Yesterday's surgery was a success! God is SO awesome.
He continues to show us He is with Princeton and our family every single step of the way. We can clearly see how He
has carried us in the palm of His hands throughout this entire journey. We stand in awe of how amazing God is and how
His love is unending.
Here is one of the many MIRACLES we have been waiting for! Prior to surgery, doctors
informed us it is very common for some of the cancer to be left behind due to the nature of Neuroblastoma and how it intertwines
itself around blood vessels and arteries. They also stated it is possible the cancer can be stuck to organs and blood
vessels like cement causing certain parts of the tumor to be inoperable. After looking at Princeton's CT scans, the
surgeons were certain it would be a very difficult procedure and almost unrealistic to think they could get all of the cancer
out. It was wrapped around his main blood vessel, adrenal glad, kidney, and several other blood vessels and arteries.
However, we know God can do ANYTHING. He is greater than cancer and has mercy on who He chooses. Princeton's
surgery started around 10am and finished about 2pm. Dr. Levy called us into the conference room after the surgery and
informed us he was able to remove all the cancer! He initially took out what he could, but then went back in to try
and remove the remaining cancer that was left between the main blood vessel and a few smaller ones. He said the cancerous
tumor was larger than Princeton's kidney and still 10% active. During the surgery, Princeton also received a blood transfusion
and platelet transfusion. The surgeons also removed his appendix and left adrenal gland.
the tumor has been removed, it does not mean Princeton is cancer free. There is still the possibility of cancer cells
present where the main tumor was located or anywhere else in his body. However, they cannot be seen with the naked eye.
Therefore, Princeton will continue on with his treatment in attempt to eliminate any possibility of the cancer relapsing.
Neuroblastoma has a high relapse rate of 40%, but we believe when God heals Princeton, he is healed for good. Nahum
1:9 says, "Whatever they plot against the LORD he will bring to an end; trouble will not come a second time."
We stand in faith that Princeton will be healed of the cancer once and for all. Currently he is in the PICU for the
next few days. It will take about a week for him to recover from the surgery, then he will have his sixth round of chemo.
He is in a lot of pain, but he is receiving morphine and other pain medications around the clock. He will not
be able to eat or drink for the next 3-5 days as his g track is not working properly due to the surgery. The incision
on his stomach stretches from one side to the other. He will receive fluids and nutrients through an iv to compensate
for his inability to eat or drink over the next few days. We continue to pray for his recovery after such a major invasive
surgery. We also pray he would not have any complications, his body would mend itself accordingly, and the cancer would
continue to disappear.
We are blessed God has taken mercy on Princeton. He is so precious to
our family and we love Princeton with all our heart. We know God called Princeton to go through this trial, because
he knew Princeton could handle it like a warrior. God makes no mistakes. We have been encouraged by God's love,
comfort and grace. Thank you, Jesus, for answering our prayers!
Princeton was diagnosed
with Stage IV Neuroblastoma, an aggressive form of childhood cancer, in December 2011 at the age of 2.
At diagnosis, the cancer had metastizized and was found throughout his body. He underwent 15 months of intensive treatment
at Arnold Palmer Children's Hospital, Orlando Florida. His treatment consisted of 6 rounds of high dose chemotherapy, 10
surgeries, a stem cell transplant, 12 rounds of radiation and 6 cycles of immunotherapy. The treatment was grueling and
difficult for Princeton's small body to handle. He finished treatment in March 2013. June 2013, Princeton relapsed. He
again underwent 6 rounds of chemotherapy and 12 rounds of radiation. He went into remission in April 2014.We
know God is greater than cancer and will cure him of this disease. We are reminded in Jeremiah 30:17 "But I will
restore you to health and heal your wounds, declares the Lord." God is the great physician and we know He will
get the glory! Thank you in advance for your prayers.
This website is designed to keep you
informed on Princeton's progress and make donations to the family. Treating Neruoblastoma is a full time job that requires
long periods of hospital stays and travel. Because this form of cancer is aggressive the treatment also has to be
aggressive. The family appreciates your support and donations.