Below is a great update from Trucker’s mom that she shared after his PET scan. Please pray for the Natural Killer Therapy, the port surgery, and the family’s love and strength to remain strong.
Double shakas!! Cuz fire trucks showing up for you are totally normal right?!?! #teamtruckerrocks words can not express the love i have for all the support from everyone!! New skateboards, trips to the ocean, fire trucks showing up, hotel stays, 100’s of people dancing for trucker, prayers, encouraging messages everyday and love #alwayschooseLOVE we LOVE you!! Truckers scans this week were stable as expected with minimal activity on his PET scan which is good cuz it means the cancer is not growing so we will start the Natural killer protocol on july 6 which is chemo, my natural killer cells and immunotherapy over the course of 2 weeks and then we will scan again.. Tomorrow morning is surgery for his new port finally.#LOVEbeatscancer#cancersucks#littlelegend#loveisaverb#teamtrucker#theyoungandbrave#truckersahambone
Please read the updates from Shauna below and pray for her as she and Trucker are separated from the rest of her family at Sloan-Kettering in NYC. Pray for their family bond to remain strong, for their hearts to be encouraged in the Lord’s plans for their lives, and for Trucker to be completely healed from cancer.
Trucker has scans this week and surgery for his new port (the previous port got infected). Then they will start the Natural Killer protocol where they will harvest Shauna’s natural killer cells from her immune system and transfuse them into Trucker. This also involves chemo and immunotherapy and then they will re-scan again in a month.
This photo so captures the beauty of the time we get to spend together but also the desolation that we feel. Although we know we are not doing this alone there are many things that only him and i face!! I have so much emotion when i look at it!! My heart aches for my husband and the rest of our family and being apart is much harder than i thought it would be!! Thankfully they are coming again just not soon enough!! Thank you for continuing to love us through the hardest thing we’ve ever done!!
Her thoughts here coincided with this thought inspired by Colossians 4:5-6. “Walk in wisdom toward those who are outside, redeeming the time. Let your speech always be with grace seasoned with salt that you may know how you ought to answer each one.” Grace here means gracious, i.e. the divine influence on the heart, and its reflection in the life. Seasoned with salt means prepared with prudence-acting with or showing care and thought for the future. In other words, we need to exhibit the grace of God in our talk giving thought to how our words will affect others’ futures.
“Death and life are in the power of the tongue…”
“My dearly beloved brothers, understand this: everyone must be quick to hear, slow to speak, and slow to anger, for man’s anger does not accomplish God’s righteousness.”
After getting the news that the Trucker was not found NED (no evidence of disease), Shauna shared update below with this photo of her with Tucker at his first “prom.” The second update shares the next step for Trucker’s treatment which is his eighth round of chemo (starting yesterday). Please be praying for the effective of this round of chemo, for Trucker’s health and energy after the treatment, and for the family as they continue to be apart from each other.
Sloan Kettering Prom was so much fun!! It’s such an amazing event for all these#littlelegends fighting cancer!! Its a huge event that takes weeks to prepare. Its all about these kids feeling special and having a blast. We were honored to be a part of it this year!! Please be in prayer for our family and the Dr.’s at Sloan as we make upcoming decisions in how to move forward with treatment for our Trucker boy. We still have options and I am so grateful for that, but none of them seem great!! Its liquid radiation injected into his body, or more chemo(he’s already had 7 rounds) alongside my natural killer cells, with a slight chance of moving onto immunotherapy without these added toxins but a lot will depend on his PET test tomorrow that will show us how active his residual cancer is. These decisions are hard to make, not guaranteed to work, and will affect his life!! Thank you for loving us!!!#teamtruckerrocks#cancersucks#LOVEbeatscancer#alwayschooseLOVE#cutestpromdateever
We face time everyday but nothing beats the real thing#noLOVElikesiblingLOVE
We have a temporary plan. Round 8 chemo starts today and we pray hard it cleans up the rest of the boney lesions so we can move on to immunotherapy. If not it will most likely be the NK protocol which is more chemo and my natural killer cells which would ad months on to our time in NYC. We will re-scan again in a couple of weeks!! Not my favorite but better than nothing!! Thank you for remembering our ohana and your love!! #teamtruckerrocks#theyoungandbrave#chooseLOVE#cancersucks#alwayschooseLOVE#truckertough
Shauna Dukes shared this adorable picture and update yesterday asking for prayer for Trucker to be found NED (no evidence of disease). Earlier today, Joshua shared the second update below. Please be praying for this family to feel the Father’s love, for their faith in Him to increase, and for Trucker to be completely healed.
