When he was seven months old, CJ began the first of eight cycles of chemotherapy. He screamed when they put the port into his chest on the first day of the four-day treatment cycle. Where other children would have their chest ports left in, CJ’s had to be re-accessed every day because he was so active. This was enormously traumatic.
Then they’d head home for the three-week break between each cycle, only to have to go through the entire experience again, seven more times over seven more months.