Monday, February 27, 2012

How are we feeling...

How are we feeling?

We are feeling all of these things.

We are also feeling thankful, happy, grateful, and hopeful.
We are thankful that we have friends, family, and strangers praying for us.
We are happy while laughing with friends and with one another.
We are grateful for the words of encouragement that have come in the form of cards, texts, emails, calls, and blog comments.
We are hopeful that even though we do not know what lies ahead, we know there will be a plan.

It feels like we are in the ocean. One moment, we are standing at the water’s edge, feeling ok. The next moment, we are being knocked down by an enormous wave, gasping for air, body aching, struggling to stand up. Then, we find our footing and stand, only to be knocked down again by the next thought, feeling, or action.

It is so strange to have a child who looks good and feels good, yet you know that cancer is in her body.
You have already done everything you could the first time and it hasn't worked.
You have harmed her body and her brain in the process of saving her and it hasn't worked.
What will happen this time?

We heard from Elena's doctor today. We are going to meet with him on Monday, March 5th. He will then share with us our options for treating Elena. He is also going to check Elena's counts to make sure they are not droppping drastically. She will also have an Echo/EKG that day as well. He would like for her to be able to start treatment sometime during the week of March 12th.

While there is still so much that we do not know, we do know that we have time.
Time to think. Time to pray. Time to love. Time to prepare.

We are trusting God to provide exactly what Elena needs in the time she needs it.
We pray that the best possible treatment plan for Elena will become clear and that it will offer the best possible outcome for her.

We pray that you are doing the same.

In Him,
The Tates

"Let the morning bring me word of your unfailing love, for I have put my trust in you. Show me the way I should go for to you I entrust my life." Psalm 143:8


  1. Just wanted you to know that we are praying for our little red headed friend. Love hearing about your fun filled weekend. Funny how plans happen just when we need them.


    1. Hi Elena and Tate family, I have just been sent this way from Sarah Barr's blog. Sending love and prayers from the UK. Praying for the peace that passes all understanding
      jo bishop xxx

  2. We all are rooting and cheering you on Tate Family!! You are strong and will become even stronger. There are so many many families who love and support you - lean on that along with God's embrace, we all will help carry you along. Much love, The Fredlunds

  3. So glad we were able to spend time together on Sat and love on one another - even though Phil joked that he was sore after jumping on the trampoline :)

    Thank you for sharing your heart, fears, prayers, and thoughts so openly with us. We love you 4 and are going to be by your side in the days ahead!

  4. Dear Tate Family,
    I know that it has been years since I had that spunky little red head in my second grade classroom. I will always treasure the time I spent being her teacher. The Tate family has been in my prayers for many years and will continue to hold a special place in my heart. You are surrounded by more friends and family than you will ever realize. It is this love and support that will help you fight harder and come out a champion.

  5. Love and miss you Elena! Constantly in my prayers!
    Jordan Winzurk