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7/9/2017 Latest post:
Welcome to AJ's CaringBridge website. We are using it to keep family and friends updated in one place. We appreciate your support, prayers, words of hope, and encouragement. We will share your entries with AJ.
As many of our friends and family already know, AJ fell ill with pneumonia in February. Since that time, he gradually stopped eating consistent meals. Our boy (famous for his love of guacamole, hamburger, hummus, sun butter sandwiches, and chips) simply did not want to eat. And when he did, he exhibited a great deal of pain. We knew there was something wrong and started to pursue help in early March. We have left no stone unturned in the Portland area. In the last four months, AJ has undergone multiple tests, labs, and biopsies. He has seen specialists--all who do not know what is happening to our sweet guy. As of today, AJ has lost close to 35 pounds and does not want to eat. When he does, he is clearly in pain.
During this challenging journey, one of our friends (an angel!) connected us with Children's Hospital Los Angeles (CHLA). CHLA is an amazing, innovative hospital, and we are grateful to them already. The Chief of Pediatrics and Pediatric GI consulted on AJ's case this week and have assembled their team to see him. He will be admitted there this Tuesday.
We do not know what the future holds, but we do know that AJ deserves the absolute best care. He continues to tell us that he feels sick, worried, and scared. We hope to change those feelings into happy, healthy, and carefree! Please know that we believe in prayer and positive energy. We believe in AJ.