I created this blog when my sweet little girl, Kristen, was diagnosed with cancer, for the third time. After fighting for almost 3 years Kristen was called home to that same God who gave her life. One of my favorite quotes comes from Neal A. Maxwell- "Those who "plow in hope" not only understand the law of the harvest but they also understand what growing seasons are all about. True, those with genuine hope may see their proximate circumstances shaken like a kaleidoscope at times, yet with the "Eye of faith" they still see divine design." Kristen blessed lives and continues to do so. Her light continues to shine. As for me, I continue to "plow in hope" knowing well that Kristen is mine for eternity. Families can be together forever!

Monday, January 4, 2010

Some Good News...Really Really Good News


We are back in the hospital for another round of chemo. It seemed to be harder this time packing up and leaving home. You would think I would be used to this by now, but no, it really doesn't get any easier. The first dose of chemo just finished. It went in over 3 hours and will start again at 6 in the morning. Eyedrops and bathroom every 3 hours so it could be a long night.
Now for the good news...
Back in November when Kristen relapsed the picture the doctor painted was rather ugly. He explained that the only thing that could save Kristen was a bone marrow transplant. But first she needed to be in a full remission. He also explained that it would take at least 2 and possibly 3 rounds of chemo to reach a remission. There was also a chance that she would NOT go into remission. 25% of relapse AML children don't find remission. Last Tuesday Kristen had a bone marrow biopsy to see how she responded to the first round of chemo. The results from the pathologist were not in until today. The doctor met us in our room and said that he was SURPRISED and PLEASED! Kristen's bone marrow showed NO sign of Leukemia! NONE. You are considered in remission with anything less than 5% leukemia cells, Kristen showed none whatsoever. The doctor was taken back a little as he wasn't quite sure what to do next. He was going to give Kristen a chemo drug that she has had her lifetime limit of, it damages your heart so there is a limit. But he really felt he had no choice as he felt a remission was going to be tough. The little angel surprised him and already reached remission. He thought we might go straight to the bone marrow transplant but we don't have approval from the insurance yet. He was not comfortable letting her sit for a few weeks without more chemo. He decided to do half of a round, wait for counts to come up,send us home for a week or two and then come back for the transplant. I know I have been rambling and I am sure most of you have no idea what I am even talking about. Just know it is good, no it's GREAT!
Kristen has once again defyed the odds. She is Amazing!
ThankYou for all your prayers. I know our prayers are being answered.

16 comments:

Heather said...

I do know what you are talking about and I so I know what absolutely amazing,miraculous news this is!!Kristen continues to astound us and show us the true face of courage.Love to you all and I am just beyond thrilled right now!!

Cindy said...

Such great news!! We serve a mighty God and we'll continue to lift Kristen and your family before His throne!

Tina said...

Yes prayers are being answered and they shall continue to be, positive energy continues to come her way, so many many people thinking about Kristin from all over the world, things can only go up from here. I am so thrilled to read this news and wish I could just come there and hug you and kristin. We shall continue to believe and it shall be!

stephanie said...

OMG!!!! that's such incredible news!!! It's amazing! Kristen is amazing! Keeping the prayers coming so this all continues well! it's so wonderful to hear good news from you!

ABandCsMom said...

OMGoodness,, this is GREAT news to wake up to this morning!!!!! As I was reading, I just knew this post was going to end beautifully. I was trying really hard to not skip ahead :o)to get to the end quicker! Kristen is one absolutely amazing girl. We are thrilled beyond being thrilled. Wonderful.Wonderful. Wonderful!!!

Adrienne said...

Wonderful news!!! So happy for guys!!

The VW's said...

Praise the Lord! What wonderful news!!! I'll continue to pray for you and your angel! HUGS!!!

stefanie said...

I am so happy for some good news!!!!

Jeana said...

That is beautiful news! Praying that you will be home soon and Kristen/s body will be ready for the bone marrow transplant.

Lacey said...

Oh I'm am so happy!! Anytime you can skip chemo, skip some hospital time and go home, get that bone marrow transplant started, its great news. Lets get her well as fast as we can!

Cammie Heflin said...

How wonderful! Great great news!!!

Nicki Swilor said...

Happy tears! I'm so happy for all of you! God has definitely answered lots and lots of prayers. Kristen is such a fighter! She must have listened to her little friend that told her to "Fight Like a Girl"! Talk about good news! Remission, 2 engagements, and a baby!

Monica said...

Wonderful News!!! I will be praying that things just keep getting better and better!

Peter Olson said...

I know exactly what you are talking about. Been there, done that, got the Tee shirt. ;-)
That is great, fantastic, wonderful, super-fan-tubular news!
I'm praying that you get the necessary approval very soon for the BMT, Kristen continues to do well and that God will bless you way beyond your hopes and dreams.
Praise God!

Kristin said...

Tears of joy - continuing to pray!!

The Lehnick Family said...

I just came across your blog and what an inspiration you and Kristen are...such amazing journey you and your family have been on...such great news with your post today...will say a prayer that all will go good in the coming weeks ahead...My name is Darlena and we have 3 children, our youngest having Down syndrome...he is the light of our lives...so nice to come across your blog.