Talan’s Story

Site created on June 29, 2020

On Tuesday, June 23, 2020, I took Talan to his pediatrician with a concern of thrush. It was concluded that he actually just had a geographic tongue (some people might have heard me joke about my own geographic tongue at times - just a random characteristic I unfortunately passed on to Talan :). A few weeks before, Cody and I noticed Talan's stomach bulging out more than usual. Most people said it was normal for a baby to have a "potbelly" so I tried to not think too far into it. With persistence from Cody, I asked the doctor about his belly while there for his tongue that afternoon. After a physical exam, a few x-rays, and some blood work; our lives would never be the same. We were sent to an oncologist 2 days later, and we got the nasty "C" word -- my 17 month-old-baby boy had kidney cancer.... I still can't believe I am even sitting here writing this, my heart is broken. This journey will not be the easiest, but I know our faith will get us through - and I pray our story can be a testimony to God.  Please add our precious baby to your prayers as often as humanly possibly. I will continue to post updates, so feel free to check back frequently. It will be the best place to streamline our communication for friends and family. Thank you for all of the overwhelming support. 
With love, Cody, Julia, and Talan

Newest Update

Journal entry by Julia Johnson

It's been awhile since I gave an update on Talan. He had an appointment with the nephrologist last week, and we only have to go back yearly now. His blood pressure is fantastic and he is staying healthy! Today, we had an ultrasound and x-ray, followed by a visit to the oncologist. All tests came back normal! We are coming up on one year post-surgery in June, then we will go to every 6 months for visits to the oncologist. Prayers for continued good health for our sweet, rambunctious Talan. He turned two this past January, and is in-line with any other two year old boy (ornery as ever) :) 

I do have a prayer request for those prayer warriors out there, we have a dear friend with a little girl who fought and defeated Wilms Tumor in her short life, and the family got devastating news that a growth was found during her routine follow-up scans. This little girl is so brave and strong, but if you could pray for that bravery to hold up during her follow-up tests and that God may put his healing hand on her, I know the family would appreciate it!

-Julia
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