Mom shares heart-breaking photo to show reality of childhood cancer
This mom decided to share a tear-jerking picture of her son during his cancel battle to raise awareness.
In 2018, when little Beckett Burge, from Princeton, Texas in the US, was two years old, he was diagnosed with acute lymphoblastic leukaemia. He’s since undergone months of chemotherapy, Daily Mail reports.
In a bid to raise awareness about childhood cancer and how it affects a family, his mom, Kaitlin Beckett, shared a snap of the youngster bending over the toilet, while his little sister, Aubrey, rubs his back and reassures him.
“One thing they don’t tell you about childhood cancer is that it affects the entire family. You always hear about the financial and medical struggles, but how often do you hear about the struggles families with other children face?” the mom of three – she also has a younger daughter, Chandler – captioned the picture she posted on Facebook.
“To some, this may be hard to see and read. My two kids, 15 months apart, went from playing in school and at home together to sitting in a cold hospital room together.
“My then 4-year-old watched her brother go from an ambulance to the ICU.
“She watched a dozen doctors throw a mask over his face, poke and prod him with needles, pump a dozen medications through his body, all while he laid there helplessly.
“She wasn’t sure what was happening. All she knew was that something was wrong with her brother, her best friend.”
The goes on to say that Aubrey struggles with Beckett’s poor health, Mirror reports.
“She didn’t understand how he was able to walk before this, but now he can’t even stand unassisted.
“She didn’t understand the different therapies he had to attend to gain his strength back.
“To her, it was something special he got to do that she didn’t. Why couldn’t they go to their favourite trampoline park anymore?
“Why couldn’t they go to the splash pads they previously went to? Why didn’t he have to go back to school, but she did?” Kaitlin writes.
Since being diagnosed, the little boy has been doing incredibly well, despite having to receive treatment on a regular basis.
“He’s in maintenance right now and he’ll continue his [maintenance] treatment until August 8, 2021,” Kaitlin said.
“He has chemo [pills] every single night, then has an anti-fungal for an infection he had when officially diagnosed.
“He’s on the normal protocol – the steroids every month for five days, going to the clinic for chemo through his port, then a pill at home every night.”