Our summer started off with Jacob having a weird fever in his stomach and back. Mardon and I eventually ended up at the pediatrician telling her of his symptoms and ending the day looking at his left femur with a large tumor.
The next week started with us at Texas Children’s 14th floor (oncolegy floor). Walking out of the elevator and onto that floor was a tough one. We met with doctors, took x-rays of both legs and his pelvic bone. We went to eat and then looked at the results with the doctor. We were shown that the turmors were everywhere, both femors, both sides of the pelvic bone, and down into his knee cap.
The following wednesday we were getting a CT scan of his chest and abdomen area. The scan was only about 2 minutes. Jacob did great. As we were walking out the nurses told us to be strong and that she’d pray for us. Mardon and I kind of looked at each other. It was strange and felt like they just saw something on scan.
The next day there we were told he had a large mass in his abnomen and that his liver had lesions on/in it. As our oncologist was describing Jacob’s situation a tear ran down her face. The signaficance of her
I didn’ realize how hard it would be seeing the port in Jacob’s chest. I surgeon commented on how skinny he was basically he was warning us for how much the port stuck out of his chest. They were able to biobsy his liver without complication. He stayed over night in the out patient room because there were no rooms available in the hospital. Mardon started one of her many sleep overs which I think neither of us really understood how many of these there are going to be along the journey. The next day we were on the 9th floor. The 9th floor is an entire wing dedicated to kids with cancer. Seems like everyday is worse news than the day before.
We ended up home about 5 days later, being diagnosed and then the next day starting chemo therapy.
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