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With love, hope, and faith, I am starting this web page for my son Tristin Greer.
We are thankful for all of those who love and care for Tristin and support him on this new adventure in our lives. From here you will be able to track his progress and updates.
The Greer Family
Tristin is 13 years old and lives in Chattanooga, Tn. He loves playing soccer and the viola. I think his true love though is tormenting his twin brothers Austin and Justin. He's the sweetest fun loving kid that you could ask for and we are so proud of him.
In August of 2009, Tristin started having some stomach pains. After a couple of days the pain seemed to be getting worse, so we went to the ER. He was diagnosed with appendicitis and had surgery. The doctors said the appendix was inflamed and so I feel like they made the right decision. He was fine for a few months but later started having pain in his side. We went back to the ER in December and they were unable to find anything. We went to the pediatrician in Jan. and Feb. for pain in his lower back, stomach, and vomiting. He was diagnosed with having gastritis and gave him Prevacid. Around the beginning of March, the nurse called us from school and said Tristin was feeling really bad and to pick him up. My mother came and took him back to the pediatrician. The Dr. felt a hard spot in his abdomin and ordered an ultrasound. I took him to the appointment and that's when they found it. A ct scan was ordered immediately and confirmed that there was a large tumor "The Thing" in his abdominal cavity. A few days later a biopsy was done and the results came back malignant. After several more tests, they were able to confirm it was Neuroblastoma. After the scans and MIGB tests came back, they found 2 small lymph nodes near the collar bone area. That put him in Stage 4. We were thankful to hear that the bone marrow and bone scans came up clean. We will be going through a 15 month treatment of chemo, surgery, stem cell transplant, radiation, and antibody treatments. Tristin is in extremely good spirits. He is very stubborn(from his mom) and goal oriented and I have no doubt with God watching over him that he is going to kick this "Things" tail.