Thank you for continuing to pray for Luke and ask about his condition. Luke's condition is stable, and he has continued his oral chemotherapy treatments until his longer term treatment plan could be established. Yesterday morning the national tumor team discussed the results of Luke's biopsy, and then we spoke with Luke's Doctor in the afternoon. Basically, there are several genes within Luke's tumor that are "over expressed," and so the medical team has identified four medications plus two more natural remedies that address those specific gene anomalies that Luke will begin taking once his clinical trial begins. Luke will have diagnostic scans on Monday, and then a clinic visit on Thursday, and then once everything is confirmed he will begin his new regimen. All of these are oral medications, so Luke will be able to continue his treatments at home. He will also have regular clinic visits and will continue with school and physical therapy at home. We will continue to pray for complete healing for Luke.
For a variety of reasons, Luke's condition makes it difficult for him to navigate our two story house. For the past year we have been hoping to transition to a ranch style home, so that Luke can use his wheelchair in the entire house, shower more easily, etc. We have looked at a lot of homes, and then last week we finally found what we've been looking for. We will be moving next month. Luke is very excited, and the idea is growing on Jay. Sam, in his own words, is "indifferent." Our new house is only a couple of miles away, still in Mason, and it's perfect for Luke's current needs as well as our overall long term needs. We will miss our home of 15+ years, but we are very thankful to have the opportunity to make this change.
Will you keep praying for Luke? For no more cancer in Luke's body? He needs more healing. His medical team is trying some new approaches, and we want them to work! In the meantime, we are taking things day by day, enjoying our time with Luke, and welcoming a steady stream of visitors into our home on a daily basis.
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)