Lot's going on with Luke. He is back at school full time, and marching with the band at home football games. He has a new prosthetic leg, and continues to work hard on his mobility with his Physical Therapist. He has been receiving some different chemo drugs, ones that won't inflame his lung any further. The steroid he has been taking has eliminated his cough, but also caused him to be moody and sweaty all the time. And...he will begin another round of radiation on Monday, which will hopefully eliminate the final traces of his cancer from his body.
Lot's going on with Luke!
1) Luke will be weaned off the steroid over the next month. Pray that the moodiness and other side effects to go away, and for the inflammation in his lung to be completely healed.
2) No side effects from the radiation to his sacrum. The spot is pretty small, so they'll be able to focus pretty well and we're praying there won't be residual damage.
3) No evidence of cancer in his body once the radiation treatments are complete.
4) No return of cancer to his body ever. None. Ever.
5) Acceleration of progress in terms of movement on his new leg.
6) Rest, grace, and patience for our entire family. It's so hard, we are so tired.
1) Speedway gas cards. We will be driving to and from Grand Rapids every day after school for 28 consecutive weekdays. Luke also requested Fazoli's and Jersey Giant cards so we can grab dinner for him on our way home each night.
2) You can sign up here to bring us a meal.
3) If you'd like to ride with us to and from Grand Rapids, please contact me (not Laura!) directly with any dates you might be available. No guarantees! We'll be leaving Lansing each weekday between September 19th and October 26th at around 3:30 and back home at around 6:30.
4) Luke might need some tutoring help on the weekends. He is taking Spanish, Algebra, and U.S. History.
Luke's radiation Doctor is optimistic. The cancer in Luke's lungs responded very well to radiation, and typically that means there should be a good response elsewhere since it's the same type of cancer. If the radiation works and the tumor is gone, Luke would continue with preventative chemo every Thursday for a few months and then (hopefully!) reach the end of his treatments. Luke's condition is guarded, but we are hopeful and praying intently for God to use these treatments to heal him completely.
We are so grateful to all of you, for caring about Luke and praying so tirelessly for our family. Our prayer remains the same. We can't stop, WON'T stop praying for God to heal our boy.
James & Lu
(for Sam, Jay, and Luke)