A heartbroken Texas woman whose son feared to sleep because he didn’t want to die, is thankful that hope has been rekindled through her viral social media posts.
Her 10-year-old is suffering from leukemia.
The woman named Jessica Medinger shared some pictures online to show her daily struggles to keep up with the heart-rending challenges of having a cancer-stricken son.
In one of the social media posts, her son Drake was seen standing over a toilet and reeling in pains, apparently unable to move by himself.
The boy was wearing a pull-up diaper. His bald hair and pale-looking skin clearly showed that cancer isn’t a joke. But he is strong-willed.
“This picture I’m posting is from this morning,” Medinger writes on Facebook. “And before you scream and cry, ‘Why would she post a picture of him in a pull-up, the indecency,’ Well 1. It doesn’t show more than swimming jammers would and 2. Because life is not always f***ing politically correct and pretty, it is real… Life isn’t pretty, and cancer f***ing destroys a person.”
She continued in her explanations, “This was this morning after carrying Drake to the bathroom. Yes, he is in a pull up because 75% of the time he can’t control his bathroom habits.
“This is skin and bones because I have to beg him to eat ONE green bean for supper or drink a cup of water throughout the day.
“This is having your son sleep with you at night because he is afraid of something happening and being alone, and by something I mean dying.
“This is having middle-of-the-night conversations with a ten-year-old, asking if he dies will he go to heaven and will he see his dad there and be able to talk and play with him.
“This is him being too weak to get out of bed or walk and needing to be carried or in a wheelchair. This is him falling asleep as someone is talking to him because he is too exhausted.
“This is him, throwing up every medication I give him and him dry heaving because his stomach is empty except for the spoonful of yogurt I just gave him with his pills.This is having to take 44 chemo pills last week in a matter of 24 hours.
“This is him telling me, ‘Mommy, I’m not going to make it.’
“This is him not wanting to be touched, because it hurts too much, and using morphine to get through his day.
“This is him telling me he is scared and thinks he won’t see his 11th birthday. This is him and me, telling him that I will continue to fight for him when he can’t. This is him and me, and our world.
“This is him, Drake, Stinky Joe, my whole world. From the moment I found out I was pregnant till future forever, he has been my reason for life. He is my smile, my love, my heartbeat. He is also my tears, my heart ache, my frowns. He is my life,” Medinger added.
Some goodhearted netizens who got to know about the poor boy’s condition have taken bold steps toward ensuring he gets full financial support.
Love What Matters led a campaign for Medinger and Drake by promoting the viral social media post which has been shared around 100,000 times with over 40,000 comments.
A YouCaring crowdfunding campaign which started from Tomball is now trending for Drake’s family, and has exceeded its $10,000 target. The total amount has increased over $20,000 with more funds trickling in every hour.
People from different parts of the world, especially UK and the USA, who made huge donations for charity can’t get enough appreciation from Medlinger and her son.
“I want to thank everyone for the overwhelming support. The outpouring of love and support is appreciated,” Medinger writes on Facebook.
“We love seeing the positive comments and ignore the ones we feel are less favorable.”
Meanwhile, friends and well-wishers are sending their support with inspiring messages. A private post office box for letters has also been set up for people to share letters.
Drake is said to be on admission at the moment after suffering dehydration, among other complications. He’s on life support and can neither eat nor drink anything.
He spends most of his time for physical therapy on a wheel chair, but medics are making great efforts to save his life.
“Please be assured myself, his family, and his team of healthcare professionals are doing absolutely everything we can to help him and get him batter,” Medinger writes on the Stinky Joe’s #1 Pit Crew Facebook page.