My Best Mother’s Day Yet

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My best Mother's Day yet


In October 2015, my son, 16 at the time, experienced symptoms of what appeared to be an upper respiratory infection. He experienced a cough, fatigue and severe swelling to the lymph nodes. He was treated with steroids and antibiotics via urgent care in which he had temporary relief. His symptoms gradually recurred, but accompanied with a barrel chest, bulging eyes and wheezing.

We immediately had a visit with his pediatrician with a day consumed with chest x-rays, an EKG and ultrasounds. After returning home awaiting the results, we received a phone call I never imagined I would receive. There was a large solid mass found on his chest which compressed his superior vena cava (a large vein that carries blood to his heart), deviated his trachea (meaning there was more pressure on one side of his chest than the other) and was causing pressure on his diaphragm.

He was admitted to Our Lady of the Lake Children’s Hospital PICU where several oncologists with the St. Jude Affiliate Clinic at Our Lady of the Lake Children’s Hospital visited with us. I was devastated.

hospital bedI couldn’t understand how a perfectly healthy young male could experience such adversities. A biopsy was later performed that confirmed a diagnosis of Stage 3 Large B Cell Lymphoma. After receiving such news, we were told we would have to be transported to Memphis for treatment at St. Jude to undergo extensive chemotherapy treatment for months. Within days I was forced to leave my young daughter behind and be the emotional support my son needed. I witnessed him endure such heart breaking changes such as drastic weight/hair loss, severe pain, nausea, vomiting and weakness. I didn’t know how I could be emotionally supportive when, I too, became weak. I prayed, cried, yelled, and talked to God continually.

But, our journey didn’t end there. With God’s help, the team at Our Lady of the Lake Children’s Hospital and St. Jude, my son conquered his battle with cancer and is now a 2017 graduate of Baton Rouge Magnet High School. I am a very grateful mother to have such a strong, brave and courageous son. This is truly my best Mother’s Day yet.

About Charlotte Perry

Charlotte Perry is a Clinical Nurse Supervisor for Our Lady of the Lake Children’s Hospital Baton Rouge Children’s Health Project.

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Comments

  1. Yvette Porch says:

    Awesome story Charlotte! We prayed and cried as well. We petitioned God – he heard us! Thanks for your awesome testimony and Congratulations Keelan!!!