A couple of nights ago I got a Facebook message from an old teacher turned good friend, Micha.
She was my high school History teacher when I was in the 10th grade.And was one of my all time favorites.While in her class she found out that I had taken a babysitting class and soon into the school year she asked me to babysit her son. He was only about 6 months old when I started sitting for her and I stayed his sitter until I graduated high school.
She later went on to marry another of my favorite teachers soon after I graduated and they now have two children together, RJ and Katie.
Here they are!
So I went off to college and we stayed in touch throughout my time in school.
Almost 1 year ago, I got a different message from her updating me on everyone.RJ had been having lots of headaches and his eyes had started crossing for no reason at all.So she took him to the doctor and that is when they found out that RJ had a tumor in his brain.RJ was only 3 at the time.
In March he had brain surgery and they were able to remove all of the tumor.But he still had to go through radiation and chemo.
So we get into May and I receive another update from Micha but this time she asks me a question.They had been traveling between home and Dallas (where RJ was getting his treatment) and they would be home for 3 weeks at the end of May.Micha and her husband both had to finish up at school for the year and didn’t want to put RJ into day care because his immune system was so low.They asked me if I would come and stay at their house and watch RJ (and Katie) during the day.Of course I said yes.I had nothing to do between graduation and moving to Florida and I wanted to help them out any way I could.
In the 3 weeks I was with those two sweet kids, I completely fell in love.It was really hard to say goodbye to them.We even joked that I could just live with them and be their nanny forever.
In about August they found out that RJ had another tumor in his spine.So they began been doing more chemo/radiation in hopes of shrinking the tumor.They had a Tot Run to help raise money.I couldn’t be there, but my mom and brother went and ran.
Two nights ago I got the most recent update on him from Micha.RJ had an MRI on Tuesday and they got the results Wednesday.Turns out the tumor on his spine had gotten larger, there are two others on his spine, and he has another in his brain.
His chances are now 50/50 with more chemo/radiation. But other than that, there are no other options.And the doctors tell them this is his last chance to recover.
When I read her message I just kind of sat there and stared at my computer screen for a while.I cried and thought to myself how unfair the whole thing was.
He’s just a little boy.He hasn’t even had the chance to really live yet.How could this happen?
But I know God has a plan for everything.And even though we may not understand it, everything happens for a reason.
I’m sorry for the depressing post, but I needed to share this.
I love this family and am so heartbroken for them.
Prayers are definitely needed for this sweet little boy!