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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, September 15, 2011

Breathe

It's been a good day. The MRI images from this morning all but confirmed what Logan's medical team suspected: The enhanced spot on his spine is almost certainly a side effect of radiation rather than new disease. It's essentially a burst capillary that absorbed the contrast dye. For now, they're just watching it. Down the line additional treatment could be needed, but the important thing is that it's not disease. I can't even begin to explain how free that makes me feel; how excited and grateful. There's a lovely, life-saving sense of peace that's settled over me once again. And I'm so, so thankful to have it. It's incredible to realize how very important the word 'stable' has become to me. So anyway, major praises to Jesus for all of that.

He has several appointments coming up next week; one for his eye on Wednesday, and perhaps an audiology check again if Philippa can make it happen on the same day. Then on Friday, he has a long clinic visit that involves lots of doctors and lots of checking of various things. My limited understanding is that it's a yearly visit of some sort, so it's a big horse and pony show. We did find out yesterday that his thyroid had been damaged by the radiation, which was disappointing but not unexpected, so he'll be starting supplements to counteract the damage tomorrow. The dumbed down version of what's happening with that is that his thyroid is working really, really hard but accomplishing almost nothing. I'm not an expert with such things, so that's the extent of my understanding.

Otherwise, it's lovely to just be at home and breathing again. He's in good spirits for the most part, save the occasional meltdown or temper tantrum. He's eating more, especially if meals involve roast beef sandwiches from Arby's, and is loving preschool. He was particularly excited to go this morning after his MRI so he could show his friends the new dinosaur he'd gotten from the technician for being a good patient. He's developed a great love of coloring, which blows my mind given that just a few months ago, he wasn't strong enough to even hold a pencil or crayon. Now he not only does so, but he colors quite well. His gait is off, though I suspect that's at least in part because he's walking much more than he had been before and his muscles aren't used to it anymore.

Anyway, that's just a quick update along with a smattering of what I'm feeling. I can't explain the depth of my gratitude to God for His goodness in all of this. And I thank all of you --sincerely-- for being part of Logan's army. Peace to you.

10 comments:

  1. JOYFUL! xoxoxoxoxoxoxoxoxoxoxoxoxoxoxoxo lots of xos and lots of love. From all of us! - I & A & L

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  2. This is great news to hear. Keeping you and Logan in prayers. Thank you for keeping us updated.

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  3. tears of joy. thank you, God. still thinking of you guys always.

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  4. Such wonderful news, Sherry. So happy for all of you.

    Kris

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  5. Oh, Sherry, I am SO thankful with you for these great MRI results!! Thank you, Lord, for ALL you have done!! Hugs to you all!

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  6. That's what we have all been waiting to hear! Great news!

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  7. What a blessing, especially to you and your family, but also to all of us supporting you! God's grace is wonderful.

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  8. Wonderful news - congratulations!

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  9. So happy for the great report. REJOICE!!

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