RALEIGH, NC (WNCN) — A Triangle mother is asking young people to take their health seriously after doctors diagnosed her 22-year-old son with cancer.
From a young age, Carolyn Braxton’s son Richie made her proud with his kind heart and love of helping others.
“He was always marching to the beat of his own drum until one day he asked me for some drums,” Braxon recalled.
Once he started playing, Braxton’s son quickly showed his talent as a musician.
“He always told everyone that one day he would be on tour,” Braxton said.
In fact, Richie ended up in a band that toured the country. Carolyn visited her in Los Angeles over the winter.
“He came back to the hotel where I was staying and he had a lump on the side of his neck,” she said. “I was like, ‘Okay, we need to go to the ER.’ He said, ‘No, no, mom. I have a show tomorrow.’”
As the weeks went by, they assumed the persistent itching was due to dry skin – attributing the cough and chest pain to symptoms of a cold.
“I noticed he was often out of breath, but he said he was fine,” Braxton said.
They had little reason to think otherwise. Richie is fine, but when he developed another lump in his neck and his mother found out he had night sweats, she again urged him to go to the emergency room.
“He said, ‘Mom, I don’t have insurance – I don’t want a bill. I’ll wait. It’s going to go away,’” Braxton recalled.
When his symptoms did not improve, he eventually went to the hospital. Doctors suspected lymphoma, a diagnosis that was soon confirmed.
As the band continues to tour, Richie prepares for chemotherapy. His mother says his prognosis is good, but she wishes he had had his symptoms checked sooner.
As treatment begins, Braxton hopes her son, who has always loved helping others, will remind young people to prioritize their health.
“If something is wrong, be careful,” the mother pleaded. “Take care of your body and see a doctor.”
https://www.cbs17.com/news/local-news/after-sons-cancer-diagnosis-triangle-mom-pleads-with-young-people-to-prioritize-health/ Following her son’s cancer diagnosis, the Triangle mother is asking young people to prioritize health