It's been awhile since I posted but that's not to say dad hasn't been fighting cancer all the while.
Like I had mentioned in the last post, Matt and I got married on August 4th. It was Matt and I's new favorite day and we are so thrilled Dad got to be there celebrating alongside us and feeling great as well. Allow me to indulge myself by sharing just a couple photos!
On August 6th, Dad began his participation in the Car T Cell study. Dad is the tenth participant in this study, where they will use human DNA instead of mouse DNA for the Car T Cell.
On August 9th, Dad's T cells were harvested and they were sent to the lab to be modified.
The last couple of weeks, dad has been going to appointments to ensure all of his organs are prepared for therapy. Everything came back clear and he is a go! To prepare his body for the modified cells, Dad received chemo this past Thursday, Friday and Saturday.
On Tuesday, he will receive the Car T Cells. We have been prepared for the chance that Dad will experience more cytokine storms and some neurotoxicity, which could land him in the hospital. Ultimately, we are praying this process will put dad into a long term remission with no lasting side effects.
I recently asked my dad how he was a feeling. He said, "Nervous. But then I remember how many good things God has done for me." If we could all be a little more like Dad. Remembering the good things God has done for us amidst nerves, or sadness or struggle.
God's grace is always apparent throughout this trial and we know he will continue to be with us. He will give dad strength to keep showing up! I know my dad appreciates each one of you (as does our entire family!). If you have been reading since the beginning, you know that I once referred to cancer as a marathon. I think this marathon is turning into a super marathon and we love that each of you are running beside us!