I know you all will understand when I say that I am grateful that I do not have to write on this site very much. We are so blessed that Blake has done so well these last 3 years. As of September 2015, Blake has been 3 years cancer free!
Over the last year, Blake underwent an open brain aneurysm surgery and two cataract procedures. All of which he has done wonderfully. As expected, Blake has some hormonal imbalances as a direct result of radiation therapy. He started growth hormone injections a few months ago, and he takes them as a true champ! When we found out that they could only administer them as shots, we were quite worried. It should be no surprise that a child would be terrified of needles, especially those like Blake who had more needle pokes in one year than most of us will have in our lifetime. Even though the needle is less than a 1/4 inch long and the diameter of a human hair, the mere thought of a shot would send him into a panic. However he "manned up" and hasn't cried once. In fact he has reminded us when we were distracted and failed to give it to him. From the first time he took radiation, Blake stopped growing and remained at 47 inches for the last 3 (almost 4) years. We are proud to announce that after 3 short months, Blake grew one inch!
He will also start thyroid supplementation. Again, this was expected as well. Blake will have another scan in 6 months. After the next scan, they may scale it back to yearly scans.
We have also started "brain training" at LearningRx in Brentwood. It is a great program in which people, of all ages, in essence play brain games that help improve visual, auditory, and processing speeds.
One of the biggest changes is that we felt that it was in Blake's best interest to home school him. We realized that he needs a more one on one attention that schools are not designed to do. We also love the fact that we start each school day with a Bible class. Now we do that as a family at night anyway, but I am glad to have a Bible course incorporated with school. Connie is doing a great job.
The biggest thing is that we want to thank everyone for their constant prayers. Blake is alive and well as a direct result of many things, not the least of which is your devotion to taking Blake with you as you kneel before God. For that we are forever grateful. Thank you thank you thank you.