My apologies for the delay in posting this update about Luke. The past week has been a whirlwind, and for some reason the hospital has blocked the website for this blog, so I cannot update from Luke's room. So many of you are praying so faithfully, we are so thankful. Please keep praying.
There are many kinds of cancer. The particular type of cancer our son Luke has is pretty aggressive. Chemotherapy is a drug regimen that kills fast growing cells in the body. The type of cancer in Luke's body typically responds very well to chemotherapy. Yesterday, six weeks after his leg surgery, Luke received his first chemotherapy treatment. By God's grace, it was uneventful. (see photo!) There will be about 60 treatments in total over the course of the next year. Our prayer is that Luke will be completely free of cancer at the end of the year, and that the cancer would never return to his body.
The perils of chemotherapy are widely known, because the drugs administered do not know the difference between helpful fast growing cells and wicked cancerous fast growing cells. As such, Luke is certain to lose his hair, and likely will experience fatigue, nausea, loss of appetite, and other issues related to his digestive tract. Our prayer is that the symptoms Luke experiences would be mild, and that his body would stay strong throughout so the chemotherapy can continue uninterrupted.
Luke's bowel and the incision from his surgery are both healing very nicely. He has avoided infection, and he is eating and processing foods normally. He is still tender, but he is moving around quite well and has weaned off most of the pain medications he was taking. Our prayer is for Luke's digestive tract to be completely healed, as that will make it much easier for him to tolerate some of the potential digestive issues he might be faced with.
Luke's leg is also healing very nicely. He will have his stitches out on Monday morning. He will soon enter the process of rehab so he can be fitted for a prosthetic leg. He is very eager to move forward with receiving a prosthetic leg, so he can spend less time in his wheelchair and more time hanging out with his friends. Our prayer is for Luke to be able to move through his physical therapy in a timely fashion over the next few months so he can be up on his feet very soon.
The plan is for Luke to be discharged on Monday, after five days of chemotherapy treatments. If that indeed happens, Luke will have been in the hospital for two full weeks. He can't wait to come home. We can't wait to be home with him. Our prayer is for Luke to be home Monday afternoon with the first round of treatments behind him, stitches out of his leg, healed up from his bowel surgery, AND feeling well enough to attend Young Life Club on Monday night!
We are so grateful for Luke. He's truly a gift. This is such a battle, and we know the Lord will fight for Luke. Our prayer is for healing. We can't stop praying, WON'T stop praying, for God to heal our boy. (James 5:14-16)
James & Lu,
(for Sam, Jay & Luke)