We are starting to not look forward to MRI days...This is the third MRI in Seattle and all three have given us news that we weren't expecting - all have been a step back. Today's MRI revealed growth in the brain stem tumor, however, it is still the belief that the radiation effects could have been the cause for the growth. On a positive note, there was significant contrast in the tumor, which indicates the cells are dying (at its core).
They did identify a new spot, however, this one is on the lower portion of his spine. They are unsure of what it is and there is a small chance that it's unrelated to the tumor, but it is a small chance. On Monday Cash is going to have a lumbar puncture to pull some of the spinal fluid and check it to see if the cells are PNET. If it is PNET then the tumor has spread down his spine.
We are going to proceed with the next three rounds of chemo starting tomorrow morning. The two chemo's he'll be getting will flow to the spine so if the cells are bad they could be affected by the chemo. We are again reminded not to look too far ahead and simply take it one day at a time. It's definitely been a tough day and just as we feel like we're getting on top of this, something else happens. Our faith isn't wavering, however, and we trust that God has Cash in His hands. We are thankful that he's not in pain at the moment and continue to pray that this round of chemo will stop the cells from dividing.
This morning, not knowing what the day would hold, I downloaded an app that allows me to take pictures that look somewhat 'vintage'. I went a little crazy today and here is an assortment of pics I took with Cash. My father-in-law, Bob, and my parents came by today and spent quality time with Cash (as you'll see in the pics). Tomorrow Bob & Edna and my parents will be with us, splitting time between the hospital and the home, helping us care for both Cash and Kingston. Jack Jr. is having the time of his life in Lynden with Uncle Jeremy and his family. It is heartwarming to know we have such an amazing set of parents and family - they are all with us and helping us through this.
Please continue to pray for Cash and Christopher - two of the three kids in North America with this tumor reside here in the Northwest and they are both fighting to try and beat this. Thank you for your support and prayers!