Pray for Grant

May 26, 2011

Posted by Melanie McTaggart on Thursday, May 26, 2011

Hello everyone,

I just wanted to thank you all again for all the amazing prayers you have sent up for our sweet boy. We are just  so, so thankful!!!  And thanks to all of you for enduring this emotional rollercoaster with us. Uhh!!!

Yesterday afternoon, I spoke with Dr. Dreyer, and then again this morning. Grant was at the clinic today getting an IVIG infusion to boost his immune system, and his counts looked fabulous! Dr. Dreyer said, in light of all the good counts, the 0 result on the FISH test, and the negative result we got on the PCR test yesterday, that she, and the rest of the leukemia team at TCH, believe that the results we got last Friday were a false positive.

There is one type of cell, called a hematogone, which looks EXACTLY like his type of leukemia – but is benign. The machine that runs the MRD (and gave him the scary result last week) showed that Grant’s cancer cells had returned. Then, after they received that result, the lab did an extra test to determine whether the cells were truly cancer cells, or if those cells were hematogones. Whoever looked at the cells more closely decided they were indeed cancer cells and not hematogones. However, after all the other tests came back in Grant’s favor, and his counts were so good, Dr. Dreyer believes those cells must have been hematogones after all. I have done some research on these types of cells and many of the medical journals state that “identifying hematogones from true leukemic cells can be problematic.” I think most institutions, including TCH do not have a problem with this usually, but, it can happen – as it did in Grant’s case.

Whatever those cells were, God has healed him. PRAISE THE LORD!!

Grant will have another bone marrow biopsy on June 6th. Please pray that all the results come back ZERO again!! And please continue to pray for all the children in the world who are battling cancer.

I want to send a shout out to my nephew Luke – HAPPY 2nd Birthday!!! I hope it was a good one!! Two years ago today, my sister Melissa was giving birth to her first son while Grant was recovering from having his port put in his chest and receiving his first round of chemo. Needless to say, it was a day filled with emotions.

I also want to thank a few of my friends and family members who went above and beyond for me and our family this week.

David –You are the most amazing man I know. Thank you for giving me the two most precious gifts in my life – my babies. Thank you for loving me unconditionally and for always being the rock in all our lives. It is overwhelming and simply amazing how well you deal with having a sick child who is constantly scaring the hell out of you, and going to work and functioning at the level you have to for your clients and your partners. You are my best friend and I will love you always.

April – You are such a great neighbor!! Thank you soooo much for watching Claire and Grant when I got the news so I could go shut my door, cry, and make phone calls. You are a true blessing!

Melissa – You are the best sister in the world. Thank you so much for contacting doctors at your institution and putting them in touch with us. It helped so much to talk to a bone marrow transplant specialist. He gave us such hope and peace. I can’t thank you enough.

Dena – You have been with me every step of the way over the last two years. Thank you so much for sending me flowers on the 24th to brighten our horrible 2-yr anniversary of Grant’s diagnosis. It was unbelievably thoughtful. I love you.

Casey and Heather – THANK YOU so much for the wonderful meals and crying with me!! Casey – thank you so much for organizing all the meals for us! Sooo sweet.

Aunt Sue – Thank you for reaching out to your priest and having him pray for Grant and that he be healed. And thank you for being willing to fly him here to pray over Grant! Miracles!!!!

And to all the ladies who said they would cook dinners for us if we were in the hospital – THANK YOU!! David will be disappointed that he has to eat my meals now. But seriously – you all have such busy lives and it means so much to want to do something for us.

Finally, thanks again to all of you for holding Grant, and our entire family, up in prayers. We could not take this rollercoaster ride without you.

Melanie



 

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Melanie McTaggart I am the proud mom and Claire and Grant. I am so blessed to have them in my life!

May 26, 2011

Posted by Melanie McTaggart on Thursday, May 26, 2011

Hello everyone,

I just wanted to thank you all again for all the amazing prayers you have sent up for our sweet boy. We are just  so, so thankful!!!  And thanks to all of you for enduring this emotional rollercoaster with us. Uhh!!!

Yesterday afternoon, I spoke with Dr. Dreyer, and then again this morning. Grant was at the clinic today getting an IVIG infusion to boost his immune system, and his counts looked fabulous! Dr. Dreyer said, in light of all the good counts, the 0 result on the FISH test, and the negative result we got on the PCR test yesterday, that she, and the rest of the leukemia team at TCH, believe that the results we got last Friday were a false positive.

There is one type of cell, called a hematogone, which looks EXACTLY like his type of leukemia – but is benign. The machine that runs the MRD (and gave him the scary result last week) showed that Grant’s cancer cells had returned. Then, after they received that result, the lab did an extra test to determine whether the cells were truly cancer cells, or if those cells were hematogones. Whoever looked at the cells more closely decided they were indeed cancer cells and not hematogones. However, after all the other tests came back in Grant’s favor, and his counts were so good, Dr. Dreyer believes those cells must have been hematogones after all. I have done some research on these types of cells and many of the medical journals state that “identifying hematogones from true leukemic cells can be problematic.” I think most institutions, including TCH do not have a problem with this usually, but, it can happen – as it did in Grant’s case.

Whatever those cells were, God has healed him. PRAISE THE LORD!!

Grant will have another bone marrow biopsy on June 6th. Please pray that all the results come back ZERO again!! And please continue to pray for all the children in the world who are battling cancer.

I want to send a shout out to my nephew Luke – HAPPY 2nd Birthday!!! I hope it was a good one!! Two years ago today, my sister Melissa was giving birth to her first son while Grant was recovering from having his port put in his chest and receiving his first round of chemo. Needless to say, it was a day filled with emotions.

I also want to thank a few of my friends and family members who went above and beyond for me and our family this week.

David –You are the most amazing man I know. Thank you for giving me the two most precious gifts in my life – my babies. Thank you for loving me unconditionally and for always being the rock in all our lives. It is overwhelming and simply amazing how well you deal with having a sick child who is constantly scaring the hell out of you, and going to work and functioning at the level you have to for your clients and your partners. You are my best friend and I will love you always.

April – You are such a great neighbor!! Thank you soooo much for watching Claire and Grant when I got the news so I could go shut my door, cry, and make phone calls. You are a true blessing!

Melissa – You are the best sister in the world. Thank you so much for contacting doctors at your institution and putting them in touch with us. It helped so much to talk to a bone marrow transplant specialist. He gave us such hope and peace. I can’t thank you enough.

Dena – You have been with me every step of the way over the last two years. Thank you so much for sending me flowers on the 24th to brighten our horrible 2-yr anniversary of Grant’s diagnosis. It was unbelievably thoughtful. I love you.

Casey and Heather – THANK YOU so much for the wonderful meals and crying with me!! Casey – thank you so much for organizing all the meals for us! Sooo sweet.

Aunt Sue – Thank you for reaching out to your priest and having him pray for Grant and that he be healed. And thank you for being willing to fly him here to pray over Grant! Miracles!!!!

And to all the ladies who said they would cook dinners for us if we were in the hospital – THANK YOU!! David will be disappointed that he has to eat my meals now. But seriously – you all have such busy lives and it means so much to want to do something for us.

Finally, thanks again to all of you for holding Grant, and our entire family, up in prayers. We could not take this rollercoaster ride without you.

Melanie