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Sheldon’s Story

Welcome to our CaringBridge site. We've created it to keep friends and family updated. We appreciate your support and words of hope and encouragement during this time when it matters most.

Please visit my journal. It is another day, April 8th, with a confirmed diagnosis of osteosarcoma. Sheldon starts chemotherapy this Friday. Our family is grateful for all the love and outpouring of support we have received; we thankyou now and in advance for your kindness.Sheldon is currently a college golfer at SCC and 19 years old. Recently he had been having some lower back pain that was radiating down his leg. It then created numbness in his foot and toe's. He then lost strenth in his foot and was unable to move it. While this was happening he managed to qualify for his teams first spring tournament at Columbia Edgewater in Portland. However, On March 25th Sheldon saw his family doctor to try and figure out the problem. With help from friends were able to have results from both CT and MRI scans on the 26th. Results from those tests showed enough detail that on the 27th Sheldon had a PET scan and a second CT scan that   showed a (tennis ball size) serious malignant tumor at the root of his spine that has spread to surrounding soft tissue as well as to his lungs. His bone marrow and tumor biopsy on Friday the 29th showed what Dr Howlett believes to be a serious osteo sarcoma or (possibly Ewing Sarcoma). The results will be confirmed this week and chemo is most likely the treatment that will start as soon as we know what will be the most effective. We see Dr Judy Felgenhauer Monday (today, April 1) to determine the next step and create an effective gameplan. Nerve pain is very difficult to control and at this point we actually have seen him smile and he seems a bit more comfortable. His brother and sister are staying both in the hospital and at home with him and his parents are smothering him. We as a family want to thank you on Sheldon's behalf for all the love, support, visits, goodies and care that he has already received. In the year ahead Sheldon will need all the love and support that we can give him, as well as God's grace.  Most importantly his attitude is spectacular. He fully believes he will beat this. He has not wished to hear odds and percentages from the doctors relating to his cancer. Sheldon has said multiple times, "Here are my own odds. It's a 100% chance I beat it, and a 100% chance it stays away."

FAST FORWARD - 5,months today Shel was diagnosed. It's September 25th.  
Sheldon had a massive surgery called a tumor/pelvis resection. The cancer is gone except microscopic (few) cells remaining, Shel is up and re using his nuts and bolts and struts holding his pelvis together and walking.
3 more months of chemo. 1 more lung surgery.  And ......  God willing we will be on the mend.  We continue to ask for prayers.

FAST FORWARD - Shel is already on crutches and his leg is coming back to life. Next surgery is October 3rd to remove 4 lung lesions.  He turns 20 on October 23rd.  His birthday gift with help from God and his surgeons..
Cancer free with a big yellow ribbon wrapped around him!
The family has asked that for daily updates to check this site />
If you would like to know how to help please contact Mickie @ 509-993-0660 or To coordinate meals and support for the Sheldon and the Wilkerson/Maul family