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Our family of 6 (dad Adam, mom Sherry, big sister Abby and little brothers Isaac and Brady -- who was born on December 14, 2010) joined the ranks of pediatric cancer fighters when our 4-year old son Logan was diagnosed with a dangerous and highly malignant form of brain cancer in mid-August 2010. Logan's cancer journey began abruptly on Sunday, August 15, when his right eye suddenly turned inward during dinner. Twenty-four hours later, we were checking into Children's Hospital Oakland and finding out that life sometimes takes you places you'd never, ever imagine yourself going.

Thursday, November 11, 2010

Coincidence? Nope. 10/27/10

Well, things haven't really gone as we'd have liked. Yesterday's collection yielded only 1.5 million stem cells per kg, which is substantially less than the 10 million per kg we need. So that means we've been back at it again today. And it's tough because we're clearly squeezing water from a stone: We missed the window for an excellent harvest, and are now trying to just get whatever we can. On top of that, Logan's eye, which had looked markedly better up until yesterday, definitely looks wonky again.

So here's where I ask the big question: Isn't this all just a little TOO convenient? I mean, two days ago we got excellent news that left me feeling encouraged and hopeful for the first time in months. And then... negative stuff crops up yet again, threatening to destroy my enthusiasm. The timing is just incredible; it's as if an all-too-transparent chess game is going on, and someone was eager to make his next move. But I'm wise to it.

Lest I'd forgotten, this is still a spiritual battle, and it seems like the dark side is making its move after God scored a huge, critical goal. So what do I do with it all? Keep fighting onward. It's hard to see his eye look so bad after it looked so wonderful. It's frustrating that we're STILL in Oakland. But things can change in a second.

Please pray for great numbers from today's harvest. His CD34 number, which is predictive of the number of stem cells in the blood at any given time, was only 7 this morning; most of the time, they don't even bother collecting unless that number is at least 10.

In addition, pray that he will EAT. It's really the big things keeping him here at the hospital, and he just won't do it. Abby was so disappointed when I told her that he probably woudln't be home today, and I just can't stand the thought of having to disappoint her yet again tomorrow.

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