Thank you to my friend Pete and so many others who have recently reminded me that it has been awhile between blog posts. May was a busy month for Jay because of his crazy baseball schedule and all of his Senior events and preparations. Jay is graduating from Mason High School this Sunday, and his open house is on Monday night. We're looking forward to celebrating Jay and seeing a bunch of family and friends over the weekend.
Luke is holding steady. His most recent chemo treatments ended on May 13th. His blood counts have been slower to bounce back, which is very common for people who have been in chemo for as long as Luke has. He will be back for another round next Wednesday (after the big Jay party is over!), and then his scans are scheduled for Monday, June 13th. We continue to pray that the scans will show no cancer remaining anywhere in Luke's chest. Zero tumors, zero cancer.
Luke has made tremendous strides with his prosthetic leg. He acquired a set of "smart" crutches, which provide support down by the wrist rather than under the armpits. They are light and Luke can maneuver very well with them. His Physical Therapist has given him the OK to walk with just one crutch, which will soon lead to him using only a cane and then eventually he'll walk with no help at all. It is fun to see Luke embracing this challenge. His team has been a huge encouragement and the new crutches are a major asset. Between the physical therapy and his schoolwork, Luke is making great progress and is on track to be full time back at Mason High School in the Fall.
There is so much to be praying for. Luke's life is so hard. Lots of time in the hospital, with limited freedom to enjoy being a 15 year old kid. So much loss and grief. Please keep praying, and keep visiting and sending cards when you are able. We have 35 - 40 more scheduled trips to Grand Rapids coming up, so the Speedway gas cards are so amazing. The meals are a blessing as well...June and July are wide open if you'd like to jump in there.
Mostly, we need prayer for God to completely heal Luke's body from this cancer. We can't stop, WON'T stop praying for God to heal our boy. (James 5:14-16)
James & Lu
(for Sam, Jay, and Luke)