Hello friends and family. Shannon and I figured that starting a blog would be the easiest way to keep everyone up to date on our family and especially Lucas.
On the 11th of June, 2009 we were informed by the Neurology team, at Primary Children's hospital, that our son, Lucas, six months old, had a tumor in his spine pressing on his spinal cord and branching out of the vertebrae along the brachia in shoulder. The next day he underwent surgery to relieve the pressure on his spinal cord but due to the nature of the tumor they were unable to extract all of it. The type of cancer they have diagnosed him with is a malignant, aggressive cancer, known as ATRT. It is one of the more rare cancers and it is usually found in the brain. Because of the location of the tumor and the pressure it was putting on his spinal cord he does not have use of his right arm. The doctors have told us that there is a possibility that he may regain use of his arm but so far there has been no progress. The prognosis for this type of cancer is not good, but we know that our son is in God's hands and if it is His will He can do miracles. Our faith, friends, and family have got us through the tough times.
Today, Saturday the 27th, Lucas was admitted to the hospital at 8:00 am. He was in a short surgery to place a "Central Line," which is a tube that goes to his heart, to allow them to administer medicine, take blood samples, and administer the Chemotherapy. The Oncologists have talked to us a little about what the Chemotherapy consists of and some of the side-effects common to the treatment. I don't believe they have actually started to administer the Meds yet, but it should start some time today. He will do 5 cycles of Chemo, each spanning 21 days and then he will begin radiation. Lucas has quite a road ahead of him to recovery and we appreciate all the prayers and acts of service on our behalf. We will try to keep the blog updated every couple of days to keep everyone informed.