Cody Hearn's Journal
105 days later.....
Written Jun 10, 2012 12:22pm by Tricia Hearn
It has been 105 days since our last journal entry, but we would like for all of you to know how God continues to bless us and work in our lives each and every day.
Cody returned to school and completed his junior year at St. James Academy with a 98.75 GPA. We are so proud of him for this accomplishment as he missed so many days and struggled with headaches and fatigue upon return. We are so thankful to his teachers who helped him every step of the way. The staff has gone above and beyond and we are extremely blessed to be part of such a caring academic community.
He competed at the state level for Science Olympiad earning Gold medals in two of his events. The team unfortunately missed going to Nationals by a few points but we still have next year!
Cody also competed on the Varsity golf team earning his first medal at at tournament shooting a 79! He continues to work diligently on his golf game and intends to compete in more tournaments this summer.
He is umpiring for his 5th year at Johnson County 3&2 baseball, where the staff has embraced his return. Last Sunday was National Cancer Survivior's Day and while Ed spoke to thousands of survivors in Chicago, Cody wore a pink shirt while umpiring in recognition.
He has also started playing baseball again. He has enjoyed pitching and playing 1st base and some big hits at the plate. He would like to return to catching as his endurance level improves. And although he has worn number 49 (his Dad's number) since he was 4 years old, he chose to wear 42 this year in honor of his friend and chemo buddy, Connor.
He went to prom, took the ACT, broke his finger playing basketball, twisted his ankle playing baseball, had a sinus infection, battles short term memory issues, has thyroid issues and low white counts, but faces everyday and doesn't waste a minute of it.
A local magazine entitled Advanced Athlete does stories on children of all ages who have battled, or continue to battle a health issue and compete in a sport. Cody was featured in the magazine, which did and awesome job of sharing the inspirational stories of so many young athletes.
We have spent the last week with follow up at Children's Mercy Hospital. Cody had an MRI of his elbow, a PET scan, a physical and labs. We are so thankful to report that his PET scan concluded that he remains in remission. His elbow is also improving. We will need to meet with an oncological endocrinologist regarding his thyroid and the oncological orthopedic surgeon regarding the elbow and then hopefully we will be done with doctors until we do it all again in September!
Prior to Cancer, Cody was 6' 1". He is now 6'2".
Prior to Cancer, Cody weighed 187 and lost almost 30 lbs. He now weighs 195.
Prior to Cancer, Cody had straight hair. He now has wavy hair with a few curls! -Although he just made me cut them all off :-(
Prior to Cancer, Cody had no idea how many people all over the world, love him, care him, support him and would lift him up in prayer when he needed them most.
Now he does.
Written Feb 26, 2012 1:14pm by Tricia Hearn
Only God can turn a Mess into a Message, a Test into a Testimony, a Trial into a Triumph, a Victim into a Victory.
God is good....all the time.
It has been nine days since our last journal entry. Each of those days has been filled. PET scans, CT scans, MRI's, labwork and plenty of cautious optimism! And the results are in......
Cody is in a full REMISSION!
Never has one word sounded so sweet to our ears. Never has one word had such an impact on our lives. Never have we waited so long to hear one single word. We have been truly blessed.
On Thursday, Cody will have surgery to remove his port. He is so excited, since it's removal not only means then end of chemo and no more needles in his chest, but it also means he can once again go hunting. Once that is completed, he will be followed closely in the hem/onc clinic monthly, with scheduled scans every three months. We will also be following up with the oncological orthpedic surgeon, who will monitor the hopeful regrowth of Cody's radius. Cody has regained rotation of the arm and no longer has any pain. Cody's goal from the day of diagnosis has been to be ready for golf season, which starts tomorrow. We ask for your continued prayers, that he may regain his strength, endurance and the clarity of mind that chemo has disrupted, that he may begin to sleep well at night and no longer experience headaches.
In the game of baseball as in the game of life, each player has a role. Sometimes, the manager calls for a sacrifice bunt so that another player may score. Last week, God, our heavenly manager, made that call. Cody's friend, classmate and fellow chemo buddy at Childtren's Mercy, Connor McCullough, went to be with his Lord. Connor has been and will continue to be an inspiration to all of us, but especially to Cody. When Cody felt like the going was tough, he would reflect on the challenges Connor faced and he would say, "if Connor can do this, then so can I!"
The McCullough's are an amazing family,so deeply woven in their real faith and commitment to His ways. Connor's mom, Leslie shared with us that both Connor and Cody were sent here by God to complete a mission. Connor's mission is complete and Cody needs to stay and finish his. And he will...in loving memory.
Yesterday, the St. James Science Olympiad team competed in the Regional tournament at a local community college taking first place! This victory will move them on to compete for the State Championship this April in Wichita. Cody medaled in four out of his five events, taking first place in three events and second in the other.
The clock of life is wound but once,
And no man has the power
To tell just when the hands will stop
At late or early hour.
To lose one's wealth is sad indeed,
To lose one's health is more,
To lose one's soul is such a loss
That no man can restore.
The present only is our own,
So Live, Love, toil with a will --
Place no faith in 'Tomorrow' --
For the clock may then be still.
Robert H. Smith
Cody Carter Hearn has looked cancer right in the eye, headed toward the fight, never waivering, and proclaimed victory, not just for himself but for all those who have faced or will face this dreaded disease. And he has not done it alone.
Saying thank you to all our friends and family seems so understated but we are going to try.
Thank you for all the meals. They have all been enjoyed.
Thank you for ALL the cards. Cody has saved every one.
Thank you for all the gifts. They brightened Cody's days.
Thank you for all the visits in the hospital. They made time go by a little faster.
Thank you for running errands, taking down Christmas decorations, planting a tree, flushing a nephrostomy tube...the list is endless.
But most of all, Thank you for all your prayers. They have been answered.
A Sad Day
Written Feb 17, 2012 4:08pm by Tricia Hearn
Many of you have relayed your condolences regarding the passing of our friend and Ed's mentor, Gary Carter.
Gary fought a stage 4 glioblastoma to the very end, going home to be with the Lord late yesterday afternoon. Ed was interviewed on his way home from Mayo and the following article appeared today in the Wall Street Journal. We wanted to share it with all of you and ask that you keep his family in your thoughts and prayers.