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May 2, 2014

Jacob’s fight

Mineral Wells teen’s battle with large brain tumor has him fighting, but far from defeated


Chemotherapy, one of the many advances in the medical field, can be considered a scary term – especially for those having to undergo the often times lengthy process.

But what if you were just 14-years-old?

Jacob Acosta’s story begins about a year ago. The Mineral Wells Junior High nurse gave a report to the Acostas that Jacob had failed his vision test multiple times. Soon after this report, the Acostas took Jacob for an eye exam.

“He kept saying his eyes were blurry,” Jacob’s mother, Ann Acosta, said. “So we took him to Fort Worth to get an eye exam and it never would match up. The doctor just kept getting frustrated and said, ‘I just think he wants glasses because his friends have them because I can’t find anything wrong with his eyes.’”

The Acostas planned to get a second opinion, but eventually dismissed the idea. Then headaches began to set in.

“He complained and complained,” Ann said. “What teenage kid doesn’t have a headache? So we would just give him Tylenol. Well, it [began] coming more often, and it was like a steady headache.”

The Acostas resolved to take their son to a local Mineral Wells doctor. Again, a dead end.

The doctor proposed that he simply had a bad case of allergies. As a result, the doctor prescribed Jacob allergy medicine and sent him home, telling him to check back in a week.

The headaches continued.

The doctor upped his dose, believing he simply needed more allergy medication. Clearly everyone was stumped – but the third time is a charm.

Jacob returned to the doctor’s office once more, and the nurse practitioner came up with a resolution. Perhaps it was merely bad migraines. She prescribed him a different medication, sent him home, but said if things continued on, Jacob would need to get a CT scan.

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