Reece's leukemia fight #CancerSucks

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Reece Ryan Harper. Two and a half years old and the bravest boy I've ever known. Reece just landed himself in the hospital due to a diagnosis of leukemia. He's been battling some nasty symptoms over the past month and after multiple rounds of blood tests, a few sets of X-rays, a full body bone scan, a CT scan, and finally 2 bone marrow tests, we have been dealt this hand. There's no way to fathom that something like this could ever possibly happen to your loved ones and then when it does, there's no possible way to fully understand it or actually come to terms with it all. Reece is such a fighter, he's being an absolute champion through everything so far. He will be starting chemo treatments soon and we hope he can continue to stay strong. We have no clue what exactly to expect once all the bills start funneling in, but we are trying to prepare for it to be shocking and overwhelming. We are asking that anyone that can and would like to help out in some way make a contribution to his fight. If we raise our goal and for some reason don't end up needing to use it all toward actual medical costs we will donate the rest to a charity to help other kids that are fighting a battle of their own. We haven't picked a charity yet, but with Reece's huge heart we are certain he wouldn't have it any other way. We will let him help pick out the one that will be just right. We cannot express enough how much we love and appreciate all those around us that are rallying together with prayers and support of any kind. Reece might be fighting a really crappy battle but he is absolutely a blessed child. Thank you!

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Reece had an appt yesterday. It was regular chemo as well as a lumbar puncture this time. The day didn't quite as smooth as it normally does. Nothing major, but he was just not acting like his normal upbeat self and was begging for a drink of water, which I couldn't give him due to the upcoming anesthesia. I finally asked if I could give him just a sip to take the edge off. They said no, but that spurred them to take a closer look at his numbers from his blood counts. Thank heavens because it turns out his glucose levels were extremely low. They rushed to get that taken care of and he perked right up. They were able to send us off to continue with his procedure as scheduled.

Now here's where the story turns to 'tug at your heart strings' kind of thing. As he's laying on the bed and the nurse is getting him all hooked up he looks up at her with the utmost confidence in what he was about to tell her. He proceeds to say, "Satan is bad! But it's ok because if we keep Jesus in our hearts then Satan can't get in." I just sat there in awe at the fact that my boy has so much faith in the fact that we've got Jesus on our side. And that in that moment he felt the need to share that with the nurse, who as a collective group I have often thought of as complete angels through this whole process. You could just say that was a real proud mommy moment for me yesterday!!!
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Wow! Wow! WOW!!!! It's been a year. Thank God for weekends, because the actual year anniversary from the date of his diagnosis was this past Sunday, and we were so busy enjoying our time that we completely missed it, not realizing what day it was! To say that this past year has been a whirlwind would be a gross understatement!!! It has been nothing short of the roller coaster ride of a lifetime, and probably action packed enough to last us a lifetime. Would I trade one single second of it for an easier journey?? HELL NO! This has been hard, yet incredible. Sad at times, yet uplifting. Frustrating, yet humbling. Life altering, yet perfect! We chose on day one that we were just going to attack this thing head on and with the utmost faith that it would all turn out well. We have become closer as a family. We have become stronger as parents. We have become stronger in our community involvement. We have formed amazing new relationships with people we may have otherwise never known. And above all, we have grown in our faith and deepened our relationships with an amazing God who has not fallen short in providing us with exactly what we've needed every step of the way. Reece is the biggest champion we could ever hope to know. His love of life and excitement to attack it is just awe-inspiring. We often just watch him or listen to him and can only react by smiling. Okay, it's really more of an ear to ear, full teeth, gums showing, cheesy grin. But I like to think that it doesn't look quite so silly while we watch our boy in amazement. He's soaring through the maintenance phase of his treatment so far as if cancer is a word he hasn't actually learned yet. There have been no setbacks yet since April and we are very optimistic that we'll continue in this fashion until we can shout CANCER FREE!!!! While this all sounds like the best news I could possibly put into this update, there are definitely still moments that are hard. Really hard! I often contemplate ripping out all my hair. But then, I'm just not quite sure that would be cute, nor would it solve anything. So I'll refrain, and instead, we just ask for your continued prayers, good thoughts, healing vibes, all the goodness you want to send our way..we'll take it! We appreciate you all and are so grateful for your support! Onward in our cancer fight!!!
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WE MADE IT, WE MADE IT...Next phase...MAINTENANCE!!! This is a really big deal. We still have a long time to go, about 2 1/2 more years, but Reece only has to go in for chemo once a month. What a sweet relief that will be from the weekly treatments he's been on so far. He's done awesome through this last phase. He seems to feel better and stronger every day. He's got some huge exciting things coming up too, Disney World Make-A-Wish trip in 4 days!! And then he starts T-ball right after we get back to town. Looking forward to a fun spring/summer, filled with far more ups than downs this year! We could not be more proud of our sweet boy and his never ending passion and perseverance! Bring on Maintenance, because as the doctor put it in the beginning of all of this, "Once they get to maintenance, that's when they're really living life again!"
He's getting to shave his beard like Daddy does!
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WOOHOOO!!!!! We're going home today. He has to stay on some at home IV antibiotics and come in for daily checks at the clinic. But none of that is a big deal, because we get to sleep in our own beds! The doctors and nurses have taken great care of Reece and we truly are so thankful for that, however, I just don't think that anything can compare to the healing that the comfort of your own home can provide. Thank you all so much for so many prayers and words of support! Now, onward down the road toward cancer freedom!!!
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Gina Vincen
39 months ago
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Another way to help Mali and Reece is to sign up to provide them a meal. Go to takethemeal.com search by last name McCracken and the password is 1234.

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Traci Hacker
39 months ago
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My oldest son was diagnosed at 3 years old and I am happy to report he is almost 21! Fight tough Reece... you can beat this! Good luck and God Speed! Mom... find a good support group and take care of yourself, ask questions and cry when you need to. Many prayers coming from Northern Idaho.

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Marshawn Stanley
31 months ago

That is such great news!! Congratulations! !

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Barry Hitt
34 months ago

Congratulations, guys! So happy and glad to hear!

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Emily Franz
25 months ago

Prayers to you and your sweet boy.

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25 months ago

We will pray for you guys. Cancer Sucks

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Gina Vincen
39 months ago
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Another way to help Mali and Reece is to sign up to provide them a meal. Go to takethemeal.com search by last name McCracken and the password is 1234.

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Traci Hacker
39 months ago
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My oldest son was diagnosed at 3 years old and I am happy to report he is almost 21! Fight tough Reece... you can beat this! Good luck and God Speed! Mom... find a good support group and take care of yourself, ask questions and cry when you need to. Many prayers coming from Northern Idaho.

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Marshawn Stanley
31 months ago

That is such great news!! Congratulations! !

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Barry Hitt
34 months ago

Congratulations, guys! So happy and glad to hear!

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