It has been an unsettling three weeks. The boys friend A had been picked up on Jan 3rd from the kids after school program by his mom during the day-the teacher on site thought he wasn't feeling well, showing atypical, odd behavior. Mom picked hin up and took him to the pediatrician. Upon seeing A, the ped had him taken by ambulance to Central Valley Children's Hospital, where he had tests and scans. The next morning, Jan 4th, A had a 9 hour sugery to remove a tumor by his brain stem. There was some that could not be removed, and spotting was seen along his spine. On or about the 12th, the final diagnosis of Stage 4 M (I can't remember the name offhand) was given-pediatric brain cancer. It takes my breath away, gut punched as if I just heard it again for the first time. He is the same age as Gabriel, part of our lives going to the same schools, since A and Gabriel were in the toddler/preschool program together. Elijah and A's sister have been around each other since A's mom and I were pregnant. His mom was there when I had problems with Rebecca-and gave me a large amount of Rebecca's wardrobe.
Words can't describe how this has hit them, their family, friends, community.
At bible study last night, it continued to amaze me how everyone in town is connected to this family-from Kingsburg High, to Reedley College, The Learning Center-this is happening to someone we see everyday-and are connected to our community.
The road ahead-it is unimaginable. Hearing statistics, knowing the odds, its horrific. A has been accepted to St. Judes Hospital, and everyone flies out Tuesday.
Friends are starting to pool resources together, to help any way we can. A mom, dad, 6 year old son, and 3 year old daughter. Their life has forever changed-and my prayers are constantly with them.