We successfully raised $7,000 during his first chemo that allowed us to pay off most of his medical bills from last year. Thank you for everyone that contributed in the fall.
James was originally diagnosed with Classical Hodgkin’s Lymphoma stage II with bulky mass disease on 10/10/2017. He fought courageously and completed 4 cycles of chemo therapy. 12/27/2016 was his last day of chemo. The new year came and James scans looked great. His response was good and he was told he was in remission. I watched as the staff of MSTI sang to him and James rang the bell signaling his start of his new cancer free life.
I'm grateful James enjoyed 5 months of being cancer free. He resumed his normal social life. He took his SAT and got his high school equivalence certificate. James also was working 30 hours a week at Taco Bell. He enjoyed the freedom of having his own money and was looking forward to summer fun!
James found a small lump on his left side of its neck and told me about it on May 19th. James’ cancer primarily was affected on the right side of his neck when he was first diagnosed with Hodgkin's Lymphoma. I couldn’t help but be worried. We got him in to see his primary physician on 5/26 and an ultrasound was ordered. James was seriously annoyed that I was ruining his day off by making him get an ultrasound of his neck. During that appointment, I'm grateful that the radiologist had the technician ultrasound his whole left side because James could only feel one lump and my heart sank over every additional lump the ultrasound technician found. After a long memorial weekend things have finally started moving. And quickly.
Dr. Meeker called me to discuss the results of his ultrasound on Tuesday, 5/30. Thursday, 6/1, he called again to discuss surgery and briefly discussed treatment. On Friday, 6/2, James' surgeon, Dr. Bowman called to discuss surgery with me.
Monday, 6/5, moved just as quickly, Dr. Bowman performed a biopsy and inserted a Hickman catheter in his chest. To understand how incredible Dr. Bowman is she tried for over an hour to insert the catheter into his left side per James request. Unfortunately, she was unsuccessful. There were too many nodes compressing the area and veins to insert the catheter. So, it was placed very close to where his port originally was.
I truly appreciate how many phone calls I've received from Dr. Meeker who has been calling to discuss James' health with me.
Tuesday, 6/6, we had a PETSCAN done. Wednesday, 6/7, Dr. Meeker reviewed the results of the biopsy which was Hodgkin’s. The PETSCAN showed live cancer cells on his left side of his neck and in his chest. On 6/8 James had samples of his bone marrow taken out to make sure that the cancer had not spread into his bones. After the procedure he was wheeled into his room and he began his chemo treatment.
We will lean into our faith, we know that God is walking beside us and he will carry us through to the end.
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