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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.

Monday, November 8, 2010

The Logan Update: 9/18/2010

Okay, so these updates are never truly brief, but this one will be as concise as I can manage, firstly because I'm tired, and secondly because Adam and I are actually both home tonight. (Grandma is at the hospital with Logan.)

Today was a really good day for Logan. Really encouraging and really very much needed all-around given the dominance of bad news of late. According to Adam, Logan slept in until about 9:30 (I wasn't so lucky on the homefront; Abby decided to get Isaac up at 7:15). The Drivers came to visit, and Adam said that Logan really enjoyed seeing Julia. She's always been a favorite of his, so many thanks for coming by and for bringing out some long-absent smiles.

When I arrived at about 12:30 after dropping Abby and Isaac off with grandma and granddad, I was immediately invited to play a game of tic tac toe, and the very air in the room was palpably energetic, alive. It'd been a long time since the air around him had felt so rife with hope. The afternoon brought a visit from Karine, a cool fish hat and Finding Nemo. There were few complaints all day long, and much wakeful awareness. It was just so wonderful to see him smile and talk in his usual soft voice that it almost made me cry. Ah, the many ironies of this journey.

His morning bloodwork also came back looking good. His hemoglobin was 9.7, and his platelets were up in the 70s. Most importantly, Allison, the nurse, said she was pretty sure that his WBCs had actually rebounded a bit as well; they'd been in the .1 range for a few days, but she said she thought they'd been up to .3 today. Finally, he hasn't had a fever in a few days. So there's still hope that he'll be able to come home for a few days before the start of round 2 in a few weeks.

Please keep the prayers coming as I believe they can change so very much about life and happenings in this fallen, broken world. I randomly selected the story of Jonah a few days ago when Abby asked to read from the Bible and was blown away by the huge impact of the people's prayers. It CAN happen. Logan CAN be made well again.

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