Joel visiting Liz two weeks ago when she was having a bad reaction to the chemo. Both of them were on steroids ..... just guess how many bags of popcorn they ate?!?
We have just gotten horrible news. Joel Brown, Lizzy's good friend and classmate, has relapsed. We are in disbelief. We have seen this "relapse" happen time and time again on the Oncology floor but never believed that it would happen to Joel or Liz.
Joel will go in this Friday for a bone morrow biopsy and be admitted for the Induction Phase. This phase is to get Joel back into remission, it is a 29 day cycle. Joel will take the same treatment route that Lizzy took. He will go through Induction of 29 days, Consolidation of 58 days plus delays, Interim I of 58 days plus delays, Delayed 1 of 58 days plus delays, Interim 2 of 58 days plus delays, and Delayed 2 of 58 days plus delays. Yes, you got it ... without delays it is another unfathomable 319 days of very intense chemo. I'm sorry, but I am really having a hard time understanding why a child or any one for that matter has to endure this cancer trip once let alone twice. If anyone has the answer to that one, please help me out here.
Please keep Joel and his family in your prayers and wear Orange this Thursday for Joel. It will be his last day of school for possible the rest of this school year. He will need a lot of support, prayers, and love from his friends.
Prayers and blessings for the Brown's