Blessings for Braden

Welcome to our blog! Braden is a 2 year old little boy who has been diagnosed with Neuroblastoma. Nueroblastoma is a childhood cancer that is most often found in children under the age of 10. Our hope is that God will heal Braden completely and that his story will help others draw closer to Jesus.

Tuesday, May 29, 2012

Recent updates from Jessica's Facebook page (Pray for Braden)

Braden continues to do well this week. Praise God! We are still awaiting the biopsy results, so hopefully we will hear something today. We continue to pray for good news.
For the first time since Braden was diagnosed with cancer, I have felt a little bit of normalcy in my life. Last Night Braden spent the night with Pa And BGE and Brandon and I had a long overdue date night. We ate seafood, our favorite and Brandon found a pearl in his last oyster! I believe that God was showing us a glimpse of hope during this journey of our lives.
We are being admitted to scottishrite. B 's ANC is low and they want to watch his foot to see how it is healing.
We finally got up to our room at 1:30 am this morning. Braden then had a blood transfusion which started at 3am and lasted 3 hours. So, we are exhausted! His foot looks better this morning. They are going to keep us overnight again tonight to make sure his blood counts are going up like they should! All of this from a little blister! We know that our almighty God is in control! Just a little bump in the road,God telling us to slow down and seek him first!
So, the lymphnode in B's neck did come back as part of the tumor. It has metastasized to that one area. We pray that it does not spread any where else. As of now, the chemo plan has not changed. We will continue with two more cycles And then scans to determine either surgery or more chemo. The goal is for the next PET scan to be negative. These are our prayers as of now.

Monday, May 21, 2012

Urgent! Prayers needed now.

Braden is in surgery now to biopsy the lymphnode in his neck.  It is more serious than originally thought.  Please pray for guidance for the Doctors as they deal with this surprise.

These are Jessica's words:

They just took B back. They had to put him under general anesthesia. It is more in depth than we originally thought. The lymphnode is around major vessels, and the lungs so they need him completely still. Please pray for guidance for the doctors' hands.

He is in recovery and the doctor said everything went well and he got good tissue.

Sunday, May 20, 2012

Pray for Braden tomorrow, Monday 5-21

Tomorrow we return to Scottishrite early in the morning for Braden to have a CT/needle biopsy of the lymphnod in his neck. They are trying to rule out if this is realated to the tumor in his stomach. We feel hopeful that it will not be related. We continue to pray for miracles for our precious one.
" Believe on the evidence of miracles themselves. I tell you the truth. Anyone who has faith in ...Me; he will do even greater things, and I will do whatever you ask in my name: you may ask Me for anything in My name, and I will do it."
John 14: 11-14
Dear Lord,
I ask that you protect my angel from this terrible disease and heal his precious body. I pray that the lymphnode in his neck is nothing but a reactive lymphnode and has nothing to do with the tumor in his stomach. I pray that the chemo is working on his body and that the tumor will dissapear by your healing hands. With all these things, I ask in Your Name. AMEN!
Please pray this prayer with me for Braden.

A thank you from Jessica

What an AMAZING DAY we had yesterday. Thank you to the Dacula Family for coming out and supporting us. IT is AWESOME what everyone did for us. It was truly a blessing from GOD what happened yesterday. I pray that God will bless each and every one of you that came out to support us. WE LOVE YOU ALL!

Saturday, May 19, 2012

The Benefit 5-19-12

Today was the Boozer BBQ Benefit.  These last 3-4 weeks have been a testimony of God's grace.  If Kimberly, Kim, Allison, or I talked or even thought about something we needed, God provided exactly what we needed.We started this thinking we'd feed about 200-300 people and have a nice little afternoon.  God had greater plans than us!!!  John from Heat Hog BBQ served about 540 plates of BBQ today.  We had an incredible turn out and it was so wonderful seeing everyone there today.  Together we raised $12,000.  I am still in awe of today.  Thank you for loving the Boozers the way you did.

I've got a few pictures from the day, not as much as I would of liked.  If you have some you'd like to share, please do.
Here's the Blessings for Braden Bracelet Booth.

Mr. Barry had the hayride going continuously all day!

 We had six jumpies going, with five usually working at a time:)
The silent auction was great!

More jumpies...  see the one on the end?  :)

Aubree (Braden's baby cousin) hung out in the shade.

The BBQ was d.e.l.i.c.i.o.u.s.

Our Bluegrass band:)

Kimberly did a fabulous job running the auction.

There was a whole lot of face painting going on.

The BBQ line.

Jamie, Jessica's sister led the bake sale, yummo!

Serving the 'cue.

The pageant girls led the parachute play.

The kids got to explore an ambulance,

and a firetruck.

Many more things went on, but I tuckered out and stopped taking pictures.  We did have everyone sign this.  I was brought to tears seeing all of those awesome signatures. 

From all of the Boozers, thank you all so very much.
Here's more pictures from the day taken from Jessica's Facebook page.
The Grandmothers

 Quinn is almost like a sister to Braden, and she considers him a brother.
Cousin Cadence, they are both January babies:)

Braden's cousin and bud, Boden.
 All of the Boozer Cousins, Brock, Boden, Braden, Cadence, and Aubree.
Shannon, Braden, Catherine, Kim, Allison, and Kimberly

Thanks Jess for the pictures!

