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.

Sunday, July 25, 2010

Weekend of Denial

Two weeks down.  Five to go.

Well, Andrew's body wasn't ready for the chemo last week.  His blood cells are finally taking too much of a beating.  So we had a free weekend, and my friend from Phoenix visited with her son, so we had a great time checking out the Johnson Space Center/Houston Space Museum.

and right next to the rockets are...

strangely enough, Texas Longhorns.  Not sure why, but there they were.

And we went to the circus, which was actually pretty lame...I think it has been toned down due to law suits? or insurance costs?  I wonder if the tigers were even real.  Maybe they were just men dressed up as tigers?  The kids were asking if this "was it?" and regretting their pleadings of the last week.   But we fixed that with some cotton candy and popcorn.  Soon, they were all having fun watching the dogs jump over the fences.

(I know, hard to see, but next to the woman in yellow is a line of dogs.  They jumped over fences for a LONG time.  At least we had cotton candy.)

I also discovered that my apartment complex has a "package room." Apparently, I had packages, and no one told me of their arrival! When I finally found them, it was like Christmas.  Two packages from Arkansas (very, very, very sweet and kind, thank you!)

one package from Mississippi (amazingly sweet and over-the-top, thank you!)

and one package from my cousin.

Today we went to the Schlitterbahn water park in Galveston (my mom stayed home with Andrew).  I don't have any pictures, because it is hard to carry a camera around a water park!  It was a nice weekend. Almost forgot the disgusting, painful elephant in the closet.

But the denial ends tomorrow as he gets a double whammy of radiation followed by chemo.  Ah the carefree life of a two year old.  It is almost harder now, because he has been so happy and has probably felt back to normal for the last few days.  My psyche can hardly handle it.  Please please please someone.  Please come up with better cure for cancer.  The current one sucks.


  1. I'll pray for you. So so so not fun. Yeesh.

  2. I am thinking of you and your family. I am sorry your sweet little boy has to endure this.

  3. Circuses are generally lame nowadays, aren't they? Are the clowns even real? Anyways... I got a lump in my throat reading your last paragraph. Keeping you guys in my heart and prayers.

  4. I'm agreeing with your plea and praying for you guys.

    How exciting that you could have "Christmas" in July lol... The Space Center sounds so cool.

  5. Found you today through the Lady Bloggers and am your newest follower. I just wanted to tell you how beautiful your family is and how strong you and your husband are. Your family is in my thoughts and prayers. I'm glad you enjoyed a day at the circus (though it does sound a little on the lame side, LOL!). *HUGS*

  6. Two weeks down, now that is something. I hope that the next 5 fly by. Really I do.

    We love water parks, too. I bet your kiddos had a blast. I'm glad it took your mind off of radiation & the chemo. (((Hugs)))

  7. I'll say a prayer for your sweet boy... wish there was more we could all do.

    And I agree with WackyMommy - circuses DO seem to be lame now... or maybe we're just getting old. Nah... couldn't be.

    Good luck today.

  8. I've always wanted to check out the Space Center :)
    Hang in there... thinking of you guys.
    (and there might be another package for you by the end of the week... just saying... keep your eyes open ;))

  9. Glad you got a little reprive. Sending you much love and many prayers! XXOO

  10. Two weeks down ... That's a major accomplishment. Hope this week goes well. Lots of hugs (and mail!) is coming your way. =>

  11. glad you could enjoy the break and find some normalcy I'll be keeping you in my prayers this next go round. Hang tough XOXO

  12. Hi there, this is April Shores, Spencer Shores mom. We are the ones Tiffany Zook has told you about! It is SO WILD that both of our sons have the exact same type of cancer in the eye and we r both in az. I know where you are right now, how you feel, how wonderful Ms. Cynthis is (at proton) and how LONG all of the waits are at MDA. I am so sorry Dr,. Esmaeli was not impressive to you. We even discussed you when I saw her on 7/14 and how strange to have 2 patients with the same thing. She really is wonderful and I hope you will give her a second chance if that is who you met in the first place. We love Dr Huh too, I hope you felt better about him!

    I know my family represents your biggest fears but I have SOOOOOO much that I have learned and I would love to share it with you to make this road a tad easier for you! Especially as yall are there getting proton and chemo. Spencer used to get so out of control after he woke up from the sleepy juice (towards the end) and now he has NO recollection of any of it! He remembers the "soft needles" and pushing the buttons but that is really about it!

    I would love to talk and or email whenever you are ready! My email is and my cell is (602) 488-2843.

    Hang in there and be strong!!! Please tell everyone at the proton center that April, Mike and Spencer Shores say hello!!!

    Love and prayers,

    April Shores

  13. ok - a. I have CHILLS on me from reading the comment above - how amazing that you two can find one another - what a blessing that she has true first hand experience to share with you!

    B. We thought the circus stunk also - my kids kept asking when it was going to be over :)


  14. new follower! will keep you in our prayers!

  15. You have me absolutely in tears and this was a fun post...mostly. It's just that I am working at MD Anderson this summer. I've worked there for 10 years but quit being full-time about 5 years ago (when my 1st son was born). I work there very part-time now. I work with the children there's getting harder and harder. I have a 2 y/o son, too. I couldn't my little guy walking the halls with his IV pole. It absolutely breaks my heart that your son, and all of the children there, have to endure all of those treatments and procedures. I will be praying for your sweet Andrew.


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