About my son

Photo of Julian

Julian Eaton Golden – 3/12/07-3/3/11

My son Julian was born on March 12, 2007. For almost 4 years, he was perfectly healthy. Literally, perfect. He never had antibiotics. He rarely even got a cold.

But in early February 2011, he developed a cough that he just couldn’t shake. Then, we noticed he was getting a lot of bruises, and they weren’t going away.

We took him to the doctor on February 16, 2011. Later that day, he was diagnosed with Childhood Acute Lymphoblastic Leukemia (ALL) and admitted into Children’s Hospital in Minneapolis. He had surgery and his first dose of chemo on Thursday, February 17.

For 15 days, the chemo did what it was supposed to do: it reduced the leukemia cells (“blasts”) in his bloodstream from 34% to 2%. But also killed off the white blood cells that would normally enable his body to fight infections.

On Thursday March 3, 2011, he developed a fatal infection and lost his brief but brave battle with Leukemia.

Read the full story on his CaringBridge site.


7 responses to “About my son

  1. Michael Cartwright

    August 11, 2011 at 9:40 am

    He is a beautiful boy with a pure smile.

  2. rushchick

    August 12, 2011 at 7:33 am

    So very sorry…..He is such a precious lil boy, I love his smile and eyes, so full of life!

  3. Aimee R

    September 1, 2011 at 10:24 pm

    Red balloons today. Thought of Julian. Which brought me to your post. Which was interesting and as always left ME feeling comforted. huh. Which made me smile. Thanks Julian.

  4. Esther Omutere

    May 20, 2015 at 2:10 am

    Others also go through what I’m going through! I feel comforted!


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