TEAM Mason.. Ready for battle!

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Raised by 133 people in 34 months
Jenna Switzer  DOUGLASVILLE, GA
First off, thank you so much for visiting this site for our little man.. Beginning of january 2014 our son Mason was having a hard time breathing and complained of a lot of chest pain.  We took him to the ER and he had a xray and we were told that he had pneumonia.  After his followup with the doctor after that I still wasnt satisfied and knew something was still wrong so we then took him to a childrens ER and had a repeat xray.  We were told then that his pneumonia had cleared up but he now had a viral infection.  Fast forward almost a month later and our little man still wasnt himself and was very inactive and wouldnt eat much or drink and could tell something was still hurting him.  Monday February 10, 2014 changed our lives forever.  We took him this time to a actual childrens hospital, Scottish Rite Childrens Hospital in Atlanta, GA.  Immediately in the ER they performed blood work, xrays, ultrasound and gave him an IV drip with some fluids.  We then found out within a few hours from arriving that Mason had a very large tumor mass in his liver, and that he has whats called Hepatoblastoma.. liver cancer.  Our world was turned upside down.  We now are waiting for the results of the biopsy and to then be able to see what kind of chemo treatment our little guy needs.  His biopsy didnt go as planned, he started bleeding and they were not able to stop it.  The only way to stop it is pressure so they put pressure gauze on the mass and closed him back up.  He was then brought to the PICU and left sedated with a breathing tube.  Our next step is getting him back in surgery to make sure the bleeding has stopped and then give him time to heal before chemo starts.  This cancer is very curable since even if the chemo is not able to shrink it enough for removal, he will then need a transplant.  We do not have the best health insurance for something this serious and my husband has missed many days of work so far and im sure will be missing many more.  Ive been a stay at home mom since day one and Mason has an older brother named Benjamin who is 3 1/2.  This is going to be a very long journey and road ahead but with everyones support and prayers, Mason can make it through ANYTHING put in front of him!!!
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Update 51
Posted by Jenna Switzer
29 months ago
Today was the best day ever! Me and mason were up at 5 am to get ready and head to the hospital.. We had to be there at 7am lol once we got there we got all signed in and thankfully didn't have to wait long.. Mason has gained his appetite back big time and for him to not be allowed to eat till his CT was done, was not fun! As soon as he wakes up he wants chocolate milk and a bowl of cereal and he couldn't have anything.. Well we finally got the sedation started around 10:15 for the scan and it went great.. He didn't get his hearing test today cause the timing wouldn't of worked.. Since he gets a contrast injected during the CT scan, he can't stay sedated for the hearing test immediately after because of the risk of getting sick and throwing up while sedated which could then make him choke.. The hearing test takes a hour and we wouldn't of made our results appt.. So I will call this week to reschedule that.. He did not want to wake up from the sedation he was just snoring lol but once he finally did wake up we headed over to the clinic around 11:15 and got the best news ever .. his CT scan came back all clear and everything looked so good!!! They couldn't really tell at this point if any of the liver has grown back since there is so much scar tissue but all his levels were great! We don't go back for a month and when we do it's just blood work.. He will also get another EKG since they haven't checked it since before he started chemo.. One of the best parts of the day was when we went and picked up Benjamin from there Oma's house since he slept there last night, and as soon as mason walked in he pulled up his shirt and said "I'm all done! All better" and he was so excited to tell his brother all about it! Tonight we ordered some take out and got mason a cake and he loved it! He has been so happy and goofy lately and just always smiling and laughing, it's the best thing ever and I haven't seen him like this since Christmas time! Thank you everyone so so much, I can't believe the day is finally here that we are able to say mason is CANCER FREE!!!!! From here on out, he just gets to heal and recover and be a fun little boy.. I am so so proud of him and everything he has done the past 5-6 months and we are proud to be his mommy and daddy!
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Update 50
Posted by Jenna Switzer
29 months ago
CT scan results.. Mason is CANCER FREE!!!
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Update 49
Posted by Jenna Switzer
29 months ago
5 months ago today was the day that can always feel like it was only 5 min ago to me.. I remember so clearly driving mason to the children's hospital and I knew something wasn't right but I also knew we would find out and then go home.. Little did I know that from that night on we lived in the hospital for 2 months and had our lives turned upside down! And now 5 months later we can say he is done with chemo and getting better each and everyday ..on Monday we have to be at the hospital at 7am for him to get sedated and have his CT scan and his hearing test, then after that we get the results!!! I'm excited and nervous for this scan but I can't wait to finally start counting the number of days he is cancer free .. we are finally all settled in our new home and hope to have a relaxing weekend by the pool
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Update 48
Posted by Jenna Switzer
29 months ago
I can't believe that this day is finally here.. February 10th of this year, this day seemed millions of years away.. But today is the day.. Today is the day our sweet mason gets his last dose of chemo, his last pole to push around with him and the last time his port needs to be poked.. Today will end the vomit filled nights and the days full of nonstop sleep.. Today is a new chapter for him, a new journey to begin and the start of many many more smiles and laughs! It has been almost 5 months since we got the life changing news and heard the dreadful word, cancer.. These past 5 months have tested us and our families emotionally, mentally and physically .. Mason showed us all how to be strong and push through each obstacle that was put in front of us.. Even on our worst day we always had something to be thankful for, mason was still sitting right next to us with his contagious smile and goofy personality! He has shown tremendous strength that we will all forever admire! Me and my family want to thank all of YOU so much too! Each of you have been there right next to us through all of this and have been a amazing support system.. Through all your prayers, love, gifts and donations we have been able to stay by masons side all along! You have all helped us more then you'll ever know and we love each one of you .. we hope you continue to follow masons next chapter and part of his journey as he recovers from chemo and just grows into a little boy! We are so happy that we got to share our mason with everyone and have so many people fall in love with him just like we have! He has had the most amazing nurses and doctors who at times stepped in for me when I needed to breathe or just cry and have a mommy minute to myself! They saved his life and words could never express how thankful we are for that.. A HUGE thank you to all our family members who have been there to support us and take care of Benjamin so we could stay at the hospital with mason.. Thank you to everyone that has planned events for mason and donated on his gofundme site.. Our sweet Benjamin has been incredible too and couldn't of asked our 4 year old to handle this any better then he has.. And last but not least, my husband! He has been our families rock and support system.. He has continued to work his butt off to make sure bills are getting paid and give us anything we need.. He sacrificed time at the hospital or home with Benjamin so he could work .. The first few months of all this, I could never keep it together and I was a mess.. Without jason I couldn't of made it through many days! He was a shoulder to cry on or someone that forced me to get out of the hospital room and go for a walk or get food lol there are probably so many more people I would love to thank and I will do so over the next several updates .. mason has been just playing with play doh and is just about done with his chemo.. We will be leaving here very soon and on our way home! I will update you all again later
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Lindsey Riley
32 months ago

