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My son was 25 when he uttered words no parent ever should hear," Mom, I have Cancer." Stage 4 Burkitt's Lymphoma was the final diagnosis... He got down and out during treatment,but most of the time he had a very positive attitude. One thing I will always remember during that time is him saying everyone wondered why him.. his response, why not me? what makes me so special I couldn't get Cancer. Thankfully, I can say my son is now a happy healthy 31 year old, unlike a lot of others who are given this diagnosis. With organizations like Livestrong, LLS, American Cancer Society, Cure , Stand up to Cancer, the list goes on and on. If you have heard those words, my advice to you is research and even more research and be proactive in the treatment..
Glad to hear it is a happy ending! Great photo with the story!
posted October 3rd, 2012  
What an amazing story and testimony of cancer survival. Love his attitude!! Too many people are "why mes?"
posted October 3rd, 2012  
What a great story. Strong and positive. Sounds like an amazing man. Thank you for the reminder.
posted October 3rd, 2012  
Great to share your story, Cheryl! You must have been so affected as he was. Its so fantastic that he is happy and healthy now! I'm currently putting all my energy into supporting Victoria Taylor - see http://365project.org/maggiemae/365/2012-09-29 - you commented on this photo. She wanted to raise $1000 for Child Cancer and so far has raised $8450! I'm spreading the word and helping with what is needed.
posted October 3rd, 2012  
I'm so glad for your son's recovery!!! Sounds like he's a fighter & a winner!!
posted October 3rd, 2012  
Brings tears to my eyes...so touched by you sharing, so glad for his outcome...and what a hard trip it must have been for you too
posted October 3rd, 2012  
Praise God for his recovery Cheryl. Thank you so much for sharing your son's story. My dad is a 12 year survivor of stage IV colon cancer.
posted October 3rd, 2012  
Glad your son is doing so well! Thanks for sharing your story with your picture!
posted October 3rd, 2012  
Thank you for sharing your story. It reminds us how blessed we are.
posted October 3rd, 2012  
@jgpittenger Thank you.. I proudly wear every wrinkle I have earned during that time frame in our lives.
@tara11 Tara, you know it! and so glad dad is still living strong.
@maggiemae thanks Maggie, amazed at the outpouring for Victoria. and you are so kind to help her far exceed her goal!
@chrissieh @sisarie @clmiller @edie @bozena @amandalomonaco Thank you for viewing my photo.. My son IS an amazing man, mid chemo he re-enlisted in the Army, and since his 5 year mark has been reached he is being deployed soon.
posted October 3rd, 2012  
Wow what a powerful narrative for this picture. I am so pleased he is well, as a mum I know that your heart must have broken, literally on hearing those words, I know that mine would have.
Thank you for sharing.
posted October 3rd, 2012  
So glad your boy is healthy and happy now, i can't even imagine how hard it must have been, thanks for sharing =)
posted October 3rd, 2012  
Glad to hear your son is doing well Cheryl :-) Im sure it has changed his whole outlook on life! A scare like this reinforces our appreciation towards life and loved ones. Sadly its one of the toughest thing for a mother to go though, (watching your child having to deal with it all)
but thankfully a happy outcome :-) I often think of you! Stay Strong xxx
posted October 3rd, 2012  
So glad your son is doing well! My dad died of cancer 4 years ago - it was sudden and fast and he was just 55.
posted October 3rd, 2012  
I'm so glad he's doing well. Far too many people suffer from cancer.
posted October 3rd, 2012  
Hi Cheryl,
I'v come across this through the cancer tag. This week I had some lymph nodes removed with suspected lymphoma, the results are inconclusive and they may not be. (fingers crossed) Its been a terrible week and it always helps to read about people who have gotten through it. I read about your son and I am so happy that the outcome has been good.
Mon XXX
posted December 1st, 2012  
@monika64 Monika... fingers and toes crossed over here for you to not have that diagnosis... Are they going to do more testing??? My prayers are with you... And if I learned anything when Kyler was sick.. it was.. the more you know, the better off you will be!!! And keep smiling :-)
posted December 1st, 2012  
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