Amanda Riley Foundation

Supporting Children Battling Cancer
      Making a SMILE at a time! 

Eric M Story

My son Eric Mathis was diagnosed with stage 4 Rhabdomyosarcoma (muscle cancer) on July 29, 2010. I would always see the kids on T.V., but you never know what someone goes thru unless you walk thru their shoes. I was devastated, I was changing his pamper on  July 12th and I found a knot on the left side of his stomach. We went to the doctor the next day and he thought that it was a boil so he gave Eric antibiotics, and of course it didn?t go away. A week later he was put in the hospital and that?s when we found out that it was a tumor. We went to Atlanta by ambulance the same day to Scottish Rite.

At first all I would hear from the doctors was bad news. They would say 50/50 chance that they could cure him.  It?s bad to say but I was tired of talking to them because I was tired of hearing bad news. Eric had to have 16 rounds of chemo. The first treatment he ran a fever. We live 3 hours away from Atlanta in a small town called Albany.  Anytime Eric would run a fever we had to go to Atlanta (since there are no cancer doctors in Albany) until the fever went away. But yet with all the poking of needles, fever, and immune system really low, blood transfusions, Eric was still a trooper. He would brace himself every time his port had to be accessed and he would say, ?I?m ready mom.?  For about a month we were back and forth to Atlanta because of fevers, but he would still be full of joy so the nurses started calling him ?big man? and he loved it.

On November 9th 2010 he had surgery and they removed 99.9% of the tumor. The doctors said the chemo did what it was supposed to do. He went thru radiation for a month with no fevers and no blood transfusions.

 I thank GOD every day for everything he has done for us.  It went from bad news all the time to good news. Everything that the doctors said that would happen didn?t. They said he would lose his left kidney and would have to wear a bag for the rest of his life and he still has both kidneys. GOD is so amazing! They said he would walk with a limp and he doesn?t. Eric would always tell me that his body would be alright.  As long as you put GOD first you will make it.  The last chemo treatment was March 25, 2011. We go back every 3 months for check-ups. I hope and pray that there will be a cure to end all types of cancers.

Thank you so much Mrs Riley for everything that you have done.