I only have a minute to write but I wanted to let you know that David’s tumor has not grown. It looked a little smaller to us, though the doctor stopped short of saying that. Thank you for your continued prayers and I will write more when I can. (Too much travel today!)
David’s next MRI will take place in the morning followed by the normal visit with the doctor. We are anxious to see what tomorrow will tell us. We are prayerfully hopeful that we will see little evidence (or no evidence!) of the tumor. God has been providing us with miracle after miracle, and though it seems selfish to ask for more, we want so much for David to be completely healed.
David, for one, is extremely positive (as always) and has spent his summer planning for the future. He visited some schools (college and culinary), studied for the SAT because he wasn’t happy with his first scores, and did some cooking. Back in Virginia, he got a few days of work in at a local restaurant before heading back to school early for LINK Crew (a mentoring program for new students). He feels good. He looks good. We are so hopeful that this is the beginning of a miraculous new wave of treatments for cancer patients.
If you’re praying, please pray that this vaccine will rid David’s body of the cancer and that the doctors will be able to see what makes it effective so they can use it on other patients. I’ll post again tomorrow when we know more.
When you read stuff on how to blog, they tell you to do it every day. That’s good advice to build loyal readers and also to keep your info from getting stale. I guess I have a lot of stuff to share since I have barely written at all this summer, but I’m going to give myself a pass because I’ve been spending absolutely precious time with my kids.
They are both growing up so fast, and as an incoming high school junior and senior, I can literally count the days until they move on to the “adult” phase of life. This cancer thing has made us savor every moment, and oddly, I am grateful for the lessons we have learned.
We have learned that time with those you care about is what really matters. We weren’t able to get to Alabama and see extended family this summer, but one of my brothers came out with his wife, daughter, and a friend. We also had a few teenage visitors that gave us special memories this summer. We made new friends an of course, made new food!
David inspired us to go on an official food tour in Hawaii and some unofficial ones in Seattle and Boulder. Austin even got into the act making chocolate chip cookie dough cupcakes! It was kind of a time consuming recipe, and I was proud of her for seeing it through.
We looked at some possible school choices for David, did some volunteer work for Students Supporting Brain Tumor Research, Virginia, and mostly just had a good time.
The kids go back to Virginia in two days, and David has another MRI before the end of August. I’ll report in then for sure.
We appreciate the prayers and support from everyone. I am ever mindful of our many blessings and the angels God has sent to us in the form of family and friends. Enjoy those last fee days of summer… And eat more broccoli!