I have laid awake the past 3 nights trying to find words to describe the nightmare Ester and I have found ourselves in. On Thursday I took Nixon in to have his leg looked at after he had been complaining of leg pain for a couple weeks and we had been doing everything we knew to help his growing pains. I was hoping the doctor would give me some suggestions of what else I could be doing for him besides the typical growing pains remedies.
Nixon went for a quick X-ray at the office and I was anxious to get done so we could start heading down to St. George for a baseball tournament. When the dr came back he asked to speak to me privately. He showed me the X-rays and pointed out a couple tumors on Nixon’s femur. Within a couple hours we were up at Primary Children’s getting checked into the oncology department. Nixon had packed his backpack full of stuffed animals, his vet kit, his iPad and army coloring sheets. We were able to get a X-ray and blood drawn that night and sent down to the labs.
Friday morning Nixon went in for a CT scan followed by a MRI and bone scan. That afternoon he went into surgery so they could take a sample of the tumor in his bone and see if it was cancerous or not. Three hours later we learned that the tumors in his leg were indeed cancerous. While he was still in surgery the doctors put in a port on his chest that will be used for chemotherapy treatments. When he came back from surgery he was tired and sore. Later that night we met with the oncologist to gather information on osteosarcoma and the treatment plan we would be doing.
We found out in that meeting that the cancer is very aggressive and has spread to his lungs where there are numerous little tumors. Our sweet Nixon is literally in the fight FOR his life. We are starting chemotherapy this week and after about ten weeks we will go back to see how his body is responding. You can follow his battle at NixonStrong. If you would like to send a card the address is P.O. Box 95455, South Jordan UT 84095. Love you all!