Brock Rocks

September 3, 2012

Biopsies, school, and PT

Filed under: Uncategorized — Vanessa @ 9:26 am

If I don’t post for a few weeks it’s either because there is A LOT going on and the thought of sitting down to write about it overwhelms me….or there’s nothing going on and I don’t really have anything to tell you. This time it’s the former.

Brock went to the dermatologist almost 2 weeks ago. The skin on his arms and face have been really red and dry for several months and we were also a little bit concerned about a mole on his arm. The doctor walked in and couldn’t have cared less about the redness and dryness but was VERY concerned about the mole. He said it looked like melanoma. And then he said “We don’t want to mess around with this. It’s the one type of skin cancer that can kill you.” Awesome. They did a 4mm punch biopsy and 3 stitches to close it up.


Brock did great. He cried when they numbed it but was fine after that.

The nurse called the next day to say that there were no cancer cells (praise the Lord!) but that there WERE atypical cells that maybe could’ve might’ve developed in to cancer. We go back tomorrow to get the stitches out and then 6 weeks later for a follow up appointment and to see if the other moles on his arm (that you can seen in the picture) need to be biopsied as well.

Brock started preschool at our church last Monday. He was so excited to go back to school and see his buddies!


The very next day he had a routine appointment at the hem/onc clinic for blood work. It showed that he was neutropenic – his white blood cell count was dangerously low, putting him at a high risk of getting sick. And IF he got sick, we’d be automatically admitted to the hospital. So. He hasn’t been back to school or church or anywhere out of the house (except therapy) since then. He goes back to clinic tomorrow as well, to re check his WBC count. We’re praying it’s higher and he can get back to normal life.

Lastly, his physical therapist re evaluated him this week and he has made SO much progress in the last six months. I’m so proud at how hard he works to re-learn things that other kids and parents take for granted.


5 months and 5 days of chemo left…..


  1. Love you sweet friend. Thanks for the update

    Comment by Melanie — September 3, 2012 @ 10:05 am

  2. Dearest sweet brave Brock, sending hugs, love, prayers and good wishes for a blessed Labor Day!

    You are a Wonderful Creation

    We could knit our socks off
    and never come close
    to the Shepherd’s wonderful creation.
    He created you.

    You created my inmost being: You knit me together in my mother’s womb. I praise You because I am fearfully and wonderfully made; Your works are wonderful, I know that full well. Psalm 139:13,14

    Isaiah 58:8
    Then your light will break forth like the dawn, and your healing will quickly appear; then your righteousness will go before you, and the glory of the LORD will be your rear guard.

    (F)ully (R)ely (O)n (G)od

    “An infinite God can give all of Himself to each of His children, He does not distribute Himself that each may have a part, but to each one He gives all of Himself as fully as if there were no others” – A. W. Tozer

    ♥ ♥ ♥ ♥ *GOD LOVES YOU* ♥ ♥ ♥ ♥

    In His Love,

    C.O.L.E. (Caring Openly, Loving Eternally) Prayer Team
    24/7 Prayer Line 888-365-COLE (2653)

    “There are many Americans who are clever and fearless, but the trouble is many are small children fighting an ugly disease.”

    Comment by Caterina Grove — September 3, 2012 @ 10:17 am

  3. Brock is soo adorable!!! I HOPE his counts are UP and he can go back to being in the world!!! 5 months left!! HOW EXCITING!!!

    Love ya!!
    C.O.L.E.’s Foundation
    (Caring Openly, Loving Eternally)
    Sandy Daron

    Comment by Sandy Daron — September 3, 2012 @ 4:53 pm

  4. Thank you so much for the updates. I know it could be just another thing to have to do, but know that those of us receiving these updates are invested in your little family ( even tho I don’t know you personally) and are still praying for complete healing. It warms my heart to see Brock playing and doing his normal routine. Such a blessing.

    Comment by Shelley Stevenson — September 4, 2012 @ 6:32 am

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