Justin Townsend is a 7th grader in Shelby Township, MI. He loves singing, playing guitar and Tigers Baseball! He likes hanging out with his dad camping and playing sports. In early September before school started, he was complaining of headaches, so his parents took him to the doctor. They treated him for what they thought were allergies, and eventually, migraine headaches.
When the headaches didn't go away and medication was not helping, his mother decided more had to be done. Once a CAT scan was done, he was sent to another hospital for an MRI and they found a "mass" they wanted to remove the following morning. The the surgery yielded a tumor that was a bloody mess, the size of a golf ball near the brain stem, and Justin lost 2 pints of blood. It was already at stage 4.
His family doesn't want to publicize exactly which kind of cancer it is, because they don't want people to focus on the horrors of the prognosis, just the healing they hope to see. Justin is currently at St. Jude in Tennessee receiving 8 weeks of treatment. His dad says it's "the best, worst place, ever". It is good to be in capable hands but certainly a nightmare altogether.
As any parent would, they are hoping for the best, but know they could be faced with the worst. It's truly heart-wrenching to see anyone you love go through so much pain and unbelievable heartache.
His family and friends are all praying and sending positive thoughts to them on a daily basis and anxiously await news each day! We will be thinking of you as well- and hoping for the very best!
Joyce has two daughters and is a waitress in Columbus, Ohio. She and her significant other have been together for 6 years.
Joyce had unexplained breast soreness for a year and a half, but lack of health insurance, caused her to (commonly) ignore the severity of it. The pain became worse however, so she scheduled a mammogram- which was not easy, being in the unusual category of being "under 40".
Her right breast was riddled with calcium deposits and the doctor scheduled a biopsy. It indicated she has DCIS, which has a 99% recovery rate, thankfully- but she still has to undergo a mastectomy and the painful recovery.
Her surgery is scheduled for November 5th and we wish her well. Without health insurance and lost wages for her time off to recover make her exceptionally anxious, but she's remaining optimistic!
We are fighting for you, Joyce.