On September 24th, Mike and I lived every parent's worst nightmare. After rushing our almost 3 year old son Ezra to the ER in Reno after he complained of back pains and blood in the urine, an ultrasound image showed a large mass on his left kidney. Although the ER Doc had no real confirmation, in a few minutes he summed up what we would eventually endure over the next few days, and coming weeks and months. A very rare kidney cancer, called Wilms Tumor (stage 3) would need to be surgically removed along with his left kidney and he would require chemotherapy and radiation immediately.
The following hours and days were a rollercoaster as Mike and I and my mother Sybil (Nana), gathered our things and drove Ezra to Oakland’s Childrens Hospital only 5 hours after receiving the news. Sweet Ezra endured days of pokes, tests, scans and eventually surgery. The whole time Ezra was our inspiration for strength and positivity, which we knew was how we would survive the scariest week of our lives.
Ezra, the “tough guy” that he is, recovered remarkably well and fast and was able to give his Dad the best birthday present; the gift to go home. On Saturday, October 1st (6 days after arriving in Oakland) we returned home to Reno. Love, prayers and pure positivity sent from all over the world, welcomed us home to begin the healing process. Ezra will undergo a week of radiation and weekly chemotherapy over the next 6 months but with continued strength and love, his prognosis is a 95% full recovery/ no remission!!