The Cure for Cancer?

It’s been seven years since someone’s world was irrevocably changed.

Tristan is not the first person to ever have neuroblastoma.

He will not be the last.

He is, however, unique.  One in five million at time of diagnosis to have this form of cancer.

Tristan’s teen years were turned upside down.

His parents’ world was turned upside down.

His little brother’s life was turned upside down.

And  through the first six years, everyone fought to find out how to gimbal life… trying to keep their balance when the world tossed them mercilessly on the sea of treacherous, cancerous unknown.

In those seven years, many treatments have been suggested, many have been tried and have had some level of success and some level of failure.

Tristan remains unique, and the odds of him surviving seven years have made that original equation unestimable.

Tristan is  family.

To me, he is precious.

His case is personal.

Tristan has done much study into his own situation.  He has learned about cancer.  He has learned about options.  He has learned about holistic treatments and ideas and about a cancer clinic in Texas.  His family wanted to give him the opportunity to try the alternate treatment he had researched.

But it cost money.

A lot of money.  

$100,000 was mind-boggling.

This past year, finally, there was something the rest of us could do.  We could help make an option for treatment a reality.

Our family rallied together.

Our friends rallied together.

Strangers rallied together.

And we are almost at our goal.

It’s been eight months since we started our fundraising in earnest.

In  those eight months we have raised almost $75,000 for Tristan to have the option to see what the possibilities are for a specialized alternate treatment.

During the first course of the fundraising, in the fall,  a harsh and experimental treatment in Edmonton was suggested and tried, in the hope that the radioactivity poured into his body would shrink the tumors.  It did actually show some positive results.  There were high hopes.

Then it was decided that the treatments couldn’t continue because of the severe negative side effects.   Those side effects would be as deadly as the cancer. It was finished.

This wasn’t the first treatment that had limited success. But it was to be the last official treatment.  At that point in time, the medical community was out of ideas.

Now we are anticipating with joy and hopeful hearts that Tristan will soon get to explore this new alternative protocol.  But have we set our expectations too high?

Like any of the myriad of treatments, surgeries and pills before….


Tristan knows this.

His mother knows this.

His family knows this.

Tristan has diligently sought to make a difference in his own life.  He has a regime and a lifeplan that would amaze you.  He’s wise beyond his years.  Never one to want to be in the limelight, this whole fundraising effort has taxed his quiet and private personality.  We have stretched him, but in the process, given him many things…

We’ve given him… HOPE.

We’ve given him …LOVE.

We’ve given him …FUNDS.

We’ve given him … OPPORTUNITY.

BUT A CURE is not ours to give.

We cannot buy it.

We cannot demand it.

It is ours simply to hope for,

and if we so believe, to pray for.

“To dream is to hope.  To hope is to live”

(R. Evans)

                                                                                                                                                                                   ….I’m praying for you Tristan… Aunti M


~ by tristansgiftofhope on May 29, 2012.

6 Responses to “The Cure for Cancer?”

  1. that about sums it up.
    very well put.
    I am glad you can say it and write it.
    thank you!

  2. Thank you Michelle … beautifully written.
    Hope all goes well!

  3. if love could heal….Tristan would have been following his dream for the last 7 yrs… blessed you are with the family you have……

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