Wednesday, December 9, 2009

An Update on Harrison

My brother sent this to me today, so I thought I would bring everyone up to date on Harrison.

Friends and Family,

Since last August, many of you have come to me inquiring about the status of my son Harrison. It means a great deal to me personally that you all are concerned for the health of my child – even now, months after the fact. This year has been a tremendous challenge for us as a family, so having your support has meant a great deal along the way.

Last year, Harrison’s request of Santa was to have the stem cell treatment done. He prayed regularly for a successful outcome, and his prayers were answered. So this Christmas has a bit more meaning to our family.

Attached is an essay Harrison wrote on his computer last month for a school assignment. That in itself is significant – he used both hands to get it written with minimal assistance, something he was not able to do before. Somehow reading his words brings greater focus on the significance of what has happened.

Thank you all,

Jeff (Harrison's Dad)

My Favorite Thing

by: Harrison

What do you know about stem cell therapy? I know a lot about stem cell research because I had a procedure don in Dusseldorf, Germany in July.

The first thing the doctors did was extract my bone marrow out of my hip with a big needle. They harvested the stem cells by putting the bone marrow in a special tube and putting the tube in a special box. It too two days for them to separate the stem cells from the bone marrow. I had one million two hundred thousand stem cells.

After two days I went back to the hospital, the nurse put an IV in my arm and I went to lala land. Next, the doctors put the stem cells in a tube called a syringe with a ginormous needle. They put that needle in my spine and put the stem cells back in me. Ow!!!!! I had a really bad headache for eight days because of that.

Then I woke up, I pulled the IV out right away. Hahahaha. What the heck! I didn't need that thing anyway.

After the procedure some of the things I can do better are sit by myself, move my chair, and move my hands better. I could not do any of these things before yeah me!

Scripture of the Day: Psalms 96: 4, 6, 8

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