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.

Wednesday, December 06, 2006

Good News...

Today we got the results from Ellie's CT Scan...her tumor has shrunk! Welcome to the rollercoaster ride that is our life. I finally prepare you for the worst and then something good happens. (Aren't rollercoasters supposed to be fun? Are you having fun yet? I think I've reached the point where I can't stop spinning and I'm feeling kind of nauseous...) I don't have the full report yet, but I did hear that there is improvement. We are so pleased. I really was gearing up to hear bad news because of the symptoms we have been seeing, but now I wonder if this is just because her body has gone too long without the chemo continuing to shrink the tumors even further. Whatever the reasons - tonight we are thankful! The doctor said that the test on the thing that she blew out of her nose did not indicate anything other than nasal mucus, etc. And the sample from one of her chickenpox (from the day of her bone marrows) showed no signs of the chickenpox virus. That was confusing to us, but I guess maybe it just means that her body has finished off the virus (even though all of the blisters were not broken). Oh well, some things just don't always make sense. Ellie has felt very well today and has only two or three more blisters left unopened on her feet. We are supposed to check into the hospital on Sunday night and gear up for chemo round three on Monday. I can't believe I'm actually saying that I'm thankful that chemo will be starting, but I am!

Today is Ethan's actual birthday, and for his birthday he got...CHICKENPOX! Oh yes, he is starting to break out and has a fever today. Today is exactly five weeks from the time Ellie developed her first blister. While I am thankful that Ethan can get them over with, I am just SO tired of chickenpox! I don't ever want to see another pox for as long as I live. Since we had already celebrated Ethan's birthday, he spent the day at Mom and Gary's house to have another celebration with them. By the time he got home, Mom said that he definitely wasn't feeling so perky today and when Ethan saw me he said "This birthday boy isn't feeling so good. His body is kinda sick." The boy turns four and no longer speaks in first person?! What is that about? He certainly keeps us laughing. The other day Stan showed Ethan a real alligator head that he had purchased. I had no idea how Ethan would react (scream, run, beat it with a stick...) but apparently he looked at the thing and dryly commented (in a fake southern drawl) "he aint feeling so good!" I think that he is quoting Veggie Tales "Larry Boy and the Rumor Weed". What a nut. Even at four, he has a great sense of comedic timing.

Well, thank you for sharing this crazy ride with us...I should have prepared you before you got on...this ride even goes upside down sometimes...

I leave you tonight to savor the good news and join in our thanksgiving. I am so thankful for these moments of reprieve when we can take a breath and feel some tension drain away for a short time. We love you all!

8 Comments:

At 8:21 PM, Anonymous Anonymous said...

Praise the Lord!!!! I am so happy to hear this good news today!
Our family felt the effectiveness of the body of Christ in prayer today...my brother had brain surgery this afternoon. So many people were giving of themselves to pray for him, and you could just FEEL it! What peace... I hope that's the peace you experience knowing you have so many 'lifting you up' every day!! Praying always, Les

 
At 8:32 PM, Anonymous Allison said...

Oh, Sarah, I'm so glad for the good news with the CT scan. I've been thinking of you as you have had to wait for the results. I remember waiting for the dr to tell us the results of Emmie's echocardiograms and trying to decide whether I had time to go throw up or not before the doctor returned - and we usually only had to wait about 30 minutes to hear results!
We have a wonderful God who loves us and comforts us even on roller coasters.
Still praying,
Allison

 
At 8:53 PM, Anonymous Anonymous said...

Keep up the fight Miss Ellie! God is forever on your side!

Eve

 
At 6:42 AM, Anonymous Sarah said...

Thanks guys!

Leslie - wow, I hope your brother is o.k.! I'm so sorry. You're right about the peace - it's incredible isn't it?

Allison - thanks, I know you understand about the waiting! I'm sorry I haven't gotten back to you about your dad's question. Things got kind of crazy and I forgot. I will try to check on it this time we're in the hospital.

 
At 6:59 AM, Anonymous Anonymous said...

Sarah, We were so glad to read the good news today! Waiting for results is so hard especially when it is for your child rather than yourself.
We are praying for your family and for grandparents. Tell your Mum "Hi" for me.
Jer29:11 Hazel

 
At 1:12 PM, Blogger tricia said...

Ahhhh, some good news. Give me a call next week if you're up for a visit. I miss Ethan...give him a birthday hug and kiss for me.

 
At 3:36 PM, Anonymous Anonymous said...

John and Sarah,Ellie and Ethan
I think of Job and how he was afficted. and know their are many people watching and are amazed at what God is doing once again in the lives of the Mankins family.It still hurts o do much. We are praying and upholding you up in prayer. My brother in law is in chemo and radiotion for a aggrestive brain cancer and has been given 2-15 months. We are so thankful he came to know the Lord just reasonaly. My Heart is there with you. My prayer for you all is to have a greater understaning and love of our LORD and Saviour. Love you all with much prayer. God is so faithful. Thanks for sharing your thoughts and struggle with us. What an encouragment to us. Lena

 
At 1:41 PM, Blogger sunset years said...

Following day by day with much interest & prayers

 

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