KSON Going Gold: Colton Cantor

September 13, 2017

Today we Go Gold for Colton. Read his story from his dad David:

Colton was never supposed to be born.  We were halfway through the adoption process when we felt God leading us to instead have a fourth biological child.  Nine months later Colton was born and completed our family.  Despite being the baby of the family, Colton has proven himself to be the sharpest and most analytical and articulate of the bunch. 

Colton’s two-year well child doctor visit was normal, but a few months later we noticed a gradual behavioral change.  He wasn’t as social or talkative, lost interest in play time, and preferred to sit on the couch all day.  We also noticed that his belly was swollen.  We took him to the pediatrician on August 8th, just shy of him turning 2.5 years old.  Upon examination, the pediatrician detected an enlarged liver and spleen, and sent him to Rady Children’s Hospital where a blood test quickly confirmed acute lymphoblastic leukemia.  Further testing showed that he had a rare mutation with a particularly poor prognosis, bumping him to the highest level of chemotherapy and probable bone marrow transplant.

Nothing can prepare parents to hear the news that their child has cancer.  In an instant, our lives were turned upside down, and leukemia became very real to us.  Our dreams for him of college, marriage, and having kids of his own quickly turned to just making it through the day and surviving the next 3.5 years of treatment.

Leukemia is very aggressive and doctors wasted no time in beginning chemotherapy and steroids.  He and mom spent the first nine days in the hospital while dad and in-laws held down the fort at home.  The hardest part of Phase 1 (first month of treatment) was the side effects of the daily steroids.  The doctors tried to prepare us for The Terrible Two’s On Steroids, and they were right!  Extreme mood swings, increased appetite and decrease in strength turned our son unrecognizable both physically and behaviorally.  We were very thankful to God when Sep 7th finally arrived, completing Phase 1 and steroids.  We are even more thankful to God that his bone marrow biopsy came back clean and we can proceed with Phase 2 of chemotherapy, postponing the need for immediate bone marrow transplant.

From before Colton was born, he belonged to God, and his cancer diagnosis doesn’t change that.  While we hope and pray for healing so that our long-term dreams for him will come to fruition, we are always cognizant of the fact that God gave him to us, and He can take him home at any time.  God’s timing is always perfect.