Luke’s chemo side effects have been worst 2 days after chemo lately, but he was hoping to feel well enough during his cross country meet last Wednesday to set a new personal record. After deciding at the starting line that he didn’t feel well enough to race, he was really hoping to have a good race on Saturday. He looked great when we saw him passing by on the course. I saw the clock when he crossed the finish line and knew that he had beaten his previous best time. When I caught up with him after the race, he told me he was feeling happy and strong -- words that made my heart warm and my eyes wet.[...]
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Luke’s 17th birthday is Feb 8, and (of course) we hope and pray that he’ll be doing as well then as he is today. We thought that helping to raise funds for rare cancer research would be a good way to celebrate his birthday, so we’ve created a Cycle for Survival team for Feb 9 (1-5 pm at Equinox in the Loop). Please consider joining our team![...]
A year ago, I posted some cross country pictures on facebook and said I wondered if I’d ever get through a meet without crying or even if I could manage to cry just once during a meet. Luke is two meets into his cross country season and I’ve realized the answer is probably no. I’ve also decided that that’s completely fine with me. I’m just so grateful that Luke is doing as well as he is and so impressed by his strength and dedication. I'm so lucky to be able to cry these happy tears. It was also incredible to watch the GBS boy and girl who came in first place in their races. My eyes got a little wet then too. [...]
3 years ago yesterday, Teddy started his senior year of high school, Kate started her sophomore year, Luke’s peers started 8th grade, and Luke started chemo for stage 4 high risk alveolar rhabdomyosarcoma. He popped in for about 8 hours of 8th grade total. Yesterday, Luke started his junior year of high school. and Teddy and Kate are both off at college. My emotions are all over the place. Making it this far without a relapse is big deal. I'm so very grateful that Luke has done it but it's impossible to understand why so many others haven't. [...]
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! [...]
Luke talked me into letting him sign up for the Rock and Roll Chicago half marathon. The race is this Sunday, and he's running for St. Jude. Here's his blurb from his fundraising page (some words his, some suggested by St. Jude):[...]
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.[...]
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.[...]
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.[...]
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