Good evening, everyone. Thanks for reading. A lot has taken place since the last post on April 7th. As many of you probably know, Bri is back in the hospital as of April 26th. She was going through all the testing to prepare for a stem cell transplant and encountered several small roadblocks. Originally, she was supposed to be home for two to three weeks and then back in for the transplant. As I have said from the beginning, this is all on God's timing! We got to keep her home for just shy of six weeks! During week five of her being home, we went to Denver for a bone marrow biopsy, as the doctors like to have a sample just before the transplant. The results came back and showed the Leukemia was back and Bri was out of remission. During weeks four and five, Bri started to experience some pain in her left leg and there was a bit of wonder in our minds if this could be the disease trying to sneak back in. Not what we expected. Nonetheless, we really loved having her home longer than expected and she was able to spend some quality time with us, which I know we all needed. Again, God has His own timeline and we trust whatever the purpose was for this!
This weekend, we resumed our routine of going to Denver on Friday night and spending the weekend. Our girls were able to spend some time with great grandma, who is moving back to Montana in six days. It might be a while before they get so much time with her, so it was a win! Friday marked a week that Bri has been back in the hospital. You would think our daughter are celebrities in that place! When we arrived, nurses were scrambling to see them and tell them how cute they are. They really have a way of making us feel welcome in a place where there could be nothing but negativity.
Today, Bri finished up her current chemotherapy regiment, which consisted of six days of high dose chemo drugs to achieve a remission. Once in remission, the plan is to roll right into the stem cell transplant. I am so proud of her ability to withstand all the drugs and effects that it has on her body. I tend to believe anyone who goes through this has moments of doubt. Some of our conversations over the weekend were not the kind of conversations that I ever thought we would have, nor are they the type of conversations that are pleasing, frankly. They hurt and they are scary but I suppose they are a reality. Without Jesus, we would be hopeless. I am not sure I have experienced the type of feelings that I felt when Bri told me that she sometimes fees like it would be better if she didn't have to go through this anymore. In the flesh, I know this has to be a normal thought process. I simply ask for all of you to lift her in prayer and ask God to continue to give her strength and perseverance. We will get through this. My girls and I need her to be home as soon as possible so we can share this story with everyone who will listen. God has already shown us victory and these are steps in the process for a powerful testimony. Satan has picked on the wrong group of people!
God has an amazing way of showing His presence and giving us encouragement. Prior to this difficult conversation, I was sitting on the sofa while Bri was asleep reading ESPN.com. The scripture in Hebrews that discusses Jesus being the same yesterday, today and forever, popped into my mind and just kept repeating itself. I love that still small voice of God. Hebrews 13:8, to be specific. Jesus healed all kinds of ailments and even raised Lazarus from death. His word also tells us that we have access to all His power just by believing in Him and accepting Him as our Lord and Savior. All the miracles we read about and everything we see in the present can be expected to continue! What a blessing and thank God for giving me this as a way to encourage my beautiful wife during a moment of uncertainty.
As you all can imagine, every second of my day is highly valuable these days! I will do my best to keep you all updated in the weeks to come as we navigate through this process. God Bless you all and thank you for the love and support of our family.
Jesus Christ is the same yesterday, today, and forever. (Hebrews 13:8 NKJV)
And not only that, but we also glory in tribulations, knowing that tribulation produces perseverance; and perseverance, character; and character, hope. (Romans 5:3, 4 NKJV)
And the prayer of faith will save the sick, and the Lord will raise him up. And if he has committed sins, he will be forgiven. Confess your trespasses to one another, and pray for one another, that you may be healed. The effective, fervent prayer of a righteous man avails much. (James 5:15, 16 NKJV)