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Missy Bess Terrell posted December 6 at 7:09am:
I realized that there are no instructions on how to tell people that your son has been diagnosed with cancer. I would type a sentence or two then delete them. It felt like writing it out and posting it made it more real. One of any parent’s worst nightmares came true for me. My son Nathan, better known as “Kicker” to many, was diagnosed with cancer on December 5th. Never would I have thought that the little knot that showed up on my teenage sons kicking leg would end up being cancer.
Many have asked what lead up to this. In late July, he developed a small knot just below his knee. Throughout his football season the size increased slowly as well as some pain. We kept thinking it was related to him kicking so much. Then season ended and the pain kept getting worse, he was visibly limping and his knee was swollen. On Thursday November 30th, an X-ray showed a mass. The results from the MRI the following day read that it appeared to be cancer. They canceled his appointment to come back to the orthopedic doctor and told us that we need to go straight to the orthopedic surgeon at Vandy who specializes in sarcomas.
During our meeting with the surgeon she confirmed that this was cancer. Her initial opinion was that he had osteosarcoma due to the images of the MRI and location of the mass. Even though I already knew that this was most likely going to be cancer it still felt like the breath had been knocked out of me when she said the words out loud. They scheduled so many tests after seeing the surgeon. We moved past being worried that it’s cancer to praying it has not spread anywhere else. The biopsy results determined that instead of osteosarcoma that he has Non-Hodgkin’s Lymphoma. While this is still cancer it does mean that they can treat this with just chemo therapy as opposed to having to have a major surgery on his leg after receiving chemo.
I have no words truly explain how I’m feeling because they all fall short. Never have the words been truer that I would trade places with him if I could. But Nathan is staying positive and has had a smile on his face despite everything that has been thrown at him over the last couple of weeks. He even told me that he was worried about me after noticing that I had been crying. My goal to keep a smile on his face and stay positive. He has already expressed how grateful he is for his friends and teammates who have rallied around him. He will beat this and he is going to go on to do great things. Cancer picked the wrong kid because he’s going to KICK CANCER’s BUTT!
I am humbled by all the love and support that we’ve had during this difficult time. I can’t thank you all enough. Just continue to pray for Nathan while he begins his treatments the week before Christmas.
Join us #6KickinCancersButt!!!
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