Zach started this journey with pain in his left hip after going for a run in August 2009. We took him to the doctor and then to the physical therapist thinking that it was a hip flexor problem.
On November 13 an MRI revealed a large tumor in the neck of the left femur. A biopsy confirmed that the tumor was osteosarcoma, a rare type of bone cancer most typically found in the long bones of growing teenagers.....Zach fits the bill.
We started with chemo therapy on December 1, 2009. Zach had surgery on February 22, 2010 to remove the tumor and replace his hip. The surgery was a huge success! The tumor was completely dead and contained. In May a spot on Zach's right lung was detected by a ct scan. We hoped it was nothing and that it would go away.
Chemo was completed on July 22, 2010. Our celebrating was
short lived as a follow up ct revealed that the spot on Zach's right lung had grown 4mm. It needed to be removed. On Friday, August 6 Zach had a thoracotomy to remove the nodule. We got the devastating news that it was cancer. A second thoracotomy was done on the left lung which was found to be clear of lesions.
He was cancer-free for 9 months.
At the end of April, 2011 scans revealed 6 new lesions on Zach's lungs. He began a strong, very difficult chemotherapy that left him sick for days On July 5, 2011 he had 5 lesions removed from his right lung. Pathology found that the chemo was not working; the cancer had not died.
We began a different kind of chemo a few weeks later.
A ct scan on September 6 showed no new lesions.
Zach had a thoracotomy on the left lung in September. No cancer was found.
At the end of May, 2012 Zach started having some constant pain in his left hip again. A PET scan was done and revealed his pelvis was loaded with cancer. Radiation was done through June to kill the tumor and stop the pain. It worked - however, given the location of the tumor, the necessary surgery to remove the cancer could not be done. In addition, six new lesions were found in the lungs.
Yet another chemo regimen was started which proved ineffective. By early October, 2012 the lesions had grown and multiplied. Zach has approximately 10 visible lesions in each lung.
One of the tumors in his left lung has grown to the size of a baseball and is causing him pain. He is currently undergoing daily radiation treatments to shrink the tumor.
Zach has been told that he likely has only months to live. His response is to embrace every day with hope and joy. Some days are harder than others, but he remains the upbeat and positive soul he has always been.
Watch Zach's "Clouds" video here
With Zach's mom's blessing, we have created this special pendant. "Zach" is stamped on a 3/4" stainless steel disk and a 1/2" copper disk with a cloud. We also offer a second option with "Up...up....up" available. Please select from the drop down which you would like.
$5 (all profits) from the sale of each pendant will be donated to Zach Sobiech Osteosarcoma Fund
Add a silver chain or a silver keychain, for an extra charge if desired.
Special Note: Each jewelry piece is handstamped. We do not use a press or machine to create the text on any of the pieces shown. Please note that the imperfections such as floating or uneven letters and designs are part of the character and charm of the jewelry piece and should not be considered defects.
Caution: to keep your pendant looking its very best, it is recommended you do not wear it in water for prolonged periods