Dryden Stuart Badal

First post: Nov 2, 2022 Latest post: Dec 29, 2023
August 21, 2022 will be a day I will never forget. It was the 3rd time in a week I went to Cincinnati Children’s hospital with our son Dryden. He just turned 5 and was crying and complaining of bone pain. Thinking it was from rough housing with his older brothers (they love to wrestle) I took him in. They chalked it up to some muscle pain. A couple of days later a fever appeared with the bone pain. Took him back and got blood work. Everything came back ok except for anemia. During this time a black eye appeared with no explanation. It wasn’t painful and wasn’t going away. My mom radar went off and I just knew something was wrong. That’s when I took him back that Sunday. I was there from noon til midnight when they discovered a mass near his right kidney.

We were immediately admitted to the oncology department at Cincinnati Children’s Hospital. I cannot describe the feeling of walking into the hospital with a simple concern and later being admitted for 2 weeks. What a whirlwind of emotions.

After a full week of poking, 2 surgeries, many scans and crazy amounts of lab work we got a diagnosis of stage 4 high risk Neuroblastoma.

This caring bridge is for anyone who wants to follow our journey in getting our Dryden cured. It will be a long road (18 months). Please keep Dryden
in your prayers.

I will post as much as I can to update on his progress.

Steven and Julie Stuart

Mary, full of grace, spiritual mother to those in need, I fervently request your heavenly intercession for Dryden who is ill and seeks God’s miraculous assistance. You truly care for the sick and offer them your compassionate support in powerful acts of healing.

Stay near to Dryden with your maternal protection. Console our anxious hearts and grant that our physical and emotional sufferings be a source of purification and growth for eternal life. Amen.