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He did it!

It's hard to describe the emotions that come with watching this boy run and seeing him cross the finish line. He met his goal and felt great doing it! Luke - "It was so much fun. I think I was smiling the whole time." When I took the picture of him running, that's just how he looked when he came into view. He didn't know I was there yet. I don't look anything like that when I run! [...]

He's home...

Luke is home, and he says he wants to go back to Camp One Step next year!

He went running before breakfast 6 of the 7 mornings. He didn't have to run loops around and around the camp because he found counselors and medical staff who were willing to go with him ❤️. His food situation worked out well. He ate all of the meals that we packed and supplemented with camp fruit, salad bar and cooked veggies. He didn't feel too old -- he got along with kids his age, counselors and younger kids.[...]

Off to camp...

We dropped our little guy off at Camp One Step this afternoon 😢❤️. All of the campers are pediatric cancer patients, from kids currently in treatment to long term survivors. It's well staffed with volunteer nurses and doctors, and one of Luke's doctors will even be there for the first few days. I know he's in good hands but ugh.[...]

School's out...

It’s so hard to believe that Luke has finished up sophomore year! He started chemo on the day that his peers’ started 8th grade. At that point, making it to high school was uncertain at best, and now he’s not only finished 10th grade, but he’s finished it strong both academically and physically. His grades were great, and on his initiative, he’ll be taking a more rigorous course load next year. His counselor and I are a little concerned about the changes, but we aren’t going to hold the boy back.[...]

Scan day...

MRI of foot and CT of chest, abdomen and pelvis yesterday morning. Last MRI was 3 months ago, last CT was 5. I'm glad they're synced back up, but 5 months is a long time without a peek inside his upper body. Guessing we'll get results at his chemo appointment on Tuesday.[...]

Happy New Year...

Happy New Year! Luke’s CT was clear. He decided on clear scan octopus instead of clear scan carrot cake this time. We almost made carrot cake too, but he decided that should wait until after his MRI. He ordered an octopus from Heinen’s and researched how he wanted to prepare it. He/we last made octopus in 2014. This guy was much bigger than those were and was kind of intimidating. Luke ended up making grilled octopus with a lemon vinaigrette and served it with Santorini fava (although they weren’t grown on Santorini) and a fennel, orange and olive salad. He didn’t eat seafood for most of the time after becoming a vegetarian at 9, but he has opened himself up to eating wild caught seafood in the last year or so. I guess he’s officially a pescetarian now, not a vegetarian.[...]