It Continues On… “ENDLESS”

Novenber 24, 2017

Nathan had some great months in between my last update, he got back on the ice for Sled hockey, Dr pulled his line so he could attend classes with his friends; all was going well, slow but well as it should be for a now 16 year old who has battled cancer for 7 years/3 times and 2 different types of cancers; one would have thought that was the way it should happen, after all that including a Haplo BMT, and a successful one at that with 100% donor(Dad) cells, you’d think whewww it’s over, road to recovery; nice and easy does it and let that kiddo live some life as he should…

Not how it happens in the real world, the world of childhood cancer tends to throw more curve balls then a game of baseball. Nathan’s labs fell pretty suddenly 3 weeks, oppps now 4 weeks ago and naturally everything was going to plan with him and his Haplo, no one expected a relapse; Nathan had all the indicators of no relapse except the labs, he has all donor cells, active GvHD of several forms, and the last BMB there was 0 blasts seen; so as it went Nathan’s labs were not making a come back, so of course a BMB was scheduled and as it would turn out…

Nathan’s t-MDS/Leukemia has made itself known again…

As we looked at our 7 year anniversary in all this, original admission/dx Nov 18, 2010 and Nathan receiving his very first dose chemo on Nov 25, 2010 (was Thanksgiving Day then) we were hearing those words again. words no one, not anyone should have to hear one time let alone now for the 4th “YOUR SON HAS CANCER”  heartbroken, devastated, and NUMB is just a few feelings you have when you hear those words, some get angry, I honestly just don’t have the energy right now for anger nor much else for that matter right now.

Nathan’s situation is rare and unique, of course it couldn’t just be a easy fix, it’s very complicated, we are waiting for test result that are still out on the marrow right now with hopes that he don’t have all the markers he had prior to complicate things even more, there’s not really a treatment out there for Nathan, the transplant was his chance for a cure, but unfortunately the chemo in the process didn’t work well enough and sleeper cells were able to hide away. Nathan is not fully recovered from the transplant yet so his marrow is still in a weak state, which may cause some difficulties. We don’t have a plan of action yet as said above we need to get all the results back from his biopsies first…

I’ve written this post and posted/removed it many times in these past few days, but it’s just not changing the fact that Nathan, more then any other time is truly in the fight for his life. I’m asking you to please keep Nathan in prayers, he needs a miracle and I have to say I do believe in Miracles…

Thank you so much and God Bless!!!!

Nathan’s Mom, Dad and Brother

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Chemo; A love hate relationship

Chemo chemo and more chemo…

Nathan is on another MAP some the same just a bit tweeked and more added in…Nathans cancer cells are not responding the way the Drs would like and they cannot do high dose chemo like he needs for fear his organs will react and transplant will eithet be seriously delayed or not happen. Nathans organs took a serious hit with his last battle with osteosarcoma, creating a very difficult decision at that time and having to stop treatment to kill the cancer to save his organs from shut down and failure. It’s been 4 1/2 yrs since that and although Nathans organ have recovered and are functioning they are damaged and that remains a problem and serious concern. Blood counts remain low in the neutrapenic levels already with transfusions of necessity on board to maintain, his white cells continue to drop but cannot at this time be rebooted due to feeding the cancer cells and encouraging growth and strengthening and we do not want that to happen, we are in that time of the mask again and carefully monitoring visitors. 

The bone marrow biopsies continue to show rare and aggresive flags that are and will make this battle more difficult for Nathan. We have had several donors pop up out of the country none yet being able to use for Nathan and awaiting one the last(on the list) donor match results now; this donor has already sparked a special place of hope for us though, as he just popped up suddenly; as we where hearing about the results from the last this new donor just showed up,  meaning he’s a new registrant on the donor list and matched up with Nathan: as the Drs where saying this just don’t happen, and has never happened to them prior. I believe in fate and my faith is strong and we need a perfect match from a donor to continue to transplant with the least amount of risk and relapse for Nathan as he already has too many odds stacked against him…although I have a good feeling about it I’m not getting my hopes up to be let down again I will continue to pray.

 Nathan is hanging in there and doing his best to be himself, after a red bag transfusion last week and a beautiful weekend we where able to get him out and about to enjoy some of that sunshine and fresh air. Nathans happy time is gaming online with a great friend he met in his new school the 2 of them crack me up listening to them as the FaceTime anf play online the house is full of laughter from both boys, I absolutely love listening to it. 

Nathan has a special day coming up in which we are totally grateful for…his 16th birthday is on Monday; not exactly what we had in mind for him with way of celebration but we have him with us and for that we are eternally grateful; Nathan has spent a many of birthdays(6yrs) in this situation fighting cancer and getting chemo and although he hates it all he totally knows it’s what needs to be done,  his Drs are trying to work it out that even though he has to have his chemo that day it can still be a special day for him too, but we know very well that we wont know that till the day comes as his counts are very low and welp they trump our situation so it makes it VERY DIFFICULT to make celebration plans as we hoped for.

We want to thank everyone who keeps Nathan and our family in thought and prayer as I’ve known from prior experiences and feel it again there are honestly days we ride solely on those prayers…

Thank you and God Bless!

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