Wednesday, January 19, 2011

Kindred Spirits: Part 2 (Brentley)

Brentley just celebrated his very 1st Birthday last week! He had 2 parties, ate cake, and opened presents just like any other 1 year old. The only difference is that Brentley is in the middle of fighting a rhabdomyosa​rcoma in his bladder. His parents are Lindsey & Brad, and we met through mutual friends while sharing prayer requests. We haven't "officially" met in person, but I'm hoping that we'll be able to meet next week while we're all at UNC.




Brentley's story began when his mommy noticed he was VERY constipated for like 2 weeks. Then she noticed that he was having problems urinating. She said he could do a few dribbles but couldn't make a "stream". Then he started passing tissue-it would be the size of her pinky fingernail. Their local hospital missed the tumor on two separate ER visits.





Brentley wound up at UNC children's ER on November 2, 2010. Within hours of arrival at UNC, Brentley was diagnosed with the rhabdomyosa​rcoma via a renal ultrasound. Chest ultrasound, bone scan and bone marrow biopsy all came back with encouraging reports that the cancer had not spread any where else. Even more encouraging is that a spot across from the tumor that was seen in two ultrasound scans "disappeared" by the time it came to biopsy it! Such amazing news!

Brentley is scheduled to have 42 weeks of chemotherapy, and was originally scheduled for radiation as well. But the doctors believe that the tumor is responding well to the chemo, and radiation may NOT be needed!! He has had some side effects of the chemo, as expected, so please continue to pray that these would ease up!

Brentley was able to be at home for his 1st Christmas, which is so very exciting, even though he had developed early pneumonia and was treated in the ER 3 days before Christmas ! It is those little things that sometimes we take for granted!

Lindsey asked that we join with them in praying that the Lord would help her to be a better witness throughout the entire situation. Please also pray for healing, for comfort and for strength for both Brad & Lindsey! To follow their story, you can visit Brentley's CaringBridge page.

2 comments:

Ken said...

Thank you for taking the time to share this, Christy. Very moving.
Love,
Dad

Ken said...

Thank you for taking the time to share this, Christy. Very moving.
Love,
Dad