September 19, 2011
A day I will never forget. We took our sweet Grayson to the pediatrician because of worsening leg pain. It was then that she told us she suspected he had cancer. Later that day, as we walked through the doors of the Center for Cancer at Children’s hospital for the very first time, I tried my best to convince myself that the doctors were wrong and our son DID NOT have cancer. But we found out he indeed did have blood cancer. As I watched my gravely ill son lie in the hospital bed that night, all I could do was pray that God would not take him away from me and to give us the strength and courage to face each new day. At that point I wasn’t even able to fathom surviving through a whole week. But with an abundant amount of faith, I watched as God did much more than what I asked. He healed my baby and brought so many wonderful, caring people into our lives along the way. I am beyond grateful to be able to look back and realize just how far we have come since that horrible day last September. And so thankful for each and every person who has helped us and prayed for us. You will forever be such an important part of our lives. Here’s to a much healthier and happier September 19th.
Two days later, I (Kristy) wrote this on my blog-by far the hardest post I’ve ever written. Three days after that, we started this blog. I know as time went by, more and more people started following Grayson’s journey. For those of you who are newer and for those who have been here all along, here’s a look back at this past year.
Getting to go home after diagnosis and a week in the hospital…
We made a little video while he was at home…
Chemo side effects and an infection landed Gray back in the hospital:
Rather than just watch all of his hair fall out, Grayson’s daddy shaved it off…
And then he shaved his friends’ heads too.
Weeks went by and Gray had to stay in the hospital.
Halloween came around and he was still there but was able to walk again!
We celebrated his 6th birthday and the little superhero that he is!
And we all sported G-Force shirts proudly.
And in December, Lance and Kalee received the best Christmas gift they could have ever asked for: remission.
In February, we called out to all of you for your help. And you answered. Almost 3,000 of you let us know you were backing Grayson and other cancer patients needing methotrexate!
And Gray finished the race with his mom and dad!
Gray had to get a feeding tube to help him gain weight but it didn’t slow him down at all.
He went through Delayed Intensification like a champ!
And then we celebrated his LAST DI treatment!
And that, my friends, brings us to now. Gray still has about three years left of home maintenance and he doesn’t always feel great, but he STARTED KINDERGARTEN! And is living life like a normal (minus a spinal tap here and there) little boy! I think Kalee plans to keep this blog up and going to keep you posted on Gray and whatever else is going on their lives. Thank you all for following along, donating money, sending positive thoughts and praying for Grayson, the emails, cards, gifts, food…the list goes on. And I know they are thankful for every single bit of love and support you have shown them! I’ll leave you with a little before and after. On the left was Gray at the beginning of his treatment and he was puffy from the steroids. The image on the right speaks for itself.