay the price that he paid to protect our freedom.
Waiting for spinal tap, then chemo...keeping busy and keeping our smiles on.
Tomorrow is the start of her new phase. She'll be getting this treatment once a week for 3 weeks. I don't know anything past that. I'm a complete mess just thinking about these treatments. Praying constantly to keep calm for the kids. Please help me pray that it won't make her sick, she has some fun things at school to look forward to, I don't want her to miss it.
Jasmin had her last chemo treatment for this phase. Her ANC was over 4,000 and platelets were over 200,000. Her new phase starts March 5. I'm a nervous wreck about this next round of chemo! They are adding a third chemo med, and it's harsh. They said it has a tendency to lower numbers, among other things. Low numbers would mean no school, no chemo, no venturing out of the house.
I was also unhappy about this honest description because it was given in front of Jasmin. She has a tendency to have "freak outs" if she knows the medicines side effects. We are praying this chemo doesn't lower her numbers enough to stop treatment. The faster we get through this next phase the better, because the phase after is the maintenance phase.
Also if her numbers get low enough then the fungal infection could get worse because her body can't fight it.
Spinal tap day!! Also chemo day!!!
Project Ana, LA Sports Net, and Golden Road Brewing will be holding a 4-Square Tournament for Jasmin on March 1st. 100% of the tickets sales, product sales, and donations will go directly to Jasmin's family.
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Jasmin's super powers are no match for a cold! Hopefully her numbers are good enough so that she can get chemo tomorrow.
Jasmin had clinic today. Her numbers are still good, they have been slowly coming down every week though. The bad news is that her fungal infection is not shrinking so she is back on 2 antifungal meds instead of just 1. It is not making Jasmin happy because she has to be hooked up to an IV everyday again. She can still go to school, but she can not participate in gym class. It's hard for her to understand all this still.
Chemo day, last one for the month, but not the end of the cycle. One more month left of this cycle.
Jasmin is back at school!! I'm so excited for her, I know she's going to have an amazing day.
Ready for chemo this morning. She's a little nervous about getting the new one, she doesn't want to puke or lose her hair.
Being goofy and celebrating. ANC is over 4,000!!!!!
Clinic visit, lab work, needle change.....fun stuff today.