Preparing to Celebrate

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This Christmas is tough, as you might imagine.  But the irony is not lost on us that as we fight to keep my son alive, tomorrow is day when one child was born for the purpose of dying. This morning as Harrison and I were chatting we talked about Christmas and the birth of Jesus.  “Why did God become man?” … Read More

Our God is With Us

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I should begin with an update.  Harrison is feeling well.  Still eating everything in sight.  In fact, he came into my room just after 5:00 this morning asking for Krispy Kreme donuts.  He even had his order ready.  After putting him off for a bit, I got up and took him to get the melt-in-your-mouth delights.  He had eight of … Read More

Our New Roller Coaster

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Yesterday, it would seem, is indicative of what the next three years will be like for us. I must admit, I don’t like what I see. The day ended well enough. The Centennial Authority (the body which runs the RBC Center in Raleigh) hosted patients and families from the UNC Children’s Hospital in their suite at a Carolina Hurricanes hockey … Read More

Harrison’s First Treatment

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Yesterday we went to the cancer clinic at UNC Hospital for Harrison’s first chemo treatment since his release from the hospital.  We had to be there at 7:00 so it was an early start.  Because he was to be sedated for a spinal tap and bone marrow biopsy he couldn’t eat or drink after midnight, so he was starving on … Read More

Harrison’s Biggest Fear

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After a good weekend, Harrison is feeling a bit weak this morning, and is a little nauseous. That’s to be expected, I guess. He despises the medicine he takes several times daily. The highlight of his weekend was shaving his dad’s head. Knowing that Harrison’s hair would all fall out, he went ahead and just shaved it off. So he … Read More

Harrison and His Little Cousin

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One week ago tonight Ginger and I were told our son had leukemia.  We are still in shock.  The doctor said our lives would never be the same, and we believe him.  As hard as it was hearing the diagnosis, nothing was as hard as passing along that terrible news to him.  He was devastated. In the last week our … Read More

Harrison is Home

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This morning we “woke” up (if you can call turning on the lights after a sleepless night awakening) to the doctor telling us to pack and get ready for dismissal.  It was GREAT news!  Obviously, we have a LONG road ahead, but home is better than hospital any day. After getting home Harrison ate for the first time since Friday … Read More

What a Rebound

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A terrible Monday was followed by a terrific Tuesday. We figured out the best way to get the medicine (Thanks Dr. Johann Hsu – not sure how those names fit together). We went to the playroom TWICE to place Wii, air hockey and some pool (thanks go to my PhD student John Lewis for going with us). He laughed. He … Read More

We Don’t Want Your Cancer Beads

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Monday was a terrible day for Harrison, meaning a terrible day for his parents. We discovered that he was entirely unwilling/unable to take oral medications. We tried swallowing pills. Gag. We tried hiding the pills in ice cream. He chews his ice cream (and every other soft food like pudding and applesauce), so he just crunch down on them and … Read More

When Cancer Hit Home

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On Sunday my ten-year old son began chemotherapy. I never thought I’d say that. Friday, December 9, 2011, is a date that will live in infamy for the McKinions. Our youngest child, Harrison, was diagnosed with Leukemia. It was devastating news. For those interested in following his treatment and cure, we’ll soon be setting up a mechanism for communicating with … Read More