Kaedan Myers, of Irmo, was always active in sports, especially soccer.
Last spring, he decided to try baseball. “Toward the end of the school year, Kaedan became very tired, very thirsty and we noticed he had to go to the bathroom often,” said Kaedan’s dad, Chris.
At first, Kaedan’s parents suspected diabetes. “He had gained about 40 pounds in less than six months and we were very concerned.”
When Kaedan saw his doctor in mid-June, his blood sugar and thyroid tests did not indicate diabetes. “We were referred to pediatric endocrinologist Lisa Knight, MD, and she did a full hormone panel on Kaedan. “She found the results to be very abnormal and thought it may be a pituitary issue, so she scheduled Kaedan for an MRI.”
The Myers family had plans to go to Universal Studios in Orlando that weekend. They got the news Friday that Kaedan had a tumor on his pituitary stalk. After a consultation with pediatric hematologist/oncologist Stuart Cramer, DO, the Myers family was encouraged to take their vacation as planned.
When they returned home, Kaedan had his port placed. “Just a week and a half from the time of diagnosis, Kaedan had his first chemotherapy treatment,” said Chris.
Because they knew Kaedan would be hospitalized during his eighth birthday, Kaedan’s parents planned a huge surprise. They arranged for a mobile video game truck to come to the hospital, along with lots of classmates, family and friends.
It took about 30 minutes to lure Kaedan from his hospital room on the morning of the party. When Kaedan got downstairs, about 60 people were waiting on him. “He was so surprised. We really got him!” said Chris. “We’re thankful for the Palmetto Health Children’s Hospital Child Life team, the Children’s Center for Cancer and Blood Disorders care team and the hematology/oncology clinic staff for helping us plan an unforgettable birthday party for Kaedan and his friends.”