Joseph was diagnosed with Autism at 18 months and due to Autism, he suffers from a food aversion which doesn't allow him to eat anything except baby food and pediasure. Making him small with a weak immune system, perfect for Lymphoma.
On April 24th, Joseph's teacher noticed a lump on his neck. We took him to urgent care, 2 pediatricians and the emergency room. We were then referred to an ENT who scheduled an emergency surgery. On May 10th, at 7 years old, Joseph had his first major surgery. 4 days later, we received the devastating news that our son has cancer.
Since then Joseph has bravely faced many obstacles including more surgeries, numerous lumbar punctures, bone marrow biopsy, blood transfusion, chemotherapy drugs, numerous days away from his family spent hospitalized to receive chemotherapy and due to the negative effects chemo has had on his body. However, he gains fans where ever we go as he always smiles and tries to make others smile. Even after nurses come in and do their worst, he thanks them by saying "Thanks babe."
The hardest part about all of this is the things most people dont say...that while you are watching your child go through all the above mentioned, you feel helpless, you struggle to keep some sort of normalacy for the rest of your kids, worrying about finances and the possibility of losing your child is always in the back of your mind.
Joseph has 4 older sisters and a twin brother who he loves so much. He loves playing with his siblings, water and anything to do with letters and numbers. He is a smart, happy boy with a bright future once he kicks lymphomas butt.
Joseph has a long, hard road ahead of him. We are asking for any help you can give. If all you can give is a prayer, we greatly appreciate that too!
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