It was good for me to be afflicted

5-23-2016

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Thank you so much for praying for Ella Joy’s 2nd post-chemotherapy clinic visit this morning! A special shout out to Kelsey for helping me watch Asaph while Ella Joy was at her appointment. The last time, it took a couple of finger pricks to get the blood needed to test her blood, but this week, it went remarkably well with only one prick! Her counts were once again looking great this week, and the physical showed no apparent enlarged lymph nodes! Praise the Lord! We cannot thank you enough for praying! Please cover our next appointment which will be Ella Joy’s 3rd post-chemo appointment on July 25th, Monday. A while back on the morning of Easter Sunday, Ella Joy fell down the stairs that led up to her lofted bed. She was bleeding near her eye and also injured down below. It was a scare, but after a week or two, she was all healed up! As for side effects, Ella Joy has been having stomach pains but they don’t seem to be too serious. I have been giving her the simethicone chewables that I had been giving her during her chemotherapy. Other than that, she has been having a lot of bloody noses. Please pray for Ella Joy’s body, that as the toxins and chemicals are exiting out of her body, that she would be 100% cancer free. It is known that at times, chemotherapy can cause a secondary cancer. Sometimes, it is the same cancer, and other times, it is a completely different cancer. We definitely saw the short-term effects chemotherapy had on Ella Joy, including low blood counts, needing blood transfusions and ER visits due to fevers, vomiting, constipation, nausiousness, weakness, leg pains, stomach pains, mouth sores, allergic reactions from head to toe, and even not being able to walk at times. But we are praying that Ella Joy would be spared from some of the long term effects from taking chemotherapy, antibiotics, and hormones for such a long course of time.

“It was good for me to be afflicted so that I might learn your decrees.” – Psalm 119:71

It is our greatest prayer that Ella Joy would be able to use the experiences she has had going through chemotherapy, and fighting stage 4 non-Hodgkins lymphoma to be a living testimony of God’s faithfulness and steadfast love to so many children who might be weary hearted in their fight against cancer. Something Charles Spurgeon said changed my prayers for Ella Joy, “I would go to the deeps a hundred times to cheer a downcast spirit. It is good for me to have been afflicted, that I might know how to speak a word in season to one that is weary.”

We appreciate your faithful prayers!  As you continue praying for Ella Joy, please remember to lift up storehouses of prayers for Ella Joy’s dear friend Ava as well!

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