‘Smile diary’ helps mother cope with son’s leukemia
By Globaltimes.cn, Published: 2015-06-14 10:37:10
Jü Dou plays with the flashing red light of his fingertip pulse oximeter in the corridor of a hospital on January 28, 2015. The boy was first diagnosed with leukemia after a routine medical checkup. He underwent a bone marrow exam to make a definitive diagnosis the next day. Photo: Renren account “Aimeng”
Editor's Note:
Jü Dou, a nickname meaning “super funny,” is a two-year-old boy diagnosed with leukemia in January 2015. Ever since, his mother has been chronicling his life through photos on her Sina Weibo account (@Baixuebingdouerma). Rather than focus on his enduring pain, his mother’s web diary is filled with smiles, caring words and hope her son triumphs over the disease.

Jü Dou wears the cap of a lunchbox as a hat in a hospital ward on February 1, 2015. The boy regained his appetite for his father’s cooking after undergoing two rough days of therapy. Photo: Renren account “Aimeng”
Jü Dou and his mother take selfies in the hospital on February 11, 2015. Jü Dou is used to be woken up at 5:30 am for routine blood tests and IV drips. “There are always tears for the nurse who gives him injections and a big smile for the one takes his blood pressure,” she said. Photo: Renren account “Aimeng”
Ju Dou’s mother sits by his bedside on February 5, 2015. She sang a song to her son to ease his pain from a lumbar puncture. Photo: Renren account “Aimeng”
“Word of the day: home!” Jü Dou and his mother ready to head home for ten days of recuperation on March 23, 2015 before the next phase of treatment. Photo: Weibo account “Baixuebingdouerma”
Jü Dou watches TV with his father at home. Photo: Weibo account “Baixuebingdouerma”
Jü Dou dresses to go back to the hospital on March 31, 2015 after being informed about an available space. The boy packed his belongings by himself like a “veteran,” his mother wrote. Photo: Weibo account “Baixuebingdouerma”
Jü Dou gives his mother a pretend injunction, telling her “one shot, one bandage, don’t cry!” on March 31, 2015. Photo: Weibo account “Baixuebingdouerma”
Jü Dou stands in a big porcelain vat in Ritan Park, Beijing, on April 27, 2015. He later told his mother that he was too brave to be afraid of having an injection. Photo: Weibo account “Baixuebingdouerma”
Jü Dou plays at home while his family packs for another course of treatment at the hospital on April 27, 2015. Photo: Weibo account “Baixuebingdouerma”
Jü Dou gives his mother a rose on Mother’s Day on May 10, 2015. Photo: Weibo account “Baixuebingdouerma”
Jü Dou’s mother takes a picture of her reflection at the hospital on May 15, 2015. She had to cancel weekend plans and a much needed rest after Jü Dou ran a fever and condition worsened. In the photo she took a moment to ease her mind. “It matters,” she posted. Photo: Weibo account “Baixuebingdouerma”
Jü Dou plays with injectors once used on him on May 20, 2015. Photo: Weibo account “Baixuebingdouerma”
After a tough day of chemotherapy, Jü Dou holds his mother’s hand as he sleeps on May 21, 2015. The ring on her finger was a gift from Jü Dou’s father on May 21, or 5-21, a homonym for “I love you” in Chinese. Photo: Weibo account “Baixuebingdouerma”
Jü Dou (right) styles his mother’s hair while they wait for his father in the car on May 25, 2015. The boy was permitted to rest at home until next treatment, a privilege for which he was so happy that he exclaimed he wanted a penguin for a pet someday, a comment that delighted his mother. Photo: Weibo account “Baixuebingdouerma”