DALLAS (CBSDFW.COM) – It was a crushing blow for Linda Diaz. She didn’t know how she was going to tell her 12-year-old son, Christopher, he had cancer.
The pain in his left leg had been gradually getting worse for several months. After going to a number of doctors, on Friday, February 10, Diaz learned her son has osteosarcoma –- a cancerous tumor in his left knee.
The day when she told her son about his diagnosis, Diaz said she cried the entire day and so did her son.
Doctors wanted to get started with chemotherapy treatments right away. So the following week Christopher received his first three-day treatment at Medical City Children’s Hospital Dallas.
While undergoing his third day of treatment thieves broke into the Diaz’ home and took all of the family’s electronics, including Christopher’s video game players.
The burglars took an Xbox 360, two Nintendo 3DS players; one belonged to his younger brother, a laptop computer belonging to Christopher’s older brother and a five-gallon jug that was filled with coins and a good number of $2 bills.
The Diaz family filed a police report but the stolen items have not been located and there have been no arrests.
“I can replace everything. It doesn’t matter to me,” Linda Diaz said of her focus. “It’s just like when something like this happens to you, you don’t even really think about materialistic things. You just want your kids to be healthy. I just want my son to be healthy again.”
Christopher said his leg hurts a lot and eventually he is expected to go through surgery to remove the tumor. But the 12 year old is optimistic.
“I really hope I can get better soon, faster and feel a lot better than before,” he said.
One of the nurses who works with Christopher said she became very angry when she learned that the boy’s electronics had been stolen while he was receiving his first chemotherapy treatment.
“Besides getting through this physically, I want to get him through this mentally and spiritually,” said Deb Echtenkamp, R.N.
Echtenkamp said video games could actually be good for Christopher, since they could help distract from his medical challenges.
Linda Diaz said she would like the thieves to return the stolen items.
“I don’t know how anybody can just do that, just go into somebody’s house and take things that don’t belong to them,” she said. “I know he’s [Christopher] going to be okay. I know we’re going to get through this.”
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