Lord my God, I called to you for help, and you healed me. Psalm 30:2
Your prayers for our sweet child have been heard! As of Taylor's last bone marrow biopsy, there is no evidence of disease in his body. He is effectively cancer free! This result is more than we could've asked for, but God is never finished. We went to LA last week and spoke with the awesome bone marrow transplant team at Children's Hospital. They informed us that there are 3 donors that match him on 9/10 genetic markers! These matches are new sign-ups that weren't in the registry before. We are ecstatic and are crying tears of joy that our boy gets one more chance to beat this awful disease.
While in LA we were blessed to spend time with our sweet friend and childhood cancer advocate Madison Peach Steiner and her famously awesome DJ friend, Diplo. As part of Kevin Bacon's SixDegrees.org Get Well Soon Tour, we hung out at Diplo’s studio and created memories we’ll never forget. Taylor received customized, hand-painted shoes from Peach's Neet Feet and all the kids got their favorite present of all time, some new pajamas! No trip to LA is complete without a beach sighting and treat from the donut shop. While we didn’t get to stay very long, we had a great time.
The next few weeks will be full of preparation to get back to LA for the transplant. We are in need of housing and other essentials while there. Please continue to pray for us during this time of transition. We know God will provide all our needs. Thank you for your love and support. We feel all the love, everyday.
It's Nurses Week, Oncology Nurses Month and Foster Care Month! We hit all three with a quick visit to the clinic to see our favorite Nurse Jackie! She's been with us since the very beginning and we're blessed to have her dedication and knowledge in our life.
Taylor wasn't feeling well, so we checked his counts and vitals. He's a little better today and we're heading over to the hospital for a bone marrow biopsy. He needs a stronger sedation medicine, so he'll be in the ICU for just a few hours until he recovers. The results of this biopsy will determine if he goes into transplant. We have to travel to Children's Hospital in L.A. next week for a consult regarding the transplant. It's getting so close!
We would like to take the kids to an amusement park while we're there to make a few memories before this next round of brutal treatment. If anyone has any hookups on tickets or lodging, please let us know! We need all the help we can get. We love you all and hope to see some of our L.A. friends really soon!
It's day 35 and we're finally busting out of here! We are overjoyed to have our family together again. Thank you for your love and support during this time. Since Taylor's counts are still very low, we will be home, enjoying our days together until we know what our next treatment option will be. Please continue to keep us in your prayers. We love you.
Taylor convinced one of his favorite "midnight nurses" to write his nickname on his port dressing. We call him Mr. Cheeks when he gets puffy from fluids & transfusions. We are grateful he has been stable the past few days. His counts are creeping up at a snail's pace, which means we will be inpatient for another few weeks. He's bummed out and we're kinda stressed about it, but we know God is with us. We ask for prayers for him and our whole family as we adjust to long term hospital life. Once his numbers are up, he'll have another bone marrow biopsy to determine his eligibility for transplant. Please keep sharing his story and encouraging others to register at marrow.org
Catching Taylor smiling isn't really a rare sight. However, the joy in his face and the fact that he's eating, gives us so much hope. He's waiting for blood and platelet transfusions, and said he likes to see the blood bag. Whatever makes this journey enjoyable for him is ok with us. He also had fun crafting with Jackie, our awesome hospital child life specialist, hence the tape on his forehead. He's still on antibiotics and fluids and will be discharged once his counts are up. Please keep praying for his strength to get through each day. We love you all.
Taylor has been the perfect little patient these past few days, except for the fact that he won't eat! He's had blood and platelet transfusions, high dose chemo, and more chemo shots in his legs over the last couple of days. His counts are still low and he will continue to be hospitalized until he can fully recover, probably another week. He was happy today to have a surprise visit from his Grandpa, Aunt Monique and Uncle Michael. He said the truth is he was tired of hospital food, so of course they spoiled with Raising Canes chicken. We are so happy he is finally eating and done with this round of chemo. Thank you for your prayers and support during this time.
Happy Easter from our family to yours. Holidays at the hospital are extra special. We are blessed to be able to celebrate one more Resurrection Sunday together. Thank you for your prayers and love. We serve a living God and we know He is with us.
Taylor and mom pose for a quick @prayforCooper selfie on his way back to bed. He tested positive today for an infection in his port. He's on two antibiotics and meds too ease the fever and bone pain. He wants to go home, now more than ever. Please pray his little spirit can stay strong during this long period of hospitalization. He has at least two more weeks ahead of him. Thank you for keeping us close to your heart during this time.
Taylor is sleeping longer and longer hours the past few days. This latest round of chemo is tough on his body, and he's fighting as hard as he can. His platelets are low, so he's going to have another transfusion sometime today. We got a call from Children's Hospital in L.A. regarding his transplant. They want us to come down for a consult soon. There is no word on a suitable donor yet, but they want to get the process started. Some of his numbers aren't optimal for a successful transplant and we are in prayer over upcoming decisions. Please keep praying for us as we move forward in treatment for Taylor. Also pray for our friend, Taylor's big kid bestie, Cooper and his family. His cancer has aggressively taken over and they have chosen to stop treatments and enjoy their days together. This news weighs heavy on all the cancer families of Las Vegas. Please keep them in your prayers. We love you all.
Taylor has his fake worried face on. Lol This is the 4th time he is getting chemo shots in his legs since relapsing. He gets Emla "magic" cream and ice to numb the area, then more ice afterwards since it burns for awhile. He is his happy self, full of energy, after platelet and blood transfusions Friday night. He has periods of fatigue and knows when to rest his body. His counts are still very low and we'll have to stay in the hospital until they come up, which could take weeks. Please continue to pray for him as he fights this beast we call cancer. We know the Lord is with him.
Team Hammond is a foster and adoptive family from Las Vegas, Nevada. We have adopted 6 small special needs children out of foster care over the past 8 years. Our family was featured on our local CBS affiliate during one of our adoptions. News link www.tinyurl.com/teamhammond1
One of our super hero sons, Taylor, has been diagnosed with a rare form of leukemia. He is the bravest boy we know. He is currently hospitalized and receiving a mix of intensive inpatient and outpatient chemotherapy. We are grateful that he is under the care of one of the top Pediatric Hematologists/Oncologists in the nation.
We have no doubt that he will beat this. He is a tough boy, but as sweet and genuine as only a child can be. He is in good spirits and loves all the well wishes he has received. He hates the pokes and pricks, but loves the popsicles and pudding. He enjoys watching SpongeBob, Wipeout & The Cosby Show. He is currently homeschooled to limit his exposure to germs.
Our friends and family have shown us so much support. We have set up this page to allow all of those who wish to help us during this journey. Every dollar, prayer, well wish, and good thought has not and will not go unnoticed. Every donation is appreciated, no matter how big or small. All donations go to helping offset all related costs of Taylor's care.
We love and appreciate all of you. If you have watched our journey, you know there is a greater good at work in this family. This situation will not stop us. It will make us more determined and solidified to continue the work we have started in our children.