Pray for Grant

May 7 2012

Posted by Melanie McTaggart on Monday, May 7, 2012
David here.   We received great news today when Dr. Dreyer called to tell me that Grant's PCR test (the most sensitive of the 3 bone marrow tests they run) was completely negative.  In the past, the results have been "very low level detected, below level of quantification."  The doctors told us that those results were "practically  the same" as completely negative.    Nevertheless, it feels great to get the completely negative result.   Grant will continue on Gleevec (2.5 pills per day) for at least 3 more months when we'll do the bone marrow testing again.  Grant is feeling good and continuing to improve in his mobility.  The PT he did with Meredith and Danielle at TCH, and the PT he's done with his new therapist, Coach Craig in Kingwood, is really paying off. 

On a very sad note, our family had a horribly difficult weekend.  On Friday Aidan McSpadden, one of Grant's best buddies from the TCH Cancer Center, passed away.  Aidan had  a very high risk form of this cruel disease.  He fought it with unbelievable courage.  Grant and Aidan spent a lot of time together on the 9th floor at TCH.   Aidan's smile and bright  eyes would light up the entire 9th floor  as he received his chemotherapy and waited for weeks and months for his blood counts to rebound.    Aidan's  parents, Jared and Kelli, and his little brother Jax have been on our minds constantly since we received the news.  They have endured so much more in the last 2 years than any family should have to in a lifetime.    Please pray for the McSpadden family.  And you can go to angelsforaidan.com to read about this wonderful family. 

David



 

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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 7 2012

Posted by Melanie McTaggart on Monday, May 7, 2012
David here.   We received great news today when Dr. Dreyer called to tell me that Grant's PCR test (the most sensitive of the 3 bone marrow tests they run) was completely negative.  In the past, the results have been "very low level detected, below level of quantification."  The doctors told us that those results were "practically  the same" as completely negative.    Nevertheless, it feels great to get the completely negative result.   Grant will continue on Gleevec (2.5 pills per day) for at least 3 more months when we'll do the bone marrow testing again.  Grant is feeling good and continuing to improve in his mobility.  The PT he did with Meredith and Danielle at TCH, and the PT he's done with his new therapist, Coach Craig in Kingwood, is really paying off. 

On a very sad note, our family had a horribly difficult weekend.  On Friday Aidan McSpadden, one of Grant's best buddies from the TCH Cancer Center, passed away.  Aidan had  a very high risk form of this cruel disease.  He fought it with unbelievable courage.  Grant and Aidan spent a lot of time together on the 9th floor at TCH.   Aidan's smile and bright  eyes would light up the entire 9th floor  as he received his chemotherapy and waited for weeks and months for his blood counts to rebound.    Aidan's  parents, Jared and Kelli, and his little brother Jax have been on our minds constantly since we received the news.  They have endured so much more in the last 2 years than any family should have to in a lifetime.    Please pray for the McSpadden family.  And you can go to angelsforaidan.com to read about this wonderful family. 

David