This is the story of my sweet nine year old boy Jason Conrad Mejia –Jason to his friends but to mom and dad, he was JC.
On August 27, 2015, doctors at Sick Kids diagnosed Jason with stage four metastatic clear cell sarcoma of the soft tissue, bones and lungs. Our world was turned upside down.
The battle began a day after the diagnosis. He was given 3-6 months to live but our family could not accept that. We did everything we could, hoping for more time with him or a miracle cure. The doctors’ advice was taken, treatment protocols were followed and prayers were offered constantly. He passed away June 17, 2016. My husband and I, Jason’s twin brother and his younger sister miss him dearly.
My son was smart and creative, especially with painting. He loved to read books and work on puzzles. His favourite outdoor activities were swimming, playing tennis, squash and camping in tents.
When he was in the hospital, he mastered video games on his iPad. Friends started calling him the King of Clash Royale because no one could beat him.
Jason was very loving, caring and thoughtful not only to us and to his siblings but to all who knew him. Everyone said he was so mature for a nine year old. He was such a trooper with all the needles, CT scans, x-rays, ultrasounds, biopsies, and bone scans. He handled his sickness calmly, with bravery and grace.
When my husband and I renewed our vows after 13 years of marriage, Jason acted as our ring bearer. We are so grateful that he also had the chance to go Disney World and on a Disney cruise.