1,209 days ago we officially began this journey of treatment for Brennen’s leukemia. Thanks be to God, Brennen took his last chemotherapy tonight and his treatment is officially over.
I can’t begin to imagine how many spoonfuls of applesauce, baby food (don’t tell Brennen), or whatever we could use to get him to take his medicine have been taken over the past 3 1/2 years. There have been many nights where Brennen has fallen asleep and I’ve had to give him his medicine while he’s not very coherent. There’s been times when he did not want to take it but ended up doing it. To think that this phase is over feels a bit surreal right now.
Thank you for praying for Brennen and our entire family. This has been a long journey but we are grateful for God’s kindness to give Brennen good health and our family strength.
Please continue to pray as the Lord brings him to your mind. There are many potential long-term side effects of the chemo including secondary cancers that we pray will never be an issue.
Oh, the depth of the riches and wisdom and knowledge of God! How unsearchable are his judgments and how inscrutable his ways! – Romans 11:33
Yesterday, Brennen went in for his last in-clinic chemotherapy and to have surgery to remove his mediport. The mediport has been a huge help throughout his treatment because it has allowed them to easily access him to give his medications and fluids while not having to poke his arm continuously for an iv.
The surgery went smoothly to remove the mediport and we were able to come home last night. He is much sorer than he had anticipated but pain medication is helping. After almost 3 1/2 years of having the mediport just under his skin in his upper chest it feels a bit strange for him.
He had asked the surgeon if he could see his mediport after the removed it. They weren’t able to give it to him but they did give him a picture of it (which he loved seeing). Jenny and I were able to enjoy some good laughs when Brennen was a bit loopy due to the medications before and after surgery.
We still a few more days left of treatment. This is steroid week (oh fun!) but it is exciting to see this chapter coming to a close! Please pray that Brennen will not have any issues with infections from the surgery and that he will not need pain medications for very long.
4 days until end of treatment!!!! Soli Deo Gloria!
March 31, 2018. – The date when Brennen’s treatment is scheduled to end.
When we officially began this “Scary Adventure” with Brennen 1,180 days ago, March 31, 2018 felt like so far in the future that it was hard to even imagine. God never promised, and still hasn’t, that we can be assured that Brennen’s leukemia would stay in remission and treatment would end on March 31. Each day, we have trusted God for the health of Brennen and that He would use the means of medicine to remove and keep the cancer away.
At his appointment on Monday, the doctor asked Brennen, “What are you looking forward to the most [when treatment is done]?” He loudly exclaimed in response, “Not having to take medicine every night!!!” He went on to say he didn’t even remember a time when he wasn’t taking medicine every night.
Another thing that Brennen is excited about is the removal of his Mediport which they have been using to give him treatments in the clinic. On March 26th he will be having one more treatment in clinic as well as having a surgery to remove the Mediport.
Thank you for your faithfulness in praying for Brennen and supporting our family. Please join us in continuing to pray for Brennen and counting down the days!