Mitchell is a funny and very smart kid. He catches on to things very quickly and loves to play with “his girls” (his sisters). He likes anything that is the color green, loves construction trucks and trains, and enjoys play doh. He also has quite a fascination with police cars and fire trucks. His smile is amazing!
In the fall of last year, Mitchell was experiencing a decreased appetite and naseua. Mitchell was diagnosed on September 28th with Wilms Tumor, a type of kidney cancer. At the time of diagnosis, you could almost feel and see the large tumor in his abdomen. Some other common symptoms include the following: blood in urine, constipation, and fever. Wilms Tumor is the most common type of kidney cancer in children. Treatment plans usually consist of chemotherapy and surgery to remove the tumor. Mitchel’s treatment so far has included chemo, a nephrectomy, radiation and surgery to have a port placed.
Mitchell’s diagnosis was really hard for us because I was so involved with my older children’s activities and I’ve stepped back from that quite a bit. it has definitely changed our focus and my husband has taken on a more active role in our day to day especially when Mitchell has to be in the hospital. I feel guilty about not getting as much time with my other children.
Mitchell has been so brave and he amazes me all the time. I’m proud to be his mother. His sisters have been really helpful as well and they help him feel better.