Saturday, June 27, 2009

Starting the Blog

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.



  1. Aaron, I had no idea. Thanks for sending me the link to this. I know that Quinns little boy is currently undergoing chemo treatment, perhaps you guys can help each other. My family will keep you and your family in our prayers. God Bless

  2. WOW, I had no idea either! Thank you for including me in your email. Lorie and I and the kids will keep Lucas and your family in our prayers. May God bless you and your family in the months to come! If I can be of help in any way please let me know!

  3. Aaron, I am so sorry to hear about your little guy. We are going through something a little similar. My 2 year old was diagnosed with a brain tumor in the back of his brain that we had to get removed about 2 months ago. Long story short, Teague has the central line in as well and, we have just completed our 3rd week out of 6 of radiation. So far so good.

    All I can tell you Aaron is this, the Doctors at Primary Childrens are wonderful! They know what they are doing, and will keep you updated. Teague, my son, is doing really good. Has some side effects due to the radiation, but we are hanging in there. If you want to talk any time my man, please give me a call.

    We will be praying for you.

    Quinn Wigington

  4. We love you guys and we are here for you, you guys know that! You guys are like family to us and you are in our thoughts and prayers you! See you soon.

  5. Hey...I am a random stranger that follows Hilary Weeks blog...and she talked about Sadie Huish...and her mom mentioned you...and here I am. I have never been through having a extremely sick child, but about 8 months ago, my best friends baby was born with a congenital heart defect...and now, for some reason, I gravitiate to blogs of families who are dealing with similar realities. I marvel at the strength the Lord has blessed you and other like you with...

    ...your little boy and family are in my prayers....