September is Childhood Cancer Awareness so Eddie, Elijah, and I shaved our heads to support Brennen. Did you know that more than 95% of childhood cancer survivors will have a significant health related issue by the time they are 45 years of age? These health related issues are side-effects of either the cancer or more commonly, the result of its treatment.
▪ 1/3 will suffer severe and chronic side effects;
▪ 1/3 will suffer moderate to severe health problems;
▪ 1/3 will suffer slight to moderate side effects.
Last Monday Brennen finished another phase of his treatments. This phase was one that only kids with a very high risk group have to go through. Thankfully, he made it through pretty well and now we hope to start a new phase on Monday. This next phase is a milestone because he will enter what is called “Maintenance” for the next 2 1/2-3 years.
These first 10 months have been filled weekly treatments and high-doses of different chemotherapies to try to hit the leukemia hard. Now, the goal is to hit his body with low doses of chemo every day. The chemo will be in the form of pills and monthly treatments in the clinic. Doctors know if they were to stop treatment that the leukemia would come back.
Thank you to all of you who have been praying for Brennen. He continues to remain in good spirits and is excited that his hair is starting to grow back. It’s really blonde and fine but there is hair there. 🙂 I love these photos that Brennen took of him and his brothers. 🙂
I hope the next time I post an update that I will be sharing the good news that he is starting Maintenance!