Just a quick message and prayer request. Brenda is supposed to receive her results for her molecular test she had last week, TOMORROW! The results will determine if she can stay on the same chemo for the long term, which is what we want. Also, the insurance company is trying to deny payments for her meds. Her wonderful Dr. Snyder has assured her he will get it squared away and not to stress, but I ask for prayers. Hopefully there are not too many hoops to jump through.
"Do not be anxious about anything, but in every situation, by prayer and petition, with Thanksgiving, present your requests to God" Phillippians 4:6-7
Also, Brenda is fighting off a cold. Please pray that The Lord heal her body so that it can continue to fight this Leukemia. We thank you all for your continuing thoughts, prayers and generosity. We appreciate EVERY ONE!
So sorry it's been way too long since I've posted an update, so I'll make this a good one! The first weekend in October, Brenda, Bob and the kiddos went up to her parents cabin for a much needed getaway. It was a great weekend, but Brenda ended up getting VERY SICK! She had bronchitis and pneumonia which took about 3 weeks to get over! My poor sis :( Thankfully she's feeling much better now.
On October 18th, Brenda had an appointment at City of Hope. She does not have to go back until December 2nd, which is a VERY important appointment. They will be running a test which will determine the success of this treatment and it's future success in fighting her CML. When Brenda was first diagnosed, this test showed that she was at 118%. On December 2nd they want her to be at 10%! We don't know what percentage she. Is at now, because this test is only done every 3 months to see how her body reacts to the chemo.
I'd like to take a moment to express just how inspired and proud I am of my sis! She's been working very hard at eating right and staying strong! Her blood work has improved as a result and she's even lost weight as a result of her change in diet! Her positive attitude and her faith in The Lord Warm my heart and I know The Lord delights her undoubting trust in Him!
Pastor Rick Warren says: "You have 3 choices when bad things happen to you: You can let it destroy you, you can let it define you, or you can let it develop you." This diagnosis has truly developed Brenda. She has embraced it and is sharing her journey with others. Something that is not always easy to do. I love you to the moon and back!
Please continue to pray for strength, health and healing for Brenda! And if The Lord compels you to donate to her cause, we ALL greatly appreciate it!
Lastly, Brenda would like to thank all those that ordered key chains to help support her! Once I have the final amount, I'll post it on here and add it as an offline donation. I believe it's somewhere in the neighborhood of $450!!!!
May The Lord bless you and keep you all happy and healthy!
Typically Brenda has to go to City of Hope every week for a check up and blood tests. But, because she did so stellar 2 weeks ago on her white blood cell counts, the doc gave her a pass and told her to check back in 2 weeks. My sis Claudia took Brenda for her appointment on Thursday, September 26th, and her white blood cell count is in the NORMAL RANGE!!! WOOHOO! She's down to 3,900! Normal is between 3,000- 10,000.
To give you an idea of how far she's come and how great she's doing, let me give you a little history. When Brenda was first diagnosed, on August 22nd, her WBC (white blood cell) count was at 51,000, off the charts, outrageously high! After 1 week on her chemo meds, her WBC counts dropped to 40,000. The following week was really rough on her. She was experiencing a lot of high fevers, awful bone pain and night sweats. Well, it paid off, because her counts went down to 16,900! Amazingly GREAT! The doc was so impressed and happy with the numbers that he said she didn't have to come back for another 2 weeks. This week she had less side effects, just really fatigued. On Thursday is when they told her that her WBC are down to 3,900. We are so beyond happy that she is doing so great and the chemo is doing it's job.
Another challenge she's facing is that now her red blood cells (hemoglobin) are low, at 10,000. If they go down to 8,000 or less, she'll need a blood transfusion.
The Lord is good and we continue to pray everyday for my sis and we ask that you do the same. She is still working part time from home, but it is challenging at times with all the side effects she experiences keep her from being able to keep up with work as much as she'd like.
Please continue to pray for Brenda, Bob, Blaine and Maddy throughout all of this. Pray for good health and healing for them all. It is crucial at this stage that Brenda stay healthy and not be around any one that might even have a cold. So more prayers during this flu season are most appreciated!
Thank you everyone who has bought keychains to support Brenda and also who has donated via this web page. Every dollar helps, especially as the bills start coming in, and life doesn't stop for cancer!
"Do not be anxious about anything, but in every situation, by prayer and petition, with thanksgiving, present your requests to God. And the peace of God, which transcends all understanding, will guard your hearts and your minds in Christ Jesus." -Phillipians 4:6-7