Just got my shirt , I am a friend of Kathi in Va Beach .We are praying for you Mason and family . Stay strong !

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Jorge Coria
33 months ago

I just found out about Mason's story on the Megsmiles group on FB and I want to help. Sending the most positive of vibes for him to recover quickly and completely.

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Donna Yeaton
33 months ago

Please donate for this cause. The family is very dear to us and Jenna grew up with my kids. There 2 yr old son was diagnosed with liver cancer. The family is going to need lots of prayers and donations to help with the Medical bills. GO TEAM MASON....We love you and are praying for a speedy recovery

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Nancy Stuart-Laverdiere
34 months ago

Please donate for this cause. The family has been friends for 50 years! So FB please help me out. To help him!

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Candace Peercy
34 months ago

You are such a brave little guy. Stay strong you have the best family behind you, and lots of others praying for your speedy recovery.

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Tinamarie Corbo
34 months ago

OMG- PLEASE stay strong!!! I am sending, and sharing this with everyone and in every way I know RIGHT NOW!!! OCEANS of love and Healing!!!!

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$12,632 of $15k goal

Raised by 133 people in 34 months
Created February 14, 2014
JR
$50
Judy Rich
27 months ago
TG
$100
Ted and Judy Gach
30 months ago

Our prayers and thoughts are with you. Love Ted and Judy Gach (Great, Great Aunt and Uncle)

BE
$50
Barbara Escurra
30 months ago

Every man shall give as he is able, according to the blessings of the Lord your God which he has given you.

KB
$20
Katie brown
30 months ago

Supporting Beasts Battling Cancer!

TB
$20
Tiffany Boatwright
31 months ago

#TeamMason

$50
Anonymous
31 months ago
JM
$50
jan maddern
31 months ago
CT
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Christa Terry
31 months ago

The Terry family and the Mommeetmom.com team are rooting for Mason!!

$100
Anonymous
31 months ago
AV
$50
Anne Caroline Valtin
31 months ago

Beasts Battling Against Cancer (Beast Athletics)- sending positive vibes!

Lindsey Riley
32 months ago

Just got my shirt , I am a friend of Kathi in Va Beach .We are praying for you Mason and family . Stay strong !

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Jorge Coria
33 months ago

I just found out about Mason's story on the Megsmiles group on FB and I want to help. Sending the most positive of vibes for him to recover quickly and completely.

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Donna Yeaton
33 months ago

Please donate for this cause. The family is very dear to us and Jenna grew up with my kids. There 2 yr old son was diagnosed with liver cancer. The family is going to need lots of prayers and donations to help with the Medical bills. GO TEAM MASON....We love you and are praying for a speedy recovery

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Nancy Stuart-Laverdiere
34 months ago

Please donate for this cause. The family has been friends for 50 years! So FB please help me out. To help him!

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Candace Peercy
34 months ago

You are such a brave little guy. Stay strong you have the best family behind you, and lots of others praying for your speedy recovery.

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Tinamarie Corbo
34 months ago

OMG- PLEASE stay strong!!! I am sending, and sharing this with everyone and in every way I know RIGHT NOW!!! OCEANS of love and Healing!!!!

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