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Teague’s Story by Candace May… Part One

October 21, 2009   

This is a story of how Teague became our hero in 2005.

Here he is at the end of his journey with cancer. A survivor! A hero!



Someday you will want to know the story of your fight with cancer. We will celebrate it in these pages and hope that as other trials in life occur, you will remember being six!

How your journey began…

We had just finished the Christmas holidays and then celebrated your sixth birthday. It seemed you had a bad cold. Right after Christmas I took you to our doctor in Seattle. He gave us an antibiotic. That didn’t help your stuffed-up nose, so we went back and he gave us more medicine. That didn’t help, so we went back again.

He said, “Lady, what do you want from me?”

I said, “My boy is not well; maybe he needs to go to the hospital.”

Then the doctor looked in your mouth and saw your pallet had dropped and said, “Go to the hospital right now… Go straight there!”

I called Dad and we went.

It was Jan. 12th, 2005, the day we found out you had cancer.

I have often wondered what I would do if I was ever told that my child had cancer. I thought I would fall to the floor and faint, but on that evening in January I didn’t faint. I don’t know what held me up, but I looked back at the doctor who gave us the bad news and said, “What can we do? Let’s get started.” I guess something in me realized that in order to have a healthy boy, I had to believe it could happen.

You were diagnosed with rabdomyosarcoma, which is a soft tissue tumor in the nasal region of your head. They said you had about a fifty percent chance to survive it. They would start chemotherapy in a few days. The chemo was to last 11 months and you would also have six weeks of radiation.

They put a central line in your chest. It was called a Hickman line. The man who invented it actually went to our church!

They also had to check your bones and lungs and make sure that the cancer hadn’t spread. We got the results of the tests and it was great news that the cancer had not spread. We all said a prayer of thanks and we all started praying, harder than we have ever prayed, that you would get well. So many people prayed for you from all over the US, Canada and even Ireland where you were born.

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