Since the last time I’ve updated about Nathan there has been so much going on…
We went away for a week to give Nathan a much needed repreive, he needed this desperately as his world spins outta control amd he’s watching all his friends and life move forward his seems to be in a terrible repeating cycle of fighting cancer or some other element from cancer. Although the week away was fun it was also an eye opener and a reality checker for us all particularly Nathan; the calm before the storm one could say.
When we came back it was immediate appointments, one that was for fun, Nathan was permitted to play in his sled hockey playoffs with his team the DE Sled Snipers, they didn’t make the championship but had 2 very great games trying and then onto the Udance for B+ where he was proudly and sadly reognized as a childhood cancer survivor and a repeat fighter going back into his wat with a new diagnosis, a secondary cancer cased by 2 of his prior chemos he needed to dight the last 2 battles; I mention the mixed otion above because although such a great defeat beating cancer 2x it still sucks that our children have to endure such aggressive treatments to do it with multitudes od side effects which Nathan has experienced many of, hence the sad end of it all and then you have the memories of the friends you made and loved that are not there to celebrate with you. The B + Foundation is amazing in all they do for our children across the country, Nathan has grown pretty close to them I fell, although can’t make every event they are close on our hearts and always on our minds, they offered Nathan a.special opportunity to meet a Major in the Army, who happens to be a family member, with Nathans love for the military this was a very exciting afternoon thay followed after some pretty intense testing preparing for transplant. Thank you Joe for arranging that. <3
In the last weeks building up to now, Nathan has went through a lot of tests preparing for his bone marrow transplant, of which his Dad will be his donor, they will have to do a hyplodidentical transplant as time for Nathan is of the essence, so as you can imagine now have 2 outta 3 of my favorite men in my life going through this process is exausting.for mentally, his Dad will need to provide a large quantity of marrow in which they will do actual aspirations to get, Nathan is in need of a full marrow transplant and as shared previously there are no matches for him across the world, his case is very rare for many reasons and as it keeps going, becomes more difficult. Nathans translant team, his oncologist and ortho and many Drs across the country are working very diligently to do everything theu can to give Nathan the best possible outcome but as we know Nathans organs have been damaged from prior chemo treatments and are not 100%. The tests that have been run do show just that there has been hardship on his organs and they are not 100%, but the Drs feel good about his high dose chemo prep for the transplant of course nothing is ever garuanteed so we desperately hope and pray for the best, again picking his path of life This last year and a half his oncologist has been watching “spots” that appeared on his scans for any change, that can take time even years of its gonna happen so they have to make sure they’re on that if it happens, one of his tests for prep was another CT and was right in his 3mos schedule from the last, and of course another curve ball; there’s a new spot in Nathans lung since the last test 3 mos ago, this spot cannot be dx exactly because Nathan would need a biopsy which would mean another thoroctomy and thats not a good idea in Nathans health state with the leukemia and no time to wait 3mos for another CT for change in size. This new spot can either be his osteosarcoma relasping (which is a high risk in this process) or infection which neither are very good news but we need to move forward with the unknown to give Nathan any chance in beating any of this.
My family is gearing up to enter the stages of a bone marrow transplant, stress is high, nerves are wracked and as maybe you can imagine none of us are truly ready to do this particularly Nathan…
I ask for prayers for my family as this will be a difficult battle and time for us all particularly our warrior; it will be like no other he’s been through.