Josh's fight against liver cancer
The ER doctor ordered a CT scan and soon after, he delivered the devastating news that the test showed golf size tumors and bleeding in his liver hence the excruciating pain in his right side which also caused deferred pain to his right shoulder.
Joshua was quickly referred to the Oncology unit at Cottage Hospital. There, they performed a liver biopsy to make the Hepatocellular Carcinoma diagnosis. We were then referred to Standard as Joshua may potentially need a liver transplant if after chemotherapy, and surgery is not feasible.
As Stanford is three hours away from where we live, donations received will be used to support travel, lodging, food and medical expenses because the treatment plan will take over 12 months to complete without set backs. We are also asking for prayers that our son continue to have the strength to withstand his chemotherapy treatments and that our family continue to stay strong and hold on to the hope and faith that everything is going to be ok.
The Bedoya family
Drive here was long and heading back will be interesting this evening with rain
Hi my friends and family, first I want to say I hope everyone of you had a wonderful Valentines day earlier this week .
Well last week we took Josh up to Stanford for his CT / MRI scans to see how his body and the cancer cells are doing against the chemotherapy treatments. Well we sat down in the afternoon with the doctor to discuss the next the phase for Josh. The scans show that the tumors in Josh's lungs are very stable, no increase. Which is good and so the doctors will continue the chemotherapy treatments and this week we will sit down with the doctors to begin the 7th cycle as long as he meets the counts from the blood work drawn. Please keep Josh in your prayers that victory is near.
Thank you again everyone for sending your positive thoughts and prayers for Josh.
Here are some photos from last week.
Well Josh went and had his labs done on this past Tuesday, but his levels were not high enough for him to begin the chemotherapy cycle. He had labs drawn again on Thursday and the levels did go up, but the most important cell count missed the mark by 5. So Josh will go this Monday to have his labs once again drawn and everyone is confident that he will meet the required levels to begin his chemotherapy cycle. Which will be the following day on Tuesday and on a positive note from all of this, our “Cancer Warrior” Josh will get some rest over the weekend so he is stronger when he starts his infusion.
We are so grateful of all of you for all of your support for coming to visit, asking how our son is doing, sending your powerful positive thoughts and prayers that our “Cancer Warrior” Josh will defeat this evil cancer.
I will tell all of you this journey has been hard to our entire family and for me a true test of my faith and how I do my best to treat everyone well. Especially for Josh who is facing this head-on, accepting his scars knowing he will win soon, showing his handsome smile and all this at the age 12.
Much love to all of you and thank you…….
I know it has been sometime since I posted an update on how Josh has been doing with his cancer treatments these less few months. I have only been putting updates on the Facebook page I created for Josh in order for everyone to follow with updates and also for all of you to know how he is doing.
Currently from the last MRI/ CT scan reviews done a couple of weeks ago Josh’s cancer that is in his lungs is responding very well to the chemotherapy treatments and has been reducing in its size significantly. The Doctors are repeating the chemotherapy treatment for a 3rd time and god willing when the next MRI/ CT scans are done that the Doctors like what they see. Than the next steps can be started and hopefully it will be the phase towards our Brave Cancer Warrior Josh in defeating this evil cancer and winning the war. I will do much better to continue to send updates to all of you and thank you again for your kindness to my son and my family for assisting us so we have been able to pay for food, hotel when over nights are needed, and to travel by car up and back to Palo Alto, CA to Stanford’s Lucile Packard’s Children Hospital for Josh’s man Doctors are, treatments, check-ups are. And for us to continue to be able to take him to other locations when it is needed for Josh. I have been humble by all of this.
Now wishing everyone a Merry Christmas and bless holiday with your family and friends. And yes miracles do happen, just look this way and you will see our son the brave battle harden "Cancer Warrior" Josh who beating the odds.... We are so grateful from all of you for receiving your powerful positive thoughts and prayers for Josh for the last 18 months of his journey towards defeating this evil cancer beast.
Again Merry Christmas and god bless all of you.
-The Bedoya Family
Josh . . . I am so proud to be able to say that I was your teacher in second grade. You were a hard worker then and you are a fighter now! But I especially remember that you were the student who would always share something positive or happy . . . no matter what was going on in Room 11. I'll bet you are doing that for your family now . . . because that is who you are! And I want to be just like you!
Hi Josh!! So glad to hear such good news! You must have a great team of doctors and for sure you have awesome parents. Please tell your folks that I love getting your updates. So are you reading any good books??????? Hope so!! Not just playing video games are you? Haha! I am reading "The Mysterious Benedict Society" by Trenton Lee Stewart (no relation! :-)) It's going to be on next years Battle of the Books--green dot. Might want to take a look at it. It's a thick one--485 pages!!!!….but remember…..just one chapter at a time. Well, take care. I am praying for you every day. Mrs. Stewart
Hey, Josh! Where did you get that handsome dog? So cute! I see you still have that big smile! Good to see! I hope that all goes well with your upcoming tests and treatments. Meanwhile, keep the faith, my friend! May God bless you and your family!
Josh, it looks like you have grown so much in the last few months! Hope you are feeling better and that the treatment is going well. I hope and pray for you and your family. Keep the faith, young man!
Hi, Josh! You are looking so much better. Hope you are feeling better as well. That is such a cute picture of you with your dog! I know you much have a great time playing with him. Lots of prayers to you, your mom and family! Take care until next time!
Prayers and good wishes for a complete recovery. Josh, you are a brave and strong young man!
Thank you for the update. Thinking about all of you guys and praying for you! Glad to hear that Josh has been moved from the ICU, next is going to be getting to come home; very soon I really hope! Take care now and God bless.
Great news. You all continue to be in our prayers.
Praying for a successful surgery and a painless recovery! Josh you are awesome stay strong and know all your cousins from Chicago are thinking and praying for you !
Hugs to all of you. You are all in my prayers. Love, Mrs. Stewart
Josh, hang in there buddy. Hope all goes well for you. You and your family are always in our prayers and we are trusting in the best for you. You have a beautiful smile and I hope you never loose it.
You are looking good, Josh! Hope you are feeling as good as you look!
Keep on trukin' Josh!!!!! You are such a fighter! I'll pray for angels to surround you and keep you strong.
So sorry about your recent "bump in the road". Hang in there Josh! We are all cheering you on!
Thank you so much for your continued updates. I continually pray for all of you. You are never far from my mind and heart. I know you may never have intended to be the blessing you have become in many people's lives. Rest assured you are. Your strength and perseverance and faith is an example of how to truly live. May God bless you and keep you close to His heart. I will be thinking of you during the holidays. Stay close to one another. Peace.
Hey, Josh! Glad things are improving and I hope you are feeling better. Your family says you are a tough kid and that is good. Everyone continues to pray for you and your family. I hope you and your family have a great Thanksgiving and Christmas. Keep the faith, young man.
Stay strong, Josh. There are many good people wishing you well and praying for you and your family.
Dear Josh, Keep up the good work of getting yourself well, and be sure to enjoy a little each day and rest too, as you get stronger and stronger! Take extra good care of yourself during this time as you continue to get better. We are praying regularly for you and your family, asking for all the blessings that can come. Love, the Thornton family