Has it really been 42 days since Luke's last scans? Apparently, it has. We know this because his regimen consists of two cycles of chemo (21 days each) and then they check progress with a full battery of tests. Since Luke has scans scheduled again this week, it must be that 42 days have passed! We will be spending two full days in Grand Rapids this week.
The past month has been rough. The chemo has really affected Luke. He battles dizziness and fatigue. His appetite is low, and he's lost a few pounds. Because he's lost weight, his leg wasn't fitting correctly, but he was able to get it adjusted last week. His primary Docs at DeVos have been proactive about adjusting his chemo regimen, but they haven't found the sweet spot yet. Also, another one of Luke's friends from DeVos passed away, and Luke attended the visitation in Grand Rapids. There really are no words. It's just so heartbreaking.
On Thursday, once we know the results of Luke's scans, we will be discussing the next steps in his treatment plan. The scans are always terrifying. We never know what we're going to hear. We are grateful that Luke's overall condition seems stable, but at the same time we continue praying that there would be zero cancer in Luke's body at the end of this treatment cycle. That's always the prayerful goal...zero cancer.
Thankfully, Luke has had a BUNCH of visitors this week. It's always amazing how quickly his attitude and countenance improve when folks come over. He just loves people, and he is energized by these frequent interactions. Please don't hesitate to let us know if you'd like to come spend some time with Luke.
To be praying:
1) For the "right" balance of diet and meds, that allow Luke to feel better and be more active.
2) For "NED" (no evidence of disease) in the scans this week.
3) For rest and peace for everyone in our family...we are all so very tired.
4) Luke continues to be excited about Work Crew...we're 7 weeks away! We want so much for Luke to feel strong enough to be able to serve and have a great experience.
Thanks always to everyone who has prayed, encouraged, sent notes, and stopped to visit. We are thankful we are not alone. Our prayer remains the same. We can't stop, WON'T stop praying for God to heal our boy. (James 5:14-16)
James & Lu
(for Sam, Jay, & Luke)