The C Word

T-Cell Lymphoma.
That's the diagnosis that our close family friend received today.
He is 17.

He was rushed to the ER last night in severe pain, and they found a mass in his chest that is larger than a softball.  It was pressing on his lung and heart.  "Like a rock on a balloon", his left lung couldn't inflate properly.  I can't imagine how much he hurt.  

He's pitiful.  Can barely talk, but still reached his hand out for Shelbie and managed to talk to her, and later, ask his family where she was when we were downstairs getting dinner.

Obviously his mother is shocked and worried.  Her life changed in an instant.  His prognosis is good; it's one of those "if you must get cancer, this is the one you want to get" situations.  He'll be in the ICU for at least two weeks.

But....it's CANCER.  He's 17.  He will have to go through radiation.  He will lose his hair.
It certainly makes you remember what's TRULY important in life.   A lesson many of us need sometimes.  

Prayers, thoughts, voodoo, whatever.....totally appreciated. 


ChiTown Girl said...

Well, damn. Just....damn.

Cyndy, I'm so, so sorry. I'll add him and his family, and yours, to my prayers. I'm glad his prognosis is so good.

Poor Shelbie. She's way too young for her heart to have to deal with something like this. I don't even want to THINK about what his mother is going through. Good Lord.

Tammie said...

im sorry. hugs to all involved.

Amy said...

Prayers for him, Shelbie and both families!

You're right about knowing what's important. This sure takes importance over your childish stalker with no life that likes to use kids as pawns in her pathetic existence. Of course if she had a life...

Would you please turn that traced IP address into the police? Don't let my hard work go to waste. Thanks :)

Tami said...

Oh my goodness, what a shock! How is your daughter handling it? Are they both okay? I'm sure your presence and support are much appreciated by your best friend and her son. {{HUGS}}

Unknown Mami said...

Ugh. I am so sorry.

Amy @ Clan Carlson said...

I just saw this, I'm so sorry to hear this. I'm sending all my prayers and positive thoughts his way - it CAN be beat, but it will be a tough road. Ken says that if he needs to talk to someone who's been there (ok, who is still there, though his lymphoma is/was a diffuse b-cell), Ken is happy to chat with him. *hugs* to you all. <3

Kimberly said...

Oh no...this is so sad. I will be keeping him in my thoughts.

Debby@Just Breathe said...

This is so sad. I will be praying for him and his family. ((HUGS))