About 1 year ago our Bstrong Kid was fighting for his life.
On October 19th, 2018 at the age of 12,
Joshua Ribeiro was diagnosed with Acute Lymphoblastic Leukemia.
Childhood (ALL) it’s a type of cancer in which the bone marrow makes too many immature lymphocytes (a type of white blood cell). Signs of ALL include fever and bruising.
His mom tells us, it all started with flu like symptoms which lead to his diagnosis. By then, the Leukemia had attacked his liver and Josh was not able start the typical protocol cancer treatments. They first had to heal his liver before they could start chemo. The first five months of chemotherapy treatment were extremely hard and he was sick every day. He couldn’t even get out of bed without throwing up. It took tons of medications to figure out what cocktail finally worked for him. By the grace of God on day 29th of treatment he went into remission. However, Josh will have to continue to take cancer treatments for 3 years.
Joshua missed out on all 6th grade and has suffered secondary side effects including memory loss, anxiety, depression and some days he is still feeling nauseous and sick due to all the medications. Through all this Joshua continues to be a vibrant boy who loves to make everyone laugh and loves to be the center of attention. Right now he is in the second block of maintenance. With the support of his family, prayers and his amazing positive attitude, Josh will get through this journey.