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Take note of the article below, written by Josh Stalvig, the father of James Stalvig, a retinoblastoma survivor. Do not put yourself or anyone you know through this;
BE CHILDHOOD CANCER AWARE!
Looking Through New Eyes:
A father’s perspective on his son’s cancer
On March 16, 2010, as my wife Kelly, our parents and our sweet little 22-month-old sat in an exam room at the University of Minnesota Medical Center, we received a diagnosis that shocked us all.
Our son James had a cancerous tumor growing in his left eye – a cancer none of us had ever heard of before or even knew existed. It was called retinoblastoma.
According to the doctor, two, maybe three children in the whole state of Minnesota are diagnosed with retinoblastoma each year, and on that day, our son James was the next on that short list.
The doctors had James go under anesthesia so they could get a better look at the tumor and determine a care plan to fight the cancer. James was wheeled away from me into the operating room with Kelly by his side. It was the most hopeless feeling I’ve ever had. My baby boy, who I had cared for everyday of his life, was now in the care of doctors and nurses.
Before James went into the OR, the doctor was pretty confident that we had caught the cancer early enough and with chemotherapy and laser treatment we could win the battle against retinoblastoma.
We sat in a waiting room for what seemed like days but what was only a couple of hours.
Finally, the doctor appeared from a back door and asked us to come into a room with her and discuss her findings. She had x-rays of his eye for us to look at.
James had a large tumor in his eye, but she was confident that we could fight it. The problem, however, was that a bunch of little tumor seeds were growing around the rest of the eye and they could flare up at any moment, turning into big tumors.
We had a decision to make. Our sweet little boy was on the other side of the wall from us, still under anesthesia.
We needed to decide if he should have a port put under his skin for chemotherapy or have him wake up and set up another time for his eye to be removed.
At this moment, I felt like I had been just punched in the gut. I remember looking at my mother, mother-in-law and wife. All of us had tears in our eyes, and I’ll never forget the moment I looked at the three most important women in my life and said “Well, I think you all know what we need to do. We need to have James’ eye removed.”
Read the rest of this article on the Children’s Cancer Research Fund website
Although James lost his one eye, he is still very lucky; many children lose far more due to late diagnosis… PLEASE do NOT let that be your child!