We finally have pathology results back! They show the cancer found during the biopsy was from the original cancer/tumor and the cells were mature Embryonal Rhabdomyosarcoma cells, the cancer Zach has had all along. Other than wishing they had not found cancer at all, this is the best scenario to hear!
As I posted before, this does not mean Zach relapsed but rather he was actually never in remission as we originally thought. After 42 weeks of treatment, Zach still had residual cancer in his body; the treatment did not get all of it. We were able to remove the entire tumor and we hope all the cancer along with it! We are very thankful to hear this is not classified as a relapse! Zach is now in remission.
Zach’s scan he had last week where clear! Love to hear these words. Now we keep playing the wait and see game. It’s a game that’s very familiar, one that has its benefits as it teaches us to reply and depend on God more, fall on our knees more & get more of Jesus, but one that is not easy. We are basically waiting to see if there are more cancer cells in Zach’s body (remember there is no way to test for this) and for the cells to come together to form a mass that is visible on a scan. Our hope and prayer is that this never happens and we ask that you continue to pray for healing for Zach. We know the statics surrounding this scenario for Zach but we also know our God is bigger than statistics! Please keep praying for healing for Zach, that there would never be another cancer cell found in his body. Please also keep praying against the long term side effects of all the radiation and chemo that went into his body.
Zach is doing really well right now, loving life and getting to enjoy being a normal 3 year old boy. Last week he went to NRH2O, Toy Story 3 & Six Flags and he is sure having a lot of fun! He has gained his weight back, is eating really well and growing so much hair. One day he told Jennifer, “Mom, I don’t want you to cut my hair again”. Jennifer said she would not cut his hair until it was as long as Uncle Anthony’s! She may be regretting that soon as Uncle Anthony has a full head of long hair!
Zach has more scans in 2 months, but I’m sure I’ll be in touch before then!
Wait for the LORD; be strong, and let your heart take courage;
wait for the LORD! Psalm 27:14 ESV