Julie & Brock Chessell
Written by Debbie Chessell
"We are now crystal clear as to where the cancer journey is taking us and how we will use this vehicle to impact and change lives."
April 2017 changed our lives forever. My middle son, Brock, was turning 11 and had been losing weight. He’s an extremely athletic boy who plays the highest level of sports possible. He was diagnosed with stage four hepatoblastoma and in the blink of an eye our world crumbled. He went from being a fun-loving, care-free little boy to a stage four cancer diagnosis. His life stopped.
Long story short, there were many bumps in the road but he started chemotherapy and it wasn’t working. The multiple tumors, one of them 22 x 18 centimeters, were not shrinking. He became sicker and sicker and they had to develop a new plan. He ended up having a consultation for a liver transplant in order to survive in August 2017. He set the record For SickKids in Toronto for the fastest discharge of any transplant of any kind and was out of the hospital in nine days. We had to stay in Toronto for a month but he was back on the ice the day he came home. He was back to his AAA hockey team 10 weeks post transplant. Now his goal is to raise awareness, be an ambassadors, and change the face of the beast that we call cancer. He is active in the organ donation community as well. We are now crystal clear as to where the cancer journey is taking us and how we will use this vehicle to impact and change lives.
He now takes up to 40 pills a day in order for his liver not to be rejected, he gets scanned every three months for cancer, which they are pretty sure he will relapse since it was stage four. He is a 12-year-old boy who has grown up way too fast, is wise beyond his years and who now wants to be a transplant surgeon and pediatric oncologist to save lives of kids.