Mitch is a soon-to-be 18 year old (2 days to be exact) who was enjoying senior year of high school by taking part in many activities. This fall during football season, Mitch had noticed a pain in his right knee, which he thought was due to the sport and would heal on its own. However, when football ended the pain became more intense and there was a noticeably larger mass on the outside of the leg. From there an X-ray and MRI were done, showing a large tumor that had taken over the knee and part of the tibia. Our family was then referred to the U of M Surgical Center to an Orthopedic Oncology specialist. On December 27 they had planned to take a biopsy of the mass to determine if the cells of the tumor are cancerous or benign. That day our lives changed. The tumor had been diagnosed as Osteosarcoma (a type of bone cancer). With this diagnoses we wait for more answers from a Medical Oncologist on the treatment plan. Through all of this, we as a family have realized the importance of life and the people in it. "You're stronger than you know, braver than you think, more loved than you can imagine."
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