Honored Kid

Benjamin R.

Age 9
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Location

Tripler Army Medical Center, HI, US

Diagnosis

Hepatoblastoma

Date of Diagnosis

January 2012

Status

In treatment

Treated At

Rady Children's Hospital San Diego Tripler Army Medical Center Naval Medical Center, San Diego

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My Story

n January 30, 2012, after his second birthday, Benji was diagnosed with stage 3 hepatoblastoma, which is a long name for liver cancer. When Benji was diagnosed with cancer, we were literally taken out of the world. Like so many other childhood cancer patients, Benji's diagnosis was a total shock. Benji had two rounds of chemotherapy, then surgery on april 2012, followed by four more rounds of chemotherapy ending on Aug 2012. Benji had a difficult time dealing with the side effects of chemotherapy. The treatment-induced nausea led to a loss of appetite, which in turn led to a dramatic loss of weight. Today, thanks to his successful treatment, Benji is a happy, strong, and outgoing little boy. Despite his treatment-related short stature and high-frequency hearing loss, he is very healthy and is doing well. Although he knows that he was once sick, he does not feel as if he is different from the other children around him in any way. Benji is truly a very special and gifted child. He kept our hopes up and taught us how special life really is. We learned that sometimes you can get the bad, but eventually the good comes around.

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