It is the news we were expecting, but it is always great for it to be confirmed. The scans were also sent to MD Anderson for review, and we should hear from them next week.
Now we enter the waiting game. This is the part that I do really bad. I hate to wait. Over the past 4 months the focus has been killing all the sub-detectable cells that hide deep in the body. The truth is that the technology simply does not exist to find these rogue cancer cells. Therefore the treatment strategy has been built on an assumption that these sub-detectable cells will respond and die in the same manner as the detectable cells. Now we sit back and wait to see what happens... to see if the assumptions were correct. Blood tests every month, scans every 90 days.
The "good news" about Burkitt's is that, like all the most aggressive cancers, everything happens fast. Therefore is can be killed in only 8 months, and the waiting game is only a year (the first 90-100 days being the most critical). With almost every other cancer, both the battle and the waiting game are so much longer. Many of our J-5 friends have ALL, which is the most common of the childhood cancers. Those kids often have a 3-4 year battle, followed with a 3-4 year waiting game.
We continue to be so appreciative of all the tremendous support and prayers we have received by so many people. I have absolutely zero doubt that those prayers were critical in saving Tyler's life. On the map to the right hundreds around the country have posted their support for Tyler. There is no way possible we can thank you all enough.
One of Tyler's very early and constant supporters has been Stef Tarapchak. Please keep Stef in your prayers. He is back at The James, and having a very rough time. His cancer has taken some unexpected turns.
Tyler's grandma Alice is also struggling. She changed her chemo after getting a second opinion from the James, but the treatments have been very difficult. Please keep her in your prayers.
TNT Update: 131 miles down. 347 remain to get to the marathon starting line. Next Sunday is out first "official" race, a 10 miler with Fat Rabbit Racing in Columbus. I did 9 miles yesterday. Nobody has mistaken me yet for being from Kenya, but I am getting faster.