Princeton's Fight Against Neuroblastoma Cancer

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Thursday, May 10, 2012

Prayer Request Update

Written May 6, 2012 1:58am

Yesterday, Princeton underwent an upperendoscopy test and x-ray to determine the source of his vomiting blood, ongoing fever and low blood counts.  The doctors were able to determine Princeton has fungal esophagitis and gastritis as a result of his last chemo therapy treatment.  The test revealed bile is traveling from Princeton's large intestine into his stomach, causing the vomiting.  His esophagus is covered with fungus.  On a scale of 1 to 10 in terms of severity, Princeton is a 9.  The chemo not only kills bad cells, but also good cells at the same time.  The body is not able to reproduce cells at the same rate they are being killed, which enables infections to develop in the body.  The bile is irritating the lining of Princeton's stomach creating gastritis.  As he vomits the gastric acids, it takes off the top layer of the fungus in his esophagus causing the fungus to bleed.  Princeton is in a lot of pain, but we are grateful he has no ulcers.  It will take about 2-3 weeks for the infection to heal.  In addition to the tests, Princeton also received a fresh frozen plasma transfusion and platelet transfusion yesterday.  Currently Princeton is receiving morphine, 3-4 anti nausea medications, fluids, TPN (nutrients through IV), lipids, neupogen (to increase reproduction of white blood cells), anti fungal antibiotics and a few other meds.  We continue to lift Princeton up to the Almighty Healer.  We pray his body would continue to be able to handle all of the medications he is receiving.

Due to the nature of Neuroblastoma the treatment is very time sensitive.  Each step of the treatment process has to be done within a particular time frame to prohibit the cancer from metastasising.  We trust God that Princeton will stay on schedule for his bone marrow transplant and that this infection would not be a set back. 

We are peacefully reminded that God loves Princeton more than we could even imagine possible.  How God's love could surpass our love for our first born child that we waited so long for is amazing.  After three miscarriages, God gave us the greatest gift we could ever fathom.  However, God gives us a supernatural peace that only He can supply.  Psalm 139:13-16 is a reminder of how much God loves each and every one of us.  "For you created my inmost being, you knit me together in my mothers womb.  I praise you because I am fearfully and wonderfully made; your works are wonderful, I know that full well!  My frame was not hidden from you when I was made in the secret place.  When I was woven together in the depths of the earth, your eyes saw my unformed body.  All the days ordained for me were written in your book before one of them came to be."  Before Princeton was even conceived, God loved him and knew Princeton would be made perfect and complete even with cancer cells.  God formed Princeton's body according to His perfect plan knowing He would get the glory and praise through the testimony of a sweet and precious little boy who is a son, brother, grandchild, nephew, cousin and friend.  We thank God in advance for Princeton's testimony.
10:09 pm edt 

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Our Little Hero



 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.

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