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11/30/2016 Latest post:
Welcome to our site where you can find all our updates on our son Tanner. His story: On Nov. 1 Tanner started complaining that his right lower leg was hurting. He told me that when he was playing football over the weekend someone fell on it. He then quit playing since his leg started to hurt. He showed me his leg but I didnt see anything alarming. I assumed he was just bruised or he had pulled a muscle. After about a week he was still hurting and was limping. I asked him to show me his leg and thats when I noticed swelling and fever only in that area. I immediately called the dr. and made an appt. for that day. We went to dr. and he sent us for an xray right away. The next morning on Nov. 10 the dr. called me and said he needed to meet with Matthew and I to discuss the xray results. I became very worried not knowing what he was going to tell us. When Matthew and I arrived the dr. took us into his office and started explaining what the radiologist diagnosed. He told us it could be a type of bone cancer called ewing sarcoma. At that point I think we both went into shock and a daze as he explained what that was and what the next step would be. We then talked to Tanner and told him he would need more testing done. The next day Nov.11 we went to see an orthopedic at children's hospital. After the orthopedic looked at xray he felt like we needed to get an MRI. On Monday, Nov 14 Tanner got an MRI on his leg. The next day they called and gave us results telling us it was a mass and that Tanner would need to have a bone marrow biopsy. On Friday Nov. 18 Tanner had his surgery for the biopsy. He did very well. The dr. told us it would be 1 to 2 wks before we would get the results. Well just a few days later on Tuesday, Nov. 22 the dr. called with the results. As he told me over the phone that the biopsy came back with a malignant tumor called Osteosarcoma, I completely froze. I felt like my heart was about to stop. He told me he had already set up an appt. with the oncologist at children's for the next day. On Wednesday, Nov. 23 we saw the Oncologist Dr. Leavey. The dr. explained to Tanner and us what the year long plan would be. We were definitely overwhelmed and scared. We left the dr. and started telling our family the news. We realized at that moment life was about to change. Still we turned to our Lord and put all our trust in Him. Tanner took all the news very well. He is a trooper and knows that he is in God's hands. God is guiding us and leading us through this journey.