Blake Update #4

Featured imageGood news from MMC today.  H is on the mend.  Up walking (gingerly), eating solid food (since yesterday – she likes pancakes, but I’m recommending chili), laughing, showering, peeing, etc.  God is good.  The acute danger we faced last week seems to be past.  We cannot tell you how much the prayers and notes and cards and food and and and mean to us!  H says that even though she hasn’t had the strength to respond to the 70 txts she got last week, she has read them all and they are all meaningful.  We are also so grateful to our parents who have done so much of the logistical work of driving kids around the world, making meals, washing clothes, etc etc etc.  I honestly don’t know how people without such a support system could make it through.

A couple upcoming things to pray about:

1.  Heather will be undergoing a bone marrow biopsy Monday.  Pray that it’s clean.

2.  Heather will be coming home Monday but she is still very weak.  Pray for patience for her as she settles in as a person who can’t go 1000 mph like she’s used to (and pray that she doesn’t beat me with a sack of nickels when I don’t respond to her as quickly as I should)

3.  We head to Barnes in STL on Tues.  Heather’s genetic coding is such that she has a much better chance of long term remission with the combo of chemo AND a bone marrow transplant.  So we are heading to Barnes for the transplant consultation.  We feel blessed that one of the top 4 hospitals in the US for bone marrow transplants is only 100 miles away.

We realize that there is still a long road.  The treatment for AML involves a few more sessions of chemo and now, the transplant.  However, God has shown he can sustain us and we trust that he will continue.

24 thoughts on “Blake Update #4

  1. Heather,
    I wanted you to know that we are praying for you and your family.
    Tracy Scarlette

  2. You look marvelous!!! So glad for this post! I have and will continue to pray for all of you! Heather, do not you worry about responding to post, text, FB…just get better and better! Thanks Blake, for your updates!

  3. Your smile is priceless, so glad to hear you are feeling a little better, I pray they have a bone marrow match for you. I know how painful the byopsy is and I have you lifted up daily in prayer.

  4. Thinking of you both, Heather & Blake. Thanks for the digital updates that allow us to direct our energies where they are most needed. All the best…

  5. Hi Heather! I was so shocked to hear about your sudden illness! Please know you are in my heart and in my prayers! I anticipate great healing for you and celebrate with you God’s great Mercy, Grace and Love! Be at peace! Much love, Deborah

  6. We are praying for you and glad to see you are on the mend. God is good – all the time.

  7. Lookin’ good! Celebrating with you over good news! Still praying for continued strength.

  8. So glad to hear this! Saw Pam’s post also! We are praying for her in the over 50’s ladies 🙂 small group. Second time doing Beth Moore’s Daniel and seems appropriate. I am on the Marrow Registry and will happily donate if a match for H! Love and prayers to all!

  9. Praise God!!!! He is so GOOD…….SO FAITHFUL:) Loving the bandana Heather & Rockin those cool nails! As beautiful as ever..
    Continued prayers for these specific prayers. BELIEVING GOD for your Complete Healing!!!! Much love to you, Blake, & family

  10. Praying for your family. Please know you will be in great hands at Barnes. I had a stem cell transplant down there just a little over 2 years ago.

  11. You both are being prayed for. Life isn’t easy but just know we cover your family in prayer. I admire the strength and endurance from you both. You can do this.

  12. Great news! Glad for good progress on a long journey. Heather looks great in the pic…glad for smiles and do-rags.

  13. Hellooooo, GORGEOUS!! There’s the Heather I know & love! NOTHING can keep you down
    …yay!!!! Can’t wait to see you in person! Lots of love going your way 🙂

  14. Heather, Blake and family. We are so very thankful for the great news and God’s sustaining power. Your parents were such support to us when we really needed them. Now it is our turn to reciprocate. Continued prayers for strength through recovery. Blake be patient and H don’t overdo. Just mom advice. In Him our ultimate reward.

  15. So grateful to see that smile! Keep up the great work Heather! You and God can beat this! So glad you will get to go home soon!

  16. Heather, Blake…One step at a time! Trust in the Lord with all your hearts and lean not on your own understanding. That may sound trite but is such great advice…from scripture. God has the last word. Keep a positive attitude and remember, you are covered in many prayers and God is in control. Love you both. Blessings…Joyce

  17. Heather,
    You are completely healed in spirit, soul, and body in our faith. Remembering you each week in our Thursday intercessor’s prayer group. Expect great things!
    Neill Howey, Polly Danforth and Laura Clark

  18. Dearest Heather and Blake, Berk, Bennett and Emma,
    We have prayed for you daily since this first began. We know you are in God’s loving arms and trust Him for the grace and courage you (we all) need every day. Love you guys.

    Polly and Mark

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