A Mother Offers An Honest Look At Her 10-Year-Old’s Battle With Cancer

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The photo above is hard to look at. It was posted by a mother in Texas. It shows Drake, her son, who is only 10-years-old, clearly in pain. It is not the typical kid-pic that you see on Facebook, but it is something she wants people to see.

Drake has Acute Lymphoblastic Leukemia. He was first diagnosed back in September of 2012. While he went into remission, the disease is back. He’s also fighting testicular cancer.

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Last week, Jessica Medinger posted the image on the “Stinky Joe’s #1 Pit Crew” Facebook page. The page follows Drake’s progress. Here’s what she had to say about the image:

“This was this morning after carrying Drake to the bathroom. Yes, he is in a pull up because 75% of the time he can’t control his bathroom habits. This is skin and bones, because I have to beg him to eat ONE green bean for supper, or drink a cup of water throughout the day. This is having your son sleep with you at night because he is afraid of something happening and being alone, and by something I mean dying. This is having middle of the night conversations with a ten year old, asking if he dies will he go to heaven and will he see his dad there and be able to talk and play with him. This is him being too weak to get out of bed or walk and needing to be carried or in a wheelchair. This is him falling asleep as someone is talking to him, because he is too exhausted. This is him, throwing up every medication I give him and him dry heaving because his stomach is empty except for the spoonful of yogurt I just gave him with his pills. This is having to take 44 chemo pills last week in a matter of 24 hours. This is him telling me, ‘mommy, I’m not going to make it.’ This is him not wanting to be touched, because it hurts too much, and using morphine to get through his day. This is him telling me he is scared and thinks he won’t see his 11th birthday. This is him and me, telling him that I will continue to fight for him when he cant. This is him and me, and our world.

This is him, Drake, Stinky Joe, my whole world. From the moment I found out I was pregnant till future forever, he has been my reason for life. He is my smile, my love, my heartbeat. He is also my tears, my heart ache, my frowns. He is my life.”

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After the image above was posted, Drake was sent back to the hospital.

“He is in extreme pain and still not eating or drinking,” Medinger wrote in an update. “They will also be starting physical therapy to help regain strength in his hips and legs, and build his endurance. Please be assured myself, his family, and his team of healthcare professionals are doing absolutely everything we can to help him and get him better.”

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Drake has a YouCaring page. Or you can write to him here.

Drake Medinger
C/O Ericka
PO Box 1725
Tomball, TX 77377-1725

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