Thursday, June 17, 2010

Summer Update

Good Morning!

Summer is in full swing and we hope that everyone has made plans to enjoy a little bit of rest and relaxation at some point in the near future. We are doing just that in the North Georgia Mountains and the community of Big Canoe. So far we have been boat riding on the lake, fishing, swimming, sliding down a big rock slide and hiking to see waterfalls and pick blackberries. We have also seen lots of wildlife during our stay including deer, turkey, and lots of fish and turtles. Although we have done a lot already this week, we have had a chance to relax and enjoy each others' company. It is so nice to get away from our daily routine for a little while even if the details of life are not that far away.

We had to deal with one of these "little details" yesterday as we drove back to Atlanta with Elena to have her counts checked at CHOA. Her platelets were at 52,000 last week when she developed a 2 1/2 hour nose bleed and received a platelet transfusion. The visit yesterday was to recheck all of her counts to see if they were where they need to be to continue with the maintenance phase of her treatment. The good news is that her platelets were up above 75,000 to 94,000. The bad news is that her ANC has dropped below 750 to 600. Elena has not received chemo since June 3rd and we found out yesterday that she will be delayed at least another week when she is scheduled to have her counts checked again. Please pray for Elena's body to recover and for her to remain strong and healthy as her immune system is compromised and her risk of infection has increased.

Please also pray for our family as we struggle with the effects of this dreadful disease. We thought that things would be closer to normal as Elena entered the maintenance phase, but are constantly being reminded of the fact that we are not in control. Pray for patience, wisdom and guidance as we learn to wait on the Lord and to listen to what we hear. Pray specifically for right decisions regarding future vacation plans and Elena's continuing treatment. We are constantly amazed by the blessings we receive when we take the time to seek God first and follow His plan for our lives. We are thankful for His steadfast love and for the support we receive from the body of christ that He has placed in our lives.

Thank you for taking the time to check in on us and for keeping us in your prayers!

In Him,
The Tates


  1. Praying for Elena to have enough strength to move on and for ya'll to get to enjoy your long vacation too. I know you have so much planned over the next 3 weeks! We loved seeing ya'll. Have a great rest of the week. Love and hugs. Kriston

  2. Thinking of y'all all the time. We just got back from our vacation also. Glad to hear that y'all are enjoying your summer. Sorry to hear that Elena is having a hard time. We will pray for peace for y'all and that Elena will be able to get started again on her treatment.

    We love you,

  3. Just getting home from the beach and checking in......I PROMISE you will be normal soon!!!! The beginning can be difficult and her body is still catching up. Hang in there, it gets sooooooooooo wonderful soon!
    Hugs to you all :)

  4. Hi Christy, Elena, Liv and Mark,
    We are having a wonderful summer. We have not had vacation yet, but are enjoying being together. We love you all and continue to pray that Elena's body will strengthen one day at a time. Sara went to Camp at the middle school and enjoyed it. It was good to get a "feel" for what middle school will be like. Sara is working with Mr. Luce some over the summer to strengthen her comprehension skills and work on math. Sara would love to get together with Elena. Love to all, Kristin

  5. I miss you Tate Family! Please come home soon! Love you guys ! Hope you are having a restful vacation!