Wednesday, July 29, 2009


Today Aaron and I celebrate 9 years of marriage. And believe it or not we still like each other. Lucas is having a great day. The last medication has cleared his system and now it's just a waiting game to see when his white blood cell counts that fight infection (ANC counts) are high enough to start his stem cell harvest. They will filter his blood and take out what they need and replace what's left back into his body. They will freeze these cells until he starts his last 3 cycles of chemo. (The last 3 are considered are high doses of other medications that will completely wipe out the white blood cells in his bone marrow.) They will then introduce the harvested cells to help the bone marrow build up again. Basically he's giving himself a bone marrow transplant. It's really amazing what they can do now with treatments. He's been really happy today and the nurses keep saying how great he looks and how well he's doing. It makes me happy that he's not in any pain. We keep working with his arm to get movement restored. It will take time but each day there's a little more improvement. I'm so grateful for all that I've learned through this experience. It's taught our family what we are capable of and that the Lord really doesn't give us anything we can't handle. I once thought when I would hear stories about other children who were sick that I could never have the strength to get though something like that. Might I suggest never saying that to yourself because here we are dealing with it. I guess I should have knocked on wood a little bit harder. Well, thanks again to all of you who have supported us. It really does help to ease the burden. I love Lucas so much and this morning we rocked in the rocking chair for over an hour listening to lullabies. I cherish every moment I have with him. I feel so bad for Aaron because lately by the time he gets to the hospital after work Lucas is asleep for the night. Hopefully he'll be able to enjoy him more awake tonight. I love you baby and happy anniversary!!! I guess it's redbox and take out tonight. Thanks for our boys and for being the most amazing husband, father, and best friend!!!



  1. happy anniversary. I wish you could celebrate under better and happier circumstances! You're always in our thoughts and prayers!

  2. I think all of us don't know how we'd ever make it through a big medical challenge. I am so impressed by the strength that you two have through all of this. You're truly an inspiration. Your family continues to be in our thoughts and prayers!

  3. Shannon,

    Thank you for leaving a message on our blog. I always hate to hear of other parents that are sharing in this difficult journey. But, it is nice to know of others that have walked it before you. I'd love to chat more with you. Feel free to email me anytime. And I'd be happy to share my phone number with you via email as well.

    Your family is adorable. So sorry you are having to endure this as well. I will keep your family in my prayers and add Lucas to the prayer list on my blog.

    Much love,
    Stacie Smith