The doctor let us stop the steroids today (which was a day earlier than we expected) and she will have a break this week from most of her oral medications. They told us that she should start feeling more herself, sleeping better and eating more normal once the steroids start to come out of her body. We can't wait to see her smile more, hear her laugh again, watch her play, and just be our Abbey.
The next phase called 'Consolidation' will begin next Friday. We will be back at the clinic on Monday to check her blood and see if she needs any transfusions and then Friday she will have two more doses of chemo. This month will be a little easier than last month. Although she will continue to have about the same amount of chemo, she will not be on the steroids at all so she will have less day to day side effects.
Tonight we are thanking God for how far we've come in one month and are praying for God's strength as we continue on. There are no words for Jim and I to express what it feels like to see our little girl go from 95% cancer cells in her bone marrow, down to 0%. Our hearts are slowly being pieced back together and we are not looking back, but looking forward to see how God is going to continue to work in her body and in our lives.
Consider it pure joy, my brothers, whenever you face trials of many kinds, because you know that the testing of your faith develops perseverance. Perseverance must finish its work so that you may be mature and complete, not lacking anything.