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Levi is a vibrant 7 year old, full of life. He loves playing with friends, riding scooters, video gaming, and collecting things. He loves and looks up to his big brother, Tyler. He is excellent in math and wants to be an engineer when he grows up. I wish I could bottle up so many of the little remarks Levi makes because they put a smile on my face every day.
On April 12, 2017, we got the unfortunate news that Levi had a new, large tumor on his right kidney. This was caught on routine MRI that Levi gets yearly. The doctors felt this was cancer and recommended removing the entire kidney. The news brought me to my knees. To be told your child has cancer has got to be just about the worst thing a parent can hear.
Things began to happen pretty quickly, with more doctors appointments, scans, blood work, etc. Shuttling him around while trying to keep his life as normal as possible was a challenge.
We are fortunate to live in a city with an excellent Childrens Hospital, ranked top 10 in the country for childhood cancer. Levi underwent a right nephrectomy on April 25th. The hospital stay was exhausting, both emotionally and physically. Levi struggled with pain control the first couple days. Eventually we got ahead of the pain and he had done so much better. He was discharged home on Saturday April 29. The pathology confirmed Wilms tumor, which is the most common solid tumor of the kidney in childhood. He will need to undergo 19 weeks of chemotherapy. Fortunately, this cancer has an excellent prognosis.
Levi has only been home for two days now, but he is doing quite well considering everything he's been through. He gets around slowly but definitely isn't just laying still. He only takes an occasional Tylenol for pain which is unbelievable to me. The resiliency of children is amazing! He will surely beat this thing, by Gods grace!