Last spring Michael Wells was experiencing headaches and body pain. There was also an unexplained bump on his head, so he went to the doctor. Cancer was initially not on the radar, but the doctor diagnosed Michael with acute lymphoblastic leukemia (ALL).
Finally there was an explanation for his pain, but according to Michael’s mom Heather Snopek, this is not news any mom wants to hear.
The family has settled into a routine after the shock of the diagnosis. Every week he goes to the Blank Children’s Cancer and Blood Disorders Center to have a check on his blood count. Michael is able to do chemotherapy at home most of the time but does come to the hospital every other week to receive chemotherapy over a 24 hour period. His treatment plan will continue for the next 3 ½ years. Michael had been in and out of the hospital in the fall with an infection in the intestines, but recently he has been doing great and going to school.
Through his medical journey with ALL, Michael is still a fun-loving third grader. He loves baseball and basketball. You can often find him playing video games, listening to music and hanging out with his siblings – a brother and two sisters.
“I am so proud of how strong he is through this journey,” Heather said. “He always has a smile on his face, which will light up the room. He is a very brave little boy who keeps fighting each day.”