There’s no place like home

25 May 2011

Tyler has now been home for three days! It has been a little stressful trying to figure out our new life at home with Ty so I apologize for not posting sooner.  We all decided that this is our new “normal” and we better start getting used to it because we have no idea how long this road is going to be.

Tyler has been pretty sick… It’s hard to watch him be so miserable. He can hardly keep any food or drink down. We don’t know if this is still the effects of the Cisplatin/Doxorubicin, or this new pill that he has to take everyday.  Tyler’s treatment consists of two chemotherapy infusions (Cisplatin/Doxorubicin) at PCMC over the course of two days, and then a chemo pill for three weeks. After 21 days of the pill, he will go back for round 2 and start the process all over again. Chemo is not fun. End of story.

Even though Tyler is having a difficult time eating, he is still fighting, and knows he has to eat in order to gain back his strength. He is trying to eat as much as he can even when he knows it will most likely come back up an hour later. Another side affect of the chemo is that it can ruin your taste buds…. Tyler says everything tastes gross. He does like oranges though!

This week, we have been trying to spend a lot of time as a family. On Monday, we had family night and our dad shared a few scriptures with us. He shared Mormon 9:15-21. I am just going to share 20 and 21 with you:

20 And the reason why he ceaseth to do miracles among the children of men is because that they dwindle in unbelief, and depart from the right way, and know not the God in whom they should trust.

21 Behold, I say unto you that whoso believeth in Christ, doubting nothing, whatsoever he shall ask the Father in the name of Christ it shall be granted him; and this promise is unto all, even unto the ends of the earth.

This scripture has comforted our family. Whenever we start to get scared or angry, we read this and know that if we have perfect faith in the Lord, He promises that He will give us a miracle. I know that Tyler has perfect faith in the Lord. He told us at family night that he doesn’t worry about the outcome anymore. Do you know any other 14 year old with cancer who would say that? I certainly don’t. He has perfect faith that the Lord will take care of him. Tyler is an incredible person with much more strength and maturity than those much older than him, including myself. He has had to grow up a lot this past week. Just over a week ago, he was a normal teenage boy, playing basketball, going to school, and hanging out with his friends. Now he is facing a trial that most of us could never dream of facing ourselves. Tyler is my hero and I hope to be half the person he is someday.

Today was a beautiful day so we decided to go to the park as a family. Tyler wanted to see the ducks with his nephew Caleb. We had a great time together and it was just what Tyler needed. While we were there, he saw a huge group of friends from school! He was so excited to see them! Thanks guys for being such great friends to Ty. He needs you more than ever.

What a wonderful day we had today! Make every day count….

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