Mom's Viral Photo Shows The Harsh Reality Of Cancer (Photos)

| by Lauren Briggs

A Texas mom's brutally-honest, heartbreaking Facebook post about her 10-year-old son's struggle with cancer has gone viral after striking a chord with thousands of people.

Jessica Medinger's viral Feb. 20 post to the Facebook page "Love What Matters" shows a photo of her son, Drake, whom she calls "Stinky Joe," leaning over the bathroom sink in pain and wearing nothing but a pull-up diaper, since his cancer treatments have left him incontinent.

"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," Medinger wrote in the Facebook post, adding that he sleeps with her at night, because he is afraid that he will die alone.

Medinger said that she posted the brutal reality of her son's day-to-day life for anyone "going through this horrible disease" that is cancer, regardless of whether or not it offends people.

"Life is not always politically correct and pretty, it is real," she added. "Life isn't pretty, and cancer destroys a person."

The mom explained that her son, who is battling leukemia for a second time, is usually so exhausted that he falls asleep during conversations, and he is in chronic pain that causes him to frequently dry heave or throw up his chemotherapy pills, of which he sometimes takes up to 44 in one day:

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.

Hours after the Facebook post, Medinger had to take Drake to the emergency room after his heart rate slowed down and he would not eat or drink, according to a YouCaring crowdfunding page that has raised more than $29,000 for his medical treatments. Drake might have to get a feeding tube to help his recovery.

No doubt that the more than 327,000 people who reacted to the post, and more than 64,000 people who shared it, are hoping that he will pull through.

Sources: Love What Matters/Facebook, YouCaring / Photo credit: Stinky Joe's #1 Pit Crew/Facebook (23), Love What Matters/Facebook

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