Tuesday, February 12, 2013

Day +202

It is not very often that one can remember exactly what they were doing over 200 days ago.  Sometimes it is hard just to remember what happened last week!  For us however, July 25, 2012, which happens to have been 202 days ago, is still very vivid in our minds.  It is a day that we will remember and celebrate forever!  It was the day Elena received her bone marrow transplant. On Sunday when we were talking about the fact that it was Day 200 in Elena's BMT life, she said that she is simply happy to be alive. We are oh so thankful for that too! Praise you Lord!

There are times when that day seems like yesterday and there are other times it feels like a lifetime ago. It is absolutely amazing that we are where we are today - home, together, recovering, growing, strengthening.  There were moments throughout these last 200 days that we didn't know if we would survive the next hour, let alone then next 100 days! We will be forever grateful to God for seeing us through and to each of you who took care of us in so many different ways, including reminding us that God was still there - no matter what. Thank you for still taking care of us, for encouraging us and for loving us now in our new at home phase!

Overall, we are all doing well. Mark and Liv are battling colds, but it's not bad enough to keep them home. Please pray for Elena to stay free of any germs in the house. 

We are just continuing to enjoy each day and each other in the midst of the craziness that comes with life, work, and school.

In our last post, just over two weeks ago, we forgot to mention that another 'spectacular' part of that clinic visit was the fact that Elena's next BMT clinic appointment wouldn't be for another four weeks!  She is FINALLY at the point where her clinic appointments will be monthly! Amen!  Please pray that this will be a part of our new normal. Please pray for that appointment next week, February 22nd. Pray that Elena and her counts and blood chemistry levels will once again be spectacular.

Still praying, believing, and choosing joy!

In Him,
The Tates

"Be joyful always, pray continually, give thanks in all circumstances, for this is God's will for you in Christ Jesus."  1 Thessalonians 5:16-18


  1. It is so good to hear the good news! I still think and pray for Elena and your family daily.


  2. We all live new normals every day. May yours be closer to whatever real normal is than the last 200 have been.

    Love you