Thankful - An Update















Happy Thanksgiving friends!! This is one of my favorite times of year...it marks the beginning of the holiday season and it gives us the opportunity to really think about all we are thankful for. And through our unique situation, I have really come to realize that, no matter how dark the day, there is always, always something to be thankful for. With that note, I wanted to share a quick update on Aaron's health.

It has been a while since my last update and it does tend to be something I put off writing about as it is my least favorite topic. Ever. When I started this blog, there was never the intention to use it as a platform to discuss Aaron's health. I started this as an area to share my loves of fashion, parenting, and home life. But when Aaron's cancer returned shortly after I began this blog, it was such a huge component of our life, we felt it important to share. It has now become a way to update our family and friends as well as so many of you who have become supporters in our journey - and we appreciate that so much.

That brings me to my first thing I am thankful for - the tremendous amount of support we receive. Every call, text, word of encouragement mean so much. There are so many people and so many small things that are done - from help transporting the kids when Aaron is sick, to cards, to the prayers offered up for us at church....I could go on and on. So thank you to all of you!

Next, I am beyond thankful for my babies. Saying that sounds so small...like there should be a word greater than thankful for what I feel. They carry me through all of this. As I have mentioned before, they do know that their Dad is sick and receives medicine that, while it makes him feel sick when he receives it, it will help him get better. They also understand not all Dad's do this - this has been a newer and challenging thing to try to explain to them. Their love for their Dad is so beautiful and having this blog has given me more reason to capture sweet moments between them.

I am thankful for Aaron's health! It seems like an odd thing to say, but it really is amazing he has been battling this disease for 4 1/2 years and still going strong. So many times people will comment how they had no idea Aaron was sick or that they are surprised at how we go on with our lives as normal - but this is a true testament to how Aaron has chosen to tackle this disease. He is not one to focus on the negative or feel sorry for himself. He has chosen to enjoy his life and create a beautiful and happy life for his family. I don't know how we would have gotten through the last 4 1/2 years if we had chosen to tackle it any other way. None of us know what tomorrow may bring and I am so grateful that Aaron has continued to live his life without constant fear of what the future may hold.

Finally, I am thankful for the good news we have to share! Aaron completed his 6 months or 12 sessions of chemo in mid-September. He tolerated the treatments fairly well - 1 hospitalization and one allergic reaction - both minor things in our book ;) For a super quick refresher, Aaron was diagnosed with stage 3 colon cancer in 2012. He has battled it off and on for the past 4 1/2 years. It most recently returned in the summer of 2015 to his lymph nodes and he has been on treatment for 12 out of the last 16 months.
Following the completion of his 12 sessions in September,  he had some scans and labs in early October. I went in hopeful, but guarded. We were beyond excited to hear that the scans and labs showed the cancer cells in the infected lymph nodes was gone! This was amazing news!! Not only had the cancer not grown or spread, it was gone! Praise God!
This means he gets a break from chemo. The breaks are awesome/terrifying. Awesome in that obviously he is not undergoing treatment. Terrifying in that we are doing nothing to keep the cancer away. There is an odd security in him receiving chemo. His last break only lasted 2 months before the cancer returned. In hopes of prolonging his break, he underwent a newer type of focused radiation. The infected and surrounding nodes were treated with 15 sessions of radiation over 3 weeks this November. The hope is that this will kill any cancer cells that are undetectable in the scans.
So, we pray for a very long break from chemo. Very, very long break. He will have another scan in a couple months.

So there is our wonderful update. This is always such a hard thing for me to talk about or share, and I appreciate you all understanding the long breaks between updates. Also, thank you to everyone for their support of my blog. It has been a labor of love and one I hope to continue!

Everyone enjoy their weekend full of food, family, and shopping!!
XO, Brooke


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1 comment:

  1. That's great you're able to share and talk about your husband. What great news you guys received! Thank God! Prayers for him as well as your entire family. I understand how difficult a time it can be for you. My husband had brain cancer 2 years ago and had the tumor removed at Mayo. This last year they found nodules on his thyroid (which was then removed) and his lungs. Cancer is the worst. You're brave to talk about your struggle, thank you. It helps people like me, know we're not fighting alone. Like I said before, prayers for you all!
    Happy Thanksgiving!

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Hello, I am Brooke...wife + momma to 3! I love coffee, lists, and anything monogrammed. Here you will find fun things that inspire me and I hope you enjoy as well. Thanks for stopping by!! XO

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