Friends and Family,
It is very clear to Adam and I that the Lord's mercies are new every morning. Today makes 48 hours that Ethan has been on his chemotherapy treatment to help get his spleen under control and to help attack the white blood cells. As of this afternoon, Ethan's blood labs came back and show that he is responding very well to the treatment. All of the areas of his blood that have been tested today show a stable condition... meaning, no transfusions are necessary today, AND the chemo is doing its job! In light of such gloomy news each day, this piece of "good news" has certainly sparked our hope. It is still a long road for our little chief, but the fact that his body is responding to (and not rejecting) this chemotherapy (so far) brings big smiles to our faces.
The overall prayer request continues to be for a miracle healing in our sweet child. But the more specific and immediate prayer requests are as follows:
1. That Ethan's spleen starts to go down in size, since the chemo is treating the white blood cells. This would take Ethan out of danger of a ruptured spleen - which has been a more immediate concern at this point.
2. That the process for finding a bone marrow donor goes smoothly and quickly. We are starting the registration process tomorrow and the doctor seem positive that we will find a match within the National Bone Marrow Donor Bank. The faster that happens, the faster we can move towards a transplant.
3. That Ethan continues to respond to his chemo treatments so that his body can "accept" the bone marrow transplant in a couple of months. If his body doesn't respond to the current treatments, then his body would not be ready for a transplant.
4. That the Lord continues to provide His strength, peace and provision to me and Adam. I've stopped working to stay with Ethan day/night in the hospital and we pray for God's protection of Adam's job and that there'd be no complications with our insurance.
As always, thank you so much for all your care and prayers. You have been such a blessing to us during this surreal time... the widespread knowlegdge and prayers of Ethan's situation all over the nation truly has us humbled.