was born March 5th, 2010. He had never missed a day of daycare from
any illness and was a happy thriving little baby boy. When we took him
for his 6 month appointment, our Pediatrician, Dr. Goins, felt what she
believed to be a hernia. We were referred to a Pediatric Urologist, Dr.
Perez, for a look to see what he thought. I remember reading hernia's
are common in babies and they are easily corrected by a simple surgery,
never seemed like anything to be too concerned over. We were in the
Urologist office by the end of the same week as Nolan's 6 month
appointment. When the Urologist felt the hernia, he described it as a
hard mass and had a concerned look on his face. He gave us all the what
ifs and cancer was one of the what ifs. I'm not sure about Keith, but I
couldn't bring myself to believe our baby could have cancer and this
was probably just the Doctor being cautious and covering all bases to
let us know what the worst case scenario would be. Nolan was scheduled
for surgery the following Tuesday, one week after his 6 month
appointment. Nolan was a trooper the morning of the Surgery, we were
nervous. He was taken back to Surgery right on time, by the time we
packed up our stuff and headed out to the waiting area we received a
call from the OR. The tumor was completely wrapped around his testicle
and there was no way to save it. Tumor…tumor?? I tried to reassure
Keith, maybe tumor was just a term being used and we didn't know what it
really was yet. Everyone associates tumors with cancer. The Nurse
came right out and we signed the consent to have his testicle removed.
The actual surgery was over with really quickly and Dr. Perez reassured
us we made the correct decision regarding the removal. He had sent the
tumor to pathology for a quick test in order for us to have an answer
whether it was malignant or benign. He would have the answer before we
left the recovery room. We went back to see Nolan, while we were
packing up we had our answer…cancer. There was no way for them to know
what type yet and pathology would need a few days to determine. We were
at Blume Pediatric Hematology and Oncology by the end of the same week.
Around Octobor 1st, Nolan was diagnosed with Stage IV Neuroblastoma.
He had another tumor on his right adrenal gland extending into the other
half of his little body.
Around Dec 10th, Nolan began walking at only 9 ½ months of age and in the middle of chemo!
Nolan completed 4 rounds of chemo and went in for a tumor resection in
Jan 2011, not all of the Tumor was able to be removed during the
Surgery. Scans showed active tumor still remained after surgery, we
just had to wait for the biopsy of parts of the tumor that had been
removed. Because of the great communication between all the Doctor's,
we didn't have to wait long to hear the news, the remaining tumor was
maturing and dying off on its own, no more chemo!
Nolan's 1st birthday in March, during his May scans (three months after
treatment) the results showed Nolan was CANCER FREE! He remains Cancer
free to this day and he enjoys playing outside, something he was not
able to do too much of during chemo.
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