…149 Day Until Race Day
This is REAL TIME, friends.
It’s real because this is an unflinching, detailed look at what cancer does to a healthy kid…over a VERY SHORT time.
It’s real because this story is happening N-O-W and it is desperation/miracle time.
This hits close to our home because today’s warrior is MY COUSIN.
On January 23, 2016, Chance went to the hospital because he wasn’t feeling well. When the family heard the words “Acute Lymphoblastic Leukemia” (or ALL), every word after that was missed.
How could this be? Chance was a healthy, happy 19-year-old trying to figure out his next step in life.
Chance’s first day of chemotherapy was January 29th.
On June 27th, Chance’s oldest sister, Amelia, donated her stem cells.
Chance walked out of the hospital July 22 holding his littlest sister’s hand. Unfortunately he was only home for 39 days — he was admitted to the hospital on August 29th.
He hasn’t left since.
Chance is currently in ICU fighting for his life and growing very weary. The leukemia has come back with a vengeance.
This was Jennifer‘s update 3 days ago:
“It’s been a rough couple days on his body because of his lungs being filled with fluid and not being able to breathe deep enough. We have escaped the need for him to be intubated, praise Jesus!!! He is weak and doesn’t really want to eat but we are making him little by little to regain his strength.”
Update from 2 days ago:
“So much has happened over the past 24 hours. Chance’s white blood cell counts and blasts have risen once again. He’s fighting but is so weary and weak that he’s asleep more than he’s awake. We had to make the decision of putting a feeding tube in his nose and we found out that the IV chemo has been made available a day early. So they have removed him from dialysis and we are waiting on the chemo to arrive. We are believing that this chemo is going to make a huge change and we ask that you continue to pray and believe with us.”
“We just had to make the hard decision to intubate Chance again. His body was just wearing out. Please pray with us that this will give the chemo he was given tonight time to work and that his numbers all align with God’s word!”
The pictures tell this story in vivid and scary detail.
Prayers are certainly appreciated.
As for today’s runs, the 1st one was great, the 2nd one was not so great. I got 2 solid hours in for Chance though. There isn’t a photo of the 2nd workout, the treadmill, because I wasn’t quick enough to get the photo before the screen reset.
Who will you meet tomorrow?