I am asking your help in praying for our sweet, little 11 week old son, Ethan. After taking him to the doctor yesterday for what we thought might be a cold or virus, we were sent to the local children's hospital for bloodwork. Everything that happened after that can only be described as indescribable shock. We were told that Ethan's white blood cell count was dangerously high, his blood platelats dangerously low, and his spleen was enlarged. He was in fact a sick boy, but this was much bigger that a cold or virus. After further tests, they called in a specialist to let us know that they were 98% sure Ethan has Luekemia. We were immediately admitted into the hospital last night and have been here ever since... as Ethan has undergone more tests (bone marrow, spinal tap, etc).
We are now waiting to hear back on the results from the tests he's taken today to confirm what type of Luekemia he has and what our treatment plan will be (chemotherapy, etc). Needless to say, Adam and I (as are the grandparents and other friends and family) are in a state of emotional shock. You think your precious little baby might have a slight cold, and you then hear the words CANCER. You just can't describe how you feel and what you're thinking because you're just overall... numb. We are extremely blessed to have our parents here and to have such a strong church family. Prayer chains immediately went out to everyone in our church and surrounding churces and I can honestly say that Adam and I can feel God's peace and strength even now as we wait to hear more about our precious baby.
I haven't had a chance to call all of you because there has just been so much going on, but I was able to get on email here for a minute and just want to ask you to pray for Ethan. Pray that they find out exactly what is causing the disease in his blood and that the treatment will be both effective and fast. They've advised that he will probably be here for a few weeks - possibly longer - but we know that God can change anything and we are praying for a miracle.
My most sincerest thanks to you in advance for your prayers. I will try to get online again soon and send an update when we know more. We can feel God's peace, but it's still a very sad time to see your baby go through what he's had to go through yesterday and today.
Please pray for my son....
Tearful, but hopeful.
(April 9, 2008)