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MOOGLY

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Greatest day in a long time ... updated read 3rd page
« on: July 08, 2005, 10:46:02 PM »

Many of you here are aware of my son Gibson and that he has a brain tumor (the reason I am here really)

On Wednesday he had his usual 3 month MRI to see where everything is at We generally get the results about a week later (the 14th is our appointment) and this afternoon they actually phoned us to tell us that his tumor is almost gone. My wife was on the phone and started to cry but at the same time said that is great news and looked directly at me so I knew something was up when she finally got off the phone she just said it's almost gone I knew what she was talking about and we both just started to cry and grabbed him and our daughter and just hugged crying for at least what seemed like a half an hour.

The whole time he didn't understand why we were crying and was quite freaked out to be honest we had to explain to him the situation being only 6 and seeing your parentís cry I can only imagine what was going through his mind up to now we have tried our hardest to play it cool at all times and show no fear.

There will always be the chance that it can come back and all along they told us his chances were not very good but this is as close to a miracle as it gets our hopes were that it just wouldn't grow anymore to have it actually go away almost 100% is truly a dream come true and the closest thing to a miracle that I will no doubt see in my entire lifetime the doctor who phoned told my wife that they are celebrating and felt obligated to phone us and share the excellent news.

Words can not even describe how we feel right now and with our trip less than 2 weeks away to florida it couldn't hold more meaning for us.

Thank you to all here who helped last year when my cousin did the rebel scum post and to everyone who has been nothing but kind to me in meeting or in chat and in trades here on the forum I thank you as well this forum has helped take my mind off things and find stuff for my little guy that has made him happy through such horrible times for him for that I can't say thank you enough.

Dylan Maidansky



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« Last Edit: March 29, 2006, 11:30:39 PM by MOOGLY »
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Re:Greatest day in a long time ...
« Reply #1 on: July 08, 2005, 10:52:11 PM »

Hey Dylan

That's awesome man! I lost my mom to cancer when I was nine so I know how scary this stuff can be.

That's great news about the tumor going away. Keep positive - the mind and the will can do amazing things!

Hang in there.

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Re:Greatest day in a long time ...
« Reply #2 on: July 08, 2005, 10:57:35 PM »

excellent news!

tell the young padawan i say hi.
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Re:Greatest day in a long time ...
« Reply #3 on: July 08, 2005, 11:34:51 PM »

Great to here your son's health is turning around for the good Dylan :-*

I know all to well about the pain of a child's well being as my son has autism. While his disability is not life threatening it's a constant struggle and we worry about his future.

Children should not be ill and is an unfortunate reality. Good health is the only thing that really matters.

My best wishes and regards to you and your family, hope all is well.

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Re:Greatest day in a long time ...
« Reply #4 on: July 09, 2005, 12:51:06 AM »

Dylan,

You have literally brought tears to my eyes as I read that, and I still have the goosebumps on my arms.

I remember when Jim first put that post on RS, and the response to it, and then the pics of your son playing with all the donated toys.  Due to some hard times, I had been unable to help at that time, but my wishes were always with you guys.

This is absolutely the best news I have read on this - or any other forum - in a very long time.

CONGRATULATIONS!!!
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Re:Greatest day in a long time ...
« Reply #5 on: July 09, 2005, 01:20:43 AM »

Dylan,

Thank you for sharing that FANTASTIC news! I wish you and your family continued sucess in Gibson's journey to live a healthly life. It is unfortunate how many of us know someone firsthand that is struggling with cancer. It is nice to hear things turning around for the better.

Enjoy your trip to Florida.

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Re:Greatest day in a long time ...
« Reply #6 on: July 09, 2005, 12:12:08 PM »

That is just awesome. I lost a good friend a few years ago to cancer. I know how you feel. This is just great news for you all   :-*   :-X
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Re:Greatest day in a long time ...
« Reply #7 on: July 09, 2005, 01:58:55 PM »

You know, right when I was reading this my two children were getting on my nerves. Doesn't seem so bad now.

Congratulations and the next time you hug your son give him an extra one for me.
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Re:Greatest day in a long time ...
« Reply #8 on: July 09, 2005, 03:25:28 PM »

God bless you, your son, and your entire family.  I do not know who you are but I can feel your emotions.  My best wishes to you and your whole family in getting thru this together, and to a full recovery for your son Gibson.  
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Re:Greatest day in a long time ...
« Reply #9 on: July 09, 2005, 05:46:16 PM »

That is great news for your son, and family. I hope it only gets better with each day.
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Re:Greatest day in a long time ...
« Reply #10 on: July 09, 2005, 07:48:15 PM »

Great news, Dylan.

It's funny - I have been around this site for 4 years or so (going back to the POTNS days), and yet I don't remember anything about a post in Rebel Scum.  I have seen from your posts before that you had a son with health problems, and that some people helped out with toys, etc.  I wonder how I missed it intially?  I guess it doesn't matter now.

Anyway, enjoy life, and teach your children to do the same.

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« Reply #11 on: July 09, 2005, 08:47:43 PM »

Thank you once again to everyone

I guess since many here don't really know the whole story and what not I will explain it here it's going to be long but since this has been our lives for the last year+ I feel it is a story worth telling.

