Sal Signorelli

On July 26th my husband took Sal to our local sports medicine Doctor for a routine physical.  Minutes into his examination the Doctor informed my husband he needed to take him directly to St. Louis Children's hospital.  Once there and checked out we were being admitted for surgery to hopefully repair what we thought was a torsion or ruptured testicle due to a bike accident.  10 minutes into surgery the Doctor came out and informed us it was more than likely testicular cancer.  We were in shock, what 14 year old healthy, athletic boy gets testicular cancer?  After many tests, biopsy's, scans, and tears it was confirmed.  He had a germ cell tumor and he was schedule for chemo.  He had his port placed on Wednesday August 15 followed by his first round of chemo at 4:15 am on Thursday, which should have been his first day of 9th grade.  He had 5 consecutive days of inpatient chemo arrived home today August 21 only to go back to Children's tomorrow at 10:00 am for clinic and out patient chemo.  We were excepted into a study and he will be on an accelerated regimen, 4 rounds every 2 weeks vs.  the typical 3 weeks.  His next inpatient chemo will be on Tuesday August 28th while he will have no rest this will hopefully go by fast , he chose to be place in the study for this exact reason.  I would like to say this kid is a rock star, he doesn't complain, he goes with the flow.  He is taking this way better than I could have ever imagined.  We are praying these next few months go by fast so we can get this boy back to being his normal fun loving self.  Sitting still does not come easy for him, I would have to guess that is the hardest part.  I can't wait to look at him on the football field, basketball court or setting the record for long jump and think look at this kid now!  I hope to be updating his journey regularly for now please keep my hero in your thoughts and prayers!

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