Tuesday, June 28, 2011

Update on how Nathan is doing

Nathan has a couple of really busy days ahead. He has test all day tomorrow starting early morning and his last one is tomorrow night at 10:30. He starts off with lab work, then he has to go meet with his stem cell doctor. He then has to go for a CT scan and then a PET scan. His last thing tomorrow night is an MRI. They are doing another MRI to see if the areas around and in the spine are better to decide if he will need radiation or not. We are very hopeful of the results of that because since his first treatment he has had a great deal less pain. That is such a blessing. On Thursday he meets with his lymphoma doctor to go over the test results. We will find out if this new treatment he is on is working or not. Please PRAY that it is. The last time we went in the doctor said they have had a 75% response with this drug and that everyone on it is doing really well. Nathan was sick for about a week the first treatment. His second one he was only sick for about 2 to 3 days. He has a tiny bit of fatigue and a slightly lower appetite. For those couple of days he is sick to his stomach. He has only had two days of pain in the past 21 days, amazing! All in all he is doing so well. His spirits are high, he truly is a very strong amazing person. Nathan has been trying to stay busy he is still working as much as he can and is trying to enjoy everything he can while he feels good enough to do so. He went skydiving on Saturday and its so awesome that he felt well enough to do it. It made him so happy!! Pray we get good new please from his doctor on Thursday. The sooner he gets into remission the sooner he can receive his transplant and be done with this battle. Also, please pray we have a good turnout at his upcoming benefit on July 16th. We need to raise as much money as possible. He was approved for the PCIP but we have to pay the first 7,000 out of pocket. It's a blessing that he got approved because no one could afford this kind of expense out of pocket but it's going to be a struggle to keep up with the monthly premiums as well as the deductibles. We have applied for an assistance program from MD Anderson but have not received an answer yet. I will post an update about what we find out Thursday. I just want to say thank you to everyone that has kept up with how Nathan is doing and a HUGE thank you to everyone who is a part of the benefit show at Hanovers coming up. All of the bands that are playing, the owner of Hanovers, and all of the bands that donated songs for the CD. You can purchase a CD at the show or online through a paypal account WFA set up. If you would like to purchase a CD to help Nathan please email Ben at Thank you for your prayers and God bless!

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