Saturday, October 2, 2010

2 Years - Journeying Through Leukemia

October 2nd, 2008 is a day that will be etched in our minds forever. 2 years ago today, we found out that our precious Abbey has Acute Lymphocytic Leukemia.

This journey that we have been on has been the hardest of our lives, yet I know and see everyday that God is using it for good. I would never want to go back even a day, but to know and see where we've come from is an amazing thing. We aren't quite done with this journey, but we are confident that come January 8th, 2011, Abbey will be done for good with cancer and that she will lead a normal, healthy life. I also know that this story will never be forgotten, both in our families lives and the lives around us.

2 years... Journeying Through Leukemia

Abbey, just days before we found out she had leukemia

Again, just days before she was diagnosed

A few days after she was diagnosed. At this point she had already had surgery for her metaport to be placed in her chest, several doses of chemo, platelet and blood transfusions, spinal taps, bone marrow biopsies, heavy duty steroids and lots of other medications.

One month into treatment. Abbey was so sick, swollen and miserable. Hardest 4 weeks of our lives.

Her hair starting to thin and fall out

Praying for healing

Smiling through it all (well most of it :)

Lots of blood draws

Oreos and milk whenever her little heart desired :)!

Trying to do "normal" things

Our bald princess

Protecting her from germs while going to and from clinic

Hospital admission when we found out she had a blood clot in her brain

I've always loved this picture of her. I think she's so beautiful :)

Her hair coming back in :)!!!

It came back sooo fast :)! We were thrilled!

Our sunshine

And today, so close to being done :)!

God is so good! We could've never gotten through these past 2 years without Him. It hasn't been easy, but His faithfulness, provision, protection, love and care for our Abbey and our family has been nothing short of amazing. He has been intimately involved in this situation and seeing His hand at work in our lives and the lives around us has carried us through each day. Our prayer is that He would continue to use this story for His glory. That our kids would tell the world about God's great love. That we would never forget how He has walked us through this and that we would continue to have opportunities to share our story. Would you join us in praying for those things? As well as for Abbey's complete healing from cancer. That she would never relapse or get any other form of cancer as a result from her therapy. Thank you to all of you who have loved, encouraged and walked these past 2 years with us. We are forever thankful and grateful for you!

Blessings to you!

2 Corinthians 12:9
But he said to me, "My grace is sufficient for you, for my power is made perfect in weakness." Therefore I will boast all the more gladly about my weaknesses, so that Christ's power may rest on me.


Anonymous said...

Only my gf could have taken a thing like cancer, show it who's boss and make it look easy while doing it!!! She is my little hero!


Cindy Bailey said...

Shelley what an amazing ride it has been. It's wonderful to see Abbey looking so happy and healthy and knowing that God has a plan for her life. Thanks for sharing this time with us. I pray that only good health and blessings touch Abbey's and your family's lives from now on. God Bless!

Anonymous said...

WOW..what an amazing and beautiful little girl! Her smile is stunning!

Anonymous said...

SOOOOO awesome! thanks (once again) for sharing your journey and letting us all be a part of it. God is so good!

trooppetrie said...

praising with you

Emilene said...

Sending you blessings - God really is good! Enjoy your amazing little family - you are an example to to many!