Honored Kid

Robert Paxton B.

Age 11
Robert Paxton B. Kid Photo

Location

Lexington, KY, US

Diagnosis

Lymphoma

Date of Diagnosis

March 2014

Status

In treatment

Treated At

Cincinnati Children's Hospital Medical Center

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My Story

I first thought I saw a mass on the side of Paxton's neck while at baseball practice on February 10th. Many told me it was just an enlarged lymph node as he frequently had upper respiratory infections. By Thursday afternoon it had quadrupled in size. Friday morning we went to the pediatrician and did blood work that came back normal. We were told to wait and see. I called and scheduled an appointment with our ENT just in case and their first available was March 6th. On Monday February 24th I called our ENT and begged to be seen that day. The mass continued to grow. That day we saw the ENT and he gave us four days of strong antibiotics and steroids in hopes it was a branchial cleft cyst. The mass continued to grow. Thursday we returned and the ENT scheduled surgery for biopsy the next day. What should have been a 30 minute aspiration turned into a 2 hour surgery. He came in and told us the cells found were atypical and the pathology would take some time. On Monday morning, March 3rd, our ENT called and gave us the worst news of our lives. We were quickly connected to Cincinnati Children's Hospital and told he has Burkitt's Lymphoma. We have been at Cincinnati Children's since March 3rd. Paxton has stage 4 Burkitt's Lymphoma.

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