Make-A-Wish

IMG_0337It’s been a while since I last wrote an update on Brennen. In God’s kindness, he continues to do really well. Life has begun to get a bit more “normal” with school, family, and our new life here in Wisconsin. Most people walking by him would have no idea that he is battling cancer and has over 2 years left of treatment. Today he even had to get a haircut because he no longer takes the chemo that causes hair loss. His hair has come back incredibly soft and he gets annoyed when I try to rub it.

As far as treatment goes, he visits Children’s Hospital of Wisconsin every 28 days for treatment and takes at least one medication each day at home. Some days, unfortunately, he has to take up to 13 pills. I’m thankful he does a great job of not complaining and swallows them easily with a spoonful of applesauce. Occasionally we will forget and have to wake him up late at night. One of these days I’ll have to post a video of him taking his medicine half asleep. 🙂

Each Friday night we usually have pizza and a family movie. Last night we watched “Batkid Begins.” It is a documentary of a 5-year old boy who had just finished his leukemia treatments. His “wish” was to be Batman for a day. The story went viral and thousands of people showed up to San Francisco to help his wish come true. As the parents shared the backstory tears began to flow from Jenny and my eyes because of how similar we felt as this journey began. It was a great documentary and I would recommend anyone watching it to see a unique wish being granted.

It’s funny that we were planning on watching “Batkid Begins” last night because I needed up speaking with the Wisconsin chapter of Make-A-Wish yesterday. We began the wish process while in California and were transferred here. I won’t spill the beans as to what it is yet but Make-A-Wish has said they are happy to grant a modified version of his wish! It looks like we need to wait until late this fall to see his wish be granted. The hardest part is that Jenny and I have to keep it a secret from Brennen until there’s a Make-A-Wish party to reveal his wish.

I am thankful for the many Make-A-Wish volunteers and staff around the U.S. and the world. As a family who has a child battling an illness it is a blessing to have an organization such as Make-A-Wish.

Thank you for continuing to pray for Brennen and our family. We are not out of the woods and there is still a long road ahead. Most days are good but discouragement can settle in when we least expect it. We need your prayers. Please also pray for Jenny as our new baby girl is due in the next couple weeks. We are excited to welcome her to our family!

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