Matthew was just like any normal 11 year old boy. He loved playing football, hanging out with friends, riding bikes and playing video games. But life as he knew it was going to change drastically.
All through football season Matthew kept complaining of his side hurting. His doctor couldn't find anything wrong so we were just told growing pains. Little did we know an ugly tumor was growing inside his back. On Dec 4, 2017 I took him to the ED because he couldn't breathe. After a chest x-ray showed his right lung was completely filled with fluid we were taken to the children's part of the hospital. More tests were ran that night and the next day a Doctor came in and told us the devastating news. Matthew had cancer. They had found the tumor under all the fluid. It was attached to his 9th and 10th ribs. He also had 3 nodules in his left lung. Of course I was in disbelief. More tests were ran to see if it was anywhere else and what type of cancer he had. On Dec 14, 2017 he was officially diagnosed with Metastatic Ewings Sarcoma and treatment was started immediately.
Matthew completed 14 cycles of chemotherapy and surgery to remove his 9th through 12th ribs and replaced with plastic and attached to what was left of his ribs with mesh. He was declared NED (No Evidence of Disease) on October 29, 2018.
Matthew and our family started to live a new normal life after chemo. We even got to go on his Make-A-Wish trip to Hawaii. However as soon as we got home, he started complaining of uncontrollable pain at his original tumor site. We were rushed in early for his routine scans and on May 31, 2019 our worst fears were confirmed. Matthews cancer had come back. The tumor was growing from what was left of his 10th rib and growing into his spinal column and pressing against his spinal cord. Time was of the essence and surgery was not an option at that point. His team decided that the fastest course of action was radiation.
Matthew started radiation instead of starting summer vacation. His whole summer was spent completing radiation treatments. After that instead of starting school, he started chemotherapy for relapse treatment. At this time he has completed 6 cycles of relapse protocol. His most recent scans show there is no active cancer in his body right now. He will have a full year of this chemo protocol.
Just recently Matthew got to take a trip to Florida with the Sunshine Kids Foundation. Even though it was only a week he got to have some summer fun.
Matthew is a sweet, sassy, fun loving boy who hasn't let all he's going through dim his smile. He is the true definition of a warrior. He never gives up.
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