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Hello, my name is Marie. (I am speaking on behalf of my husband and I) I am currently a stay-at-home mother of 5 beautiful children due to my son's sudden illness. My second to youngest fell super ill within weeks and I am asking for help with donations to get him the care he is in major need of. Here is his story...
Trace was a healthy, active 4 year old little boy, you know, the kind that used everything for monkeybars, ran non-stop, plenty of energy (you get my point)... until just a couple months ago. In December, a lump was found on his abdomen. Well, my first initial thought was that maybe he had a hernia, yet it was pretty high (right below rib cage area) so this started to cause concern almost immediately. Trace was taken in to his Pediatrician to see what this lump was that suddenly appeared. During the exam, the doctor actually felt TWO lumps. I thought i was going to pass out. Oh my goodness, what has happened to my little boy?! So, this alerted Traces doctor to have an abdominal ultrasound done as soon as possible. His doctor told my husband and I that his coordinator would call us as soon as this could get scheduled. As you can guess, I was a mess; praying that they would get us in very soon. The next morning we received a call from the Imaging Center to come in at noon to have this abdominal ultrasound done. Thank God, we were avle to get in quickly. My husband and I were able to go back into the ultrasound room with Trace. Neither one of us is a technician, however, we weren't blind and we could see a lot of black sacs (@10) in the ultrasound and we watched as the technician would measure some of thrm and did what she had to do. We walked out of there when it was all done, with our son, while our hearts sunk into our stomach. Neither my husband or I said a word as we drive home. It took every ounce of strength i had to hold it all in since Trace was with us. Once we were home, both my husband and I felt that something wasn't right and had our cry together. See, my husbands little sister died at the age of 4, from stomach cancer. My husband was 17 at that time and never forgot what his baby sister went through. This was devastating....So anyways, another day goes by of waiting and we finally get a call from Trace's pediatrician that tells us that the radiologist wasn't quite sure what he was seeing in the ultrasound results and the radiologist suggested to Trace's pediatrician to have another specialist look at these "foreign" lumps inside Trace's abdomen. The pediatrician consulted with a few different groups and a few days later, we were called and told that Trace would now have all his care transferred to a pediatric oncologist. This was like a solid kick in the gut for my husband and I. It was the worse news that we could have ever wanted to hear, obviously. This is hitting us so hard emotionally because this is our little boy, whose health has gone down hill within weeks and then financially with the testing with labs, radiology and two specialist working with him.. With the testing we did find out right away that he is severely anemic. His iton levels were so low that his specialist explained that he is on the verge of having brain damage/learning disabilities. We were told that he may have tumors in his stomach, yet, we are waiting and praying to find out exactly what his diagnosis is. So, in the mean time, as our hearts are breaking into pieces, watching our once, not long ago, rowdy , 100% all boy, fall into this "mysterious illness". And now we have medical bills starting to pile up. It's very expensive when you have terrible insurance. Ww just want thr best care dor our little boy, Trace. We just want him back to his spunky self and healthy, of course. Please help us by donating so we can continue to get our little boy the best care by the best specialist. We could never pay you back, but we promise to pay it forward some day. Thank you for reading our story and helping and supporting our little boy back to good health.