Tuesday, August 4, 2009

Positive & Encouraging

We were able to meet with Koen's Oncologist this afternoon. The meeting was very positive and encouraging. It was much needed after all of the events today. This morning a chest x-ray showed that Koen had large amounts of fluid in his right lung. The doctors later decided to drain the fluid to help his breathing which at the time was very short and rapid. They were able to drain 140mL (over half a cup) of fluid out of his right lung. As is fairly common, his right lung partially collapsed as a result of the procedure. They subsequently made the decision to intubate him and give his tired and worn out body a much needed break. He has been fighting very hard for the past 5 days. It was very scary walking back into his room and hearing that this was necessary. We are now however seeing the positive effects of him being intubated as all of his vitals are back within normal ranges. This has come as a great relief to us as we have had to watch him fight for every breath. Every aspect of the meeting with Koen's Oncologist was very positive. The oncology department here is part of an international orginazation that pools together research of cancer cases in children. This is necessary due to the fact that these cancers are so rare. The oncologist said that there are approximately only 200 cases like Koen's a year. However, they have been pooling this data for over 50 years so they have developed proven standard plans of attack for curing this type of cancer. We will know and hopefully start Koen's treatment plan tomorrow after his biopsy results are finalized. The goal of Koen's oncology team is that they will be able to declare him cancer free in as little as two years. We are so thankful that God led us here and feel that Koen is definitely in the right place. We now see the whole picture of why we were led to Colorado. Koen is sleeping well tonight. Even though he is heavily sedated he still has been somewhat responsive when asked certain questions. He shook his head yes when we asked him if he knew his Mommy and Daddy loved him! He also shook his head yes when we asked him if he would like a puppy when he is all better. It has been of great comfort to us to be surrounded by our families during this time. We greatly appreciate all the sacrafices you are making to be here for us and our little Koen! It has been amazing to hear how many people we have praying clear across the country. It is unbelievable to see how far one little life can reach. Thank you all very much. Your prayers are being answered. Please give the little ones around you an extra hug as we even more realize how precious they are.~Grant


  1. To the Slovek Family,

    You don't know us, but we heard about little Koen from our cousin Pam Davidson, who worked with Grant. We just wanted you to know that you are in our prayers. God works in mysterious ways, and he has led you there for the best in care for little Koen. Keep up the faith and keep smiling, you never know when an angel is close by, and I am sure little Koen has an angel by his side watching over him. Take Care and may God bless all of you.

    Someone who cares, Dave & Darlene Davidson
    8/4/09--Hemet, CA

  2. You also don't know me, but My name is Brittany and I am a friend of Jenna Slovek's. I am a cancer survivor and as of two weeks ago now a mother too, and I must tell you that my heart breaks for your family and you having to go through this. You are all constantly in my thoughts and prayers! It is helpful to remember that our God is faithful, He keeps His promises and listens to the prayers of his children!!

  3. I just wanted you to know we are here for you. So wish I could be there right now. Hopefully we can come again really soon. We are praying throughout the day and night. Take care of yourself and know we love you!! Call if there is anything else we can do.
    Love you!
    Josh, Sara, and girls

    P.S. I was praying for Koen with the girls yesterday and Ellie said Mom,"Koen is my favorite, He is my best friend!" Just a ray of sunshine to brighten your day.

  4. Grant and Lindsay We have been praying for you from the start. Just now figured out how to use the respond comment. God is a great God. I am so glad that things are looking better. Love to all the family. Dale and Joan Stewart

  5. I'm praying for little Koen and the entire family! Thanks for the updates. God is good and SO faithful!!!

    Love & Blessings,

  6. Offering up prayers of grace and mercy to our Hevenly Father for your entire family. Praying also for Koen's strength and comfort. May the Lord Bless you and use you through this very challenging time.

    Christ's peace be with you.

  7. To the Slovek Family,

    I am so glad that things are looking better. I just wanted you to know that my prayers are with you and your family.

    Pat Mims

  8. Slovek Family,

    All of you are in my thoughts and prayers.

    ~Christie Harvey~

  9. So good to hear how the Lord has been working. Thanks for sharing the little details and insights that show His caring hand. I'll keep praying.
    Love in Christ,

  10. Grant, Lindsay, Kaitin, and Gavin...I have been faithfully praying for you guys and precious Koen. God is mighty and works in ways that we cannot even fathom!
    Love you guys!
    Megan Eck

  11. Just wanted to let you know that we are thinking of you~
    Tony & Corinna