Posted on March 20, 2017
Update #8: Happy “Transplant” Birthday!
"Surely the righteous will never be shaken; they will be remembered forever. They will have NO fear of bad news; their hearts are steadfast, trusting in the LORD. Their hearts are secure, they will have no fear; in the end they will look in triumph on their foes." Psalm 112:6-8
Happy Sunday everyone!
I hope each of you have felt God’s blessings not only today but everyday. We are continually reminded of God’s love through many things such as the random people He places in our path and constant answered prayers (thanks for your continued ones). We have all been in agreement that since November we see God’s goodness everyday in the smallest and biggest of ways. But anyway, I could talk about God and how he’s moved through us more than any of us could have even asked for and while I know that’s what God’s purpose is, I’ll save that for another post. Mitchell on the other hand is doing GREAT. He finished his fourth round of chemotherapy this morning, it was four straight days of treatment including three different drugs along with various medications following, but God has shielded him and protected him again. Amen! Monday morning he will undergo a low dose of total body radiation to help suppress his immune system even more preparing it for Ben’s stem cells. Tuesday is a day of rest followed by the day we’ve been waiting for, Transplant day. March 22nd is considered day 0 and another birthday to celebrate. They will remove Ben’s stem cells that morning and give them to Mitchell some point after that (we’re still not sure the exact time). Mitchell will then receive two more doses of chemotherapy on day 3 and 4. Following that, we will be in the hospital estimated 30 days from the start of transplant, but all of that will depend on how quick he grafts and having no fevers, etc. In Jesus name, he will not because we have had a couple of those. For those of you who aren’t aware, during all of this and even the other treatments, they suppress his immune system leaving him with a white blood cell count of 0.0 meaning he doesn’t have the ability to fight off infection or bacteria like our normal bodies would. So during this time of neutropenia it’s even more important to be very cautious of all of those things. It’s basically wiping all of your bad cells and even good ones out so your body can start to graft all the new ones. We don’t want him to graft them too fast or too slow but we know the One who executes in His perfect timing. We are all looking forward to Mitchell moving closer to COMPLETE healing and know this is the next step to getting there. Since we will be here for a few weeks I know some of you love sending cards and I can’t stress how encouraging they are to all of us especially Mitchell. We sit down every chance we get to read your sweet words and thank God for placing each of you in our life and being so grateful for your support during times like these. For those of you wanting to send some, the new address is:
M.D. Anderson Cancer Center
Charles Mitchell Henry G1844
1515 Holcombe Blvd.
Houston, TX 77030
Also, since Wednesday is transplant day we thought we’d ask everyone who purchased a Team Mitchell shirt to wear it in support of him and also Ben. We will all be wearing ours, even Mitchell! If you didn’t purchase one but would like to support him in some way if you have a WKU, Green Bay, Broncos, Ravens, or even camouflage shirt, wear it! Even if you can’t wear it that day then wear it on another day this week and if you can’t at all, we know you’re still supporting him! But if you do get the chance to wear yours if you could take a picture and post it or send it to Terry, Lesley, Vicki, or I! We know your all supporting and praying for us but just for him to physically see all the support is a HUGE encouragement.
We know your all praying fervently, so here are some specific prayers:
The doctors, nurses, and everyone in Mitchell and Ben’s care to have the knowledge, discernment, and hands of God to give them the best care
Ben and Mitchell’s procedure on March 22nd
Safe travels for Ben as he travels back and fourth during this time
Total Body Radiation to do only good and not harm
The mass and lesions disappear completely
Pray for God to shield Mitchell that every medication, chemo, radiation, procedure, radiograph, etc. enters his body do only the good it is supposed to and not the bad, let all the bad flush out of his system.
Pray God to shield him of all possible side effects and complications that they will never arise. Absolutely no infections or set backs.
To protect every organ, good cell, and particle in Mitchell's body.
His body will accept his brother’s cells (yes yes yes)
His appetite and stamina each and every day
His immune system will be stronger then it ever has been before
Even on his weakest days he will be strong, In Jesus name
My health so that I can continue to be with him every day
Peace and strength that surpasses all understanding for both of us and our families
****Pray for complete healing, full recovery, full remission, and an absolute cure.
Again, we cannot thank each and every one of you for EVERYTHING you’ve done for all of us. It’s so overwhelming the amount of love we’ve felt and blessings you’ve given us. We can’t wait to get home when Mitchell is HEALED and share all the ways God has and will continue to provide through it all.