The Schulte family says they have returned from Houston with “huge smiles, grateful hearts and a story that will rock your world.”
Nine-year-old Tatum Schulte has been through a lot for a child her age. Diagnosed with osteosarcoma, a rare form of bone cancer that happens in children, in 2015, Tatum has had to make sacrifices many children could not dream of making. These sacrifices include surgery to remove most of one of her legs.
Last year, people who had been following Tatum's journey were overjoyed to hear that she had beaten cancer. She was declared cancer-free in September. But that excitement was short-lived when the family learned earlier this year that the cancer had returned.
After going through chemotherapy again and being in and out of hospitals, the family was sent to Houston to see surgeons, their oncology team and “a ton of others from a physical therapist to child life specialist.”
On Wednesday, the Schulte family reported that Tatum's head oncologist told them that the pathology report stated the tumor had 80 percent necrosis, or dead cancer cells.
The Schultes said the tumor was found in December and Tatum completed two rounds of chemotherapy in January. In February, it was found that the tumor had doubled in size.
Now, in April, they say the oncologist was stunned to find the tumor had 80 percent necrosis.
“He was stunned, speechless… you name it. He kept saying he had no explanation,” said the Schulte family.
The family says after they were told the chemotherapy was not working, they found some homeopathic doctors in Amarillo who advised them on diet changes and other supplements that they have implemented.
The Schultes say that Tatum had a dream.
In her dream Jesus told her she was going to go to Houston and she would not have cancer anymore and he told her she was going to be ok! Well…He didn't say what trip to Houston, but we know He was talking about this one.
The Schulte family said they will continue with a lot of therapy for Tatum to hopefully regain feeling in her amputated leg and get ready for her to head back to school in a few weeks, which Tatum says she is excited for.