Nick fought a short but brave battle with brain cancer. He had a very aggressive form of cancer and died December 16th, 2012 at the age of 14. His life on earth was short but the memories he left and the love we have for him will never fade away!
Nick had been suffering from what we originally thought to be migraines, since August 2012. The episodes progressively increased in intensity and lasted for 1 to 2 days causing Nick to vomit, have body aches and sleep for hours. Usually within a day or two, the symptoms would subside, and Nick would continue with his regular routine, seeming perfectly fine.
The most recent episode of headaches and vomiting resulted with a trip to the ER where he received IV fluids and anti-nausea medication. Nick was sent home to rest. Nick became progressively weaker throughout the day, incapable of getting comfortable, weak from being unable to keep food down and incredibly tired. We had a follow-up appointment scheduled for Tuesday, November 20th at 9:20 a.m., at which time, we were going to request a C.T. scan (for our own peace of mind).
At 4:45 a.m. on November 20th, I awoke to sound of Nicholas groaning and found him on the floor beside my bed, having a seizure. We rushed Nick to the ER on November 20th, 2012 at 5 a.m. Nick was taken to C.T. and returned to us with the news that there was a significant brain tumor discovered and he was being sent directly down to Children's Hospital in Minneapolis.
Nick's diagnoses got progressively worse with every test result, but we held out hope to bring him home for his remaining days. While beginning the steps to make the slow transition from hospital to home, Nick suffered several strokes and seizures.
We lost Nick on December 16, 2012 - our lives will never be the same. Nick is forever on our minds, in our hearts and a part of our memories.
He was buried at St. Vincent De Paul Cemetery in Osseo, MN. His picture graces his monument to preserve the memory of what an incredible and amazing person Nick will forever be.