My name is Jackson Martin Laskowski, I was born on March 27, 2007, and I live in Harrisburg, NC. You may not know it from my photo, but I had been in the toughest battle of my life for over 3 1/2 years, and so far….I am still WINNING!!
There are three of us boys in my family. There’s my older brother Nicholas, he is an Angel watching over us, having gone to heaven 100 days after he was born. My younger brother, Colton – he’s only 2 years younger than I but already proving to be bigger and taller. And then there’s me, the middle child, and the one they call the Miracle child. I could not have survived this battle without the help of numerous doctors, thousands of prayers and each of YOU.
On January 24, 2010, just 2 month’s shy of my 3rd birthday, my world was turned upside down after a quick phone call to the doctor’s office. What we thought would be a simple diagnosis of constipation turned into an emergency trip to Levine Children’s Hospital, a CT Scan, and a confirmed diagnosis of Stage IV Hepatoblastoma (liver cancer) that had metastasized to both of my lungs.
It’s amazing how life can change that fast…
In the first year of my fight, I underwent 11 rounds of chemotherapy, a thoracic surgery on June 30, 2010 to remove the 10 remaining tumor masses in my lungs, and on July 1, 2010, I was placed on the National Organ Donor Transplant waiting list in the hopes of receiving a new liver.
On July 27, 2010 I underwent a very long 10 hour surgery where the doctors successfully completed a life-saving liver transplant. I followed up the transplant surgery with 3 rounds of post chemotherapy, and finally in August of 2010 I was declared cancer free.
Unfortunately, my journey was far from over…
On February 20, 2011 it was determined that the cancer had returned to my lungs. I underwent a second thoracic lung surgery in June 2011, and additional chemotherapy, and remained in remission for 6 months until December 2011 when once again the cancer had returned to my lungs for the third time.
I underwent radiation on my lungs and received 7 more rounds of chemotherapy, until May 2012 when the doctors for the third time declared me to be cancer free…where I PRAY I will stay.
My Mommy & Daddy have always told me that God is present in our lives even when all we see are shadows. The interesting thing about shadows, they can’t exist without light, so we know that behind every dark shadow is the bright light of Christ ready to shine through. In that thought, we hold onto our HOPE.
Visit http://www.caringbridge.org/visit/jacksonlaskowski to read more about my journey and all my mom and dad’s thoughts along the way.