We are not out of the woods by any means, but Ty had good results from his MRI today. We are completely beside ourselves with relief.
The lesion on his cervical spine appears to have shrunk in size since the last MRI, and the doctors are completely baffled by that. Ty's situation remains very serious, but the fact that his cancer has not progressed and that we are, in fact, seeing some slight improvement, has Lou and I grateful beyond words. Our doctor actually said that he is pleased to retract his extremely devastating prognosis from early December. Ty still has a very long, very difficult road ahead, but he is doing much better than expected so far and defeating all odds.
Thank you for your prayers and positivity. We strongly believe it is the love and support of each and every one of you that drives his progress. There is simply no other explanation. So thank you, for seeing how special our boy is and for keeping him in your thoughts and prayers. I am doing the same for so many other beautiful children I have met on this journey.
As for next steps, we will continue to monitor closely through frequent MRIs. Radiation is still out of the question until the doctors are 100 percent sure about what we are dealing with (i.e. If there IS any chance of infection - which might explain some of the ambiguity - then radiation is not an option). In the meantime, we will also schedule another surgery for next week to replace the valve in his shunt in an effort to relieve some pain. It's complicated, but we believe a low pressure valve will be very beneficial to offset some of the frequent pain and nausea that Ty is experiencing and it should even help with his equilibrium as he tries to build back his strength for standing and walking. As much as we hate to check back into the hospital, it will be a good thing.
We hope to share more tomorrow, but wanted to let you know the good news in the interim. Thanks again. XOXO.