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.
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.”