Nicholas finished treatment on 11/18/2010. He will continue to go for blood work for the next 3 years. He is still in remission.

Saturday, November 8, 2008

Day 23 - The Shannon Family

We are always excited when we here the news that Nick can leave the hospital. He learned how to swallow pills while in the hospital this time. (The liquid medicines did NOT taste good) It makes the event go much smoother and tastes better when we coat the pills with melted starbursts. Nick is very strong and tries as hard as he can to be an active 4 year old. He plays and rides his bike, but does tire very easily these days due to the chemo. We have been told in the hospital that it gets worse before it will get better. Nick's hair has fallen out and it is our challenge as parents to encourage him and let him know it is okay. He is feeling 'different' right now with how he looks and how people perceive him. He continues to be a jokster, even about himself. Greg shaved his head down to a #3 and told Nick he go lower when Nick says the word. For now, we cross our fingers that Nick does not spike another fever through the induction phase. Today he feels very tired and has slept most of the afternoon away. Monday is his next chemo treatment and then one week left for induction.


Patt said...

Dear Karen and Greg..just remember after a storm there will be sunshine..and this one of the wildest storm you all will conquer..Nick has got so many people praying and pulling for you all..it will work out ..Hope his counts are holding up ..Aimee Renee were over yesterday with litlle Connor and they really keep us on our toes..Connor is running about now..its seems good to see him doing different things.. love to all and prayers the Gang from Maine

The Wykoff Family said...

I am SURE you look much more handsome than your dad the less hair you have!!!!! Luke wants to get on toontown with you sometime when you are up to it. We love you and think about you all the time. Can't wait to see you again.
Love, Aunt Christa Uncle Mark Justin Luke and Kaitlyn

Nana and Papa Charlie said...


You made me very happy last night when Nana and Papa came to stay with you, Colby and Thomas while we gave Mommy and Daddy time to be alone for a while. I was especially happy when you gave me a hug before you went to bed. I was missing those hugs from you but knew you have not been feeling very good. Tell Colby that Nana was happy with his hugs and kisses last night also.
Love, Nana and Papa Charlie

PleaseRecycle said...

Hi Shannon Family,

Just a note of encouragement from our family. My daughter Mollie (4.5 years old) was diagnosed with ALL (pre-B) in June. We know that the induction phase is a roller coaster. Hang in there! We are keeping you in our thoughts.

Sarah King (www.allaboutmollie.blogspot.com)

mbrackett04 said...

Uncle Greg, Aunt Karen Colby, nick and Thomas. I have a lot of people praying for you down here. We are always thinking of you. I love you all and I know you can keep the strength to get through this time.