2018 Josh fight against 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
These last few weeks for Josh have been incredibly stressful and short to a miracle. Josh has shown us once again how resilient he is by having to endure 3 major surgeries. One of the two brain surgeries having to be an emergency because Josh’s second brain tumor had started to hemorrhage and swell twice its size. This was totally heart stopping, but Josh once again showed how strong will he is and fighter.
Over this past weekend Josh met all of the requirements that the doctors wanted him to meet before they would release him to come home. Josh was so happy when we arrived at home. Now Josh has been in recovery mode the last few days continuing to do very well. His vision is still returning back slowly, for now we are doing our best to make sure our son Josh is comfortable and doing whatever he wants.
Josh is scheduled to start his follow ups at the beginning of the new month and also to begin his chemotherapy treatments for the cancer in his lungs.
I wanted to thank all of you for your spiritual support and generosity which has touched our family and that you have made a difference in our lives.
We will continue to keep you updated on how our “Brave Cancer Warrior Josh” is doing.
Thank you again,
The Bedoya Family
On 30 March 2018 in the evening Josh suffered a major set back when he had a seizure in the bathroom. He was taken to the ER for treatment and the CT scan. The ER Doctor consulted with Stanford Doctor. And we were told that 2 tumors were found in his brain. We were transported to Stanford later that night. Josh has been complaining about pain to his left hip and after an x-ray it was confirm that his left hip was fracture from his fall. Hip surgery was done to repair his left hip and at the same time the team of Doctors were reviewing how they were going to remove the tumors by one at a time. The first removal went well. But on the first day of recovery Josh was not acting right and after being examine by a team of Doctors. They determine that the 2nd had hemorrhage and swelled to twice it's size. Emergency surgery had to be done to remove it. There had been some up and downs these few days he is having to physical therapy to regain his strength on his limbs and his vision has been affected also, but it is a slow recovery and Josh is now in the Oncology ward waiting to begin day one of radiation for his brain tomorrow this week. Afterwards he will begin again chemotherapy treatment for his lungs. Our Brave Cancer Warrior Josh 's journey is a long one. And I am once again asking for your assistance with the on going travel, food, fuel, some medication expenses for Josh. I am humble by all of your kindness and love. All of you really saved my family during these last 3 years and I thank you.
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.
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 So glad you are responding to treatment. Still praying for your full recovery! Continue to be a fighter!
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.