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Nick's Epic Battle to Defeat Osteosarcoma
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Nicholas is a 14 year old kid who loved to hike, swim competitively, and run track. On October 30th, 2012 his life was forever changed on this day, for it was the first time he had ever heard the word Osteosarcoma. Nicholas was diagnosed after a couple weeks of sports related, as well as normal rough and tumble boy injuries. For a couple weeks he complained about pain in his upper knee area. I told him that is didn't surprise me after watching he had his brothers flinging themselves up our stair case one day trying to see who could jump the highest. After a couple weeks of ibprophin and ice, one morning he woke up and the swelling was beyond what was considered "normal". In the pit of my stomach I knew this was cancer. Reluctantly I made the Dr's appt. where there was an x-ray given. By 5:00 that evening I was phoned at work and told that I needed to get him in for an MRI. This was the first time I had ever heard the word osteosarcoma. In that call, the two phrases long road and leg removal were used. I walked away from work that day knowing I wouldn't be back. I was VERY aware our lives were going to be changing very drastically in the next few months. My husband and I went home where we had a family meeting to break the news we had just been given to the boys. We cried together but decided we would go through this as positively as we could. We decided at that point we would live day by day, not worrying what the future may bring. The next day the MRI was schedule where the diagnosis of Osteosarcoma was confirmed, later finding that is had metastasized to his lungs.. Nicholas was placed on a 29 week chemo plan with leg salvage surgery taking place on February 13th, 2013. Nicholas was thrown into an unfamiliar world of doctors, nurses, testing, surgeries, chemo therapy, nausea, throwing up, mucositis, mouth sores, pleurisy so painful I can only compare it to child birth, maybe even worse, 20% weight loss, among several other odd effects that chemo causes. Nicholas was placed on a feeding tube after losing 20% of his body weight. Initially the feeding tube was presented as a threat if he wouldn't eat. In my mind I would always wonder what drug these people were on since there is no human that would want to eat with the condition he was in. The feeding tube was finally introduce, where I watched my son become the bravest person I have ever met. The feeding tube has been a huge blessing that I believe should be introduced in the beginning of EVERY treatment plan to aid patients as they struggle through these difficult times. We continue to stand behind Nicholas as he fights his battle, moving into the lung surgery phase of his treatment. We live day by day enjoying every minute we have together, nothing more nothing less. With the grace of God and a whole army of thought and prayer warriors behind us, we continue to fight this nasty battle.


Cards & well wishes can be sent to: Nick/Tracy Floyd, P.O. Box 7903, Surprise, AZ 85374 - for Nick's story & donation info. click about/see more

Donations can be made to Nicholas's Fund at any Chase Bank: Tracy Floyd FBO Nicholas Floyd Acct: 433016438; paypal - epicbattleevents@gmail.com

For gift cards - Places the Floyd's frequent for gas and groceries: Costco, Fry's, Sprouts and Target. Thanks for the offers to help!

Please help him.
contact:
https://www.facebook.com/pages/Nicks-Epic-Battle-to-Defeat-Osteosarcoma/511809668865876
4,794 views Sep 2, 2015
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AngieTacocat
It's utterly amazing that Nicks story made it to Ellen!  Nick and the Floyd family are an inspiration. Sadly Nick passed away in December. His legacy lives on as the Floyd family have set up a foundation to help other families.  Please visit the  Nicks Epic Battle Facebook page to read his story and catch up on current events. Beautiful people that are always on my mind and in my heart.
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Sep 2, 2015
windytots 230 points
Check out our website to help support Nick's legacy.  www.epicbattlefoundation.org  We are reaching out to other families that are fighting this devastating disease.  Your support is greatly appreciated!!
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Sep 2, 2015
anonymous
So cool that Nick's story made it here.  Sadly, Nick "won" his battle with cancer December 30, 2014.  We say he won because of the way he lived!  Every minute of every day to the fullest.  Nick's Army is nothing short of amazing!  now his mom has started a foundation to carry on Nick's Legacy.  To find out more about this foundation, visit their website.  http://www.epicbattlefoundation.org/  Help keep Nick's memory alive forever!
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Sep 2, 2015
windytots 230 points
I would love to update the information here.  If anyone knows how I can do this so the right information is out there I would greatly appreciate it.  I do believe Nick's story can make a huge impact during Childhood Cancer Awareness month!  Nick's Army and the support you all have been to us is incredible.  <3 Tracy, Nick's mom.
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Sep 2, 2015
anonymous
Forever in our hearts, forever our Dragon Warrior! With Love and support always to the Floyd Family from Nick's Army!!
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Sep 2, 2015
anonymous
RIP NICK!!!!  I Think of you daily.
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Sep 2, 2015
anonymous
Can anyone update the complete story here?
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Sep 2, 2015
Janet s
When the information gets updated please include being "Nicked" and how that works. It's another way  to "Be kind to one another"
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Sep 2, 2015
hollyheeb 190 points
I have a song I listen to a lot lately called Difference Maker.
Nick and his mom Tracy are difference makers in so many ways.  Nick's legacy of living his life to it's fullest with a smile and a can-do attitude.  His mom, Tracy, continues to bring love, support and awareness to families who have children fighting this awful disease.  Please let Tracy update this story.  There is so many ways  this young man impacted this world for the better and his story should be shared.
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Sep 2, 2015