Friday, February 24, 2012

Friday Night News

This afternoon, we learned the results of Elena's bone marrow test and the fact that there were leukemia cells present in her bone marrow. Needless to say, this news was not very easy to hear. While cancer is a bad word, relapse is even worse. Tonight we find ourselves about to re-enter this fight, but unsure of what lies ahead. At this time it is unclear what our next steps are.

As of right now all we know is that Elena will probably begin her treatment some time next week. Her doctor is trying to determine where Elena should receive treatment. He has made many calls to colleagues today and will continue to do so over the weekend. Hopefully, we will know more on Monday.

We need your love, support, encouragement, and prayers now more than ever. The best way for us to keep you updated on the details, on what to pray for, and on how we are doing is through this family blog. It allows us to get out all of our information to everyone at the same time. Please continue to check here often.

For now, we hope you will please pray for the following:
-for God to be with Elena and Olivia as they begin to process this news for themselves

-for God to give us the words as we guide and encourage our girls through this
-for God to direct Elena's doctors as they try to determine what our next steps are
-for God to give us and the doctors His perfect wisdom about what is right for Elena
-for God to continue to give us His peace
-for God to give us the strength, courage, and rest we need in the days ahead

We pray you will be a part of our journey once again.

In Him,
Mark and Christy

"Be strong and courageous. Do not be afraid, do not be discouraged, for the Lord your God will be with you wherever you go.”
Joshua 1:9


  1. You couldn't have chosen a better verse! Stay strong in your faith and know that so many famiy and friends will be cheering you on as each day passes through prayers, thoughts and love!

  2. You have been in our prayers for the last few years, not only in our prayers individually and as a family, but also in our congregation's prayers at Lamb of God. We love all of you and pray once more for God's blessings on your family. Love, Diane, Jeff, Katie and Drew Dicke

  3. We think of you guys all the time, and can't believe that you have to fight this fight again...Elena and your family will push through - I've never seen a family so strong are our inspiration. With love - The Slater's (Becky, Adam, Hanna & Sienna)

  4. Precious Tate family,
    I just feel sick hearing this news. Please know that you are all in my prayers. I remember so well the feelings I had when we found out the news that Kyle had a recurrence of his cancer. But hang on to that hope! Fourteen years later he is doing well.
    We are all here for you in any way we can be during this difficult time.
    Sharon Bryan