Wednesday, November 5, 2008

Quarterly Scans/Surgery


Well things look great - Evan had another set of scans (MRI and CT) and looks good! Everything is status quo - no change in the tumor - still considered NED (no existing disease)! I'm so thankful - everyday I'm with Evan I'm grateful, but especially on days we get such wonderful news.

Shortly before Evan's scans we noticed he developed a hydrocele/hernia, which was successfully operated on yesterday. He tolerated the surgery well and now we are just taking it easy and healing. He was awesome through the whole process - his strength and grace continues to amaze me. I'm so proud of my boy! :)

Halloween 2008





Arrrgggh Matey! Evan had fun with his cousins at our Halloween party - they bobbed for apples, played pin the nose on the pumpkin and of course did hit the neighborhood to trick-or-treat. It was a good time all around!

Halloween 2008




Thursday, August 28, 2008

Quarterly Scans

Time to celebrate - the results are in from Evan's quarterly scans, the MRI, CT scan, and Bone scan.
Everything looks good!! :)

The bone scan was negative - there is a slight change in his pelvis due to the radiation he endured, but it's stable now and we'll keep watching it with each scan. The CT was clear and the MRI was stable with no change. What's left of Evan's tumor remains in his bladder, kind of spread out at the base of the bladder and along the prostate. As long as it's stable with no change than we can breathe a sigh of relief - and thanks.

Thank you to everyone who prays and sends positive energy to Evan - he looks wonderful and is just thriving! Evan will continue to have quarterly scans, every three months, for the next two years. But for now we concentrate on busy everyday life, back to work and school. Evan started preschool this week and really loves it. It's wonderful to see him doing normal everyday things and the excitment with which he does it. God is good and we are so very thankful.

Papa's Helper


Evan adores his Papa and he always wants to do whatever Papa is doing, especially if it involves tools. They've been buddies lately, doing puzzles, wrestling, reading books and just hanging out. I'm thankful for the time they get to spend together, and very grateful for my family's support. Ok ok...I adore Papa too! :)

Blowing Off Steam with a Party




Evan's cousin Katherine, had a birthday party and Evan had so much fun. He got to drive a go cart, ride a motorcycle game and he couldn't get enough of the bumper boats! If you click on the picture, you can see it better - check out his serious face as we are getting ready to take off in the go cart. So serious!


Thursday, July 17, 2008

Snackin' at the pool!

Postponement of Evan's Celebration

There's been an overwhelming response to Evan's Victory Celebration from The Woodlands community, resulting in the need to postpone the event for restructuring!

Thank you very much, we are so appreciative of every one's hard work and generosity! :)

Friday, July 11, 2008

Swimming




Evan is really enjoying his swimming lessons at the YMCA. He's not a big fan of floating on his back, but he's learning! It's great to see him doing the normal summer things kids do, this time last year he was in the thick of radiation/chemo and in the hospital on a morphine pump for pain. I can't tell you how happy and thankful I am to see him swimming and having fun! :)

Cousins in the Park



Evan and Grace in the park this week. It's nice now that Evan has hair we don't need to always keep a hat on him - just lots of sunscreen! :)

Friday, July 4, 2008

Firehouse






Museum Trip





Evan had a blast when the whole family (all the aunties, uncles, and cousins too) went to Houston Museum of Natural Science. His favorite was was the 3D dinosaur IMAX and the Cockrell butterfly and live insect exhibit. :)

Saturday, June 28, 2008

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Evan's rendition of "You Are My Sunshine" :)

Summer Fun







Swimming at Nana and Papa's house - it's got to be his favorite thing to do and he's getting very good! He starts swimming lessons at the YMCA in a week and he can't wait. Notice the hair, it's really coming in now. He's had a growth spurt too - I can't feed him enough. He claims he's a caterpillar! :)

Thursday, June 19, 2008

Soccer Camp

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Evan went to soccer camp this week at the YMCA and had a great time. He's the one "dribbling" in the blue baseball hat and black knee socks. :) It's amazing to think of what we were doing this time last year - and to see him now. We are so thankful. :)

Tuesday, May 27, 2008

Memorial Day




























Evan's surgery (removing the port-a-cath) went really well, it was a piece of cake compared to the biopsy! He had a blast in the fountains at Market Street. He started physical therapy today, to help with the neuropathy in his legs, and we think we will see big improvements now.
Today is the one year anniversary of Evan's diagnosis...wow, we've come a long way in a year! :)

Thursday, May 22, 2008

Evan's port-a-cath removal surgery is scheduled for tomorrow morning at 8am! Playing with his cousin Grace is a perfect way to pass the time...sooo serious when he runs. :)
Evan Carter and Gracie B
Spring 08



Saturday, May 17, 2008

Evan's newest obession is this car book - he could have us read it for hours! His spasms are better now, not as intense. :)

Thursday, May 15, 2008

Wednesday, May 14, 2008

Update

My how things can change in 24 hours - we are still cancer free but there's been a bump in the road. We just got back from the TCH emergency room, Evan was in excruciating pain and was not able to urinate since 9pm last night. We are not exactly sure why he can't pee, possibly some of the remaining tumor "flapped" over the bladder neck. They took several biopsies and I guess his bladder is having a hard time healing. They put another foley catheter in his bladder and gave him iv morphine which has helped considerably and allowing him to rest comfortably. Things were going smoothly and besides some bladder spasms he was urinating just fine on his own - and now this. UGH

We are keeping the foley in for one week and then we will reevaluate the situation. Keep the prayers coming please, nothings worse than seeing Evan in pain and not being able to help him.