Friday, November 14, 2008

One Year Ago Today

The first post on this blog...

"On November 14, 2007 we took, our wonderful, energetic son, Tyler Alfriend, to Children's Hospital because of stomach pain. Within several hours we were learning all about Burkitt's Lymphoma, a rare, fast growing childhood cancer that doubles in size every 16 hours. Tyler had remained very strong over the past several days as the cancer was confirmed. We now know that the cancer is stage IV, and has advanced into every major organ and 85% of his bone marrow. And we also now know what we need to do to win this battle. And we will win.

Tyler is surrounded by love and prayers of family and friends. He has a long journey before him, but he is strong and will beat this.

Tyler's first concern was that he was ruining Thanksgiving for his brothers. The truth is that we will now have a new date for Thanksgiving Day. I do not know what date that is, but it is the day that Tyler comes home healthy and cancer free. That will be the greatest Thanksgiving Day our family has ever had."

Today, Tyler has been in complete remission for 4 1/2 months. We have been blessed by so many friends. We have made so many new friends. We have lost too many new friends. And we have learned about a world of childhood cancer that I never knew existed. We have been changed forever.


Grandma Bonnie said...


This year we will celebrate the most overwhelmingly blessed Thanksgiving ever. Nothing has ever shaken me into understanding how fragile life can be as the news of November 14.

When we discovered that your health and even your life was in jeopardy our world just stopped. And now we have you back, growing stronger and on your way to becoming the extraordinary young man you were meant to be.

I have no doubt that you will move through your recovery and handle both the joys and difficulties that life brings to all in the same courageous manner you handled the cancer that tried to take you from us.

Grandpa and i miss you terribly and can't wait to see you next week.

With Love and gratitude for you and who you are,

Grandma Bonnie

Kylee said...

Congrats. It is truly a bittersweet time of year. Have a great thanksgiving.

Amy McLeod said...

Tyler, congrats! You won!

My son Mason also HAD Burkitt's and Nov. 13th was his 10th birthday. I know he is a little younger than you but I think you guys would get along great. When I read your story, your courage and determination reminds me of Mason during his front line chemo and through his relapse. I pray for you everyday Tyler. I pray for you boys to live long and be living testaments to God's greatness and quite possibly to go on to help other children/teenagers fighting this fight in the near future.

God Bless,
Amy McLeod