Do you remember the commercials about potato chips: “You can’t eat just one.” My generation grew up with Mary Poppins singing “A spoonful of sugar helps the medicine go down . . . “. One of the treats my grandmother let us have was toast with sugar and cinnamon. Now it seems that sugar and high fructose corn syrup are in almost every food and drink. If not, then there are artificial sweeteners and high sodium (salt) content items to boost the flavor.
I know a boy who happens to be a miracle. His name is Isaac Sneed. About 11 years ago he started complaining about his “tummy”. You know, the kinds of complaints all kids have. Only his ache never went away. The diagnosis was neuroblastoma, a rare form of cancer. This cancer is almost always fatal, and most children who get this kind of cancer are diagnosed by the age of 2. By the time it is discovered, the cancer usually spreads to the point of no return. Through a miracle, his tumor was completely intact and the doctors were able to remove it. Isaac was 8.
As a result of his treatment (chemotherapy, radiation and stem cell transplant), Isaac suffers from significant hearing loss. Ototoxicity is caused from the platinum in some anti-neoplastic drugs. Hearing loss is common following radiation therapy for head and neck cancer. Stem cell transplant risks include hearing loss.