Tuesday, August 12, 2014

Back to Chemo

The Lee family enjoyed an incredible time in Florida a couple weeks ago at a cancer retreat with other families battling childhood cancer. What an incredible blessing to be able to connect with other families on the same journey. They returned last week.

Ava is supposed to start her methotrexate today. Due to the drug's toxicity, they will prepare to stay about 4-5 days inpatient until the drug clears Ava's system. Gwen may not be able to see Ava too much during this time. I resurrected the Google doc sign-up if anyone is interested in providing a meal at the hospital (no expectations). If you sign-up, please email me: naisula (at) gmail (dot) com in case I need to reach you with any changes.

Ava appears to be doing well; she is in good spirits and has more energy. However, she has recently developed some hives. They don't seem to bother her too much, but it is a concern still; perhaps there will be more clarity on the situation when they meet with the medical team to discuss some things before Ava starts the methotrexate.

Thank you for your faithful prayers and support for the Lee family. Sometimes it feels like we're saying the same things over and over so it's not always easy to know what to say. But Mike & Esther are so grateful to you who persevere in interceding on Ava's behalf and tirelessly support them on this road.

Please pray for:
  • wisdom regarding Ava's care - big decisions, small decisions... both for Mike and Esther as Ava's parents and caregivers and also for the medical team of doctors, nurses, pharmacists, etc.
  • good and effective communication among everyone involved
  • peace in the midst of it all, remembering and trusting that God Himself is indeed in control
  • Ava - what a trooper. It's probably not easy for her to anticipate being in the hospital for several days at least. Please pray for rest for both Ava and Gwen.
  • Gwen to still feel a part of everything, even if she may not see Ava very often during the hospital stay.
  • God's glory to be seen even through this cancer. He is good and worthy to be praised.

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