In October 2016, the Olson’s welcomed a happy and healthy baby boy named Daxton to their growing family. At the age of 3 months, Daxton was diagnosed with an inoperable brain tumor classified as astrocytoma.
Astrocytoma is a tumor that starts in star-shaped brain cells called astrocytes, and is a type of glial cell.
Baby Daxton’s astrocytoma has been a mystery to the medical team at OHSU Doernbecher Children’s Hospital in Portland, as well as with medical teams from around the country at this particular type of growth.
In February, Daxton began a 15-month chemotherapy treatment plan, causing the family to travel back and forth from Seaside to Portland each week.
Although the Olsons’ insurance covers some of the medical costs, the mounting medical bills, travel expenses and a slowing workload at their tile and masonry business due to time away, has made their life more complicated and a bit topsy-turvy for Daxton’s two siblings.
Leaving little time for pause, the Olson’s and baby Daxton have a long road ahead.
August update . . . .
He has continued getting his weekly chemo every Thursday and seems to be handling it well. He is gaining weight weekly which is a very positive thing. Usually chemo patients have a hard time gaining weight and usually lose quite a bit. He has continued to gain and grow as he should. He is rolling over now and has his six front teeth. He says “mama” and “nigh nigh” when he is sleepy! His smile still lights up the room and we are so thankful to be his parents! He has his next MRI on September 20th and we are hopeful that the tumor will have slightly decreased in size. Prayers and healing thoughts are greatly appreciated!