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Posted 2020-02-06T03:55:44Z

Looking forward to a New Year

I apologize for the long hiatus from the blog.  Honestly, we were able to have a two week break that coincided with the Christmas Break and I was just relieved for us all to be home for that many days in a row.  We all had a really restful and enjoyable Christmas and New Year.  So thankful for the many family and friends who stopped by, reached out, sent cards, sent gifts or just called and sent texts.  This year is significant for the way that we have learned how to be grateful for each day, moment and memory made together.  We are slowly learning about the need to not take life or each other for granted.

Anyway, to update everyone, Christian is continuing to make good progress.  We are continuing with inpatient Chemotherapy and have started a few weeks of outpatient Chemotherapy for the first time.  Christian will actually be inpatient tomorrow(February 6th) for about 5 days.  The exciting part about this news, is that we have exactly 2 more inpatient Chemotherapy treatments and one more outpatient therapy treatment left before Christian is COMPLETELY done with Chemotherapy.  Currently, we expect Christian will be wrapping up his Chemotherapy around the end of February(near his birthday) or Early March.  To say we are looking forward to the Chemotherapy ending is an understatement.  Moreover, we have been encouraged by the fact that Christians last two Chest Scans have come back clear(Osteosarcoma often comes back in the form of tumors in the lungs).  Christian will continue to be monitored with various types of scans for months and years to come, but we are grateful for this encouraging news.

Christian is still using a wound vac and taking antibiotics to ensure that he does not suffer another leg infection.  The wound vac has worked very well for Christian, and even though it is annoying to be hooked up to the portable vac, Christian has made the best of the situation and we are grateful that the wound vac has allowed us to come this far in his healing.  However, despite the progress his leg has made with healing, we did find out a few weeks ago that Christian will have to undergo another surgery.  This surgery is pretty much a repurcussion caused by the initial leg infection.  Subsequently, all of the hardware that is currently holding his leg together will need to be removed and some more bone will have to be cut down.  We are still waiting to have a full consultation with the Orthopedic Surgeon to discuss the details and the date of surgery, but we know for sure that it wont be until at least a month after Christian finishes his Chemotherapy.  The doctors want to ensure that all of the Chemotherapy is out of his body before operating to ensure more efficient healing.  The news about the next surgery took us by surprise, but we realize that it is important that we do what needs to be done, despite our human desire to put this all behind us.  Unfortunately, this journey was always a marathon and never a sprint and we continue to work on trying not to look too far in the future.  Finding contentment in each day, each stage of progress and each sign of hope is important and a lesson that we continue to work on learning.

As always, we covet your prayers and appreciate your support.  

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Comments (8)

  • Gebrette Pritchett
    Gebrette Pritchett

    Thank you for taking the physical and emotional time to update your friends and family. We so appreciate you. I will continue to pray for you and the entire family. God is still in control. Love you guys! ❤️

    7 months ago · Reply
  • Karen Weir
    Karen Weir

    Your detailed updates help us to be in the moment with you on the journey and help us to be intentional in what we pray for. Thank you for taking the time - it has to be challenging to do what you have to do every day and then take time to write it down - you and Christian and Aaron and Daniel are awesome. Our prayers continue for your increased strength and for Christian's ultimate healing. Our love always

    7 months ago · Reply
  • CHERISSE MARSHALL-MUNGAL
    CHERISSE MARSHALL-MUNGAL

    The Mungals are sending their love!

    7 months ago · Reply
  • Madge Haughton
    Madge Haughton

    The strength, time, and stamina that was required to provide us (yr extended family) such a comprehensive update is much appreciated. It also helps us to properly align our prayers to the specific needs. Thank you so very much and know that we are in covenant prayer for your family and are giving thanks for the strength and healing that God will provide.

    7 months ago · Reply
  • GEORGE W DRESS
    GEORGE W DRESS

    Thank you so much for the update. We think of you all daily and are glad when we can say Hi to you and Aaron when we see you. Aaron said Christian is doing very well with the 3 subjects he is taking with the tutor. That's great! This has been a long saga for everyone of you but the improvements can be seen. A special call out to Daniel because this must be very difficult for him for so many reasons. And Patrice, you, Aaron, Christian and Daniel are in our thoughts every day.How could you not be? Our prayers are with each of you, Peace and love to you all, Downey and George

    7 months ago · Reply
  • Racine April Williams
    Racine April Williams

    Thank you for the update. Thank God for all the progress and healing. Your family continues to be in our thoughts and prayers. Racine

    7 months ago · Reply
  • Mary miller
    Mary miller

    Patrice, thank you for the update. I am still praying for Christian, you and the rest of your family.

    7 months ago · Reply
  • Yasmin Perry
    Yasmin Perry

    Thanks for the detailed update Patti. I am grateful for the progress Christian has made and pray for his continued well-being. My love to you all. Yas

    7 months ago · Reply