MAIDEN, NC (WBTV) - Things can change fast.
While traveling to Lexington earlier this week I was going through notes on Austin Travis. His year anniversary of aggressive cancer treatments was fast approaching and his mom, Yvonne, had reached out hoping to give him a positive shout-out.
Yvonne just called. She said the update had changed -
Austin died this morning.
He went in for his final chemotherapy appointment, was laughing, enjoying it all, somehow got pneumonia, his blood pressure started dropping and in the course of two hours, her son was gone.
His mother – for those who know and love her and wonder – is calm. She is indescribably sad, but says Austin always said if he was going to go, he never wanted to go "piece by piece". He wanted it to be the way it happened.
Austin was diagnosed with Ewing's Sarcoma last May. He was 19 years old, three days from turning twenty.
At that time, scans showed a tumor in his skull and another one that ran from his ribs to his pelvis. It had pushed his organs out of place and was pushing on his spine. It was also hidden behind his ribcage. Read more in the original post >> http://tinyurl.com/j3z53lo
His past year had been extremely harsh treatments. Six days of straight chemo. Fifteen days home. Two days of chemo. Nineteen days at home. Wash, rinse, repeat. He was trying to go through that cycle seventeen times.
He was in the final stage, of the final cycle.
When writing about Austin on Tuesday I had jotted down, "There is no way to describe the pride Austin's mom has in her son. She has deep faith. She thinks her son is the most amazing person she has ever been blessed to meet."
It was an awesome thing to hear a parent say. Certainly when she said it last week. Certainly when I wrote that down on Tuesday.
Definitely when I heard that same pride in her voice tonight.
Yvonne wants anyone who loves their family to come celebrate Austin. There are two opportunities to do so.
There will be a service Sunday from 5-7pm at First Baptist Church in Maiden.
On Monday, there will be a "Celebration of Life" for Austin at the Maiden High School football stadium at 7pm. Gates open at 6pm.
"Austin always said life was to be lived," Yvonne said through her tears. "And that's what he did. My baby squeezed life out of his twenty years."
It's sometimes just too much.
Yvonne, whenever you read this we hope you feel hugged by the words. Huge thoughts to all those who know and love you and your family.