Wednesday, March 4, 2009

In Christ Alone Our Hope is Found


Tomorrow is supposed to end our break.  We will be heading to the clinic bright and early to check Abbey's blood counts and to see if her body is ready to begin this next phase.  She has a cold as of yesterday so depending on how she is feeling/doing tomorrow will also depend if we will move forward or wait a week.  She has a runny nose, is congested and has a little bit of a cough... ugh!!!  This is probably the worst time she could get a cold, but there is nothing we can do about it and have to just trust that our doctors will make the right decision tomorrow in whether she should start this phase, or wait until her body is better.  The main reason they might wait is because she has to get sedated on day 1 of this phase (tomorrow) for her spinal chemo and they may not sedate her while she's congested.    

This week has been tough.  It has been hard to keep the tears back as we think about what is to come. Tomorrow will be hard either way because in a way we just want to start it so we can get it over with.  She is scheduled to get three doses of chemo tomorrow and also should start the steroids tomorrow night.  We need to continually give her back to God.  Like this whole situation, it is out of our hands and we need to constantly remind ourselves that He is in control and there is no better place to be than being carried by Him. 

Please pray for wisdom for our doctors, that they will make the right choice in what to do considering her cold and pray for us all to have a peace no matter what happens. Pray that her body would handle this phase better than expected and for strength for us.  I feel weak in so many ways right now and just want to fast forward two months so we can get into maintenance. We know we will get there and are we are relying fully on our God to help us stay strong for our baby.  Thank you for your continued support.  We will keep you posted on what happens tomorrow.   

The new song I put on the blog is one of my favorites.  It never fails, every time I hear it I cry.  I love to listen to it around Easter, but wanted to put it on here now as our hope is in Christ alone as we go through this.  He is our strength as we continue forward and oh how glad we are that we know Him!

12 comments:

Sarah said...

I will be praying for you all. Thank you for the song. I too love that one. It is a good reminder for everyone.

Anonymous said...

Such a beautiful picture of Abbey. She is soooo cute! Sorry to hear that she has a cold...praying that her body will be strong enough to tolerate the next treatments and strength for her family during the next phase. Praying that every last cancer cell would be eradicated and Abbey cancer-free.

Gail
Annapolis, MD

dana said...

Shelley,

Well said...in Christ alone...may you rest on that promise.

Praying for Abbey as she begins her next step in treatment...praying that the cold goes away and that she can find relief...praying as she is sedated...simply praying.

Praying for strength for you, your husband and children...praying that you have the grace and peace for the next moments and the next...praying that the Lord wraps His arms around you and you sense that He will never let go!

Hopeful for you...believing for you!

God is good...

~ Dana

The Rosses said...

I've been praying for the colds and that you get the start tomorrow. We'll put some extra "push" into those prayers tonight. You have my number, don't be afraid to call. love, Amy (and Steve, Hayley, & Abigail)

plantgirl said...

You can do it, you all can. This seems like a huge mountain to climb but you've already climbed 3/4 of the way up. Getting to the summit might be tough, but you've already gone so much further than is left to go. You have strength in you that you have yet to tap into, don't doubt yourself.

Amber said...

Praying for you all - for strength and encouragement, and that this next phase isn't too difficult for Abbey.

Ferrick said...

LOVE LOVE LOVE this song! Keep in mind that the word "Hope" does not mean "maybe" but "expectant, confidence". "In Christ alone, our CONFIDENCE is found". And God's Word say's "by His stripes you are healed"! Confess only that my friend, He promised, therefore, "if you believe in your heart and do not doubt, it is yours." Bella has week 3 of this phase on Friday, she just started having a few of the same symptoms from the first two months, but its just a circumstance and God will see both our girls through. "I will not fear, for He has over come the world". Believing for you my friend. Susie

daisy2biker said...

Praying extra strong for all of you tonight and all through this next phase. May God give all of you the strength and comfort as Abbey shines through in this journey. Let God carry all of you through. Also praying for Abbey to be feeling better by morning.

~Bekky :)

Heather said...

Praying for peace and strength as you head into tomorrow.Praying for little Abbey as she begins this intense phase and treatment.Praying God covers her with is amazing grace and carries her safely through the rough patches.You are all in my prayers,most especially sweet Abbey.

Becky said...

Abbey is such a cutie. We will be praying for all of you as you move into this phase of treatment. Peace be with you.

Beth said...

I am praying for Miss Abbey and that you all have strength during this time.

I just LOVE this song and it is SO true!! Our God is SO good!! Just think that he has little Abbey in his hands and is holding her tightly through all of this!!

Praying for you guys!!

Katie said...

Thinking of you, praying for your family.