Every night after he falls asleep, mostly very late, I quietly enter his room to listen to him breath, and gently put my hand on his leg or shoulder to reassure him that he will never be alone. It is then that I say my most special prayers for him, questioning and begging for help from our God. If not for the light colored hair you wouldn't know that Zach is at war with such a rare cancer. Every night he goes to sleep with the same strength and courage he has shown since the start of diagnosis and treatment, never showing anyone that he is ill, or tired out from another full day of claiming victory over this disease, and every day is a victory! Zach has been taking a new medication for the past 6 weeks which is supposed to slow the blood flow to the lymph nodes in his chest that show signs of disease, causing the growth to halt. This is what we pray the scans will show the end of September. Once the spread of the disease happens, then options such as high dose radiation are possible, which would take place in Cleveland, with Dr. Pete Anderson. Radiation that would destroy the cancer in the nodes, which is the ultimate goal of this treatment.
There are other methods of treatment that we are considering, including a consult with Dr. Lucy Ormerod, who is a Doctor of Naturopathic Medicine, which would look at this disease in a different way. Zach knows that there are other ways to approach treatment which he has read about and studied over the last 14 months. To successfully fight a horrible disease as this, families much be open to any and all forms of attacking the cause and crushing it, no matter where we must travel, it will be done. Again, the final say is with Zach, and we as a family help make the best informed choices every step along the way. Family has become so important, we were always very close, but found an incredible courage and strength together. This past weekend Donna and I were blessed to have all of our children home, and under the same roof once again, what a wonderful happy time it was. To hold them all in my arms, and feel the comfort family brings always amazes me. Holding my little Grandson Kane on my lap, to kiss his ear, touch his soft face, and to look into his bright blue eyes, you could almost hear him say that everything would be alright. Uncle Zach can feel Kane's energy too, the smile on his face when Kane laughs shows this every time! Loving words from his sister Rayne, and good natured ribbing and competition from his big brother Riley, recharge Zach, this time is most important during treatment and healing. Zach laughing so hard tears run down his face, his great sense of humour undamaged by what he endures, his smile reassuring us all that he is okay, and giving everyone around him courage. Zach helping others, can you imagine such a sick young man, never complaining, and more concerned for others than himself! I have written about this before, and even after all he has been through over these 444 days and nights, Zach stands tall, brave and loving. This is partly why I needed to write today, to tell all of you who support Zach, that we need you more than ever, it is in our nature to reach out to those who need us, to consul, love and pray for them, time does not stand still, Zach needs you all. Please pray harder than ever before, tell others about what Zach is going through to raise the awareness Zach has asked for, and please continue to reach out to him, in anyway you can to show him you are still there, that you still care!
On the 23rd of this month Donna and I will take Zach to Seattle Washington to see his favorite team play football. The Seahawks against the San Francisco 49er`s, what a game it will be. We will explore every corner of the city, making memories that will last forever. A well needed break for all of us, some `normal' time, if there is such a thing. A trip planned for many months, and now Zach knows it is happening, he is so excited, so are we. When we return, the results of the PET scans will be known, this will determine our next course of action, and action there will be, no matter the circumstance. Zach is winning because of who he is, who God made him to be, so many people saying this is all part of the plan God has for him. You are all part of that plan, and I know you will walk with him always, day and night. Rainy days, or Sun shining, friends, family and all others, the love and caring support you show our Zach makes a huge difference, you must all know this, God Bless you all, good news is coming, I can feel the warmth of hope and prayers!