by Michael Wells
I got home Thursday morning around 7:00am from CHOP and decided I should check the mail before I took a shower and headed off to work. There is a local newspaper the Community Tribune which is mailed to all the homes in South Brunswick and which I usually toss immediately in the trash as I did so today. Well, I arrived home this evening around 9:00 pm and to my surprise on the front page of this newspaper is a photo of Brady and a reprint of the article that appeared in the Home Town News a couple of weeks ago. Check it out if you get a chance, it’s a very nice article.
Brady continues to follow the expected path with this round of conditioning chemotherapy and today his blood count has him officially neutropenic. This basically means his white blood cells are no longer capable of fighting off infections. This is all to be expected but none the less it’s now time where “things” can get weird. Let’s hope not.
Today Brady once again was in his usual playful mood and spent several hours in the playroom. The play room is now officially Brady’s room. Also, today Sherrie received a call from one of Brady’s friends; Jimmy who arrived at CHOP (via Robert Wood Johnson) for his bone marrow transplant. Jimmy is a super 10 year old kid who is from Mexico and is always smiling. He is a devout Yankee fan and as a Sox fan I cannot hold it against him. He had a blast at my expense during the World Series. Sherrie told me she and her Mom were quite touched by his call and later in the day Sherrie stopped by Jimmy’s room to bring him some Mango ice cream – his favorite. Great kid and I can’t wait to see him!
It’s been a long day for me, I started out in Philly, drove to Greenwich, CT and back to Kendall Park via a 4 hour meeting in Springfield, so I am going to call it a night. As always; please continue your prayers, hugs and good thoughts for Brady and if you’re up to it add one for Jimmy (even though he’s a Yankee fan).
“8 Years Later—Still No Cure for Pediatric Cancer” is a series of posts revisiting the journal kept by Sherrie and Michael Wells during the cancer diagnosis and treatment of their son, Brady Michael. Hopefully these entires will provide an understanding of the journey families face when dealing with these horrific diseases and of the important work the Hugs for Brady Foundation does.