Dominic Watson & Family

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Dominic Watson is 11 years old. On January 19, 2018, Doctors at Cook Children's discovered a massive brain tumor (the size of a small orange). On January 20, they successfully removed the tumor. On January 24, the family was informed that the tumor was malignant, and Dominic was diagnosed with Giant Cell Glioblastoma, a grade IV cancer that is extremely rare in children. This is an aggressive brain cancer that they were very lucky to catch early and were able to perform a total resection on. Although there are statistics on glioblastoma, there are no reliable statistics for glioblastoma in children, with treatment, and a total resection. The statistics in his case, are pointless because, well...he's Dominic, and he's a Warrior, obviously :)
Prayers are welcomed, encouraged, and appreciated! If you would like to make a donation to help the Watson family with medical bills and personal bills (they are unable to work during this time), you can donate one of 2 ways:
an account is set up at Texoma Community Credit Union under the Dominic Watson Family.
Thank you to everyone for your kind words, prayers, and generous donations. This will be a long road that Dominic is going to come out on top of. He, with his family, friends, and all of you, will fight and never give up, because that's what true warriors do. #prayersfordominic #dominicthewarrior
 I’m copying this next text from Sarah’s Facebook page to give insight on the story:

Thank you to everyone for your calls/texts and prayers! We've had an overflow of love and support. Wanted to update everyone at once because I'm not able to keep up with all of the texts and calls.

After weeks of headaches, nausea, zero fever, no cough or sore throat, but not feeling well at all, being diagnosed with a viral sinus infection and then with what was thought to be mono (we hadn't received the mono test results back yet), we finally have some answers. Not at all what we were expecting or wanting.

His headaches that started on Christmas turned into migraines and he spent the past week in bed completely exhausted and nauseous, with zero appetite and unable to keep anything down other than Pedialyte.

Tuesday I noticed when he was looking at me, that he was actually looking beside me. He said he was having double vision and Thursday morning he woke up with one eye crossing. We went back to the doctor and they said it was an eye infection, called in drops and said he could likely go to school the next day (today). I decided to take him to the eye doctor to be sure and am so glad I did. Dr. Kisner did an eye exam and found swelling in his optic nerve. She called his pediatrician and they agreed that we needed to go to Cook Children's Hospital. Cook's took us back as soon as we showed up and set him up for an MRI.

We have now found out that Dominic has a tumor in the right side of his brain about the size of a small orange. He is scheduled for surgery Monday morning. We do not have any information on the type of tumor or how old/aggressive it is. He has swelling around the tumor that they are trying to get down before surgery. He also has a blockage of spinal fluid. He has a good team here at Cook and they have a plan in place. I have a good sense of peace that everything is going to be ok. Nick was able to get a flight into DFW today and will be here shortly. Dominic is being himself! He's talked every nurse's ear off about Star Wars, Zelda, Percy Jackson, Harry Potter (and how awful book 5, Order of the Phoenix is),
He knows everything that is going on and he's doing great - he says he just wants it out.

Thank you to everyone for your prayers and please continue to pray for him!! We are doing good and am thankful for all of our wonderful friends who have helped with Kelcie, our dogs and the house. Taylor and Emerlie are doing good too! Turning off my phone for the next few days unless needed. I'll update everyone here on Monday or if anything new happens between now and then.

With Sarah and Nick unable to work, any amount donated will go toward bills at home, a large insurance deductible, and an unknown amount of medical bills. This is the very last thing we want them worrying about during this time. Thank you so very much!
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Dominic was fitted for his mask today and will start his 6 weeks of radiation and chemo on the 13th. Has some rockin’ hair from the mask!
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Dominic is feeling good! He is relaxing, playing video games, and is surrounded by the cards and love from all of you!
He and his family will meet with Dr Strom on Tuesday, and he will discuss the treatment plan and when it will begin. He is so excited to go to school on Monday! He wanted to say thank you, so enjoy this video!! ❤️
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>>Update from Sarah<<

We went back to Cook’s today and met with Dominic’s neurologist, Dr. Murray, and his team. They called us yesterday with news that the tumor is malignant Giant Cell Glioblastoma, a grade IV cancer that is extremely rare in kids. The age of diagnosis for this type of cancer is usually in the 50s. We do no know how long he has had it. Dr Murray guesses it has been there for at least 2-3 months, possibly longer. We don’t know what may have caused it. It’s not known to be hereditary or caused by anything he may have done. It may be linked to an abnormality in his DNA.

So basically, they don’t have reliable statistics for us. He said his best guess is a 10% 5-year survival rate. Treatment will include radiation for 6 weeks at TX Oncology in Wichita Falls with Dr Strom. It will be M-F for 6 weeks and will hopefully start in the next week or two. Treatment will also include temozolomide, an oral chemo, for 42 days during radiation and then 5 days a month for at least a year. The chemo may make him nauseous but we don’t expect for him to be overly sick lose his hair from it.

They have no tumor to measure effectiveness against since he had a gross total resection (they think they got it all) so we’re going to have to rely on quarterly scans for the first few years to make sure it does not return. They won’t consider him in remission until he’s had clean scans for 5 years.

He will also have yearly neuro psych exams

There are no other published cases similar enough to Dominic’s to really know his prognosis. No other cases of Giant Cell Glioblastoma in a child his age with gross total resection.

Dominic has been begging to go back to school so he will be returning on Monday (9 days after brain surgery!!). His incision is looking great and other than some minor swelling and his eye still turning some, you wouldn’t know he’s sick. He has energy and the same wonderful personality he’s always had.

I don’t care about the statistics. They’re useless and based on data that doesn’t really pertain to him. He’s going to be ok and he’s going to have an amazing testimony! Dominic has never been one to follow statistics.

Thank you all so much for praying for Dominic and please continue to do so!

**I think I covered all of the questions we’ve received! This is everything we know and I really don’t think anything else matters at this point. Our only option now is to keep our faith in God and do whatever we need to do to help Dominic get through this.

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He is home!! Pathology has not come back yet on the tumor, but Dominic is home and feeling good ❤️
Please keep praying!!
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