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9/14/2016 Latest post:
Well. we were all praying that after Cameron's diagnosis with melanoma in May of 2013, followed by surgery and a year of not-so-fun interferon treatment, we were Mela-No-Mas! In early August we biopsied what looked like a wart/ingrown hair on his neck, which proved to be malignant. Unfortunately, the cancer, which we hoped we had "zapped", remained alive in his lymphatic system and has now chosen to present itself in the form of multiple lesions on his lungs and brain. Thus, he has been diagnosed with metastatic melanoma (meaning it has spread to multiple organs). The treatment will hopefully be a bit easier on Cameron this time; however, the road ahead may be a long.
We are amazingly fortunate to have a team of the best melanoma specialists at our back door (Emory Winship and Children's Healthcare of Atlanta/Egleston). His doctors, and our family, are determined to utilize the best and most innovative approaches to fighting this - while minimizing the disruption to one of the most important chapters in Cameron's life...Senior year, International Baccalaureate Diploma candidate, college applications, basketball team starter, and just enjoying all of his amazing friends! Melanoma research has expanded exponentially since Cameron's first diagnosis in 2013. We are encouraged by new drugs that are now available, many trial studies are underway, and his doctors are dedicated to turning what is currently an "un-curable cancer" into a "chronic disease" (not unlike high blood pressure or diabetes..or ADHD :-) ).
FAITH, OPTIMISM, ENCOURAGEMENT, NORMALCY, PRAYER. Thant is all any of you can do. We are truly blessed to have so many friends and family reaching out, encouraging, lifting his spirits, praying. Cameron, and our family, are so fortunate to have all of you "on our court". You are appreciated more that I am able to express!