Tuesday, October 4, 2011

TPT4KC This Week!

We are coming up on a year after Sophia's diagnosis.  It is hard to believe and imagine!  When I look back on this last year, there is still so much of me that wishes we didn't have to go through what we did.  Still there is another part of me that is glad for it because it taught us how to love more deeply, feel more intensely and grow so close as a family.  A very wise woman told me yesterday that it is possible that I will always feel the pain of this experience but that God uses it.  

He uses it.

Nothing is every wasted in His Hands.  Nothing is ever forsaken.  Nothing is every missed.

I have no doubt that it makes Him just as sad to sit with me every Tuesday as I update this list.  He hates cancer as much as I do.  But there is still so much hope on this list.  You can't deny it when you read what goes on in the lives of these families on a weekly basis.  When you have the light, the darkness can never overtake it.  We have been in some dark corners but My Heavenly Father was always there to usher us back into the light.  The darkness never stayed around for very long.

You know as well as I do that these families, especially those with kids currently in the hospital, feel in the weeds.  It is much easier to be at home, doing relatively normal things, when you have cancer.  Being at the clinic/hospital is an intensely painful reminder of your reality. 

But it is not forever.  I pray we will be able to pray over these kids as they grow.  As they go through school, to their first dance, as they graduate and go to college; as they answer the call to what God has for them.  Because in the end, this is not about cancer.  It is about life and being a part of the work God is doing to bring that life to its fullest.

I know, deep thoughts this morning, huh?  :)

As you pray, ask God to show you the picture He has for the future of these kids.  If He shows you something, please leave a comment - I'd love to share it with his/her parents.  And trust me, I will get the message to them!

Let's do what we do best - pray for them.  Because PRAYER WORKS!

Completed Treatment - Pray for them to stay cancer and illness free!
Sophia Vogel (5, soft tissue sarcoma behind left eye) – Feeling good!  <"Team Sophia" on FB>
Anna Grace Dennis (7, ependymoma) – After 5 days with no headed, it was back yesterday!  Also, they are having issues with getting the results to MDA, which is critical for her oncologist there to review.  Please pray the Lord steps in and gives her parents peace, and ensure they get the right referral to the right neurologist for her long term care!  <"Team Anna Grace" on FB>
Rylee Beard (5, Will's tumors in bladder/abdomen) – Feeling good!

Courtney Pette (16, lymphoma) – Feeling good!  <"Team Courtney" on FB>

Tristan Smit (3, ependymoma)

Mark Ochoa (2, Wilm's Tumor)

Currently In-Treatment
Holden Underwood (1, ALL/MLL) – Doing well, pray he continues to tolerate spinal chemo and keeps growing right on schedule! <"Holden's Hope" on FB>

Matthew (5, Rhabdomyosarcoma) – Enjoying life without chemo!  Blood counts this week (and for a couple more weeks); then final scans.  Pray The Lord has healed him!  <"Team Matthew" on FB>

Aiden McSpadden (2, AML relapse) – Been struggling with high fevers; yesterday was the first day without one in nearly a week.  Got a bone marrow aspiration yesterday to check on status of cancer; as well as ensure there is no fungus causing his illness.  Pray his body is healing well and they can start the bone marrow transplant soon! <"Angels for Aiden" on FB>

Brennan Scurlock (1, neuroblastoma) – He has been in the hospital for over 2 weeks, following chemo and stem cell transplant.  His body is still struggling to recover and he is sleeping most of the day.  His parents are so tired.  Please pray The Lord will show Himself to them, in comfort, strength and recovery – as well as a release from worry and stress. <"Brennan Scurlock" on FB>

Lincoln Daniel Jones (2, ALL) – At clinic yesterday, still waiting to hear when he will be admitted for the next phase of treatment.  He is doing great though!  <"Pray for Lincoln Daniel Jones" and "Red Carpet Kids for a Cure" on FB>

Gabbie Howe (12, brain tumor, ependymoma) – Pray for full recovery from surgery and radiation!

Gunnar Peterson (5, Wilm’s Tumor) Recovering very well from surgery; so well that he got to go home last week!  He is coming back to the TCH clinic on Wednesday for his first chemo round – which is outpatient.  Pray for minimal stress on him and his parents; his counts are good so there is no delay in treatment and that they don’t have to wait too long to get the chemo.  <”Gunnar’s Team on FB”>

Kory Crowell (12, Tumor on Adrenal gland) Received a new chest tube yesterday and 180cc of fluid was drained.  His breathing was better and he even ate for the first time in several days.  Pray he continues to recover and that his parents stay strong in The Lord.  <”lil_dude on carepages.com”>

Ava Caggino (4, ATRT Brain Tumor) – Started her course of radiation and is having disorientation and vomiting following the anesthesia.  Pray she adjusts quickly, her sight restored and she will be healed!  <"The Ava Caggino Fight Aganist Cancer Page" on FB>

Lance McClain (ALL) – In maintenance phase of treatment at TCH and responding well!  His mom pasted a picture of him getting ready to go to bat for his baseball team!  Pray for continued good health, help his mom manage their full family and find the job The Lord wants her to have and that Lance will be healed! <”TeamLance McClain” on FB>

Lucy Weber (4, ALL) – Feeling good and mischievous!  Pray the spinal tap on October 19th shows no more blast cells and that she is moving towards remission! <"Team Lucy" on FB>

Izzy Slot (3, angiosarcoma) Pray her body will not reject her liver and she will cover and be healed!  Please pray for the peace that passes all understanding to cover them! <”izzyslot” on carepages.com>

Ruel Bobet (20, stomach cancer) - continuing chemo at MDA, pray for success! 

Kristina Barrett (9, sarcoma in lungs and arm) –She will continue on clinical trial in outpatient – pray for her to be cancer free!  <"Praying for Kristina" on FB>

Grant McTaggart (5, P+ ALL) <http://www.prayforgrant.com/>

Addison Marshall (18, ALL) - <addiecake on Twitter>

Taylor Porter (15, AML)

Kaylea Stewart (Leukemia, 6) – <"Kure for Kaylea" on FB>

Mark (10, rhabdomyosarcoma in left hand)

Natalie Fraker (4, astrocytoma)

Hudson Kadlecek (4, lymphoma) - <"Hope for Hudson" on FB>

Patton Jones (3, Burkitt's Lymphoma)

Wyatt (2, ALL)

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