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Posted 2016-12-09T03:52:20Z

Seriously Cancer ?! ... Continued

Can anyone believe it's already the holiday season? When I was little I hated how slowly time passed and my father assured me to try to enjoy life and relax because as you get older it passes so quickly. And here I am holding on to every moment ... there never feels like enough time. Sometimes I find myself pausing to take in deep breaths as if that will slow everything down. If you could pause your day what would you do more of? If there is anything to remind me how fleeting each moment is, it's Baby Byard. He is growing so quickly... one moment he's struggling to move around on the floor and then the next he's almost sitting up. But he also reminds me of how absolutely wonderful life is. Amidst all this pain and fear that we face, we have a shining light brightening our days. 

This week has been tough. On Monday we received some not so great news that Byard's cancer is progressing in his lungs and abdomen, so he will start a different type of chemo on Monday. Luckily what was in the brain and liver look stable. We have been in touch with Dr Einhorn in Indiana and will be meeting with a specialist at Sloan Kettering in NYC to talk about their available clinical trials.

For now we are taking it all one day at a time, staying positive, and we are very much looking forward to celebrating the holidays!

Wishing you all lots of love, 


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Comments (5)

  • Barb

    You write such beautiful updates in a time that must be so difficult, Samantha. Thank you for helping us to pray specifically into the situation. Love to you all, Barb

    3 years ago · Reply
  • Pat Swick
    Pat Swick

    Continue to keep Byard and your family in my prayers. Pat Coffey Swick

    3 years ago · Reply
  • Lisa I Holloran
    Lisa I Holloran

    Dear Byard 3 , Samantha and beautiful Byard 4th, I just read your journal entries , after receiving your mom's christmas letter,(we went to Fairfield U together ). I love the photos of your adorable family, they are remarkable . Prayers for healing and peace and freedom from cancer . Lisa I Holloran

    3 years ago · Reply
  • Kelly Fallon Ammirati Moschonas
    Kelly Fallon Ammirati Moschonas

    Hi, my name is Kelly and I used to work with Byard's Mom, Kerry, many moons ago. After receiving Kerry's note in this year's Christmas card, I was saddened to hear of Byard's cancer. And ever since I received this year's Christmas card, your family has been in my thoughts and prayers and will continue to be in my prayers going forward. Your son, Byard IV, is absolutely beautiful and, thank goodness, adds happiness, joy and laughter to your lives in this much needed time for you. I hope your journal/posts here, Samantha, will one day be just a reminder of what was, and may Byard III make a full, speedy recovery. God bless you all. - Kelly Fallon Ammirati Moschonas

    3 years ago · Reply
  • Pat Swick
    Pat Swick

    May 2017 bring you happiness and good news that there are clinical trials that might turn all our prayers into joyous Alleluias! A toast to a much healthier new year! Pat Coffey Swick

    3 years ago · Reply