Friends and Family,
It is with sad and heavy hearts that we tell you that we received news that Elijah is back to square one in his battle with Perthes Disease.
On Monday, Elijah was sent home from school with pain in his hip. We immediately took him to Cincinnati Children’s hospital for testing. On Tuesday our surgeon notified us that he has lost his femoral head. His hip now is in a state worse than a year ago. He continues to lose over 50% of his bone every 4 weeks.
The news in all honesty was devastating, discouraging, and defeating. Once again we had to look into Elijah’s eyes and tell him the disease had struck again. Words cannot express the pain of that moment. To see him WORK day in and day out for the past year, through countless PT sessions, daily stretching sessions, and not to mention the severity of fighting through last summer’s surgery with the external fixator ALL for the chance that he could play football this fall and be back on the field with his teammates. Seeing the disease win this round, ripped our hearts out.
So, NOW WHAT? Well, as of now we are scheduled to return to Baltimore on May 3rd for a VERY rare surgery; one that has only been done a handful of times. It has also been recommended that the external fixator be reapplied. This was a tough blow to take in. In addition, we are looking globally at doctors for a second opinion. One of the Dr’s we have been consulting with is Dr. Lopes in Portugal. He is the global leader on this disease. No matter what we decide, it will require a lengthy stay away from our home.
We covet your prayers as we need God’s guidance and discernment on this painful journey to see our boy become healthy. In the words of Rocky Balboa, “Life is not how hard you can hit, it’s about how hard you can get hit and keep moving forward.” Well, even though Elijah has gotten knocked down, his first response to us after the news was, “I will play quarterback again. Perthes is not gonna stop me.” He is choosing to keep moving forward! And so will we.
Now more than ever he needs the support of his friends, family, school, teammates and church to keep his strength up and win this battle. Keep praying, loving and cheering for #1. If you would like to help support him financially on this journey to healing you can do so via his Go Fund Me Page at https://www.gofundme.com/elijahwalters
You know, God has a way of encouraging us even when our hearts are hurting. This has been one of the toughest weeks to date, but also the proudest. Elijah has had on his heart to start a Fellowship Of Christian Athletes at his school. With the support of the lovely Leslie Papa (his teacher), he rallied an amazing group of students to attend their first meeting. Precious to see Elijah walking in obedience. Very excited to see these students unify and bless others and grow in Jesus name.
The Lord makes beauty of our ashes………..continuing to lean on Him yesterday, today, and forever. Please partner with us in prayer for Elijah. We love you all and are so thankful for each of you and our amazing community. Your friendships have been monumental in helping Elijah #tackleperthes. Please keep pushing our QB to the finish line.
Shayne and Tiffany