CARINGBRIDGE – Information Site to Follow Christian Cozens

Paul / John – Lloyd Cozen’s family has started a Caringbridge site so they can keep all those who wish to follow Christian informed on his progress with his cancer fight.   What would be the most appropriate way to share this with his brother Knights?

Thk, AK

LINK:   http://www.caringbridge.org/visit/christiancozens

Please visit the site for the entire story, information, prayers and support opportunities. Here is the most recent excerpt from the Christian’s site:

 

Christian’s Story

Welcome to our CaringBridge site. We’ve created it to keep friends and family updated. We appreciate your support and words of hope and encouragement during this time when it matters most.

Latest Journal Update

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There are many words we could use to describe our son Christian. He is an amazing son, brother, grandson, nephew, cousin and friend. He loves his large family. He has great faith in God and is very grateful for his St.Bridget family. He is kind and thoughtful. He is funny and sweet. He is strong and athletic. He loves his college, Randolph Macon and his football family. We are so lucky to call him our son. But the word that describes him best right now is brave.

Christian began to have leg pain over Christmas break. He plays college football, so aches and pains are part of his regular life. He has never been one to complain, so he worked through the pain. His wonderful coach at Randolph Macon, Pedro Arruza, often commented on Christian’s strength and determination to do his best. Christian began to feel pain in his back in late January. He was home for Spring break in March and finally decided the pain was bad enough to see a doctor. His symptoms were consistent with with overuse from lifting weights and he was prescribed rest. The pain was not relieved so a course of steroids was prescribed but the pain continued. The doctor ordered an MRI for April 10th where they found a large mass on a bone in his hip.  We returned for another MRI on Friday the 11th and were informed of the seriousness of his situation.

A biopsy was preformed on April 14th, and then we waited eight long days for a diagnosis. During those eight days, we received some good news. His CT scan results showed his organs surrounding the tumor are clean. By Monday, April 20, Christian was in a great deal of pain so doctors decided to admit him for pain management. He had a complete body bone scan on the 21st looking for any additional signs of cancer.  Fortunatly the bone scan came back clean.  Wednesday, April 22, we were told that his tumor is a form of bone cancer called chondroblast osteosarcoma. His tumor is large so chemotherapy will be the first treatment. The doctors plan is to kill the cancer cells with chemotherapy so that surgery will be successful. Today, Christian had a port inserted into his chest so that treatments can begin, hopefully tomorrow.

Through all of this, Christian has remained calm, strong, respectful and brave. We are in awe of his courageousness. We are truly overwhelmed by the number of people who love him and are praying for him. This has been a great comfort to us and Christian. Christian has great faith that God will give him the ability to remain steadfast and strong. Christian has always had a quiet strength. Through him, we have experienced all the goodness and grace of our God. We are truly blessed. Our faith and hope is everlasting.

When life gives you a hundred reasons to cry, show life that you have a thousand reasons to smile.

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