"Promise you'll always remember. You're braver than you believe, and stronger than you seem and smarter than you think." ---- Winnie the Pooh
Today is a day that isn't one to be celebrated but rather more acknowledged and, in its own way, be grateful for.
September 24, 2019, Lucas was officially diagnosed with Non Hodgkins B Cell Lymphoma. It was the day we met his Oncology team at Children's Minnesota and started the journey of fighting cancer. Now, one year later, as I , WE, ponder ALL that has transpired over the last 12 months, there are not adequate words or emotions that could encompass and describe it. I am not sure there ever will be - for such specific lables are not so easily defined, especially in the life of a Cancer warrior.
Lucas is still cancer free - we expect he will have another scan in the next 2-4 weeks. Back in June, His Titers test- which measures his levels of immunities from previous vaccines - came back with really great results. The chemotherapy had only wiped out 3 major vaccines ... so Lu has begun the revaccination process for these, which will take place over the next year.
In the mean time, Lu's "Orange hair" has made it's return and he has grown 3 inches since August 2019. Living, thriving, growing, and learning, the physical effects of his cancer journey are less visible each day. Though now, a newer journey, as we embrace the wide ranging cognitive and emotional effects that will be with him for the rest of his life. We have pivoted into enjoying each day a little more thoroughly and intentionally look for the flecks of gold that fill our days with hope and God's tender mercies.