For over 20 years, during our St. Jude Radiothons, I have tried my best to paint the picture of the cancer battle that so many children are facing.  In one picture, a Tomball mother captured what my words have failed to do. 

In this Facebook post, the mom defends her decision to post this picture of 10-year-old son who is battling leukemia because 'life is not always...politically correct and pretty, it is real."

The post and picture have gone viral with over 65,000 shares and over 20,000 comments.  Most of those commenting support her decision to post the picture, but some have their reservations.

The following is the description offered by Drake's mom concerning the picture:

"This was this morning after carrying Drake to the bathroom. Yes, he is in a pull up because 75% of the time he cant 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 through out 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 wont see his 11th birthday. This is him and me, telling him that I will continue to fight for him when he cant. 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."


I don't know what Drake's prognosis is, but the suffering is obvious.  Please keep him, his mom, and his entire family in your prayers.

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