Wednesday, January 14, 2009

Live Life to the Fullest

You have got to see this. Never say die. Always fight to win.

"You don't know how strong you are
until being strong is the only choice you have."

Matthew Barr

Matthew Barr was at Children's with Tyler. Last January he began chemo, and by September he had his bone marrow transplant and was getting strong. The Make-A-Wish Foundation granted Matthew's wish -- a trip with his family to Disney World this January. As they were preparing to leave, Matthew became very ill. Test results showed the worst case scenario. The cancer is back, and this time it is back with a vengeance,,,this time moving quickly into the spinal fluid. Since he is only 6 months out from his transplant, chemo is not an option. Since the cancer has already moved into his spinal fluid, surgery as not an option. Radiation is all that is left, and there are many complications and limitation with that option.

From Matthew's mom...The chemo and stem cell transplant were supposed to work. He was supposed to be cured. We were supposed to be done. No more chemo, no more hospital stays, no more blood transfusions, no more platelet transfusions, no more pokes and sticks and IV poles and masks. No more. I am not the same na├»ve person that I was in the PICU a year ago. I know what cancer can do. I’ve seen families ripped apart by it. I’ve lost count of how many kids have passed away since we started this whole journey. I am scared out of my mind.

After weighing all options, consulting with doctors, and talking with Matthew, the family has decided to still take their family vacation to Disney World though Make-A-Wish. Please pray that Matthew and his family enjoys this week together. Please pray that Matthew's headaches and vomiting will be controlled. Please pray that for Mathew as he returns and begins treatments all over again.

As Mathew's mom said, quoting a 10 year old girl with cancer, "You don’t know how strong you are until being strong is the only choice you have."

Also...Trey Martens is another a friend from Children's. His cancer is also back, and he is continuing to have a very rough time. He is fighting hard. Please keep him in your prayers.

Fight to Win!

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