Live Auction

A reminder, the live auction will start at 4:45 with the honorable Captain Ben Haynes as Auctioneer!  See you today.

Thursday, May 17, 2012

Jessica FB Post 5.17.12

Long night in the Boozer household last night.  We got home from Chemo around 8:30pm.  We were all exhuasted.  Braden woke up around 11:30pm with vomiting.  So we were changing sheets and cleaning up.  I brought Braden in the bed with me while Daddy slept on the couch to give B more room to be comfortable.  What a great Daddy!! As I was just getting back to sleep B got sick again.  We gave him some Nausea medicine and he slept the rest of the night.  My poor baby is at home sick today and I have to go to work because I have to get my time in for insurance.  This is so frustrating. I just pray that he has a good day today.  I know he is in good hands because he is with Grandma.  Thank you for continued prayers.

Monday, May 14, 2012

Jessica's post on FB 5/13

Today we had to shave Braden's head.  His hair has been falling out everywhere.  I was hoping we could just let it thin out, but it was falling in his face, eyes, and food.  So. Brandon did the inevitable.  Braden had a hair cut Boozer style.  He started out on the motorcycle and then moved to the four wheeler for his big hair cut.  He did great.  I promised Brandon that I would not cry because he didn't want Braden to get upset.  Daddy even got a new hair cut too!  I will be shopping for some cute hats A.S.A.P.!

Wednesday we will return back to clinic for Braden's second round of Chemo.  He will be recieving two medications he has not had yet.  We pray that he will be receptive to these new medications and not get sick.  We pray he will continue to act the way he currently is.  We should also hear about when they have scheduled his biopsy of the lymphnode in his neck.  We will keep everyone posted.  Thank you for your continued prayers.

Saturday, May 12, 2012

Braden's BBQ Benefit

Just wanted to remind everyone that the BBQ benefit is only one week away.  If you still want to sign up to help we would greatly appreciate it.  There are new areas on the list that you might feel you can help out with.  Check out the link and more importantly please continue to spread the word about the event and invite your friends.  Hope to see you all Saturday!

Thursday, May 10, 2012

Jessica's FB post 5/10/12

Today we went for a PET scan . We should have results tomorrow. We also had B's blood levels checked again and they are low. We will go to scottishrite tomorrow for a blood transfusion. We pray that his body will accept the blood and he will not have a reaction. We pray for no fever so that we will not have to be admitted. The past two days, Braden has started loosing his hair. This has been really hard for me. I know it is just hair, but the thought of him loosing it and seeing it come out is just another symbol that our baby is sick. We are so blessed for all the prayers and support we are receiving. Please keep the prayers coming.

Wednesday, May 9, 2012

Jessica's FB post 5/9/12

Tomorrow we go for a PET scan to check the lymphnode in Braden's neck . Please pray that his port access will not be painful. He will be sedated so they will use his port for the nuclear injection and sedation. Braden continues to do well. His blood counts are really low. So we also pray that they will start to go up and he will not come into contact with any sickness.

Saturday, May 5, 2012

Jessica FB update 5/4/12

Just got GREAT NEWS from the Oncologist. The MYC Gene that we were waiting from pathology is NORMAL!!! PRAISE GOD! OUR prayers are working. HE hears us and is answering them. The oncologist said that Braden was the talk at their meeting with the other Onclogist and surgeon from Eggleston. They agree that taking out the tumor is nearly impossible. They may only be able
to get out 25% of it ...and he may just live with the rest and go back for scans yearly. He also told us that from the sans the tumor part of the mass is almost gone!! He is hoping that chemo will stop the diarahea and then we can re-evlaute after 2 or 4 rounds. We are also going to have a PET scan soon to double check the lymphnode in his neck. The onlcologist said that he just thinks that it is a reactive node and not part of the tumor. The neck and the stomach do not look anything alike so he feels they are not connected. He said it would be very unusual to have metastic disease in the neck just by the look of it. So VERY GOOD NEWS TODAY! So our prayer now is that chemo will stop the diareha so that we can stop chemo. It already seems to be helping. His stools have been darker and more like normal diareaha, not just water. THANK YOU< THANK YOU for all your continued prayers.
Pslam 103:3, Proverbs 3:5-6, Pslam 27:13-14

Wednesday, May 2, 2012

5/2/12 Update from Jessica

Everything has continued to go well so far! Braden continues to act like his normal two year old self. I even returned to work yesterday. My plan is to work as many days that I can to finish out the school year. We will return to Clinic on May 16th for Bradens second cycle of chemo. It is only one day this time. We will go weekly to have his blood levels checked. We did have a little scare this Sunday. Bradens port looked red and irritated so I called the oncologist. He sent us to the ER. They accessed his port again which was just as painful as the first time! They ran antibiotic through it and put him on an oral antibiotic just to be sure that infection doesn't set in. His port already looks so much better.