This picture is Joshua on his 15th birthday in September of 2007. It is one of my favorites. Almost every boy here, I have known since they were small and watched them grow into young men.
Joshua was released from the hospital yesterday. He is very weak but his spirit's are high.
Joshua's results from the MRI he had last week came in, the tumor (he calls it 'the lump"!) has shrunk another 5% in 3 weeks for a total of 44% since starting the 'experimental' treatment from the Burzynski Clinic.
He had developed 2 new spots in his brain. The doctors were not sure if this was new growth or dead cells. These 2 "spots" have increased some. The doctors are puzzled as to why the original tumor is shrinking & not the 2 new spots. It could be dead tissue or swelling.
Since the original tumor is responding they are going to keep Joshua on the medicine & gradually increase to full dosage. Please Pray that Joshua's body will strengthen & tolerate the medicine. He has had some ill effects from the increases in the past.
Monday, March 17, 2008
Wow, I can't believe how lazy, er how long its been since I actually posted.What can I say? I suck. However, once again daylight savings time has kicked my keyster.I am still not used to the time change. Thank god for Starbucks....
Josh is still hanging in there. We had a scare this past week when he developed breathing problems as a result of the flu. The symptoms were the same as if the tumor had grown and was shutting down brain receptors. But it was determined to be a complication of the flu and not new growth.He is such a brave, strong kid. I *heart* him so much. We took him for a walk a couple weeks ago and even if it takes him longer to say it, he is still quite amusing. Y'all keep praying for him.