We will always remember Ellie for her love for others, her creativity, sensitivity, and delight in life! Ellie's light has spread far and wide... may it continue to shine in our hearts.

Sunday, October 01, 2006

Day two of chemo

Today was Ellie's second day of chemotherapy. Throughout the pain, nausea, and reactions to the treatment, Ellie has really shown her inner strength. She is bearing up under the difficulty and is adapting well by learning to trust the medical staff. She will have more chemo tomorrow, then have 18 days off of treatment.

Ellie's immune system will be weakened by the chemo treatments and rest is very important right now. For these reasons, John and Sarah are asking that Ellie not have visitors at this time. They are so appreciative of your love and care for them. Your notes of encouragement have been a huge blessing. If you would like to visit them in the future, please call or email Ginger. She will take your name and number in order to contact you when Ellie is able to receive visitors. If you don't know how to reach Ginger, post a comment to this blog and she will get it.

Please continue to send your notes and emails of encouragement. They are reading them and receiving comfort from knowing that many of you are thinking of and praying for them.

Please pray specifically for Ellie's physical strength, that she would handle the treatments, and for her inner strength.
Please pray for Sarah, Nancy, and John’s aunts as they care for Ellie at this time.

Thank you from all of the family.


At 7:51 PM, Blogger TechnoMissionary(Andy) said...

It's so good to hear that Ellie is handling the chemo well. We prayed around the supper table this evening for Ellie, specifically in ways especially that Alexandria and Drew could remember to pray for her. Kristi and I are always amazed at the simple faith of a child -- the ways that they pray as if their prayers have already been answered. And we know they will be.

At 7:51 AM, Blogger allison said...

Thanks so much for keeping us updated. Sarah, John, Ellie, and Ethan, you are in our prayers, and I know so many other people are praying for you too. We have a great and wonderful God!
We love you!
-Trent, Allison, Emmaline, & Micah

At 12:49 PM, Anonymous Julianna Prejusa said...

I was so saddened to hear about this little girl being diagnosed with cancer. My mother is battling cancer as well, and I feel for her family very much. I'm a knitter and I was planning to knit a ChemoCap for Ellie so whe could wear it in the winter months if she'd like. I'd like to know her favorite color so I could knit the hat out of that. Also what address would I send it to? I hope this is okay. If not I understand. My prayers are with Ellie and her family.

At 2:36 PM, Blogger TechnoMissionary(Andy) said...

If you would like to mail a card or any type of correspondence to Ellie or the Skees family, please use the following address (which is not Ellie's home address):

Ellie Skees
c/o Stan Skees
1000 E. First St.
Sanford, FL 32771

At 3:44 PM, Anonymous Mandy Caley said...

LOTS of people are praying for you Ellie- you have touched many hearts. You are precious to a lot of people and to GOD!!
One of our new applicants for the Associate Program heard about Ellie and now she and her church are praying too.
We send love
Allan and Mandy and Andrew Caley.
PS and how does Andy Corley get a photo on this?

At 7:30 PM, Anonymous Anonymous said...

Hi, My name is Beth and my son was diagnosed with stage IV Neuroblastoma almost 6 years ago. He is doing great now and a true survivor. I just wanted to let you know that I would be happy to help you all in any way I can from a parent who has been through this. You can watch part of our story at www.stjude.org and search for Jack White. Click on Brave Volunteers. Many newly diagnosed families have told me this was very helpful for them. We will be praying for you.

Beth White

At 7:43 PM, Anonymous Anonymous said...

Tough to find the right words to try and encourage you guys. Right now my words are few. Know that we are there with you...in our Father's loving arms.

At 8:08 PM, Anonymous Kim said...


Thanks for the offer of a cap! Ellie's favorite color is blue, although she likes typical girl colors like pink and purple as well. We hope your mother does well and thanks again for your thoughtfulness.

Please use the address that our friend technomissionary gave in his comment below yours.

At 2:18 PM, Anonymous Anonymous said...

I didn't know Ellie but I have been praying for her...so sorry she is gone, but rejoice with you that she went to Jesus so fast!!!


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