Saturday, January 26, 2013


Elena's clinic visit was spectacular. According to our fabulous nurse practitioner, Elena looks spectacular and her counts are spectacular. We agreed that Elena is spectacular!

The day got even better when we received the news that Elena's adrenal gland is now functioning properly.  Praise God! Elyse said that her body no longer needs steroids.  Yay!!  Elena's body is finally at the point where she can stop taking steroids and begin the process of weaning off the anti-rejection drug. 

We can not express what joy we felt at the end of this day! SO many praises! Six months after Elena's BMT, we are finally at a turning point, a new phase.  Elena's body is not only stable, it is healing.  We are moving in the right direction.  We are on track for Elena to be off all BMT related medications and most if not all "isolation" restrictions by the beginning of April.  The idea of that seemed so very far away, even unattainable at times, and now it's possibly only two months away.  PRAISE GOD!

On the way to Elena's clinic appointment we heard the song One Thing Remains.
We love this song and talked about how amazing and comforting it is to know that no matter what - - God's love never fails.
On the way home, we heard the same song. We want to share the song lyrics with you.

Higher than the mountains that I face
Stronger than the power of the grave
Constant through the trial and the change
One thing remains
One thing remains
Your love never fails, it never gives up, it never runs out on me

On and one and on and on it goes
It overwhelms and satisfies my soul
And I never ever have to be afraid
One thing remains

In death and in life I'm confident and covered by the power of your great love
My debt is paid there's nothing that can separate my heart from your great love

So, tonight, like last night, we go to bed overwhelmed and satisfied by God's love for us.

In Him,
The Tates

"And now these three remain: faith, hope and love. But the greatest of these is love."
1 Corinthians 13:13


  1. Praise the lord! That's great news for your family! Denise

  2. AMEN!!!! Yes, Elena is spectactular and the rest of the sweet Tate family! Spectactular news for a spectactular family! Praise Him! So happy for yall and the wonderful news!

  3. Praise God, Indeed! I am so happy and grateful to know the victories and blessings you and your family have received. Please kiss and hug that sweet girl for me. Much love....still praying.
    Valerie H.

  4. Spectacular? That is AMAZING...AWESOME...WONDERFUL...and those are just the words to describe Elena!!! Thanking God for continuing to be faithful to you all and praying for total complete healing. We Love you guys so much!!!
    The Nauerts'

  5. LOVE this post so much! SPECTACULAR! Love to you all!

  6. YAYAYAYAYAYAYAYAY!!! So happy everything is going great!! Praying for continued good health! love you guys!! - heather f

  7. :) Thats so awesome I love it sooo much!

  8. kathryn fitzgeraldFebruary 5, 2013 at 7:56 AM

    Wow! I am so excited to hear the wonderful news of your fabulous day!!! Yeah for Elena....yeah for your family!!! Praise God.

  9. Prayers for continued progress - Hope we can enjoy another trampoline day chasing fireflies soon! - Uncle Wayne

  10. My heart is full today after seeing your precious family getting ready to hit the Greenway!!! I am so excited that Elena is feeling so well! Wishing you lots of love and laughter in the days to come!

  11. Elena,
    I am so happy for you and for your sweet family! I think about you guys all the time. Every time I go into 3206. I'm glad you're well. Be the sweet girl I know you are!

    With so much love,
    (Nurse) Maggie

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