Thomas Jansema Thomas Jansema

First post: Nov 21, 2009 Latest post: Jan 29, 2013
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Thomas is the youngest of our five children, and was born a healthy baby. He did have a lot of ear infections in his first year, and when he was a year and a half, he had tubes put in his ears. About a month later, he developed a lump in his neck and we took him to the family doctor, who suggested we see the ENT(ear-nose-throat) doctor who put the tubes in his ears, thinking it was perhaps a drainage issue. He was put on a dose of antibiotics and the lump disappeared. In August 2009, he woke up one day with several lumps in his neck and we were not really concerned and skipped the family doctor and made an appointment to see the ENT again. He again was put on a dose of antibiotics. After 10 days however, the lumps grew in size and so a biopsy was ordered. The same ENT did the biopsy and told us to expect to hear something within a few weeks time. We got a call 2 days later to come in and on November 18, 2009 the devastating news was delivered, our son Thomas had neuroblastoma. It was a complete shock, as he was a healthy and energetic 2 year old and had no symptoms of something being wrong. A couple of days later, we had an appointment at McMaster, which turned into our first admittance and our life with cancer began. He has endured six cycles of chemo, surgery, stem cell transplant and radiation, as well as 4 cycles of immunotherapy. While on his last treatment of immunotherapy he suffered a cardiac arrest, and thankfully he made a full recovery. This treatment ended in December of 2010 and we have been NED (no evidence of disease) for 8 months!