Last October was a very tough month for the Solder family.
Nate suffered a biceps injury on Oct. 11 in the Patriots’ game against the Cowboys and then just a few days later, Solder and his wife Lexi learned their three-month old son Hudson was diagnosed with bilateral kidney tumors, or Wilms tumors.
“When we were driving to the hospital, I think we both cried the entire way,” Solder said Tuesday on with Dennis & Callahan, part of the WEEI/NESN Jimmy Fund Radio-Telethon. “It probably was a few weeks where we just cried all the time. It was really emotional. It was really hard. The crazy thing, and the weird thing about it was, I got injured the week before the diagnosis. As crazy as it was, the injury was a blessing. I got to be with these guys and go through it without the stress and worry of the season — all those sorts of things.”
Hudson started chemotherapy two days later and since last October he’s undergone 21 chemotherapy treatments. He has them every three weeks now and the plan is for just three more.
Solder discussed how much support he received from his teammates and coach Bill Belichick.
“It was so uplifting the way my teammates have supported us this whole time,” he said. “They were putting together meals for us. They were calling us on a weekly basis. They were reaching out to us and really it went far beyond anything on the football field — just the human element. It’s been so supportive and so moving to have guys like that.”
“Coach Belichick has been amazing,” Solder added. “He really has been amazing. He’s been so supportive with anything we need with Hudson and him reaching out. He even sends me text messages and encouragement all the time.”
After missing the rest of the season last year, Solder is back with the team this season as their starting left tackle. He said football serves as a way to get away from everything going on at home with Hudson and he appreciates the game even more.
“Football has been a release from all the stress from him,” Solder said. “Football was the biggest stress in my life before and now it’s like an escape. It’s fun. I get to kind of take my mind off of things at home and things. I’ve really appreciated and enjoyed it like never before.”
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