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Jack’s Story

Welcome to "Jack's Facebook" as he likes to call it.  I want to thank you for coming by my facebook, I like to read the things people post about me and I just the them. My mom likes to keep you up to date with my treatment progress. 

Please take a moment to read his background story for more info.  Our family thanks you for the support, for donations to Jack's account, prayers, post, phone calls, text message or phone calls.

Welcome to “Jack’s Facebook” as he would like to call it.  Our story started in December of 2009, when was suppose to be pneumonia turned out to be a cancerous tumor called Ganglioneuroblastoma.  Which means the tumor was both cancerous and non cancerous.  This day we remember clearly because it forever changed our lives.  Jack was healthy as can be, running, playing, laughing and doing all the normal things three year olds do.  The first report was doom and gloom, chemo, port and lots of hospital visits.  Half way through our first MIBG test we were told for certain that it was cancer and chemo would begin in just a few days.  We held out prayerfully that he wouldn’t need chemo.  The dr called on a Sunday just before church with the best news we had heard in a long time.  No chemo and we can do an observation period.  (as we wipe sweat from our brow)  This would not be the last chapter.  We transferred care to Texas Children’s to a neuroblastoma clinic.  This would be a 15 hour car trip and may nights in hotels; Our family is too large to get a room at the Ronald McDonald house.  Since day 1 we said we would not let cancer rule our lives and we haven’t.  Jack today is a healthy 5 year with a silent monster living within him.  In April of 2011, Jack’s cancer came back, we were told to prepare for 5 rounds of chemo.  We were in Houston 3 weeks, this was one hell of a trip, we stayed close to the hospital all 7 of us, and did the best we could, 3 days before we could go home, I totaled our car.  The devil sure knows how to stir up trouble!  The day of our dr’s visit we were told that through divine intervention that some unpublished research was out and said with all the factors Jack had we could elect to do chemo (which would lower his chances) or go through another observation period (chances of it coming back just a slight bit higher), we chose to do another observation period with the mindset if this comes back again, we fully understood that chemo would be the only option we had.  So for the next year we travel to Houston, tx from Melrose, NM (which is about 700 miles one way) every three months.  We try to go as a family as much as possible because Jack doesn’t do this alone.  Cancer doesn’t just affect one person, our family has gone through hell and back through the last two years and we are going to start being separated now!  Our little man has gone through so much but one thing is so precious is listening to the prayers of my little man.  In the last two years we have had laughs, fits of rage, tears, joy and any emotions in between.  Our family has become stronger through this ordeal.

Latest Journal Update

Three Years already!

Well December 1, 2012 was 3 years to the day that Jack was diagnosed with the dreadful life changing word....Cancer.  It was an emotional day for me as I was getting kids ready for the Christmas light parade and realize where I had been three years prior...Wow. Jack is due for his 6 month check up on the 17th but because we have a church play on the 16th we will be moving his appointment.  Another reason is that Taylor's 4th Birthday will be on the 17th and we don't want it associated with anything bad.  So we are hoping for the two weeks he is out of school for Christmas.  I don't mind being down there during Christmas because Josh is deployed anyhow and we have learned how to adapt our holidays!  Jack is doing amazing....aside from his stubbornness at school and not wanting to do his work.  Go figure that's Jack.  Sorry we have not posted in awhile we have just been really busy with life and sometimes its hard to find the time to sit down and write.  

So many emotions approach this appointment because we are about a 11/2 out from the second relapse so it is a nerve racking appointment.  Plus with Josh being gone it makes decisions tough. We try our hardest not to let this affect our family but sometimes it does and we just work around it.  

We would like to ask for your prayers and we prepare for this appointment.  We know that No weapon formed against us shall prosper and We trust and rely on the Lord for His wisdom and grace.  God has been so faithful to us during our journey with Jack.  Jack truly is my hero!!!  Pray for safe travels as me and the kids head to California before or after his appointment to pick up his brother and sister...also to visit some precious family to us!  We thank you all for your many prayers and they are felt!  We thank our family for all the support that we couldn't have done this without them...God Bless you all and Have a Merry Christmas....I will update as to when his appointment is for sure so that we can have some extra prayers!!