Blake upate on Barnes trip

We are in full on “Yea God” mode around here.  We went to Barnes in STL for our bone marrow transplant consultation fully prepared for what this next step in the journey would look like.  We did research and found that it would typically mean she would have to stay in STL for around 100 days which would be hard on her, the kids, etc.  But, we were matter of fact that if that’s what it took for her to get well, then we were all in.

Well, we got up at 0 dark 30 and headed down for our 8 am lab work.  At 9 we met the doc.  5 min into the conversation I made reference to her siblings and matching bone marrow and the doc looked at us and said, “Oh, you don’t need a transplant.  I am fully confident that if you come down here for your 4 chemo consolidations (4 stays, 4 days each spread over 2 months) then at the end of the 2 months you will close the door of this chapter of your life and be cured.”  (Mouths dropped open)  And then he said, for emphasis, “I’m not talking about remission, I mean CURED!”  At that point I started peppering him with questions.  And every response was wonderful.  Bottom-line: this doc specializes in AML, not just leukemia, but H’s particular type.  All he’s done for 20 years is research, speak, write, and teach about, and treat people with, AML!  Now, he did say that he won’t be completely sure until he gets the results of the latest genetics testing on the bone marrow biopsy we did in his office later that day, but, barring something that he’s not expecting, he is saying that the transplant is highly unnecessary right now and fully expects the final courses of chemo to cure H.  AMAZING!!  So, next Thurs eve H will head to STL to start her 1st round of consolidation first thing Fri.  God is good!

Keep praying that nothing will show up in this last biopsy and that H will tolerate this next round better than the 1st.  🙂  We are full of gratitude!

PS – my wife is sweet, but VERY weird on Demerol.

18 thoughts on “Blake upate on Barnes trip

  1. God works wonders and miracles every day. I know He has been with you all through this. I am praying for you each and every day and I am amazed at His blessings. I will continue to pray for healing and love.

  2. Praise the Lord!! So glad you git this encouraging news..continuing to lift you up in prayer for complete healing. Especially praying for Berkley as it must be tough to be away from the family right now!

  3. In tears as I type this! God is so good! Prayers continuing. My heart is so happy for you guys! Xoxo

  4. Crying happy tears while reading this! God IS good!!! Thank you Blake for the updates! I’m sure that there are many people like me who have Heather on their minds and prayers a good part of their day who truly appreciate being kept in the loop. I will continue praying, and trusting our wonderful loving heavenly Father to complete Heather’s complete and total healing! Long distance hugs and kisses Heather! I’m amazed at your strength. Lots of love, Denise

  5. So happy to hear this good news! Heather is is the image of grace and faithfulness through all of this! Continued prayers for the whole family.

  6. Blake and Heather:
    Many, many prayers are being answered! I’ve always reminded people in the prayer messages I post that with God, ALL things are possible. This is certainly a great illustration. As God gives you this blessing, He will most surely bring you both into contact with others who need to believe and trust in that fact…that with God, ALL things are possible. I am just shedding tears of joy. I have had Heather on my heart all weekend, hoping there was good news from the consultation. Give God all the glory and praise His name! I love you both!


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