Welcome to Luke Nelson's CaringBridge site! We've created it to keep friends and family updated during Luke's battle with pediatric cancer. We appreciate your support and words of hope and encouragement while he fights this! Luke was diagnosed on April 22, 2016 with stage 3 high risk Neuroblastoma. He has a gene in a large tumor located in his chest/abdomen that makes his cancer extremely aggressive and the chances of the cancer returning after surgery and becoming resistant to chemo are extremely high. We were also told that his long term survival chance was 40% and that the road ahead of him was long and hard and filled with painful chemo, radiation, stem cell transplants and surgery. We felt such sadness for our little boy knowing what pain he is going to have to endure over the next two years and how rough treatment is going to be for him. We felt such sadness at the loss of our "old normal" and how nothing about our lives or our children's would ever be the same. In those moment after hearing Luke's diagnosis and his survival outlook we poured out our hearts to God with Psalm 61:2 on our lips;
"From the end of the earth, I will cry to You, when my heart is overwhelmed lead me to the rock that is higher than I."
It was such an incredible help to us to lift our voices and tears up to Him. Now that we are almost two months down this path we look back and see how He has continuously led us to Him and His rock. He has taken every tear, every fear, every worry and every struggle we have had into His hands and poured out His peace, love, security and hope into us. We have such comfort knowing that He is always close to us and holding us and our family up through this. In Isaiah 41:10 it says
"So do not fear, for I am with you; do not be dismayed, for I am your God. I will strengthen you and help you; I will uphold you with my righteous right hand.” As Luke is approaching his second chemo treatment and stem cell collection we take heart in this verse knowing that there is absolutely no reason to fear or be dismayed because HE is God not us and that as long as we are seeking Him, His word and His will, He will pour out more strength on us than we could ever imagine! He is a good good God and loving Father and will hold us up through every trial in life as long as we keep our eyes on Him and not on the struggles we face or the hardships we endure. So through Luke battle we will update on here our struggles, our triumphs and how God carries us through them all. Today we are at home and will thoroughly enjoy the next few days until we have to be back at Cook Children's Hospital on Tuesday for Luke's next round of chemo. :)