KC Zoo Tiger Donation

To help fulfill Mason's dream and help the Tigers:
KC Zoo Attn Laura Berger "In Memory of Mason Kempf" 6800 Zoo Dr Kansas City, MO 64132

For the beauty of Snow and Magic on Christmas :
Elves of Christmas Present PO Box 3535
Olathe, KS 66063

Monday, April 26, 2010

Medication and Symptoms

Mason was told he could go to school and resume normal activity, but the steroid medication has caused extreme tiredness and mood changes. He also has just dropped his head unexpectedly, fallen, and walks very drowsy. A couple times we've wondered if he lost conscious. He seems to be in a state of confusion at times, or just extremely drowsy. We were told drugs could do this but are also scared of his condition. He wakes up and requests to do something and then eyes roll and shut.

He knows he has a cancerous tumor so he has begun the questioning. We remain positive of the upcoming radiation and chemo treatments to shrink the tumor. We've been told it lasts 6 weeks (Monday thru Friday) This evening he was alert and we had a great dinner and some laughs. It's amazing how quickly this came upon us. We did notice the week before how incredibly difficult it was for him roller skating. Now we cherish every laugh and every smile and try not to show the excruciation pain inside our hearts. Please pray for our Mason. He is the sweetest most loving son and we are the luckiest mom and dad.

Our first appointment is Thursday, we will be told more details of treatment at the KC Cancer Center in Overland Park.

14 comments:

Gregory said...

Any kid who gets headaches has us concerned. We've been looking for the reason behind Gavin's but still have no answers. When we heard about Mason having headaches it got us just as concerned but never would have thought is was something like this.
Mason is a good kid. Smart and active. It is always fun to watch he and Gavin play together. We are thankful to have him in our home and the influence he has on Gavin. Mason thinks things through and we hope Gavin picks up on that.
You are great parents to have such a wonderful family with Mason as a great leading son to start it all.
We hope to have many more memories with him and all of you.
Let us know what we can do to help. All of you are in our prayers.

Celia Henson said...

Eddie and Andria,
You know that I am at your service for anything you need; a babysitter for Ally and Maverick, someone to talk to and play with, bring doughnuts and special treats, take care of Milo or what ever you want!
Put my number on speed dial. I will be there for you in a flash!
love,
Celia

Anonymous said...

Eddie and Andria: We just love Mason and your family. Please let us know if we can give support in any way. Be strong and live on the strength of all the prayers people are sending you. Thank you for creating the blog so we can keep posted on your journey. Good luck and God Bless!

Love from all the Georges

Carrie Midgett said...

Love this picture of Mason. It really shows how mature he is and how easy going.

thelyons1 said...

While my heart is breaking for you, my family and a prayer chain are praying hard for a miracle of healing for Mason and God's loving arms around your family. Thanks for creating this blog so we can keep up with your progress.

Kim Ryden said...

My mom works with Joyce and told me about this news yesterday. I want you to know that I have been in prayer for Mason and your whole family. My heart just breaks for you all. I know that God is a worker of miracles. I am just praying that you all will get to experience one in Mason's life.

Anonymous said...

Eddie,
Thank you for the link to this website and for letting me know of Mason's condition. I am SO sorry to hear of this news and please know that I will lift up you and your family in my daily prayers!
Please feel free to use me as a resource if desired as my Mom struggled with treatments for lung cancer that had spread to her brain and is currently losing that battle but your son is so young and there are so many possibilities and options (along with miracles)!
http://www.caringbridge.org/visit/marykuglin

My step-sister has been in the oncology field all of her professional career and has been a great resource and has directed us towards alternate paths when our primary doctor felt nothing more could be done.
I know you are strong and it looks like you have a great support team started here...

Sincerely,
John E. Quinton, Jr.

Celeste said...

You were with us through our struggles. Now, know we are with you. Eddie and Andria-remember to sleep. Though sleeping will be a struggle at first, it is well needed to keep you both strong. Take care of your (whole!!) family, and they will be doing the same. Your friends (and co-workers) will be doing a lot of praying!

Anonymous said...

Eddie,
I am so sorry to hear about this. Please know that I am praying for Mason and your family. Stay strong and hang in there. Let me know if there is anything I can do to help out.

-Carol Bell

Anonymous said...

We were shocked of hearing the news. We all love you and your family and have so many good memories with Mason. We include all of you in our prayers. God is so great that anything that seems too far of reach is so easy for him. We will grab his attention and healing. Be strong. Let us know if we can help in any way.
From Jahani Family

Anonymous said...

Eddie,
I am so sorry to to hear about Mason. I will be sending all the warmest thoughts out for Mason, you and your family. If there is anything I can do for you please do not hesitate to ask. Stay strong!
Grace & Peace,
Traci Higbee

Anonymous said...

Eddie and Andria,
We have only met you guys a couple of times, but we feel like we have known you a long time through Carolyn, Jacob and Natasha. They think the world of you guys. We are so sorry to hear about Mason. Our thoughts and prayers are with all of you.

Bob and Karen Thomas

Anonymous said...

My husband has worked on projects with Mason's dad. I'm so sorry to hear of this battle that you and your son are facing. Our family will be praying for Mason and the rest of you. Welter Family

JeremyLChamberlain said...

Mason,
Of all the people that have showed love for you on this blog know that God has an even bigger blog with way more followers and even way more people cheering you on. Keep loving and living life. Clarity will follow.
faith is things which are hoped for and not seen; wherefore, dispute not because ye see not, for ye receive no witness until after the trial of your faith.