Its been another busy couple of weeks. Jacob received chemo and spent 6 days in the hospital – he was so very sick from this round. With a lot of different medications he was able to get home and finish the recovery there. Last Saturday Jacob, Evan and Noah, along with their cousin Dea, were asked to represent Children’s Hospital at a charity soccer game. The soccer game was played by actors, hockey players, Olympic medalists etc…Evan lucked out and got to walk on the pitch with Daniel Sedin, who tried to hold Evans hand…Evan hates to be touched and had to ask Mr. Sedin to please not touch his hand. 😂. After the game, we all stayed for the White Caps game. Overall it was a fun evening for the boys, and for a good cause as well. Sunday we participated in the Abbotsford Terry Fox Run. About 120 people came out to support Jacob on his team, and we raised $17,000. The event was emotionally overwhelming – the sea of yellow shirts for Jacob, the realization why we were there…this wasn’t just a “fun event” for a worthy cause…this was because our son has the same cancer Terry Fox had. And just like Terry, Jacob is very soon facing amputation of his leg. While we are very anxious for the surgery, we still have acceptance that this is what needs to happen if there is any hope of Jacob beating this. Jacob remains calm and at peace with it as well.
Our niece Emily has been amazing for the family. Its comforting knowing that no matter what happens or when we need to be gone, she will be there to watch the kids and help keep the house in order. This is a load off our backs and we are so thankful things worked out this way. Now for the tough news. On Monday Jacob had a clinic appointment at Children’s. While we previously thought his latest scans were all fairly positive – we were not exactly given the whole story. There was some miscommunication between the surgeon and the oncologist about who was going to go over the MRI results with us. What no one told us was that the cancer has spread to Jacobs knee now. This makes the cancer metastatic and in the cancer staging system, puts him in stage 4B. I’ll add a staging chart, so I don’t have to spend too much time explaining. This is not the news we expected nor wanted to hear, and along with processing the upcoming amputation, things are feeling pretty difficult.
While this is very concerning and discouraging news, we still place our trust in God and his plan and will for Jacob’s life. We will not give up hope and we will fight the heck out of this beast inside him and, though so afraid of the amputation, look forward to the tumors being taken out.
Continue to keep us in your prayers – and our thanks again for the love and support shown in the various ways. 💛