Respite

God hears the prayers of His people! Justin is responding well to the treatment. He looks and feels a little better today! He was able to eat a slice of pizza and he colored a picture!

We are starting to understand the ups and downs of this disease as well as the rollercoaster of chemotherapy.

Leukemia will cause fevers to come and go. He will also continue to experience drops in his hemoglobin level, requiring a blood transfusion, but not necessarily everyday.

Justin will also have different reactions to the various medications that comprise chemotherapy. Some days he will be nauseous and vomiting while other days he may feel very hungry.  There are many other possible side effects. But I just don’t think about those.

By the grace of God, we had a fever-free day as well as medication that doesn’t cause nausea. Justin has been able to eat, interact with visitors and even play some with Legos.

I realize that tonight or tomorrow could swing the other way into sickness and discomfort. But I am so grateful for the peaceful respite we’ve been blessed with today.

Thank you with all my heart for praying for my boy. I feel the presence of God here and I know He continues to sustain me through the stress, fatigue and my own physical struggles.

Please continue to pray for us! Justin is still not able to bear weight on his legs because of pain and bone damage in his feet, but his doctor expects him to fully recover his ability to walk. Justin will have physical therapy beginning tomorrow. Please pray that he will be able to overcome his fear enough to comply and not experience too much pain.

We were told the leukemia could possibly be in remission at the end of this 30 day cycle of chemotherapy. We are praying toward that outcome, but also trusting God’s sovereign will.

James 1:2-6 “Count it all joy, my brothers, when you meet trials of various kinds, for you know that the testing of your faith produces steadfastness. And let steadfastness have its full effect, that you may be perfect and complete, lacking in nothing. If any of you lacks wisdom, let him ask God, who gives generously to all without reproach, and it will be given him. But let him ask in faith, with no doubting, for the one who doubts is like a wave of the sea that is driven and tossed by the wind.”

I should really wash my hair. Grace be with you, my friends.

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