|Andrew, age 2 1/2. April 8th, 2010. One week before the horror.|
On April 17th, 2010, after spending my morning running in the Pat Tillman race on the campus of ASU, the strange appearance of Andrew's eye (a slight bulging), which I had noticed for a few days, started to worry me. Coincidentally, we spent the late afternoon and early evening with my friend who happens to be a neurologist. I asked her to look at his eye, and she was concerned. We left our dinner at the Olive Garden and went to the ER.
After a CT scan, we stood there staring at a the black and white image of a tumor which had grown behind Andrew's eye orbit. The nightmare began. That Tuesday, a neurosurgeon successfully removed the tumor.
|Andrew saying "cheese."|
|The day we got his diagnosis|
We found out it was cancerous...an aggressive cancer which would just grow back if not killed by chemotherapy and radiation. I will not name the cancer, for emotional reasons. It feels like uttering the name of a demon. I don't want to give it any recognition.
In July and August we spent 7 weeks in Houston, TX for consultation and radiation at MD Anderson.
|Andrew receiving radiation at MD Anderson|
On December 11, 2010 he completed his last round of chemo.
On December 13, 2010 he was back in the hospital with a life-threatening bacterial infection in his blood.
On January 3, 2011, he had several scans. All of which came back negative and clear!!
He received his next set of scans in April 2011--clear!!