Yup, Trucker boy my #littlelegend had his first date to to Sloan Kettering’s spring prom!! My heart literally hurt from the cuteness!! This little nugget Isla on facebook Isla the fierce has the exact same diagnosis as Trucker boy and is just ahead of him in treatment!!! Another amazing family fighting this beast!! I am so grateful for moments like this!!❤❤❤ please be praying for scans tommorow that we are NED cuz I terribly miss my family and if we are not it will add months on to our time apart!! Team trucker you are amazing!! We love you all!!!😘😘😘#littlelegends#LOVEbeatscancer#kidsgetcancertoo#truckertough#Islathefierce#chooseLOVE#theyoungandbrave#cutestpromdatesever
Today we got the preliminary news back from Truckers scans. He has a lot of cancer sticking around that is chemotherapy resistant. I wish I was there to hug him. I wish I was there to hug Shauna. This cancer is a beast I want to see die. I feel like it keeps knocking us down, but I refuse to give up. I won’t stop fighting till it’s dead and gone even if we are bloody, beat down and exhausted. Please continue to pray to God for my son. God is the only one who can make this go away and bring us together as a family.
One of our friends from Maui is in Nepal helping with the earthquake recovery. Please read his update below.
Please keep us in prayer! The Bible Church’s scheduled disaster relief distribution this week is: in Makwanpur district, a village in the Namatar Development Committee where there is a high risk of landslides these displaced people are in need of proper shelter and latrines; in Dolakha district, one village has proper shelter but in urgent need of mosquito nets; and in Nuwakot district, one village requests lentil, rice, salt, soap, and cooking oil. Your online donations purchase provisions for displaced people! Please donate with us at: http://www.gofundme.com/tymzfs
Shauna Duke shared the update below regarding Trucker earlier today. Life is certainly full of ups and downs, good times and bad times, and after watching Trucker and his family fight cancer these past few months, the words of Ecclesiastes, “There is a time for every activity under the sun,” ring truer in my life. Please pray for the doctors to find the right antibiotics, for Trucker’s fever to go down, and for his infection to be cleared up.
As a cancer mamma everyday my emotions swing back and forth on the pendulum of sadness from watching trucker go through this journey and missing my family and life to the other side where as i watch so many babies around us loosing the battle that i feel grateful we still have a fight to fight!! This season is emotionally exhausting and gut wrenching!! and saying that here is a trucker update.. Scans are not until next week so just when we were thinking yay we have a week off lets party, Our #littlelegend spiked a fever. It started yesterday morning and since then it has been a roller coaster of high fevers, shaking, belly pain, and after several attempts to put in a temporary IV, and a very sleepless night we know now that we have an infection in his main hickman line!! This is the line that they surgically place that goes straight to his jugular vein and is how he gets chemo, medicine, and how they draw blood from him.. We are working on the right kind of antibiotic right now to prevent surgery and try to save it but at this point we are not sure. So please remember us this weekend in your prayers as we once again switch gears to hospital mode and as i continually remind myself to #chooseLOVE#cancersucks#LOVEbeatscancer#imissourlife#theyoungandbrave#kidsgetcancertoo#teamtrucker#keepontruckontruckerboy
“Rejoice with those who rejoice, and weep with those who weep.” Romans 12:15
“a time to weep, and a time to laugh; a time to mourn, and a time to dance;” Ecclesiastes 3:4