Merry Christmas to you all, I hope you all had wonderful Christmas’s.
Personally I was blessed with a lovely family Christmas and was spoiled rotten too, but there was a very dark cloud hanging over my Christmas. About a week ago my friend’s 3 year old son (he is 9 days older than my daughter!) lost his appetite and had a slightly funny tummy. My friend wasn’t too alarmed as her husband had also been a bit unwell, but decided to take him to the doctor as they were meant to be going away for Christmas so she thought she may as well get him sorted. The doctor detected that Wouter’s stomach was rather swollen and sent him for further testing.
They found a mass ‘hiding’ behind his liver, and this little boy has been diagnosed with cancer. As you can imagine the family is reeling with shock. One week ago the family was picnicing and her little boy was running around having fun. Yesterday he was too tired to even walk to the bathroom on his own – very scary stuff. I have started a Facebook prayer group for him, so please if you are so inclined mosey on over and have a look at his story – this little boy truly needs a miracle and can use any prayers he can get! ( http://www.facebook.com/group.php?gid=40879298403).
My heart is breaking for this family and it terrifies me to see how quickly everything can change. I’m trying very hard to learn a lesson from this – to learn not to take my family for granted, to learn to not sweat the small stuff etc… but at the same time find it so grossly unfair that they have to endure this. It’s very hard.
Little Wouter is undergoing a biopsy of the tumor early tomorrow morning (8.30am South African time:GMT-2) so please think of him and pray that the results come out ok. The family should also be receiving results from a bone marrow biopsy he had done on Saturday to check whether the cancer has metastasized, so please hope that those come back clear.
On the surrogacy front I am still faithfully taking my thyroid meds every day and absolutely BURNING to get back on the horse now. The more time I’ve had to think over this whole surrogacy story the more I know that this is something that I just have to do. I want to start NOW! My next bloods are scheduled for Friday, 2 January, and then I’ll get the results on Monday the 5th. At the very least I’m hoping that my hormone levels will have dropped at least a little bit, but ideally I’m hoping against hope that they’ll be hovering somewhere around the ‘2’ mark. (normal is 0.3 – 4.2, mine 10 weeks ago were 8.7) I’ll keep you posted as soon as I know more.
Please don’t forget to check in on Wouter now and again – and pass on the word to anyone and everyone that will listen. This little man really needs a miracle.