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Austin Serrano

Austin Serrano

On Tuesday 08/25/09 must have been the most difficult and heartbreaking day that my husband Carlos and I have dealt with in our entire life.

It has been almost 2 years since we started dedicating our lives to save our baby from the deadlyword Cancer. This has to be the most frightening word in our vocabulary. Our world was shattered beyond comprehension when our 2-year old son Austin was diagnosed with Advanced Stage of Bilateral Retinoblastoma Stage D - R eye -vitreous seeding and stage E –L eye - a detached retina. He was blind on his Leye because of the detached retina. Austin was diagnosed by Dr. Rand Spencer and concurs by Dr. Dan Gombos at MD Anderson.

We immediately sought out all alternative treatments for our son starting with our wonderful Dr. Rand Spencer (retinal specialist who diagnosed Austin) and Dr. Daniel Bowers. Austin had 2 systemic round of chemo…

My Journal

Update on Austin

 There is nothing to say but to just say it.  Austin was seen by the vice chairman of neurosurgery at MD Anderson.  He said itis osteosarcoma induced by radiation that he received for retinoblastoma.  This is extremely rare.  According the neurologist, he has seenanother case 20 years ago. Austin is scheduled for a craniotomy on Thursday at MD Anderson with Dr. Franco DeMonte. Surgery will be about 6 hours and approximately 5 days inpatient stays.  We will be extremely busy on Wednesday for MRI/CT scan pre-op, etc.  The surgeon did discuss all this in front of Austin.  He is aware of what's going on with him.  I do think he is taking it rather quite well for a 6 years old boy.  He is such a brave little boy. I’m not sure what else to say other than thank you for all of your thoughts and prayers for our family.