Monthly Archives: August 2015

When our lightning struck

Michael and I were reflecting last night that it has been almost a year since AJ was diagnosed with Cancer (September 11, 2014). Wow how time flies! As Michael put AJ to sleep last night, we asked him if he remembered Gina, Cole, Luke, Aaron, Cooper, or any of the gang. None of it seemed to ring a bell. (Well, except the Ronald McDonald House but he has been calling every McDonald’s we have passed in the past year a Ronald McDonald House 🙂

As I watched this video today, I wept feeling so strongly that it was a miracle of God that OUR little AJ has not only survived, but is doing so well. I am grateful for the Lord and for the wonderful priesthood holders that were able to give our baby blessings when our lightning struck.

Thank you for the many worthy priesthood holders who were there when we needed them to give a blessing to AJ or to us to bring comfort. We have grown so much this past year and our grateful to each of you for helping us become who and where we are today.

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3rd Scans: Greater news than we had even hoped

Dad helps AJ wake up from his third MRI since finishing proton therapy.

Dad helps AJ wake up from his third MRI check-up since he finished proton therapy.

Today was AJ’s third MRI scan since completing his proton therapy and the news was even greater than we hoped. After his second scan, we celebrated stability – where the tumor has remained the same size as before. (Remember, for many chronic cancers, stable disease is something to celebrate.)

Well today, AJ’s scans came back even better!

Not only did the tumor not show any signs of growth, but the doctors said that whatever evidence – if any – of it ever being there is gone. His brain is even starting to look like a perfect brain back in the correct position from where it was pushed by the tumor!

The doctors felt things were going so well that we can wait an extra month until his next scan! So, check back in early December, when we hope for another day of Thanksgiving.

We can’t quite say AJ is cancer free yet, but we can say that LIFE IS GREAT and for at least the next three four months, we will celebrate our boy’s miraculous progress! Thank you all for thinking and praying with us.