My son has allways been bad sometimes downright rotten and for the longest time we couldn't figure it out we went to doctors and specialists trying to find out why he had this constant rage in around Nov 2003 after being kicked out of daycare as well as school my wife and I finally decided to have him medicated for ADHD which is common these days and my wife and I were totally against doing it right from the get go but after realizing that he may not have much of a future since schools etc didn't have the time or patience with him that it was our only option. His behaviour improved allmost 100% and he re started school in january during this time he started to complain of headaches we initially passed it off as the medicine as did his doctors since it was a side effect and from January to around march they increased to the point of where he would stop playing and lay down and the final time mid march before we knew something was seriously up he literally fell over while running holding his head. At this point we had been to 4 seperate doctors about it and all just said the same thing that it was either normal for kids to headaches or that it was the medicine he was on my wife finally threatened our family doctor saying that it was not normal for kids to have such pain and demanded he have a CT Scan so the doctor said fine and ordered one for April 8th in Bowmanville. When we went that day the sedation didn't take and he started to act up being really bad etc so they tried to send us home saying that if he didn't fall asleep they couldn't do anything and basically brushed us off my wife freaked out (literally too) and demanded that there was something that must be done and they said that the only place that can give a higher sedation was sick kids in Toronto so we left, picked up our daughter from school and drive out to sick kids.

He had his CT scan at around 6 pm or so that day and at around 9 pm they brought someone into the room to watch the kids and took us to a smaller room to tell us he had a massive brain tumour and was being admitted that night. the next day April 9th was his birthday he turned 5 and they did more tests and pumped him full of pain releivers and stuff to bring down the swelling in his head on April the 10th he had emergency surgery to remove as much as they could of the tumour.

we were shown the pics from the CT scan and the tumour was huge they made us sign papers and what not because his chances were next to nill and if he did make it out he was going to have serious side effects such as not being able to walk and so forth but if they didn't do anything he had less than a month or so before it started to pretty much take him away from us.

They were able to remove around 90 - 95 % and they said it was around the size of an Orange in the middle of his head leaving about the size of a quarter left that was wrapped around his brain stem and they couldn't remove it due to the risks it involved. the next few weeks he had difficulties walking and because they cut the back of his head open and had to remove 2 vertibrae from his spine had trouble holding his head up. He started chemo shortly after and then did 6 or 7 weeks of radiation all of this taking up until Sept 21 I think without no break we pretty much lived at sick kids in Toronto.

I willl continue in another replie

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« Reply #12 on: July 09, 2005, 09:11:52 PM »

To get the the rebel scum post while staying at Sick kids I would often go for walks downtown and one day stumbled accross a Darth Maul light saber at a little internet shop / toy and comic store on Yonge st I bought it for him and took it back and he loved it and asked if they made or had other star wars stuff being little he had no idea and we had never really bought much of it for him before but he allways loved the movies so I asked my cousin who is Jim McCallum if he could maybe get me some star wars figures cheap and I would try to pay him back at the time both my wife and I had decent jobs but were never going because we were at the hospital all the time we actually had to get a 2nd mortagage this srping to get everything caught up so my cousin thought it would be a nice idea I guess to ask the people at rebel scum in the vintage area to help donate some toys.

The response was enormous I had no idea he was doing this and the day he brought it over I was actually selling him some of my old Kiss Records for some extra cash  when he came he started pulling these 4 big huge boxes out of thier van and brought them into the house still not knowing what was going on he suddenly grabs them and starts to dump them on the floor all star wars the pile was higher than Gibson was we just couldn't believe it Gibson didn't know what to think and kinda just stared as my cousin Jim and his wife are telling him that it is all for him.

I was up till 4 AM opening all of the figures and ships etc and my thumb was literally bleeding from opening so many packges what led me here was all of the doubles and I figured he was well on his way to quite the collection and figured I could trade some stuff for things he didn't have that is when I met Steve ( u4ea ) and he came and brought us an AT-AT and a whack of other stuff in what he called a trade but was more of a gift in my eyes  (thanks again man)

Here are a few pics of that day and a pic of the stuff at my cousins before he brought it over so you can see the amount of it we were in total shock and still are kinda to this day my cousin didn't really want me to go on the rebel scum site I guess he has his reasons so I never got to give a proper thank you over there from us but have said thanks to a few that donated through here and anyone who donated who reads this thread I can not thank you enough.

The stuff came from all over the world and my cousin made return trips with stuff that didn't make it in time for that first drop off so this wasn't even all of it.


I came here to trade and became obsessed with star wars myself I have allways loved the movies since I was a kid and had many of the toys but since all of this my life has been touched forever being able to play with my son with toys I played with as a kid is truly it's own experience aside from everything else that has gone on and we play starwars all the time together now.

So again to everyone I thank you.



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« Reply #13 on: July 09, 2005, 09:14:56 PM »

I should mention we had started redoing our kitchen before all of this happened so our house is a mess in these pics Steve can remember this I am sure as we are still not totally finished it now and when he came it was even more of a mess than it is here haha

some of the pile and Gibson he doesn't look very happy here but he was I think it was too overhwelming for him.

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« Reply #14 on: July 09, 2005, 09:16:20 PM »

This was a Vintage could car pilot a guy wanted him to open and play with so we opened it before my cousin left.



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