Sorry for the double post this morning, but I wanted to reassure everyone on something.
I know you might be concerned that Bryan is in the state he is in because this wasn't caught early enough. That's just not true. While it might possibly have been easier on his neck, it would not have altered the ultimate course. His neck is actually completely pain-free after the surgery.
Here's the deal: When Bryan went in at the end of May, there were not cancer cells in the blood. That means it wasn't considered leukemia. It's important for everyone to understand that. He was treated for the condition in its state at that time, and the treatment simply didn't work.
He had only been without labs a couple of days when all the cancer cells showed up in his blood. You can't catch things much quicker than that.
Also, for those of you who are looking things up, I haven't given every minute detail on Bryan's specific type of ALL (actually T-ALL), simply because it's highly technical, ungoogle-able, and really doesn't matter. Suffice to say that it is rare, extremely rare, and just wasn't treatable.
Please remember that God is sovereign and not limited by diagnosis, prognosis, access to healthcare, or geography. While His will might be exceptionally painful, it is just that- His will. We can take comfort in the fact that He is in control, even when we can't possibly see the good in what happens.