Jackson’s Journey

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My name is Jackson, I am 8 years old and I live in Harrisburg, NC.  You may not know it from my photo, but I had been in the toughest battle of my life for over 3 1/2 years, and so far….I am still WINNING!!

There are three of us boys in my family.  There’s my older brother Nicholas, he is an Angel watching over us, having gone to heaven 100 days after he was born.  My younger brother, Colton – he’s only 6, but we can already tell he’s no wallflower!  And then there’s me, the middle child.  So, you see we already have an Angel in our family – I am going to be the miracle!  But I can’t do it without the help of prayer, doctors, and YOU.

On January 24, 2010, my world was turned upside down after a quick phone call to the doctor’s office.  What we thought would be a simple diagnosis of constipation turned into an emergency trip to Levine Children’s Hospital, a CT Scan, and a confirmed diagnosis of Stage IV Hepatoblastoma (liver cancer) that had metastasized to both of my lungs.

It’s amazing how life can change that fast.

In the first year of my fight, I underwent 11 rounds of chemotherapy, lung surgery to remove the remaining tumor masses, and a liver transplant, by August of 2010 I was declared cancer free.

Unfortunately, my journey is far from over…

On February 20, 2011 it was determined that the cancer had returned to my lungs.  I underwent a second lung surgery in June 2011, and additional chemotherapy, and remained in remission for 6 months until December 2011 when once again the cancer had returned to my lungs for the third time.

I underwent radiation on my lungs and received 7 more rounds of chemotherapy, until May 2012 when the doctors once again declared me to be cancer free…where I PRAY I will stay.

My Mommy & Daddy have always told me that God is present in our lives even when all we see are shadows.  The interesting thing about shadows, they can’t exist without light, so we know that behind every dark shadow is the bright light of Christ ready to shine through.  In that thought, we hold onto our HOPE.

You can use http://www.caringbridge.org/visit/jacksonlaskowski to follow my journey more closely and read mom and dad’s thoughts on it all.

For more information on the cancer I was diagnosed with:http://www.cincinnatichildrens.org/health/info/cancer/diagnose/hepatoblastoma2.htm