Today marks Ella Joy’s last erwinia asparaginase! The last of 12 painful shots in her leg with crazy long needles! Thank you all for your prayers! Also, a great big thank you to Nam Mee for helping watch Asaph with her children! This week, we had 2 erwinia asparaginase shots. Monday was one of her toughest shots yet, but today, after getting the results of her CBC, we found out her platelets were very low, her white blood cell counts were extremely low, and her hemoglobin was also too low. She immediately got a blood transfusion. Ella Joy’s blood counts are definitely not high enough for chemotherapy next week. However, we are praying that her platelets and white blood cell counts will rise and that her ANC would rise from 100 to over 750 so we can start her maintenance phase of treatment! Maintenance includes vincristine chemotherapy, prednisone, 6mp daily, oral methotrexate, and spinal taps for the first 2 months, third month off for the first year, and then every 3 months. Praise the Lord, because if all works out, we will only have to go to Luries once a month once when her counts are high enough! Please pray for the next time we are expected to continue treatment, July 7th, and that she would be ready for chemotherapy!
Reflecting back on all the trips and train rides back from downtown, long hospital visits and chaotic schedules, we are extremely thankful to God that we soon will only have to visit Luries once a month!
“But God doesn’t call us to be comfortable. He calls us to trust Him so completely that we are unafraid to put ourselves in situations where we will be in trouble if He doesn’t come through.” ― Francis Chan,
All of our friends who sacrificed so much of their time and energy to give us rides and help watch Asaph were not comfortable … they could have easily been at home with their own families … but we thank God everyday for using them to bless Ella Joy and our family!
Having a child with stage 4 nonhodgkins lymphoma cancer is not comfortable, but it has been our delight trusting in Him completely throughout this journey. He has always come through, and we believe He will continue to show His glory!
We do not know what will happen tomorrow or months down the line, but we know He is faithful! Please pray that when worry or fear might invade our hearts we would remember His words.
“Do not let your hearts be troubled. You believe in God; believe also in me. – John 14:1
Thank you so much for always praying and never ceasing!