In April, 2010, when Andrew was 2 1/2, a tumor was discovered behind his eye. The tumor was removed, but it was found to be an aggressive cancer. He endured seven months of chemo and six weeks radiation. In December of 2010, the day after his last treatment, he was rushed to the ER with an almost fatal bacterial infection. He survived.

He is now seven-years-old!! I don't visit here much, because during the ordeal, this is where I dumped everything--my rage, my fear, my sadness, my ugly, my hope, my everything. But I want all of you who supported and prayed for us to hear his updates. You helped me survive, and I am deeply thankful. Every once in awhile, I will check in to let you know how he's doing. Please continue to pray that cancer will never return to his body. Thank you.

Wednesday, April 28, 2010


Looking at a year of chemo, starting next Thursday.  It is so hard to believe because he is still as happy as can be, looking great, except for the gigantic scar across his hairline.  My poor son is about to be tortured and poisoned in an attempt to keep him alive.  And I will have to watch it.  It is going to be a painful, gut-wrenching year.  Someone wake me up.


  1. My heart went to my throat with the post title. There are no words... just know he (and the rest of your family) are in my thoughts and prayers. I'm so, so sorry. Sending love.

  2. Oh, Julie. I'm so sorry. Did they at least catch it early? Keeping you and that precious boy in my prayers.

  3. Still not sure about catching it early, but they think so. Waiting on Bone Marrow biopsy results. Hoping my little guy will be as resilient and as much of a fighter as he typically is.

  4. Oh, I'm so sad for you. My heart sank as I read the title of your post. I'll be here praying and thinking of you. Keep us all posted.

  5. Oh no, no, no. I am just getting caught up. I am so, so sorry. I am just speechless.

    You will all be in my thoughts. xxx

  6. Hi Julie,

    It has been weeks since I took a few minutes to read your blog. Wow! I don't even know what to say except that my heart is aching for you, your hubby and your boys - most esp. for Andrew.

    Just know that you my dear SWEET friend have SO MANY people in your life who LOVE you and your family. These same people and maybe a few strangers along the way will get you through it.

    If I could impart any advice at all, keep writing - keep taking photos and above all else, the best advice I ever received when my brother was struggling with Cystic Fibrosis is to make time to take good care of yourself and allow others to step in and help whenever the opportunity presents itself.

    If you need anything Julie - even if it's just to chat, please don't hesitate to ask/call/email!

    Malissa Hernandez

  7. Dear Julie, I had been avoiding thinking the worst, praying it would just easily be removed and you could move on and then- this post.

    Gut wrenching, awful post.

    As you said though, your son is resilient and he has youth on his side. My prayer for you tonight is that you are at the climax of your journey right now and that the next year will be the road to recovery. A long, difficult road to be sure, but a road leading to sunlight on the other side.

    Sending you so many prayers and all my love,

  8. what a hard thing for a mother to go through! keep being strong during this crazy time of life. and know that you have prayer warriors all around you, fighting for your family, too.

  9. Juile,
    Well this is definitely not what any of us wanted to hear, but let's hope and pray those tests come back that they caught it early.

    A high school friend of mine has a little boy that has been fighting a tough battle against leukemia for the last few years. She has connected with many other families battling pediatric cancer through, St. Judes and Target House. Here is a link to her site if you're interested.

    So my best suggestion to help you cope is to reach out to friends, family and others in similar situations in this struggle. I think writing our talking helped my friend cope with their battle.

    Many thoughts and prayers going out to you and your beautiful family. If you need anything, please e-mail me at

  10. Julie,
    I am thinking of you all.

  11. i'm here through beth's i should be folding laundry. i'm so sorry to hear about your son. i will most definitely keep you and the family in my prayers.


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