Thank you so much! Thank you for your prayers, calls, visits, helping us get the word out, helping us with Hannah’s fund, and everything! You have been so good to us and we just can’t thank you enough… may the Lord bless you beyond measure for your kindness! Please forgive me for not getting this update posted sooner!
The last couple of days…Sunday night and Monday night were both bad nights for her (fever, stomach issues, etc). Everyday she is getting better. Tuesday she began to show some real signs of feeling well, i.e. playing and talking more! Until then she just laid there with her eyes open! It is hard to watch your little girl just lay around. I often would let the side of the crib down and just lay my head in there with her! She has gotten better yesterday and today. Most of the time she wants out of the crib to be held, and I don’t blame her! I took some photos of her just lying in the crib. They took many tests during the last couple of days. They took a bone marrow test and a bone scan to see if the cancer spread to her bones at all (in or on the bone). Today we got some test results!
The good news… Both the bone scan and the bone marrow test were negative! Praise the LORD! If this would have come back as positive then we would have automatically been in stage 4. This is good news! Also, her salmonella poisoning recovery has been great! She only lacks a few more treatments (via I.V.). However, there is bad news!
The bad news… One of the lymph node samples came back positive. This is bad news, but there is some good here, too. The one that came back positive was on the same side as the tumor. The other ones, on the other side, came back negative! This is good. It means that the cancer hasn’t spread that far. But the bad news is that it has spread some. In addition to this, it puts us in to stage 2 (the oncologist said “stage 2a,” which is low risk). If it is going to be stage 2, then I vote 2a! That is all we have on results, but there is pending news!
The pending news… We’ve got a big test both on Thursday and Friday (same test given twice). It is called a Metaiodobenzylguanidine (where do they get these terms???), “M.I.B.G.” for short! This test is a tracer. It is a test specifically for neuro blastoma tumors. They inject Hannah with some dye and it acts as a tracer. Then they give her a nuclear scan, and any cluster of cancerous cells will “light up” for the doctors to see. This is a big test for us. In fact, it is the final determining factor for the type of treatment plan we will execute! Please pray for a clear, cancer free report.
Praying for big brother… Just a note, please pray for Noah. Things are hard for him right now. He doesn’t know what is going on, but is certainly aware that everyone is upset and just not themselves. Aunt Kim was helping him say his prayers the other night and she said, “Let’s pray for Hannah.” He said, “No, I pray for mommy! Mommy cry!” The next day we went walking around the hospital campus. There are these statues everywhere of different people (mostly women and children). He walked up to this one with a mom reading a book to a little girl. He said to us, “This is mommy and sissy.” It was very sad. Kelli and I both burst into tears. Among the sweet and sad events there are the bad ones. He is acting out and not listening very well to what we tell him to do. I know that this is normal in cases like this but we need your prayers!
I have many more thoughts, but I will write later! Again thank you for your prayers! God Bless!