Many of you know my younger brother, Nicolas. Some know him through our friendship; others have met him by his presence in Springer camp, classes, and plays. Anyone who knows him can tell you what I know - that he is like no other child, no other person in the world. He is a musical wonder, a star student, and an outstanding friend. His zany, exuberant personality brings great joy and laughter to others.
But for Nicolas, it has been a trying past two weeks. After two bouts of surgery to eradicate the infection in his lymph nodes, a diagnosis was finally determined. The infection was a decoy, a sidekick to the monster. Tests indicated that Nicolas has lymphoblastic b-cell lymphoma, an aggressive, non-Hodgekins sect of lymphoma.
He is going to Egleston Children’s Hospital in Atlanta tomorrow to receive further prognosis, tests, and possibly his first chemotherapy treatment. Due to probable crippling of his immune system, he will not be able to attend school or go to many public places for at least the first six months of treatment.
Now, I want to thank you all for being so kind to Nicolas. You, my friends and consequently his, have embraced him for who he is and have shown him nothing but genuine friendship. You let him eat lunch with you at the theatre, or you let him be on your team at game night. Not everyone has the heart and the patience to do that. I know I have true friends when they treat my wild and crazy brother like a friend of their own. You have absolutely no idea how much it means to me.
As of yet, we have not explained to Nicolas his diagnosis or the extent of his treatment. If you would like to know anything about his progress or more about the condition itself, please feel free to ask me. And if you would like to keep in touch with Nicolas, he now has a Facebook. But again, I ask you mention nothing relating to his illness. It would devastate him if he heard it from anyone other than us.
Meet Cloudeater, an incredible local band (Atlanta area). This is their single “Decades”. Just wait until it builds up. The lead vocalist, Sam Dew, has an astounding voice, and it sounds so clear and pure against the gritty synth and guitar base.
So, about a week ago, my little brother Nicolas went to consult a doctor about a lump on his upper next just under his ear. Turns out, he had a swollen lymph node. The doctor said it was nothing to worry about, as he has had his tonsils and adenoids removed, and any viral infection would consequently affect his lymph nodes first. He started taking antibiotics, but it only irritated the node.