Honored Kid

Dylan V.

Age 13
Dylan V. Kid Photo

Location

San Antonio, TX, US

Diagnosis

Non-Hodgkin lymphoma

Date of Diagnosis

March 2015

Status

In maintenance

Treated At

Childrens Cancer and blood clinic

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My Story

Dylan was diagnosed with T -Cell Lymphoblastic Lymphoma on March 30, 2015. After complaining of side pain I took him to the ER at our local children's hospital. The Dr. had told me his left lung was filled with fluid. At about 2 am that night all I remember was the doctor coming in with a very sad look and told me your son has a tumor in his chest. This was the worst night of my life . Little did I know our lives were about to change. I started crying and I could not believe this was happening. All I could think about was I just lost my sister a year to be exact and it all started with a tumor with her. I was thinking tumor= CANCER ?? I was remembering all the pain I saw her suffer and could not imagine my own son going thru the same. I remember telling the doctor about it. With tears in her eyes she said I know this is why we hate cancer . We never know when its coming . I also remember the charge nurse coming in and giving me the best advice to stay Strong!! Its been very hard but David and I have. Dylan was admitted into ICU that night and everything started happening so fast. We had a meeting the next morning and the Dr. told David and I the diagnose . The great news was she said He Can beat this!! She also let us know the treatment plan will be three years . She wanted to start chemotherapy immediately . Dylan has had a lot of the side affects I remember him screaming in pain like I have never heard him scream before the tumor was bursting and it was called tumor lysis. He also, experienced high eye pressure that has caused him peripheral vision loss. His eye pressure was so high he had to have needles put in to release the pressure. He also, experienced high blood pressure and many other side effects. He has also had many hospital stays. I am thankful to God to say he just entered maintenance ! This will be the longest part of his treatment plan . He still has two and half more year's of chemotherapy injected and orally and will also still undergo lumbar punctured procedures and transfusions if needed. We are thankful to God for healing and giving Dylan and our family the strength to get thru this journey of our lives, it has affected us all. We are also, thankful for all the support that has been provided to our family from Prayers, donations and fundraisers from our soccer family to close friends, immediate family and some people that we had never met before that have come into our lives . Also, to his awesome team of oncologist who take great care of Dylan and nurses. We are so thankful from the bottom of our hearts!! I am sharing our personal story in hopes you will support St. Baldrick's foundation in honor of Dylan and so many other children . More than 300,000 kids worldwide who will be diagnosed with cancer this year. By sharing the gifts of your time, talent and money with the St. Baldrick’s Foundation, you're supporting research to give all kids with cancer a better chance for a cure!

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