In August of this year, Brice, a very special four-year-old boy, was admitted to Memorial complaining of stomach and leg cramps. His mom told the doctors that he had been coughing for a couple of weeks and running high fevers. After tests, Brice and his family received some devastating news--he was diagnosed with a type of cancer known as Stage IV Hodgkin’s Lymphoma. His cancer had originated in the lymph nodes under his right arm and later spread to his bone marrow. Brice is currently undergoing chemotherapy treatment at the pediatric oncology unit at Memorial, where I have had the privilege of taking care of him.
Brice is talkative, charismatic, and off the charts hilarious! A few weeks ago I was at the nurse’s station and the call bell receiver was ringing. I picked up the phone and heard this adorable voice asking “Is this Nurse Maggie?” Then he asked, “Will you bring me one of those suckers that I know you keep in your pocket? Oh, and can it be a blue one?”
Though it hasn’t been long since being diagnosed with cancer, Brice has already endured many of the side effects of treatment including nausea, vomiting, fatigue, and the loss of his hair. It makes my heart heavy to see such a bright ray of sunshine be dimmed by this disease. All of the pediatric oncology nurses here at Memorial want him and his family to have an unforgettable Christmas. Brice’s favorite pastime is building with Legos. He also loves superheroes, making arts and crafts projects and watching the Mickey Mouse Clubhouse. Gas cards would really help this family out on their trips from
Maggie King, Registered Nurse, Childrens Hospital at Memorial
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