When our son Colton was diagnosed with a rare bleeding disorder at birth in 2002, our family entered a world we were unsure of. No one in either of our families dealt with a chronic illness.
Our first year was rough. We had no idea how to protect our son from internal bleeding. We depended on the Akron Children’s staff (Hemostasis and Thrombosis Center) to help us cope.
Then at 16 months old his health care team in hematology had to begin treating him for leukemia too. Dr. “Talai” (Mohammad Talaizadeh) was our family’s rock throughout the first 10 years of our son’s life. We trusted him to help us make every tough decision to treat Colton’s bleeding disorder and leukemia, but also to make sure Colton was thriving.
The bond they formed was much like any other within our family. Colton’s first word outside of the usual words was “Doc.” Dr. Talai teased us that he was saying “duck.”
Dr. Talai retired just before Colton faced yet another life threatening issue and Dr. Talai came to see him then, but when we were at the Hem/Onc Clinic (Showers Center) for his annual visit I heard someone say Dr. Talai was stopping by, so I went out to look for him.
I asked him to come in and surprise Colton and I caught the moment of a lifetime. Now 16, it is rare to see him so vulnerable, but it was the perfect moment between a little boy and his “Doc.”