Shane was 15 when he was diagnosed with Burkitt's Lymphoma. He started off around Thanksgiving of the previous year complaining of stomach pains. First doctor said he was constipated & to change his diet. Next doctor said he was constipated & to change his diet and try a laxative. Obviously, neither worked. A note here...the oncologist made the point to us that children 6-18 typically do NOT get constipated and that it is usually lymphoma...do NOT hesitate to get your child seen if they develop these symptoms, please! We were told very bluntly that if this had gone another two weeks without being caught, Shane would have died.
After a trip to the emergency room in January, he was transferred to Levine Children's Hospital where the next day he was diagnosed with Stage IV (B) Burkitt's Lymphoma. I can't say enough positive things about the Pediatric Oncology staff & physicians at Levine's. They were incredible, caring people that helped our family keep part of our sanity during a horrible time.
Shane handled his diagnosis & treament with grace, dignity, strength, resilience and courage. After about 30 mins of being stunned, he turned to me. "Hey does this mean I'm going to be a cancer survivor?" "Yes, son, I guess it does." "ALRIGHT!! College scholarship!" Another time, he looked at us and said "Mom, mom...I'm dying.......now can I have a data plan??" (Although he was initially told no, his stepmother DID indeed get him a data plan about a month later. lol)
Shane is in remission now. Hopefully, it will stay that way. Your thoughts and prayers are appreciated.
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