Friday, December 19, 2014


Ava's bone marrow biopsy results came back: she's MRD negative!!! You know what incredible great news this is, so thank you for celebrating this milestone with us! Thank you for your persistence in prayer and for your love, friendship and encouragement. Even though we know that God is able to do immeasurably more than we ask or think, it never ceases to amaze us and to leave us awestruck when we see Him at work! Somehow, it's His way of deepening our worship of Him when we are humbled by His great love and grace. It's our desire that our worship would continue to deepen regardless of life circumstance.

Meanwhile, the endoscopy showed that Ava does have GVHD in the gut. She has been started on meds to coat the GI tract in attempts to abate the extreme pain she still experiences when using the restroom. The goal is for her to increase her oral intake of food (and therefore transition to as many oral meds as possible), optimize pain control and see her diarrhea resolve.

Thank you so much for walking this road with us! There's still a long journey ahead, but we are ecstatic to share in this milestone together. Praise be to the Lord!


(From Esther's FB, before biopsy results came back):

Day 28: Ava's biopsy has come back and there is evidence of GVHD. She is still in a lot of pain but she continues to bring joy to those around! We are awaiting her bone marrow results. Again we pray for MRD negative and hope this is the day we find out that she has zero cancer cells left!!! Thank you for praying for this important result with us.


Anonymous said...

Hooray! So awestruck and extremely stupendously excited! We want to rejoice with everyone especially at this Christmas season. Love siewkim

Bill Moy said...

Woohoo! Congrats, Ava! You rock! Brennan is doing his dance of joy -- he just spins around, pumps his fist, and repeats "Aw, yeah!" Merry Christmas!

Anonymous said...

That is awesome news for Ava and the Lee Family! Your courage and strength still astounds me!
May you all have a wonderful blessed Christmas! With much love…Mrs. Straszewski

Anonymous said...

Praise God for the way he has continued to strengthen and bless you through this trial. Thank you for sharing, and may God grant you a wonderful blessed Christmas!

Anonymous said...

This is a wonderful Christmas gift to Esther, Mike, Ava and Gwen! Merry Christmas to you all! We'll keep praying for Ava and her family. The baby boy will come soon. Pray for both Esther and the baby are healthy!

SC2312 said...

praise the Lord, what a tremendous gift. we will continue to intercede for Ava for the total restoring of her organs and cells.

amyandlloyd said...

Completely exciting news about the MRD negative and 100% donor cells! So awesome!! Will pray for the GVHD not to be too severe. I listened to the clip from the Seattle radio station. So sweet, it was good to hear both of your voices! Haven't heard your actual voices in such a long time!