Calebs story begins in Dec. 2007 when we found blood in his urine, at first just a small amount and then ALOT. His pediatrician did a urinalysis and blood work and nothing showed up. Eventually the bleeding stopped and it was dismissed as a virus. I had no reason to suspect anything else wrong.
On May 15, 2008 I took Caleb in for what I thought was STREP. Maggie, his sister had tested positive and Caleb was now complaining of a sore throat and fever.
Susann Rohrer, CNP examined Caleb thoroughly and the doctors now tell us that she saved his life. Feeling a mass on his right side, another doctor was called in and they quickly sent him for an ultrasound and CT scan. Tests confirmed a tumor in the right kidney and I was told it was Malignant and would require surgery within a few days.
This all happend so fast and unexpectedly that I was stunned and in shock. We started the day with a healthy 4-year old with a sore throat and ended with cancer.
More scans followed the next day in DC which thankfully showed his liver, lungs and other organs to be clean. Surgery followed 3 days later and we spent a week at Childrens. Pathology reports placed Calebs cancer at stage 3 meaning cancer had spread into the tissue and blood vessels around the removed kidney.
Radiation treatments began the following week at Inova Hospital in VA. We spent 9 days there and stayed at the Ronald McDonald house.
Caleb now faces 27 weeks of chemotherapy and scans at Childrens in DC and Rockville,MD