At four years old, Noah began showing concerning signs. He broke his arm unusually easy and was experiencing fevers only at night. Shannon took him to his pediatrician, which would turn out to be the first in a long line of doctors’ visits. After administering a blood test, Dr. Rick Hall urged Shannon to take Noah to an emergency room in Lexington with an alarming diagnosis: leukemia.
The news rattled Shannon to her core. She had no idea how to process this, but she did know that she had to be strong. Fortunately for her, the team at the UK HealthCare’s Kentucky Children’s Hospital would be able to devise a comprehensive plan to help treat Noah’s leukemia.
“If you get nothing else, just know that the team at UK has been absolutely wonderful,” Shannon said.
When word spread about Noah’s illness, Shannon’s relatives and the community stepped up to assist the Stulls however they could. Her mother, daughter and daughter-in-law help her take care of Noah, and others in her hometown have expressed their unrelenting support and sent well wishes.
Though Noah is still undergoing treatments for his leukemia, his family is hopeful he can overcome it.
“It takes a village to raise this child,” Shannon said.