ROCK HILL, SC (WBTV) - Josh Bronson is ready for Halloween... after quite a frightful year.
The email his mom sent began factually: "My 8-year-old son was diagnosed with brain cancer this past April."
She continued with detailed particulars of Josh's 2015. It was rough, but real. His mom, Jessica, said she was only sending a detailed timeline of their past year because that's how she now thinks. Her mind is a jumble o...f dates and doctor appointments and deadlines. Everything is a calendar.
I've heard that same concept from many parents of kids fighting cancer.
For Josh – a Rock Hill 3rd grader who is the newest one of our #MollysKids – the most significant part of his year was his birthday. He turned eight on April 10th.
It was the same day he had brain surgery.
Good news? The surgery successfully removed his high grade glioma tumor.
Bad news is after six weeks of chemo and radiation, an MRI showed the tumor was back.
Josh had his second surgery this past August.
He's currently taking an oral chemo from home and a go-to-an-office-to-get-an-infusion-chemo every two weeks.
He's pretty happy today. His mom says on Sunday their whole family leaves for Disney, courtesy of Make-a-Wish.
"No sickness, no exhaustion and all his blood work is good so far," said Jessica. "He can't go back to school regularly yet, but he loves Old Pointe Elementary and they even voted him 'Terrific Kid of the Month' for September and he wasn't even there! He has lots of support. He can't wait to return."
You can follow Josh on his FB page >> http://tinyurl.com/oselrrs
Also, remember "Harlan the Hero", the first #MollysKids featured this past September (link >> http://tinyurl.com/np8zb3p)? Harlan's mom, Jacki Splitorf-Sullins, is trying to help Josh and his family where possible. She suggested Jessica reach out here so we could all hear Josh's story.
So glad she did.
Have fun in Disney, Josh. If you run into the character Hercules, let him know he might be able to tear mountains in half, but you've already scaled two.