Not long after the mother was diagnosed wth Stage Four cancer, her son, Wesley was found to have a cancerous tumor in his kidney.
Many people get affected by cancer, actively or passively. It's a path of suffering which leaves people shaken and disturbed. In such circumstances, gathering the strength to keep moving forward requires a lot of courage, and this family shows just how to do that. A Pennsylvanian family is dealing with not one but two cancer-stricken members at once. A mother and her son were diagnosed with cancer in a short space of time. Nicole Roche, a mother of three, was diagnosed with Stage Four cancer. Not long after, her son Wesley, aged four, was rushed to the ER last month after suffering pain in his stomach. There, it became apparent that the young boy had a large, cancerous tumor in his kidney. He was rushed to the Children’s Hospital of Philadelphia, where he underwent immediate surgery to remove the tumor which had continued to cause him great pain despite pain medications. The surgery, however, wasn't the end of Wesley’s cancer journey.
In an emotionally hopeful yet vulnerable Facebook post, she disclosed that Wesley is in a great amount of pain and she could never have expected that she would have to watch one of her children go through the same battle with cancer that she is facing, especially not at the same time.
"Exactly two months ago today, I made the decision to go public with my cancer diagnosis and actively share my story, no matter which direction it went. I felt deeply that this diagnosis was a much larger part of my life story, and not something to be hidden," Nicole wrote. "Nothing [God] does is without purpose." "God loves our son more than I ever could with my human heart, and He has a plan for both of us, and He has designed it this way for us to walk the road together," she added.
Regarding Wesley's treatment, she said, "He will have to go through conventional treatment after that: six rounds of chemo and radiation. Our family’s story will now track the healing and recovery of two of its members instead of one. I know Wesley is a strong boy and will recover. But as I rest in that peace, I also am absolutely floored by the strange, surreal nature of it all. I’ve almost been feeling out of body lately, just completely awestruck that this is reality."
In a follow-up post, she shared that she gets inspired by her son's brave young heart. "Wes is so much braver than I have been. He makes me want to be strong like him and face my own treatment with more bravery. I don’t know if I’ll ever be comfortable with needles, ports, chemo, radiation … any of it. But if my baby is about to walk that road, then I will walk with him. I’ll be as brave as I can for him. He deserves that from me," she expressed.
For anyone wondering, “What are the odds?” Nicole said this question bothers her as well but she exhaustingly decides to hold on to faith. She has requested for prayers for Wesley, her husband Alex, and her family as a whole. Talking about family support, she said, "Never underestimate the power of community when it comes together with purpose and love." A GoFundMe has been launched in order to help the family with the financial expenses of the treatment. Currently, it has raised over $48,426 and could welcome more help.
The brave mom concluded: "I didn’t choose this, but I’m ready for it, I accept it, and I surrender to it."
Cover Image Source: Facebook | Nicole Roche