It’s been nearly two years since my son’s diagnosis with Hodgkin’s lymphoma.
We live in a small town in rural Minnesota, and it’s been a very difficult time.
I’ve been at work, trying to focus on other things.
I’m working to save my son from his diagnosis, but the hardest thing is just trying to keep him busy.
He doesn’t have much time left.
I need to be there for him.
The first week, we were trying to get him to go for a run with his friends, but we were running out of time.
So I went to my mom’s house and started asking her questions.
She said, “Why don’t you go to the hospital?”
“What about him?”
“Why doesn’t he have cancer?”
“How can we help?”
The answers were overwhelming.
She wanted to help.
So we went to the Mayo Clinic.
It was just like a miracle.
We were able to get the treatment, and my son has gone from a 4-foot-7-inch guy to a 6-foot, 240-pound guy.
We now have a daughter and another son, who is in his 30s.
I was able to take the first step toward giving my son the life he needs to live a normal life.
I feel blessed that I can go back to work and support my family.
I just want to be here for my son, and that’s the only thing I’m asking for.
You don’t have to be diagnosed with cancer to have a positive experience with a pediatric treatment.
If you do, you can be the one who can help.
The goal is to help people with all types of cancers feel better about themselves and their own disease.
I think we can all learn from our patients.
You have to know your child, so you can help them understand why they need the treatment they’re receiving.
You want to feel supported and understood.
And you want to give them the best treatment possible.
It takes a lot of work, but it’s possible to do it.
And when you do it, it makes a difference in your son’s life.
It’s not just for the doctor, it’s for the family, too.
My son’s cancer is very serious, and we need to do whatever we can to get his treatment right.
My daughter is a nurse, and she also has a passion for her job.
I try to show her how to treat her patients, too, but she has to be a little more cautious than I am.
When I have time to get my son in the office, she’ll tell me about the other things she does.
For instance, I don’t want her to see me in a bathing suit.
I want to make sure that he’s comfortable.
It doesn’t matter how cute I look, I’m not going to wear a bathing costume.
I also don’t like people telling me that they’ve seen my son and that I should get rid of him.
My family and I are all very protective, but I don, too — and I’m proud of that.
The last thing I want is to be the only one who feels bad for him, so I don to show that to her.
So she has a lot to do with that.
We don’t need to have to tell her about everything.
She can make her own decisions.
It really doesn’t affect me.
I know that if my son is having fun, it will be OK.
I don�t have to take care of everything.
My goal is for him to feel good about himself, and he has my support.
I am so proud of my daughter.
She has helped me with everything I’ve asked of her.
She knows that my son will come back better than I did, and I have no regrets.
I will be here with him until the end.