“Now We Are The Same. ” Father Gets Tattooed Son’s Scar From Cancer Surgery

After his surgery, Gabriel was left with a scar from his cancer surgery on his head. This took all the joy and desire to leave the house from him.
"Now we are the same."  Dad gets tattooed son's scars from cancer surgery

“Now we are the same.” Dad gets his son’s scars tattooed from cancer surgery! Gabriel Marshall is an eight-year-old boy who knows two things for sure: he has the best father in the world and a long life ahead of him.

He is a brave boy and much loved by those around him. Yet his brain cancer has left a deep scar on his head. It has taken some of his spirit and confidence away from him.

If Gabriel is an icon in the news around the world these days, then it is for a beautiful and encouraging reason. Not so long ago, many countries celebrated Father’s Day. And his father, Josh Marshall, wanted to do something special.

Gabriel wears a startling scar from the cancer surgery on his head. It’s something he’s very embarrassed about. It reminds him of his illness, which is now almost over.

When this scar robbed him of his joy, his father decided to get a tattoo done. In the same place and in the same color to imitate the same wound with a very specific purpose: to give his son strength.

Let’s share their story.

An example of a father who loves his son

All parents love their children more than anything else. There is perhaps nothing more terrifying than the moment one finds out that one’s child has been diagnosed with a serious illness such as cancer.

Statistics say that the chance of survival for children with cancer between the ages of four and 18 is 80%.

This is good news, yet the struggle, fear, and pain of watching one’s child be subjected to harsh treatments and interventions is no doubt very difficult.

Gabriel Marshall received his diagnosis last year. It was overwhelming news: He had a rare form of brain cancer called anaplastic astrocytoma.

Dad kissing his kiss

It is a malignant tumor of the central nervous system that typically occurs in adult men.

Although the prognosis is not excellent, children are more likely to survive than adults. This gave Gabriel’s family some hope.

Cancer in an 8-year-old child

When a child is diagnosed with such a serious illness , it can be difficult for them to understand what it means.

Their lives will change drastically. Everyday activities such as school, friends, games and homework will be disrupted by hospital visits, treatments, needles and fear.

One of the hardest things they will have to accept is their mental change.

Chemotherapy treatments do not just make patients lose their hair. Their face lifts up, they lose weight, their facial expressions change. And fatigue is a constant companion in all cancer patients.

  • Gabriel survived a risky operation in which oncologists removed part of the tumor. It was a complex procedure that could not completely remove all the damage caused by the astrocytoma.
  • Despite that, his diagnosis was good. The disease is now stable and inactive. 
Boy who has had surgery
  • However, the persistent problem is that Gabriel has lost his confidence. Every time he looks in the mirror, his scar from the cancer surgery is the only thing he can see.
  • The large, red scar that winds over and around his ear like an arrow pointing to his illness.
  • The scar made him insecure and nervous. Not only had he missed out on so much because of his illness – now the scar also made him an outsider.

Josh Marshall is Gabriel’s father. He is a 28 year old optimist and a brave man. He has not left his child’s side at any time. Despite how unfair life may be, he knows that the most important thing to maintain is his positive attitude and hope for the future.

  • Once the doctors had done their job of removing the tumor, it was time to “heal his emotions” by restoring his confidence, energy and optimism.
Father and son - Father gets tattooed son's scar
  • On Father’s Day, Josh gave his son an astonishing surprise: He had shaved off all his hair and gotten a tattoo that looked exactly like Gabriel’s scars from the cancer surgery. Now “they were the same.”
  • Since then, the little boy has gone outside again with renewed vigor.
  • He is no longer embarrassed because his father is with him to show the world their scars. And together they are two strong people who are capable of accommodating everything.

From here, we wish little Gabriel all the best in the world. He has now been stable for nine months.

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