October 29th, 2014 Robby Rushing was diagnosed with Rhabdomyosarcoma (RMS). A sarcoma is a malignancy in the soft tissue of the body. Rhabdomyosarcoma is specifically a malignancy originating in the muscle tissue.
Over Labor Day weekend, the Rushings were in the Dallas area visiting Jenny’s sister when Robby became ill and was taken to Dallas Children’s Hospital. A CT scan revealed a hematoma. (A hematoma is a collection of blood outside the blood vessels.) They were advised to follow up with their local pediatrician for repeat scans and evaluation. It was during a follow-up scan that a mass/cyst was revealed and an immediate surgery was scheduled to remove the mass. During pathology of the tumor, malignancy was discovered and Robby was referred to an oncologist at Sacred Heart Hospital/Nemours in Pensacola for an official diagnosis of cancer.
As you can imagine, this is shocking news. Why? Why this beautiful boy? Why these wonderful people? It will never make sense, so we won’t try to make sense of it. While the adults braced themselves, amid sobs, anger and frustration, Robby took it in stride by petitioning his parents to wear a “I have cancer, give me more candy!” t-shirt for Halloween. It was a gentle reminder that the Rushings have a sense of humor in all areas of life. They love to laugh and have fun and the best medicine for the soul after all is a good laugh. Cancer isn't funny. It's awful. But having cancer and being surrounded by sadness is even worse.
So many people love the Rushings! As Robby endures additional scans and begins chemotherapy, please pray for complete healing. Already, the Rushings know for sure that they are loved and surrounded by very wonderful people.