Stop and Take a Deep Breath

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Fighting cancer cannot be easy. I’ve never had to do it, but I’ve watched my now thirteen year old son battle the disease for three and a half years. He’s been an amazing warrior. He’s fought cancer the same way he’s always played baseball: all or nothing! I’ve watched as the harsh regimen of chemotherapy  have raved his mind and body. I’ve … Read More

He Never Ceases to Amaze Me

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NOTE: This is a repost of an earlier post from 2013, with some slight editing. One of the biggest highlights of Harrison’s fight against cancer was a phone call he received from Peyton Manning. When Harrison was at his lowest point, and the doctors were convinced he was going to die from the leukemia that refused to respond to chemo, … Read More

I Want to See You Be Brave

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Hours in clinic for chemo infusions and blood transfusions have been commonplace for Harrison. I cannot begin to count the number of hours he’s spent sitting in a blue vinyl chair waiting for life-saving drugs, blood, or platelets to finish infusing. I’m not sure how many people had to donor blood for him to be alive right now, but I’m … Read More

What is ‘Roid Rage?

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I’ve mentioned Harrison’s ‘roid rage before, and had people ask what that means. First, a little background. Part of the treatment for leukemia is a monthly prednisone pulse for five days. I’m not exactly certain the role this steroid plays in treatment, but it works with the vincristine to get rid of the cancer. The science eludes me at this … Read More

Final Spinal Tap

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We are hitting Harrison’s first “lasts.”  And I mean “lasts” in the best way possible. Obviously, in the world of childhood cancer far too many children have final birthdays, final holidays, and final goodbyes. Gratefully, Harrison isn’t having those lasts. Tuesday he is having a “last” of the good kind. I don’t know the total number of spinal taps with … Read More

The Countdown Continues

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Recently Ginger has begun posting a countdown to Harrison’s final chemotherapy infusion. It is amazing to think he has nearly reached that milestone. By the time he finishes treatment, he will have endured three and a half years of toxic drugs pumped into his spine, his brain, and his bloodstream. There is no way to know the damage these drugs … Read More

Surviving a Massive Stroke

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Three years ago today I listened to a doctor tell me this: “Your son two complete blockages deep in the brain. He has five bleeds too deep to reach. Something is wrong with his blood; it is too thick to even perform a complete blood count.” I asked an obvious question: “Is there any chance he will make it?” He had … Read More

Three Years Ago Today

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December 9, 2011, began like thousands of other days in the McKinion household: Ginger took the kids to school and I parked in front of the computer to work. The simple life we knew. a href=”http://www.stevemckinion.com/wp-content/uploads/2014/12/IMG_4187.jpg”> Only three hours later the calm of preparing for the end of the semester would be shattered by a call from Ginger: “I’m coming … Read More

Six Months To Go

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Six month into Harrison’s treatment was a tremendous milestone. Those were the hardest six months of his young life. He was sick, had the miss the second semester of fourth grade, and nearly died several times. When he survived for six months in leukemia treatment we celebrated. More children die with leukemia than die from leukemia. Why? The first treatment … Read More

Happy Birthday, Harrison

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Happy birthday to the world’s newest teenager! I’ve thought about what I would say today for some time. Upbeat? Somber? Melancholy? Angry? Relieved? Any of those emotions would be fitting. But as the day got closer one word continued to come to mind: Blessed. Jesus said, “Blessed are those who mourn, because they will be comforted.” That word “Blessed” could … Read More