The test results are very encouraging. Rocco no longer has neuroblastoma cells in his lungs. The mass near the adrenal gland has considerably shrunk and shifted closer to some lymph nodes adjacent to the aorta. No more chemo will be administered, and the broviac ports will be removed from his chest and leg. YIPEE!
sanity and our faith in the best possible outcome for our precious son. I invite you to celebrate with us, and I celebrate our evolving relationship with friends and family like YOU. Thanks for your prayers, thoughts and support.
Peace & LOVE,
The latest on Rocco .. from his mom! (9-04-07)
I hope this finds you happy and healthy. Rocco is such a character! As his personality develops, we see a glimpse of the special human being he is becoming. He says Dada and Mama, and tries to taste everything on our plates. He is happy go lucky and adapts well to any circumstance. What a trooper. He's climbing on everything so we have to watch him every second. He's very daring and strongly asserts his independence. On the flip side, he is quite the snugler. Such cuteness is unbearably wonderful.
He has had his 8th cycle of chemo, and what we hope will be his last. Now that his counts have gone up sufficiently, he will begin "final evaluation" tomorrow (9/5). This entails bone marrow aspiration, MIBG Scan, CT Scan, Catecholomines, urine test, echo cardiogram, and hearing test. We're hoping they will find that the cancer is all "gone" so our little man will be in remission. If he is indeed found to be in remission, we will then set a date to surgically remove the "broviac" (permanent port) on his chest. After that we will be checking routinely to be sure he remains in remission.
Peace & love,
Hope all is well with you. The summer is zipping by, and Rocco is about to turn 1 year old on Friday. What a tough but wonderful year it's been! He had a blood transfusion last Friday which perked him right up. His counts are on their way up now, as we approach the 8th, and hopefully last cycle. On his birthday we go for bloodwork. I'm planning on bringing cupcakes and apple juice for all the nurses, doctors and staff who have been wonderful to him these last 6 months. We hope they say he's "on" for chemo the 17th. Damien is taking the day off and we'll have a beautiful family day. After the supposedly last treatment and his counts go up, they will do a bone marrow aspiration and the body scans again, for a "final"evaluation. Depending on their findings they'll decide how to proceed. Keep your fingers crossed. Thanks for your prayers and the positive energy you've sent our way. We are grateful for your support. Here are a few recent pictures.
Peace and love,
June 26, 2007:
Dear Family & Friends,I hope this finds you enjoying the summer. We are on track for cycle 6 (of 8) of chemo this Friday, June 29th. Rocco's preliminary blood work indicates this cycle will not be delayed as the last two have for a needed transfusion.
We are happy because recent evals show that he no longer has cancer in his bone marrow or liver. He has some left in his lung, and the main tumor in the adrenal gland has shrunk considerably. I haven't written an update in a while because I just had a case taken off my right wrist. I still have some tingling and numbness (which will eventually get better with massage & therapy).Rocco is so much fun, and he's getting stronger and smarter every day. He's scooting around really fast using only his elbows, hands and tips of toes. He's babbling constantly and laughing and giggling like crazy.
He's still weighing the same old 16.4 to 16.13 pounds, he's been weighing since the beginning, but he's grown an inch. He's been eating well. I make home made stuff with organic meat/chicken & veggies, and he has his favorite baby foods also.
He has two teeth coming out in the middle of his bottom gum, and he sometimes smiles with a funny wrinkling of his nose. Oh so cute!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!
I can't believe he'll be 1 year old in a little bit over month. What an adventurous and challenging year it's been!!! We appreciate the PRAYERS, LOVE and support you've provided, and we love you right back. Peace,W."
May 30, 2007: Dear Family & Friends,
His hearing thus far has not been affected by the chemo. He had a platelet and a blood transfusion on Friday because his counts were very low.
Next Friday (June 1) he gets bloodwork again and, if all goes well, he starts the 1st of four more cycles of chemo.
Needless to say, we are VERY HAPPY and GRATEFUL to know that the chemo has helped him get better. THANKS for all the prayers, and the LOVE.
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Monday, April 16, 2007
6 month old Rocco, needs your prayers
Gateway supporter Carol requests prayer for her nephew,
Rocco ( 6 months old) suffering from a rare 'baby cancer'.
He is in extreme pain. He has started his chemo treatment
at Columbia Presbyterian Children's Hospital.
Please pray for this little baby and his parents,
Damien and Wanda.