Parker was born on April 9, 2015. He was perfect. After a week in the NICU with some respiratory issues, he went home healthy and happy. At 6 months old, Parker’s mom, Leslie, noticed a strange glow in his eye when light would hit it. Not knowing what it could be, she didn’t think anything of it. After a couple more months, Parker developed a lazy eye in that same eye. Leslie made an appointment with an eye doctor. Two weeks later, on January 9, 2016, doctors told Leslie that Parker had a completely detached retina in his left eye. With a completely detached retina, Parker could not see out of his left eye. Doctors then told Leslie that the detached retina was caused by a mass that was in Parker’s eye. The doctors set up an eye exam under anesthesia the very next day so they could get a better look at Parker’s eye. The next day doctors discovered that Parker had tumors in both eyes. Parker was diagnosed with a rare childhood cancer, Bilateral Retinoblastoma. Doctors graded his eyes, grade E (the worse) in the left eye, and grade B, which since has turned to grade C in the right eye. Parker started chemotherapy on January 15, 2016. Over 10 months later Parker finished chemo on November 30th. After finishing chemo and treating his tumors with laser therapy and cryotherapy, the tumors in Parker’s left eye continued to grow in size and number. On February 3, 2017, Parker had his left eye surgically removed to keep the cancer from spreading. Parker is still fighting for vision in his right eye as he is still bravely battling his cancer.
After Parker was diagnosed in January 2016, Leslie resigned from her job at Parkland hospital in Dallas in order to be with Parker and take him to his treatments. As Parker is still battling, Leslie has not since returned to work. God has continued to provide for Leslie and Parker even when there seems to be no way they will be able to make it financially. With an amazing support system, and complete faith in a mighty God, Leslie and Parker are trusting that they will continue to be able to make it financially and there will be healing of sweet Parker’s eyes.
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