These words changed our lives forever. The end of January 2020, Bryson began complaining of pain and pressure in his left chest. We told him we would keep an eye on it, thinking maybe he had a chest cold and it was causing pressure in his lungs. It seemed to be worse at night and when laying down. After a week of continual and increasing pain, we decided to take Bryson to the clinic to get him checked out. The doctor took X-rays of his chest and did a blood test. The X-rays were not able to show anything that looked unusual, but Bryson's blood test showed a high D-dimer level, which could possibly indicate a blood clot. The doctor decided he wanted to get a CT scan of his chest the next day.
That very next day we want to the hospital and got a CT Scan of his chest. Within about 30 minutes, the radiologist called us and said there was something there, but they were not sure what, and wanted Bryson back the next day to do a CT scan of his abdomen. That was a Friday. They called us that night to let us know that they believed Bryson had tumors growing within his abdomen, although they were not able to tell what type, and that they would make an appointment for us with Primary Children's hospital the next week.
A biopsy confirmed Alveolar Rhabdomyosarcoma, Fusion Postive. An extremely rare and aggressive cancer with a horrible prognosis. After a 10 month battle, Bryson passed away peacefully at home, surrounded by family.
We will continue to honor his courage and strength through the Bryson Strong Foundation. Our mission is to help others find the strength they need to overcome challenges they too are facing. To help others feel loved, like the overwhelming love Bryson was shown during his fight. More to come...