Saturday, May 10, 2014

One Step Back

Just when we were getting comfortable & feeling like things couldn't get better, we have a setback to deal with.  Our fam has learned over the past eight months to expect this through a cancer journey, though.  We found out yesterday that Caleb's kidneys are having a tough time filtering out his strong doses of chemo, so they're in a bit of distress.  He'll undergo some special testing next week to make sure his kidneys are strong enough to handle more chemotherapy & to make sure there's no permanent damage.  We're extremely optimistic that this little go-getter is just fine, but for specific prayers, we'll definitely be concentrating on his kidneys this week.  Chemo has been delayed for now.

We were surprised by this news, because Caleb is still feeling so well right now.  He was back out on that field Wednesday evening.
No "tee" for this t-baller, he's enjoying Coach's pitch, while Cal's Dad admires the swing from 3rd base. 
 Caleb even got to help in the unveiling of an incredibly generous donation of millions of dollars to Texas Children's!  This #1 Cancer Center for Children in TX is named after the local philanthropists, who were already making a difference every day across Houston with their generosity, Lester & Sue Smith.  They just made another astounding donation.  
This was a fun responsibility for Caleb, along with another patient (back of photo with balloons.)  It was also special for him to be near this couple, who does everything in their power to help eradicate this dreadful disease. 
I'm tempted to call cancer the dreadful disease that robs childhood, but for Caleb's case, it's getting harder to say that, because of your loving support and prayers. I believe with all of my heart that he's feeling so well because of prayer warriors.  YOU have helped us help him still have joyous times throughout his Kindergarten year. 

However, for some children, cancer robs them of everything, including life.  A darling little girl, most of Houston has supported & grown to love through her stories on local news, recently got a "Princess Parade" as her last wish.  She lost her battle this week and is being rewarded in Heaven now.  Her family taught me so much about life and putting everything into perspective.  Our prayers for her family continue daily.  One of my colleague's got to go to her parade.  I wanted to be there so badly, but it just hit too close to home.  (You can copy & paste the link into your browser, to view):

Hugs, love, & God Bless you all! 


  1. HAPPY MOTHER'S DAY, MELISSA!! YOU ARE THE BEST!! I love your devotion to your family, your honesty about Caleb - your raw emotion that you share with everyone. I admire beyond words, your unwavering hope, strength, courage, endurance, dedication, faith, trust, and most of all, the love you have for our Savior, Jesus Christ!! You are an amazing woman!! Have an amazing day with your family!
    We are blessed to know you!

  2. Happy Mother's Day, to a fabulous, faithful and loving mama! Prayers for you, your sweet family and those kidneys!
    Blessed by you,

  3. Talk about an amazing mother! I am so proud of you and your strength through nasty, stinky, yucky cancer. I'll pray for Caleb's kidneys to remain strong and efficient. I am so happy he is getting to do some fun stuff while he's beating this thing. Love and prayers, Christy and family!

  4. Happy Mothers Day!! You are amazing! Through your honesty and unconditional love. You have put motherhood into perspective for me. We continue to pray for your family.

  5. Praying for Caleb's little kidneys to be renewed and the "chemo-road" to be smooth. You are ALL amazing!!! Tell Caleb and Zach to watch for the UPS truck today!
    love & Hugs,
    Joe & Susan

  6. Prayers NEVER stop!!!! We can't wait to see you guys out again. Hoping you had a wonderful Mother's Day with LOTS of good pictures! Love The Greens XXXOOO