We heard from one of Sawyer’s doctors late yesterday afternoon and it is good news! On Thursday, he had updated CT and MIBG scans performed. The MIBG is nuclear medicine imaging. Essentially what they do is the day prior to the scan he receives an injection and the active Neuroblastoma cells absorb the medicine. When he is scanned the following day the Neuroblastoma cells will glow where there is still activity (e.g. living cancer cells). The image is assigned a numerical value based on how much is glowing. For instance, when Sawyer was first diagnosed and had the scan done it was an 18 after his 6th round of chemo it was a 9, this time it was a 5, for his stem cell treatments to be effective it must be a 2 or less. The plan is to continue with the remaining 2 cycles of the combination therapy he will be going in on Monday (9/24) for his next one.
Thank you all for your continued support and prayers they mean so much to us! Thanks for reading! Until next time!
Jen, Jeremy, Sawyer, and Calvin
We have a lot to catch everyone up on. Sawyer has completed 2 rounds of his combination therapy (chemo and immunotherapy). While he was receiving this treatment, he experienced some pain as well as, fevers, nausea, and fatigue. He was a real trooper through everything. The first few days were pretty rough finding the right balance with his pain meds and other meds to counteract the side effects of the pain meds, mainly itching. This second cycle was a little bit better than the first. The good news with this treatment is that as soon as he is done receiving his meds the side effects stop. This meant that he did not require any extra time in the hospital and he did not have any fevers in between rounds so we didn’t have to make any unscheduled trips to the hospital. Sawyer will be having updated CT and MIBG scans on September 20th. If this treatment is successful and his doctors are happy with the progress he will begin his 3rd round the following week.
In between cycles the boys have been busy. Sawyer was feeling well enough that he started school on time. His first day was on August 21st. He seems to be liking it very well, he has some old friends from last year and is making some new friends in his class this year. Calvin had his first day on September 6th. He loved playing with all the different toys just not having to put away the toys. Aunt Lisa and Jen’s parents were a big help watching Calvin for us this past 2 cycles. We don’t know what we would do without you guys.
We were also able to take our first day trip since Sawyer’s diagnosis to celebrate Jeremy’s Grandmother’s birthday. It was nice to get away for the day and the boys had a lot of fun visiting with everyone, especially their cousins.
A few weeks ago, we had the opportunity to get our annual family pictures taken by our friend Stephanie at Bright Eye Photography please check out our pictures page for the beautiful photos!
Also, this is the last call for T-Shirt orders!! If you want any make sure you get your orders to Jen at firstname.lastname@example.org ASAP!
Thank you all for your continued support and prayers they mean so much to us. Thanks for reading! Please continue to keep Sawyer and our family in your prayers and intentions. Until next time!
Jen, Jeremy, Sawyer, and Calvin
We are Jeremy and Jennifer Hunter, the loving parents of Sawyer and Calvin(Sawyer's little brother). We firmly believe that it family always comes first and would like to keep everyone updated through this site and this blog on the treatment and care of Sawyer during his fight against Neuroblastoma.