In December of 2009, I sat down with my family as I was pregnant with our second baby boy and we talked about how lucky we were that our family was so happy and so very healthy. Jack, our first born, was 2 1/2 years old and had never even had a real cold. He was full of energy and was constantly on the go. He was so excited that he was about to become a big brother in only a couple of months. Our baby Braden was born in February of 2011 and we couldn’t have been happier.
Two weeks later, we took Jack to the pediatrician because he complained of his armpit hurting and suddenly his eyelid looked a little droopy. He ordered a chest x-ray for the next day and by that night we were told that Jack had a mass in his chest and we had to go to Phoenix Children’s Hospital for a CT scan. That is when everything started spiraling downhill. The CT scan showed that there was definitely a large mass and we checked in that night. On March 8, 2010 after many scans and a biopsy of his neck, we were pulled into a very small room and told that our baby boy had Stage IV Neuroblastoma and that he was not only in his chest, but his bone marrow, and on every bone in his body. We were shocked. Only a couple of months prior we were thanking God for being so healthy, and now we were facing the ultimate monster right in the eye.
Jack started chemo the next day and he has been through 6 rounds of chemo, surgery, stem cell transplant, 20 sessions of radiation, and is almost done with CH14.18 antibody treatment. As of Jack’s last scans in February 2011, his cancer was gone! We are so very thankful that all that he has been through has worked!
From the beginning we chose to take the path of remaining positive and having a lot of faith. Jack has always said that he was going to be ok and for us not to worry. He has gone through all of the treatments, pokes, scans, tests, and Dr appointments like a true fighter. He has never complained about what we are doing and has never asked why this has happened to him. He has reminded us that Heros and inspirations can come in very small 32 lb. packages. He has reminded us how important family is and how strong we have to be for each other.
Jack will be done with his antibody treatment in April and will be scanned again in May. If those scans are clear, his broviac will come out and he will have to continue having scans every 3 months for a couple of years. Please follow Jack’s story and keep him in your prayers that he continues to power through like the fighter that he is.