Joshua's Cancer Journey
Joshua was ten years old when he became a Wilms’ Tumor patient in May 2013. Joshua and his mom have been through fire. Since his diagnosis in 2013, Joshua has had eleven (11) cycles of Chemotherapy, Radiotherapy, Surgery, has had fluid drained from his chest; and more scans and tests than he can count; but he is a fighter.
In 2015, Joshua and his mom spent 8 months and 10 days on admission in the ward. The day he was discharged; his mom broke down in tears. They were both so traumatized that they lived in fear of ever being admitted to hospital again. Joshua’s mother lost her business because she had to abandon her trading to stay with him in the hospital. His older sister has been out of school for a year and half and Joshua himself was eager to return to school after being out for over three years.
He loved playing games, drawing and painting. His best food was rice and fish. Joshua was also very prayerful. He loved his mother so much and felt so deeply for her; that he would hide his pain because he didn’t want her to worry. His deepest desire was to be well, so that his mother can rest from all she has been through over him.
Unfortunately, Joshua gained his angel wings some months after the commencement of his treatment.