CHARLOTTE, NC (WBTV) - This post is different than some of the others. Maybe you can tell by the old picture.
Matthew Aron Yarbrough was born October 1st, 1982 in Gastonia. He lived in Kings Mountain. At age 3 he was diagnosed with Leukemia, got allergic to chemo, had frequent seizures and fought a long, hard battle.
"The doctors didn't realize he was allergic to the chemo," said Aron's mom, Linda. "So they continued to give it to him. It was terrible. Three decades ago and I remember it like it was yesterday. Throughout his cancer, if something could happen to Aron, it did."
This sweet boy also lost his hearing, had a trach, feeding tube, was in a coma at one point and regressed to the mental capacity of a 6-month-old.
"Aron went from being a little Dennis the Menace to a child unable to walk, talk, or feed himself," Linda said. "It was a long, drawn-out process."
Why do we tell you this story now?
Because Linda says once your child dies from pediatric cancer, the pain doesn't go away. You only learn to live with it.
Linda has been learning to live with Aron's absence since April 28, 2012.
"We were blessed to have Aron," she says. "I am honored to have been his mother. In fact, that's why I am a nurse today."
Linda says she didn't like the way Aron was treated while in the hospital. Rather than just complain, she took ACTION. She went back to school and took care of Aron FOR DECADES until he passed. Once he was gone she kept up the fight to take care of others.
"I was with him the night he went to heaven," Linda said. "I was with him when he came into the world and I was with him when he left."
A slightly older picture of Aron shows how cancer affects you.
Linda says she wanted to send a message to any parent and child currently fighting:
I'm so glad you reached out, Linda. Thank you. Pediatric cancer is not a new problem. We're just (trying??) to give it more attention than ever before.
**Editor's note: This is a about a member of #MollysKids, one of the kids WBTV Anchor Molly Grantham follows closely on her Facebook page. This article was first published there – maybe you'll be able to tell that in the personal way it's written. For years Molly has followed the stories of dozens of kids with uphill medical battles. Find this story and updates on all of #MollysKids here.**