On the morning of Easter Sunday 2015, our entire family joined together to attend church service. It was followed by the traditional children’s Easter egg hunt on the beautiful church grounds. Most of our family and friends then returned to my mother’s house for brunch. Shockingly that afternoon, our son Max started screaming in pain and holding the lower back of his head. We immediately took him to the emergency room at Huntington Hospital in New York.
A great day playing with his twin brother Alex and friends outside turned into a horrible night indoors. A CAT scan showed a mass of some sort on his brain. That night, they transported us to Cohen Childrens’ Medical Center of New York where he was scheduled to have an MRI in the morning. The MRI confirmed that it was a tumor. He had surgery the next day where they removed a lot of it, but, because of the location of the tumor, they could not remove all of it safely without disrupting the nerves that control his motor skills. The surgical pathology report showed that it was a low-grade astrocytoma. He started chemotherapy treatment about a month later and finished treatment in March 2017. He responded fairly-well to the medicine and each MRI showed a slight decrease in the size of the tumor. He is currently taking Celebrex daily and has his next MRI scheduled in the winter.
His identical twin brother Alex is his biggest supporter in his brave fight against cancer.