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Thank You, Prayer Warriors

Saturday, January 28, 2012

Hello there, my wonderful Spark friends. I came to you earlier this week with a desperate plea for prayers for my brother in law Bob, and so many of you responded both with words and with prayers. I know about the words because I read them, I know about the prayers because I felt them and have seen their impact.

I just wanted to give you a "progress report" on the object of your prayers. They went to one of the doctor's they needed to see on Tuesday, and learned that there is at least one other medication that can be used on Bob's particular cancer, and also that the bone marrow transplant they have been talking about for several years is still in the picture for him. The fear was he had missed the window of availability for that treatment. He has a brother that is a perfect match, so there is no concern about finding a donor. Then, once certain of his results were showing a spread of his disease, another brother, who is a doctor, who has never stopped researching possible treatments, after consulting with a good friend who is an oncologist, put him on high dose steroids. Now, the thing about his disease is that it likely can be controlled by steroids, but the steroids would kill him within a couple of years, so obviously, they are not a long term solution. Why do I share all this? Because he had some blood work done in anticipation of a doctor's appointment next week, and one of the tests that is a marker of the extent of cancer in his body came back 30 points lower than it was 2 weeks ago. No doubt due to those steroids, but again, an indication that something, at least temporarily, can control it.

There is still much uncertainty, still many unanswered questions, he is still gravely ill. But now we have introduce hope back into the equation. And for that, we can thank science, wonderful doctors, and my prayer warriors, who have most certainly made a difference.

Thank you my friends, most humbly.
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  • MISSDIANE1
    Tina, so happy to hear of your brother-in-law's hopeful news. I will continute to keep all of you in my prayers.

    Love,

    Diane
    3189 days ago
  • OMELYN
    Most WONDERFUL of news! I am so pleased to hear there are options in the picture for him. Still praying for him and you all. Nice to hear something positive!
    LYMI
    Lynn
    3190 days ago
  • PICKIE98
    I did not post earlier, but was a lurking pray-er.. I also pray for the medical staff who care for and research for him. We are all here for each other, whether we meet or not. Send him all of our intentions to let him know he is constantly thought of...
    3191 days ago
  • NYX-GRIMALKIN
    This news is delightful, T!! I'm giddy with happiness & certainly remaining one of Bob's 'secret' warriors, while also adding prayers for his two wonderful brothers who both flank & lead the charge or watch his back in this battle.

    How *blessed* he & his brothers are, to have YOU in their family, T. May the angels protect you!!
    3191 days ago
  • no profile photo CD9158534
    God bless all of you, and special prayers for Bob.
    3191 days ago
  • _RAMONA
    THANK GOD!!! :)

    Tina, hearing the news simply highlights what a priviledge it is to be part of Bob's story... even it is to only pray for all of you. It is I who am humbly grateful... and I will keep praying for a l long as there is a need!

    Thanks for keeping us inthe loop.

    {{{{{{{{{{{ HUGS }}}}}}}}}}
    Ramona


    3191 days ago
  • MUSICMOMOF2
    I will keep sending prayers! Thanks for updating us.
    3191 days ago
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