Written by: Courtney Kurtz, Lincoln’s mama
Here is Courtney’s perspective of their cancer journey…
Q: What would you like the world to know about your cancer journey with Lincoln?
Cancer treatment is really hard on kids and there are many side effects. During the first 30 days of treatment, Lincoln lost the ability to walk and crawl. He stopped eating and lost a lot of weight, and we nearly had to have a feeding tube put in. But we were able to work through it with various medicines, and after the first nine months, he started gaining weight again.
There is a tremendous need for more research for childhood cancer. These kids are amazing and deserve better treatment options with fewer toxicities and long-term side effects.
Q: What did others close to you do for you and your family that made a difference?
Q: What gave you strength during your journey?
Q: Is there a program at Cancer Support Community that has helped your family?
Lincoln went to an art program in the Kids Korner and he loved it. He is immuno-compromised so he can’t be around a lot of other kids, especially if someone is sick. He longs to play with other kids, but it’s been hard to find a safe space for him to do that. So it’s nice to have these activities at Cancer Support Community in a safe environment, where other parents know not to bring a sick child into the program.
Q: Where are you now in your journey with cancer?