Age's journey begins in August 2017. He was urinating blood, and after multiple visits to his pediatric urologist and local pediatrician, he was seen by a nephrologist. She ordered an ultrasound where they discovered an 8 cm tumor on his left kidney on October 27, 2017. A CT scan confirmed the ultrasound, and Age underwent surgery to remove the mass and kidney. Pediatric oncology diagnosed him with Wilm's Tumor.
Because there was spillage during the surgery, the tumor was classified as stage 3. Age will go through radiation and chemotherapy through St. Jude's in Peoria, IL.
His remaining kidney is not fully functioning, and the nephrologist dianosed Age with a secondary condition called Denys-Drash Syndrome on November 30, 2017, where he will eventually have renal failure by the age of 5. Age will need a future kidney transplant.
Age began dialysis on January 23, 2018, much sooner than the nephrologist had hoped for.
God has been with us every step of the way. We put our faith and trust in Him to give us strength when we have none left to give. We want Age's life to be a testimony for all to see the power of God moving. In the midst of this storm, we give Him praise.