underwent an upperendoscopy test and x-ray to determine the source of his vomiting blood, ongoing fever and low blood counts.
The doctors were able to determine Princeton has fungal esophagitis and gastritis as a result of his last chemo therapy
treatment. The test revealed bile is traveling from Princeton's large intestine into his stomach, causing the vomiting.
His esophagus is covered with fungus. On a scale of 1 to 10 in terms of severity, Princeton is a 9. The chemo
not only kills bad cells, but also good cells at the same time. The body is not able to reproduce cells at the same
rate they are being killed, which enables infections to develop in the body. The bile is irritating the lining of Princeton's
stomach creating gastritis. As he vomits the gastric acids, it takes off the top layer of the fungus in his esophagus
causing the fungus to bleed. Princeton is in a lot of pain, but we are grateful he has no ulcers. It will take
about 2-3 weeks for the infection to heal. In addition to the tests, Princeton also received a fresh frozen plasma
transfusion and platelet transfusion yesterday. Currently Princeton is receiving morphine, 3-4 anti nausea medications,
fluids, TPN (nutrients through IV), lipids, neupogen (to increase reproduction of white blood cells), anti fungal antibiotics
and a few other meds. We continue to lift Princeton up to the Almighty Healer. We pray his body would continue
to be able to handle all of the medications he is receiving.
Due to the nature of Neuroblastoma the treatment
is very time sensitive. Each step of the treatment process has to be done within a particular time frame to prohibit
the cancer from metastasising. We trust God that Princeton will stay on schedule for his bone marrow transplant and
that this infection would not be a set back.
We are peacefully reminded that God loves Princeton more
than we could even imagine possible. How God's love could surpass our love for our first born child that we waited
so long for is amazing. After three miscarriages, God gave us the greatest gift we could ever fathom. However,
God gives us a supernatural peace that only He can supply. Psalm 139:13-16 is a reminder of how much God loves each
and every one of us. "For you created my inmost being, you knit me together in my mothers womb. I praise
you because I am fearfully and wonderfully made; your works are wonderful, I know that full well! My frame was not
hidden from you when I was made in the secret place. When I was woven together in the depths of the earth, your eyes
saw my unformed body. All the days ordained for me were written in your book before one of them came to be."
Before Princeton was even conceived, God loved him and knew Princeton would be made perfect and complete even with cancer
cells. God formed Princeton's body according to His perfect plan knowing He would get the glory and praise through
the testimony of a sweet and precious little boy who is a son, brother, grandchild, nephew, cousin and friend. We
thank God in advance for Princeton's testimony.
Princeton was diagnosed
with Stage IV Neuroblastoma, an aggressive form of childhood cancer, in December 2011 at the age of 2.
At diagnosis, the cancer had metastizized and was found throughout his body. He underwent 15 months of intensive treatment
at Arnold Palmer Children's Hospital, Orlando Florida. His treatment consisted of 6 rounds of high dose chemotherapy, 10
surgeries, a stem cell transplant, 12 rounds of radiation and 6 cycles of immunotherapy. The treatment was grueling and
difficult for Princeton's small body to handle. He finished treatment in March 2013. June 2013, Princeton relapsed. He
again underwent 6 rounds of chemotherapy and 12 rounds of radiation. He went into remission in April 2014.We
know God is greater than cancer and will cure him of this disease. We are reminded in Jeremiah 30:17 "But I will
restore you to health and heal your wounds, declares the Lord." God is the great physician and we know He will
get the glory! Thank you in advance for your prayers.
This website is designed to keep you
informed on Princeton's progress and make donations to the family. Treating Neruoblastoma is a full time job that requires
long periods of hospital stays and travel. Because this form of cancer is aggressive the treatment also has to be
aggressive. The family appreciates your support and donations.