Our nephew’s little boy, Cooper has a new tumor. As you can imagine this is devastating news to all of us.
Cooper was three years old last August. His first brain tumor was discovered a year before that, right around his second birthday.
Justin and Elise have worked tirelessly ever since the first tumor was discovered to provide the very best care and treatment possible for Coop. And the witness of faith these parents have been to all who know them or just read their posts on Cooper’s Carepage is unbelievable.
Here is an excerpt from the latest post Justin wrote on the Carepage:
So despite all the emotions and feelings of the past week we are now in the mode of taking the next steps required of Cooper’s treatment plan. As a result, next week Cooper will undergo a surgery that will insert a port into his brain that will allow a new chemo formulation to be applied directly to the tumor location, taking away the challenge of trying to pass the blood brain barrier that protects all our brains but also makes it difficult for chemo to get to the “bad” cells. Our hope in this plan is to stabilize this aggressive tumor and give us as much time as possible, and keep the doors and options open for medical intervention and miracles.
We are also trying to enjoy every moment as they come. The great, although sometimes difficult thing is that Cooper, since leaving the hospital, has shown more energy and clear and coherent thoughts and speech then we have seen in many months. He is happy and wants to sing, draw, play with his sister and gives lots of laughs and smiles. In fact we no longer face the issue of Cooper sleeping long hours during the day, but instead he struggles sleeping through the night, most likely due to the steroids they have him on to stop any swelling that is taking place in his brain. So enjoying those every moment often are coming at 1:00 am when Super Cooper is in rare form and ready to play, draw, sing or eat….we will take them whenever they come!
May God bless them with courage, faith and peace. And may this remind all of us to appreciate those we love today, because none of us know what tomorrow brings.