Well, you never know how the child will react, but I think I called it. He was just fine. Actually, he said, “I think I have IBS!” I had to keep from rolling on the floor. We already know he does not have IBS. I explained the entire situation in sport’s terms. The best offense is to have a good defense and that’s what we are doing. We made him look at our faces when we told him that he does not have cancer and he said he knows. But, actually, until we have these baseline tests done, we do not know anything. I think he understands that. He knows he is now a patient of St. Jude and Dr. Federico.
I really don’t think he could have taken it any better. He understands about the tests and how he will be put to sleep for the endoscopy. This test has not been scheduled yet. He will have an MRI at St. Jude on Nov. 12 and then we’ll see Dr. Federico after that. It will be a long day at the Jude. Another day, another child. But like we told Collin, it’s like putting bug spray on so you won’t get bitten by mosquitos. We did tell him if he did get cancer, we would know very quickly and be able to get started with whatever treatment is needed.
In my mind, Collin is very informed. I told him if he ever feels like he needs to talk about it, then he needs to tell us. We also told him if kids start to say to him that he has cancer, he can look at them and say NO, I DO NOT!
Now comes the fall out of his thoughts. We’ll see how that goes over the next week or so. We pray that God will grow him into a strong young man.