This week marks 3 months (90 days) since we learned Michael has cancer. To sum up our sweet boy’s bravery in a few words would not do it justice. The numbers speak for themselves:
- 21 doses of chemotherapy
- 17 blood / platelet transfusions
- 2 surgeries
- 42 overnight stays in the hospital
- 7 scans
These are obstacles a grown man or woman should not have to handle, let alone a 3-year-old child. Yet, when I look at Michael I see the face of bravery and resolve. The look of a boy far beyond his years, who fights for life every day, faces each obstacle with a smile on his face and a bag of superhero figurines by his side. He defines the term “courageous” and has taught us more about strength, perseverance and love than we ever knew before.
This week will test that courage to a new level. Michael has been cleared for surgery and will undergo a lengthy operation within the next few days to remove roughly 80% of his tumor. This is a huge milestone in his treatment plan and one that we have prayed long and hard for. I know he will make it through this phase stronger, ready to take on the next phase of complex treatment, and surrounded by love. And I am confident we will too.
I’ve heard the phrase many times, “it takes a village,” but never understood the meaning until recently. Words cannot express the gratitude we feel for all of you – our friends, family, co-workers, community, etc. You have taken us into your hearts and into your families. You have fed us, cared for our children, been a compassionate listener, sent messages in the middle of the night, taken on added responsibility, and so much more. We are making it through this nasty nightmare because of you.
Our older boys, Anthony and Peter, are making it through because of you too. Thank you to everyone who supported Anthony on his St. Baldrick’s project. He raised nearly $13,000 (that is insane!) and will shave his head on live TV this Friday. What’s more, his Middle School classmates raised almost $300,000 (this blows my mind!). Together we will fight this awful disease and together we will make a difference. We already are.