Miles and Mason were born at 25 weeks, 5 days gestation on January 20, 2010. Mason weighed 1 pound, 10 oz and was 13 1/2 inches long and Miles was 1 pound, 9 oz and 12 1/2 inches. Being preemies, both boys faced a lot of challenges early on, mainly diagnosed with chronic lung disease. At two weeks of age, both boys had a PDA ligation, and later we found out they had severed Mason's left vocal cord during the surgery. Mason spent a total of 4 months in the NICU, being weaned off the ventilator, before coming home on oxygen. Miles ended up spending 3 more months in the NICU and 2 months at Our Children's House before finally coming home after being trached and still needing a ventilator 24/7.
Mason has always been tiny even for his adjusted age, and is typically in the 5th percentile. He currently only weighs in at 16 pounds and is now 14 months old (March 2011). On March 29th, (2011) we went for a routine check up with his GI Specialist, who felt his liver under his rib cage. The next day, we went in for an ultrasound, which confirmed there was a mass in his liver. Over the next few days, we ran various tests including blood tests, an MRI, a CAT scan and a biopsy. On April 6th, we received the official diagnosis of hepatoblastoma, or liver cancer. Mason will have 6 rounds of chemotherapy and surgery to resect the tumor. His first round started the day after diagnosis on April 7th.
We will be forever grateful to Mason's GI Specialist. Had he not questioned his findings during such a routine exam, we would not have discovered this cancer until it was way too late. We've been told hepatoblastoma is pretty rare but has a pretty good success rate when treated with chemo and surgery. I wanted to start this blog to keep everyone up to date on Mason's progress. Please feel free to check in frequently for updates and keep us in your thoughts!