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.

Monday, May 10, 2010

Popsicles and Bottlebrush

Last night was not so happy.  Andrew couldn't sleep.  His mouth hurt from all the poisons they sent coursing through his body.  This morning he was hungry, but his mouth hurt so bad, he couldn't even drink water.

Bring in the cure-all solutions: popsicles and a walk
(this was Andrew's idea, and a damn good one.)

So we walked around the block.  I took my camera, Andrew took his popsicle.

Along the way, I noticed some beautiful trees.  I don't know the technical term, but they look like bottlebrush.  I saw two different kinds.

When we got home, Andrew ate another popsicle. 

(this face makes me sad.  because usually it would be smiling.)

And then we went to the clinic where I learned how to give him shots.  Everyday.

We are going to need lots of walks and popsicles to get through this! 
 The onslaught against his tiny little body never ends.

(I was going to try to make this post more positive, but I'm just not there yet. sorry. At least I took some pictures :) )

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  1. Don't apologize! You're being brave and courageous and doing all you can to get your little man through this. He leans on you and you're strong for him. There's nothing more you need to do.

    I love how you've captured his big expressive eyes. Beautiful photos, Julie. As usual.

  2. What a wonderful idea Andrew had! Popsicles fix everything. The first shot with the red drippy popsicle is so sweet. Sorry for the sad face, I hope he finds his smile again soon.

    The flowers are beautiful. It's nice to see something so bright and cheery.

    Still keeping you in my thoughts and prayers.

  3. beautiful pictures! sorry for the sores - don't apologize - this is seriously tough stuff - praying for you daily

  4. Well, even if that is his not so happy face, you've truly captured his gorgeousness. Those eyes!!!! Great pictures all around...don't apologize. I think its great that your getting some of it out through writing and taking photos...positive or negative, it is all therapeutic and good for you.

  5. Poor sweet baby boy!! Is it mouth sores? Because the clinic might have some medicated mouthwash that could help.
    I hope tomorrow is a more smiley day.

  6. I know we have only met through this bloggyland and I hate that we are connected through our children having cancer. Andrew is beautiful and lucky to have you as his momma. XOXOXO

  7. I'm new so don't know what your poor boy is going through, but I hope you all are going through it ok. I love his idea of popsicles and walks. :0)

  8. Praying for you daily...several times a day. Oh my goodness, those eyes. It breaks my heart to see a child sad and hurting. Extra prayers coming your way this morning!

  9. Good luck getting through this hard time. He's an adorable boy. Great photos. Good job on macro Monday.

  10. Beautiful pictures of a gorgeous boy. Stay strong mama, I'm thinking of you and your family daily. xxx

  11. oh Andrew- those eyes- may they be coupled back with his smile soon. No apologies on what you post here. A blog should be a place to let it out and journal your thoughts, We are here to celebrate the joys and support you through the low times :) Hang tough, Julie. XOXO


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