It has been such a long time since we updated this blog. There is so much we failed to report about our experience. I will eventually try to update the blog with things we missed, but for now, here is the latest...
Will's chemo and radiation were finished up in January (2011). It was a very tough 7 months, we will never fully understand what he went through and the trauma and stress it put on his body, but the therapies are finished. He has had 3 follow up appointments since and is totally clear as far as they can tell. He is feeling healthy and has gained back his weight and some. At 6'2.5" 170 pounds was way too skinny. He is back up over 200 now and looks great! He is still working on overcoming the chemical changes his body endured, but for the most part, he is doing really great. He will always have to be careful as he has permanent heart and lung damage from the radiation, but we are told that most of the damage will heal in time. We are just grateful that he is here with us. He is a joy to have around and we love his playful personality.
As for the rest of the family, we are all back together for now. Sam returned home from his mission in September (2011) and is loving sharing a room with Will. They have a great time together and enjoy each others company. They have always been best friends. Mary Kate is on her way to college in January and will be very missed as she is the consummate second mother to our brood of boys. Hunter and Matt are enjoying having the family back together and we are all thrilled how this whole trial worked out in the end. I am sure it will take time to get over all the effects, both emotionally and physically for all of us, but we are grateful for the many miracles, mighty and small, that have taken place to get us where we are now.
Thank you for all you have done for our family. We could not have made it through the trial without your support, love and prayers.