First…some pictures from May 2015….three months before we found out that Robbie was sick with cancer. We were in Costa Rica for our daughter’s wedding. Fun family pictures and of course a sloth. The water came rolling in while I was taking pictures of Lynn & Robbie. She picked him up to be silly.
Jim & Robbie
This first sloth we saw in Manuel Antonio National Park.
A year ago today, we took Robbie for a 2nd opinion. The first orthopedic specialist told us not to worry. I hoped to hear the same thing and then rush back to school for parent night.
Instead an orthopedic specialist that we hadn’t met before, walked into the exam room, while he was on his cell phone with an oncologist. He flipped Robbie’s x-ray onto a large screen while he continued on his phone. It was obvious that Robbie had a huge tumor on his knee. Jim was minutes away, but hadn’t made it to our room yet. The doctor’s first words were…your son probably has osteosarcoma and I’m on the phone with an oncologist. Jim walked into the room as the doctor walked back out still on his phone. When he came back in the room, he asked if we had any questions, which we didn’t because we were all in shock.
One of my friends wisely advised me to not attend parent night and later she talked me out of returning to school the next day. I honestly couldn’t think or make any decisions.
We are grateful for the outpouring of love and support the past year. We pray that he continues to heal and stay in remission.