Friday, July 6, 2012

Team Dustin ~ Prayers and Pixie Dust

You may have noticed that we have been on a hiatus for a bit.  Our family is facing one of our greatest challenges yet.  My two year old nephew has been diagnosed with Stage 4 cancer.  Just a few weeks ago, my sister in law took him to the pediatrician because he was pale and lethargic.  He was tested from everything from a virus to leukemia.  After several tests, CT scans and ultrasounds, the doctors discovered a grapefruit size tumor on his kidney.  Because of its size and because it is surrounding arteries and pressing against other major organs, they cannot operate yet.  He will need four rounds of chemo before they determine if the tumor is reduced in size enough to remove.  When the tumor is reduced in size, he will then be transferred from Texas to a hospital in New York.  After they remove the tumor, he will still be in need of chemo for several months.

We live in NH, and my brother and his family are in Texas.  It is very hard being so far away, but luckily, I will be headed down next week to take care of my nephews who are 5 years old and 7 months while Dustin is in the hospital getting his next chemo treatment.  Please send prayers and pixie dust his way!  He is one tough kid and we all know he is going to beat this!

If you would like to keep up with Dustin's progress, there is a Caring Bridge site set up, as well as a "Team Dustin" Facebook page.  He can use all the support he can get!

4 comments:

Disney Babies Blog said...

Hey Beth - Every time.. I just can't imagine.. The caring bridge link isn't working.. just fyi. 

Beth D. said...

Thank you, Jenn!  The link is updated to Dustin's Caring Bridge page.  I can't believe I did that!

PiratesandPixieDustVacations said...

Hi Beth,
My 6 year old son Mikey is a brain cancer patient at MSKCC... he's been there for almost 4 years. We're not getting the cure we hoped for but things are stable for now so we're ok with that. WE're actually in on Wednesday this week for scans.
MSKCC is the best place for Neuroblastoma and we have many little friends on that team. The surgeon is phenomenal and Dustin is in the best hands possible. We're keeping Dustin and your family in our prayers. If there's anything I can do please don't hesitate to get in touch...

Mikey's caring Bridge is: www.caringbridge.org/visit/mikeymikew

Beth D. said...

Thank you so much for sharing your experience! I will be sending lot of prayers Mikey's way. It is hard to imagine that these little ones have to face such challenges. Dustin completed his third chemo treatment this week and it looks like he will definitely have two more before heading to NY.