Many of you throughout Pregnancy.org know Janel/CamelNoodle as a special long time member of our Pregnancy.org family. For those that are unaware, Janel's oldest son, Will, was recently diagnosed with an extremely rare and agressive form of cancer: sinonasal teratocarcinosarcoma. This cancer is very rarely found in children -- less than 2 cases ever in the literature. Will just turned 6 in October, is a kindergarten student, and enjoys karate.
In addition to Will (Oct. '04), Janel and her dh, Mike, are parents to sons, John Michael (June '10), Thomas (May '08 ), and Joseph -- stillborn in Jan '07.
Please take a moment to leave your words of support, love, and encouragement for Will, Janel, Mike, and all their family during this difficult journey ahead. Janel has shared that your support is very much welcome and needed and she will be reading when she is able. Please do understand if she is unable or chooses not to respond at this time.
Additionally, all are welcome to follow Will's journey via the CaringBridge which is set up to give updates for family and friends: http://www.caringbridge.org/visit/strongwilled
Please, if you leave messages on the CaringBridge, do realize that Janel and Mike -- working with the Child Life Specialists, have opted to limit the information and prognosis with Will for now. They ask that you respect their wishes and - if you post there - that you write encouraging messages that they are able to share with Will.
Janel -- please know on behalf of our entire community and from me personally as well, Will and all of your family will be in our thoughts and prayers. If there is any other way that we can offer our support now or in the future, please let me know. I'm also willing to pass along any further messages for you anytime.