Dear Friends of Theodore,
Just before Christmas, we took Theo for an X-ray after he complained of pain in his lower back. A few difficult weeks later, here we are back in the hospital -- The Bristol Myers Squib Children’s Hospital at Robert Wood Johnson in New Brunswick.
Scans found three tumors, one of which appears to have wrapped around his lower spine. Before we knew what we were up against, Theo could no longer walk.
We’re pleased that radiation therapy appears to be working to bring feeling and movement back to his legs and to reduce overall pain. And we’re also happy that he’s (mostly) comfortable, alert and sometimes even cheerful here at the hospital.
But the situation is this: he can’t walk, and he can’t sit up. And the standard chemotherapy for Theo’s condition -- Synovial Cell Sarcoma – has been ruled out as ineffective. It didn’t work the first time, so we have to try something else.
Theo’s already been through a lot, and now the degree of difficulty seems to have been increased. But he’s completely focused on a happy ending. Thanks for all of your deeds and thoughts to help Theo recover.
With much love,
Casey and Margie