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.

Tuesday, October 03, 2006

Test results and more tests to come

Ellie continued receiving the one chemo drug today. She was fairly comfortable so it was a blessing that she was able to rest and eat. Tomorrow the doctor may try to continue the drug that was suspected of causing the seizure. They've been monitoring Ellie's sodium and will see how it is tomorrow.

John and Sarah received the results of the bone marrow test, and the results show that the cancer has spread to the bone marrow. The doctors plan to harvest some of Ellie's bone marrow soon and at the end of the 6 cycles of chemo, she will have a bone marrow transplant.

Ellie is scheduled for a test called an MIBG on Thursday to look for the primary source of the cancer. It will be helpful to the doctors when they find the location where the cancer started.

The hospital is really good about having special entertainment for the kids. So while Ellie was resting today, a magician came by and did a show just for her. She enjoyed his tricks and got to laugh a little. We'll count this as a good day.

Please pray:

1.) That Ellie will tolerate the treatments.

2.) For physical and emotional strength for John, Sarah, and extended family.

3.) For brother Ethan as he misses normal life.


At 11:01 PM, Anonymous Anonymous said...

Lots and lots of prayers coming from Auburndale, Florida. We're joining with everyone else in asking God to intervene and heal Ellie. May He wrap you in His loving arms and give you peace.

(from Allison's mom's church!)

At 6:55 AM, Anonymous Dan & Debbie Huntting said...

Dear John and Sarah,
We have not stopped thinking of you and praying for you since we heard about your precious Ellie. Our hearts are grieving and yet we are claiming God's healing power for her little body.... daily, moment by moment.
We dearly love you,
Dan & Debbie Huntting

At 7:49 AM, Anonymous Anonymous said...

John, Sarah and Ellie,
I'm praying for you all these days. I know your Grandpa Skees. My husband and I have been with New Tribes Mission in Camdenton, MO for many years. We have had cancer in our family and know how hard it is on everyone involved. Something I learned early on in the process was that God is TOTALLY in control. Cling to that and His promises. I'm praying the Lord will give you loving nurses and Drs. They can become your best friends and a great source of encouragement - as well as witnessing opportunities. With love,
Sandi Hagen - Camdenton MTC


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