He’s almost 8 1/2 now. This picture was taken last year around Easter, about six weeks after Nick had a bone marrow transplant to treat his leukemia, and just about exactly his 7th birthday. I posted here and here and here about his recovery. Or go to his Caring Bridge site here and read his whole story from the original diagnosis 4 years ago til now.
Well, in April 2010, as Nick was set to be released from post bone marrow transplant follow-up, it was discovered that he relapsed. Again. And today is Day 0 once more. Transplant day. Today Nick is having a cord blood transplant, hoping and praying that it will once and for all kick leukemia’s butt. The transplant itself is nothing big—‘just’ a transfusion—but it is HUGE in it’s impact.
Nick will be in the hospital for a bit, probably another 3 weeks or more. He has to stay until the new marrow is engrafted. As things move forward, please pray for a swift, uneventful recovery! This little family has been through a lot in the last 4 years (Nick’s original diagnosis was Sept 20, 2006) and while the road will not be smooth any time soon, it will be nice for them to return to some sense of normalcy.