Honored Kid

Josue H.

Age 15
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Location

Chicago, IL, US

Diagnosis

Osteosarcoma

Date of Diagnosis

May 2018

Status

Cancer free

Treated At

Advocate Children's Hospital - Oak Lawn

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My Story

Hi; my name is Josh I am 12 year's old. I  was diagnosed with Osteosarcoma it is a type of bone cancer. On May 15, 2018 my mom was told I had a tumor on my right thigh. My mom was like  what do you mean a tumor, the nurse said "ma'am your son has bone cancer", we have to transfer him to children's hospital.  From that day on our lives changed. I started  my chemotherapy around June. Every week  my mom would take day's off from work to take me to do my treatments. I stayed in the hospital for 4 day's each week. Around August or September  the doctor told my mom and brother that the tumors were  not shrinking that the only opition for me to be cured is for me to have an amputation. Both  my brother and mom cried. And when I was told that I was going to have to get my leg cut off I  laughed at first,  then it hit me and I was in tears. My mom said, son it's going to be alright we going to get a second opinion. We went to get a second opinion and then a third opinion, they all said amputation. With everything going on we had a get together to inform all my family of what was going to happen to me. There was sadness in their eye's and lot's of tears.  My hair started falling, so my brother shaved it all off and so did some of my cousin's. A week before I  was do for surgery my mom shaved her head as well. She had very long hair and she shaved it to show support for me. I  had a hemipelvectomy and a right orchiectomy on October 4th, 2018 and I was cancer free.  Regardless of my situation  I am in good spirit and smiling each and every day. I am no different then anyone else I'm still the same Josh that I was before  I was diagnosed with bone cancer. Thank you for supporting me and the 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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