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hope rising

Thankfully, Gray came through his series of hospital visits and terrible infections last month and made a full recovery! We were definitely exhausted and fearful after what seemed like so many set-backs and unwelcome surprises involving Gray’s health. But, thank you Lord, Gray was able to finish his antibiotics despite his allergic reactions to them and the medicine did what is was supposed to do and cleared Gray’s frail body of all infection!

We have been home now for over a month finishing out Gray’s cancer medicines and giving him extra nutrients through his feeding tube. He has been doing really well! In fact, we recently celebrated his 4th birthday amongst family and friends! It’s amazing how celebratory birthdays truly are when you aren’t sure if you’ll make it to the next one. Gray was in a great mood for his party! He loved having everyone sing happy birthday to him and even did a little dance as he blew out his candles! He received tons of new dinosaur and dragon toys! His favorites! Just a couple of days after Gray’s party (and ON his real birthday…) Gray had to go back into the hospital for his first round of tests to determine if his cancer is in remission. This first set of tests was on his bone marrow. It is an outpatient procedure but extremely painful. Unfortunately, too, Gray already had his port taken out (which we were so excited about at the time!) but now for his last round of tests that means Gray has to be poked many more times then he would have had to if he still had in his port. Oh well. It took just over a week for us to receive the results of Gray’s bone marrow biopsy but we couldn’t be more excited to announce that it came back CANCER FREE!!!! The week of waiting for the results was long and, at times, draining but that one phone call telling us the results made up for all the energy we lost in the wait! Gray still has a battery of tests in the next couple of weeks to check EVERYTHING and make sure there is no cancer anywhere in his body but we are hopeful that the results will be the same! We can’t wait to hear the words “GRAY IS CANCER FREE!! HE’S IN REMISSION!! YOU CAN GO HOME!!” Wow!! It’s hard to even imagine what that will be like!!

We are so very eager to be done with Gray’s cancer treatment. He’s ready too. As we approach the end of this very long journey, please continue to pray for Gray and his health. Please pray that all of his upcoming tests will produce the same cancer-free results. We also ask for your prayers for our family as we do our best to resume a “normal” life. We will forever be the parents and big brother of a boy who beat stage 4 cancer and we will forever carry that testimony and that scar, if you will, with us but we want to reenter our lives as ministers and servants, and simply as a family, as best we can. We are anxious to put Gray into Pre-K this fall and almost as anxious to send him back to the nursery at church. It’s scary to release your baby boy back into the “wild” after keeping such a tight leash on him for so long. It’s also difficult not to feel like the rest of the world has kept moving while our lives were on pause for over a year. We literally had to drop everything, EVERYTHING!, and focus on getting our son well. In the mean time, our friends and family, co-workers and acquaintances continued moving forward and living their own lives. We would never have asked them to do anything other then that but it seems strange to now place ourselves back into that life. Where do we fit? Please simply pray that the transition is smooth and that the Lord directs our steps. We will post again in the coming weeks as Gray undergoes his remaining tests and as we receive the results. Thank you for your continued support and all of your prayers. They mean more to us then you will ever know.

“I will instruct you and teach you in the way you should go; I will counsel you with my loving eye on you.” Psalm 32:8

15 Responses to “hope rising”

  1. Sharon Rowan December 13, 2011 at 6:43 pm #

    Thankyou for the update on Grayson. I pray for your little man everynight and you as well. Praising God for the good news. Continued prayers that God will minister (continue to minister) to each and every need. A friend in Christ.

  2. Meredith M. December 13, 2011 at 7:15 pm #

    Praise God!!! Sending you so much love and prayers sweet Gray for you and your family! I have been wondering how you all were doing. I will continue to pray for complete and total healing!

  3. Debbie from the Wichita Mtns. December 13, 2011 at 8:39 pm #

    Praise God! The worker or absolute miracles! Thank you Lord.
    Please know that I will continue to pray for you all.

  4. Lulu December 13, 2011 at 8:49 pm #

    So glad to hear this good news! Continuing to pray for him, your family and COMPLETE remission!

  5. Jennifer Logsdon December 13, 2011 at 8:55 pm #

    I have been waiting to hear the results of his tests.
    So wonderful to hear!!! God is good!
    God bless you guys.

  6. Mary Hocker December 14, 2011 at 9:28 am #

    The news that Gray’s bone marrow is Cancer Free. We are expecting the same with all the other tests. God is a good God.
    We continue to pray for all that rest will come to your weary

  7. Chad McCaslin December 14, 2011 at 9:57 am #

    WOW! I will be praying for him & your family!

  8. Theresa Sacket December 14, 2011 at 4:26 pm #

    Praise the Lord! What great news!

  9. Gloria Jansma December 14, 2011 at 10:19 pm #

    What blessed news to hear …. cancer free. I am so thankful to hear that report for him and for you. I can not imagine how difficult this journey has been but I am so grateful to hear the outcome of it all. Our Lord has not forgotten little Grayson or you, his beautiful family. All I can say is thank you for sharing from the depth of your hearts and thank you Lord for answering the call of our hearts and everyone who has been remembering this precious little one and this precious family. Thank you Lord…Bless this little family…now and through out the days ahead. Sending you all love from the Jansmas in Ponca.

  10. Lisa December 17, 2011 at 7:34 pm #

    HALLELUJAH!!!! I stumbled upon this website while online one night several months ago. When i looked at the the pic of Grayson, under the Hello section on the right side of the screen, that precious little face stole my heart : ) I set this page as my homepage so i would remember to pray for Gray every day. I am sooooo happy to hear the good news. Glory to God forever and ever : )

  11. Holly Trewern December 18, 2011 at 8:22 am #

    YES YES YES YES YES!!! We’re rejoicing with you.

  12. Renee December 18, 2011 at 10:31 pm #

    I am so sorry Gray, and your whole family, ever had to go through this in the first place. But look at you now!!! I couldn’t be happier. I bought a Pray4Gray bracelet last year, in October, and only took it off FOR THE FIRST TIME EVER, WHEN I read your blog this morning. I just wanted a reminder, that each time I looked at it, felt it, noticed it, it nudged me to pray. I don’t need any more nudging…oh I will keep praying…but I will also begin rejoicing with you! Hallelujah!!! Praise the Lord! Join back in with us…we’ve missed you!

  13. Kristi Northup December 19, 2011 at 8:22 am #

    SUCH GREAT NEWS! I am praying for you, not only for God to give you grace as you re-enter normal life, but that NEW opportunities & relationships will open up that will be natural and life-giving. We love you guys with all our hearts!

  14. Amy Olney January 3, 2012 at 7:03 am #

    Praying for Gray! What a blessing to have comfort in God’s Truth’s and promises! Praying with you and believing for a good report. Keep the updates coming. I don’t write a lot, but read a lot. I always know how much it means to have “written” support as our little one battled cancer. Praying with you. Hugs from Illinois.


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