"My heart, O God, is steadfast;
I will sing and make music with all my soul.
Awake harp and lyre!
I will awaken the dawn.
I will praise you Lord, among the nations;
I will sing of you among the peoples.
For great is your love, high above the heavens;
let your glory be over all the earth."
Well we had our big day and a mighty big day it was! David turned 29, and the scan came back COMPLETELY CLEAN!!
God is so faithful and good in His timing. What an amazing gift for my husband. What a joyful day! I am so thankful to have good news to share. We would still praise the Lord all the same if the results were bad, but it feels so good to see our prayers answered this way!
It has been such a blessing to see everyone's reactions to our news!
I am so humbled that God would use an event in my tiny life to bring Him glory.
Thank you Lord for using me.
This means that I am in remission! Many of you may think that this means we are done, but unfortunately, we still have a long road ahead of us. We can see the light at the end of the tunnel though!
I will go in for pre-testing this Tuesday and then Monday, September 9th, I will begin my autologous stem cell transplant.
This means I will be in Nashville for 30-40 days. I will receive high-dose chemotherapy for a week to kill off my bone marrow. I will then be given back the stem cells that we collected a few months ago.
For a few weeks I will simply be recovering while my new cells engraft and create newer, healthier, hopefully cancer-free bone marrow!
The reasoning behind this proceudre is that my cancer was extrememly agressive. Even though nothing showed up on my scan, there could still be tiny cancer cells hanging out in my bone marrow or somewhere else in my body that could grow back. We are hoping to eradicate these cells and are praying for a lifetime of remission!
It is pretty common for people to relapse after a stem cell transplant, espcially people with cancer like mine. But I know God can do this. I am confident that if He wants to spare my life He will.
I also know that is was not the last treatment that put me in remission. Only God could have done this in this way. God was faithful to complete the work that He started. I am praying and believing that this gift of healing is once and for all.
We are so relieved and so grateful, but we are also preparing for the weeks ahead.
Ways you can pray for us.
Pray for David. It is not going to be easy for him to travel back and forth between Knoxville and Nashville. I know he will be under a lot of stress.
Pray that the cancer stays away for good and this treatment is effective!
Pray that I will be spared of some of the long-term side effects that can happen because of this amount of chemo I will be getting.
Pray that I will heal and recover quickly and we can get back to normal soon!
If you want to...pray for babies in our future. (had to throw that one in :-))
Thank you all so much for walking these bast 17 months with us. We are so thankful for our friends and family.
Praise the Lord for he is good! His steadfast love endures forever!!!