Two weeks from tomorrow (October 9th) Abbey will have another MRI of her head to see if the blood clot is completely gone in her brain. It's hard to believe that she has been on the shots, two times a day for a little shy of 6 months. We are more than ready to be done with them. Her little arms and legs look so sore from them and the bruising in those areas looks painful. Please be praying for the spot in her brain where the clot was to be completely normal. At her last MRI, three months ago they saw some residue of the clot still so that needs to be completely gone for us to be able to stop the shots.
Abbey's doctor told us that 90% of the time, by six months there is usually no sign of the clot, but 10% of the kids need to continue the shots past six months. Please pray that Abbey is in that 90% of kids and that there is no question about it... that it is gone!
After she gets her shots, we dispose of them in a large old bleach container. The picture above is only one of the many containers that we've filled with old shots. We so want this to be done for our girl.
I also wanted to mention that the 1 year anniversary of Abbey being diagnosed is coming up in one short week. It's so hard to believe that we've been in this battle for a whole year and words can't express the emotions that flood our minds as we think about how our lives have changed over this past year. We have come so far and oh how I would never want to go back. We are thankful that we are where we are in her treatment and can only look ahead to her being completely healed of this disease. We still have a long road ahead, but know that we will get there.
I am putting together a slide show of our journey that I will share on here of this past year. It will be an emotional week as we have much to celebrate and also much to mourn as our lives were forever changed on October 2nd. Please continue to ultimately pray for Abbey's body to be completely healed. Pray that not only will she never relapse with leukemia, but that she will never get any other sort of cancer as a result from the many chemo and drugs that she is on and that she will live a long, healthy life.
Thank you for continuing to flood Heaven with our Abbey's name. We will need prayers more than ever these next couple weeks as the reality of this past year is so real right now.
As I look back at pictures from just a few short months ago (above), the tears flow as it's amazing how much she has gone through. It is hard to look back, yet good. Those hard times break our hearts, but also show us how far we've come. We know God will continue to carry us through every day and feel confident that Abbey is ultimately going to be healed so we can spend a lifetime with her.
And a picture of her at this point in our journey.... Here she is being a normal four year old, playing with her cousin Grace and friend Chloe. She has come such a long way and as a family we will continue to put one foot in front of the other and keep looking ahead. I know God has great things in store for this girl and as He shapes our hearts through this time we will continue to walk with Him and trust His will for our lives.
James 1: 2-4
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.