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Tuesday, September 11, 2007

Could he be the next great Oncologist? Could it be Mesothelioma?



Bet you didn't know! September is Child Cancer Awareness month. I remember back in December of 2006 where my son spent about two weeks at the ICU, we saw numerous other sick kids on the same floor. Some diagnosed with what sounded like Mesothelioma or words that ended with ..lioma. Most of their prognosis weren't good. We were one of the few blessed ones that got out. There was an elderly lady who flew in to be with her daughter and her twelve year old cancer stricken granddaughter. She looks to be in her early seventies with grey hair and seemed to be the type who played the role of everybody's grandmom. She seemed to be a strong individual who wanted to be there for her daughter. We spent a few days in lounge together since only one family member were able to stay with the patient in the room. Her granddaughter's diagnosis wasn't good. She had already slipped in to a coma and it was just a matter of time. The doctors were going to make a last attempt to operate and see whether if a miracle could happened. Ten hours passed, and they wheeled her back to her ICU room. The grand mother looked upon the doctor who operated and her daughter's face hoping to find a glimpse of hope. She tried very hard but couldn't find it on her daughter's tear-filled face. Her granddaughter began this journey when she was eight months old. They tried everything and even experimented with alternative medicine but were still in and out for Chemotherapy at the hospital the first eight years.

Eight years passed and one failed marriage later for her daughter, her granddaughter on the other hand was pronounced in remission at the age of eight. Her grandmother described her to be a young and full of life vibrant little girl. She got good grades and really helped out with mommy at home. The days passed quickly and it was Christmas Eve. I came out from my son's room and found the grandmother frantically calling the rest of the family members. She was gathering them to come to the hospital to say goodbye. It was a gut wrenching moment in which I simply didn't know how to react. I imagined being in her shoes for a moment, and my heart just sunk. I can sense the depth of the pain but yet couldn't find a word to utter. Cancer is a ruthless killer. It does not discriminate. It attacks anybody and at any age. The granddaughter lost the battle in the ICU room shortly on Christmas morning. Her room was next to my son's room. We are thankful our son does not have cancer, but the new medication he is taking does carry a risk of developing complication such as cancer down the path.

From a parent standpoint, looking forward to our son instead of being a media software mogul, a good doctor wouldn't be bad. He is very much in to his doctor's kit and brings it to help daddy fix whatever whether it's the car or the computer. He's got a strong determination to get things accomplished. We noticed that every time when we stop him from playing further on computer games. His comeback to us has always been "LET ME FINISH THIS LEVEL! PLSSSSS." If only we could channel this determination toward something else like cancer research!

Below is a clip that shows kids with cancer during this September of cancer awareness month and the clip above is a popular Asian singer. No worries about the language because it has subtitles. Read on and you will find out why this clip is here.



Enjoy the music, read the lyrics and watch the story. The clip on top is a fictional story, great song and sadly it is related to cancer as well. Watch and you will find out. Perhaps it's Mesothelioma. Asbestos is quite rampant in the Asian countries.

39 comments:

Michael de`Oz said...

I pray for the healing of all patients, especially children

Samuel Jenkins said...

I was a cancer survivor myself and been through 10 years of on and off chemotherapy. I was 20 when I first got diagnose. I remember nights of restlessness and the physical tolls. I can't imagine such happening on a 2 year old. It is very tough and they are all battling courageously to keep on going.

Kevin Banks said...

What a touching post. My heart goes out to the old grandmother and her family.

Pamela Hutch said...

I have been down this road 10 years ago. We lost a 3 year old niece to the battle. She was beautiful courageous and extra ordinary. We miss her greatly but she is at a place where there are no chemotherapy or pokes.

Adam Opus said...

My Grand father lost his battle to Mesothelioma about 7 years ago. He used tell the best stories evertime when I went to visit him. It was later discovered that he was exposed to asbestos when he was very young working as a construction worker in the New York downtown area. He is not here anymore but his stories are still with us. Thank you for bringing some of the memory back.

Nancy Keller said...

Great and very touching stories. It is so hard to see a love one suffering especially toward such a dreadful disease.

Fanny Gerbens said...

I can't help but well up with tears. This bring back so many memories of my late husband who lost the fight 5 years ago. He died of Mesothelioma. We had a great 35 years marriage.

Harry Uban said...

I love the song and the meaning behind it. I never thought about it in the way you have presented. Good job, great post and I am very touched. It put things in perspective on what life is really all about. To all suffering from Mesothelioma, Leukemia or any other formed of dreadful cancer, I pray for a fast healing. God bless you all.

Magan Joust said...

I am simply moved to tears of seeing suffering among these young ones. They deserve better but they will grow up stronger beings and learn not to take life for granted.

James Bushel said...

Mesothelioma claimed both of my uncles. This is a hideous disease.

Timmy Yu said...

I am inspired by this article very much to look at life from a different perspective. Thanks for the post.

Sally Morgan said...

I am not sure how I would handle a passing of a love one and most people don't. Life should be cherish moment after moments. A cure for cancer would be great if that day ever comes. Cancer claimed my mom when I was 4 years old. To some extend I am also a cancer survivor.

Layla Gomez said...

If there is a choice for your son to pick between being a internet mogul vs a cancer researcher, it's a no brainer. We need more cancer researchers

Frank Lotzki said...

It's always wise to get yourself check out each year especially those who has suspected been working close to anything asbestos related. I am an doctor myself and Mesothelioma is a very serious illness. It is almost a guarantee killer because most were discover too late.

Peter Wu said...

I wish your son live a healthy live and would not subject to such dreadful disease. You are a special father. Thanks for posting and inspiring.

Mona Jenkins said...

Mesothelioma had claimed a good part of my family as well. I wish there is a cure but unfortunately there isn't because most found out too late. When my father found out about, he only had 6 months to live but he battle for more than 2 years before losing. In my mind, he never lost because he still lives on in my heart. We miss him dearly.

Kenny Lomas said...

YES YES..we need more cancer researchers. Keep encouraging your son.

Paul kindred said...

I am a cancer patient myself and I know the pain. It is important for kids to have good support system when they go through these times.

Richard Bartelo said...

When my twins were born, they spent the first few months in ICU. It is a dreadful feeling going in and out of the hospital. It is simply to wait for the doctor to deliver some hopeful news each day while you see others leaving the hospital under different fates. It put life in a whole new world of perspective. Some cry when they leave and some smile for different reasons.

Janet Liyon said...

Thank you for the great post. I am so thankful to have healthy kids but I am keeping my fingers cross and hope for the best.

Samuel litz said...

What a great pleasure it is to read your blog. Thanks for the great use of words.

Betty Jones said...

I am a nurse and I took care of several Mesothelioma patients in the past. The family members really suffer during this time as well and not just the patient themselves. It is very hard to watch your love ones slowly fading away and not much you can do about it. I wish for more step up on cancer research. This disease is a very cruel killer.

James Martin said...

What a sad video. I can relate very much.

Jason Cason said...

My brother passed away last year from mesothelioma. We watch him withered away the past few years. This is silent killer and still no cure for it.

Henry Jensen said...

My grandmother lost her battle a few years back but her memories lives on with each of us. She was the type that would make breakfast on a Sunday morning for the whole family. We miss her dearly.

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