Well for those that don't know, we've relocated to Oregon for a little while. We felt as if we needed to take a breath of fresh air and rejuvenate from the last year. Halloween is coming up on Friday and last year at this time, Hunter was still being diagnosed with the stomach flu. wow.
Hunter is healing tremendously well and has received an A++ on all of his check-ups. He's now a little over 5 months off chemo. He gets routine blood tests and will get them monthly for the next two months. After that, they switch to every other month. He is still on one medication that he takes orally every Friday, Saturday and Sunday and he'll be taking that for another month.
Zen kindly asked the doctor on our last visit if she could reassure us and promise that the leukemia will never come back. Hee hee. Well of course the doctor wouldn't promise anything, but she did say that every day that passes is another step away from the deadly disease. We'll take that and count every step as five steps! In fact.......I think we'll run like hell.
This is Hunter's hospital in Portland, Oregon - Doernbechers OHSU. It's truly an amazing hospital that sits atop this lovely mountain and the tram ride alone makes it all worthwhile. We also love that instead of a McDonalds in the lobby, like at Childrens Hospital LA, they have an organic cafe that gets all of their fruits, vegetables and snacks from local farmers.
Wagon ride up. He doesn't look too happy. I think he knows what's coming.
The fun BLOOD TEST. They have to poke him every time now since he doesn't have a pic line anymore - which we'll gladly take, however........it still sucks. As soon as they take out that long rubber tubing................
The view from the TRAM top.
Hunter Chillin'. Much more relaxed after the blood test.
Hunter and Dad. Job well done.
Death of a Superhero
A Family's Story about Courage, Bravery and the Defining Moments of LOVE
Our sweet, lil' baby love lost his battle to AML Leukemia on March 8, 2010. We fought long, hard and very aggressively for 2 1/2 years, only to have his cancer come back for the fourth time to finally take his life. He was only 3 1/2 years old.
This entire blog is about Hunter's amazing journey. It's about his life and his love......his determination and his courage.......his absolutely, brilliant personality, and the affect he's had on people all over the world.
He's left an unimaginable footprint on this earth and has changed the lives of thousands of individuals. People who didn't realize how precious life was, now live it with extreme gratefulness. People who took every minute they get to spend with their children for granted, now savor every last second. And people who weren't quite sure what love is all about, now love deeper, love stronger and love with every ounce of their soul.
People all around the world have shared their love, their well wishes, their prayers and their inspiration, and we could have NEVER achieved as much as we did without them. We are humbled by their generosity & their true friendships & are forever grateful for every last person that has come into our lives through our experience with Hunter. He was our precious baby love who we loved and cherished with all our hearts and we are forever crushed and terribly, broken-hearted.
Dance in the clouds baby cakes. Mom & dad are watching proudly & you will remain so very close to our hearts for all of eternity.