When you meet Dhruv, you would never know that this handsome, energetic 12 year old has already faced more in his short life than any of us would want to face in a lifetime. Perhaps it’s because of his big story that he has created a big YouTube channel on which to share his life through videos and gaming.
When he was just three years old, his mother noticed a marked change in her generally content little boy. He was not himself, not eating and he was having significant tummy troubles. After a few trips to their family doctor for help, she ended up taking him to the Emergency department where it was discovered that he had a tumour growing in his abdomen. Surgery removed it, but sadly, the journey wasn’t over there. He was diagnosed with a rare form of cancer – Burkitts Lymphoma – and underwent aggressive chemotherapy treatment spending the better part of four months in the hospital. While it was devastating to watch her young son go through the treatment, Ursula was so grateful in the end that he was cancer-free and was poised to lead a healthy life.
Dhruv was well for several years until he turned nine and began to have significant stomach problems again. Relieved that it wasn’t cancer, Ursula was once again saddened to hear that her son was facing a difficult diagnosis. Tests revealed that Dhruv was suffering with colitis – a very painful inflammation of the large intestine. The pain was debilitating and had a devastating effect on his ability to play and keep up with his peers. The GI team at the hospital worked with Dhruv until they found a form of medication that would work to keep his symptoms under control. Currently, he comes to the hospital every month for an infusion of Remicade in the medical day treatment room. Now that a proper dose has been found, he’s feeling great, has his trademark boundless energy and is happily uploading his creative and entertaining videos!
Dhruv has a laid-back attitude about his condition and what he’s dealing with it. He has no problem with needles and is often heard coaching the laboratory staff as to where to find the best vein. Ursula is grateful that the hospital has saved her son not only once, but twice.