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.

Friday, February 09, 2007

Decisions, Uncertainty, and... Peace

Ellie's blood work came back today about the same as it did earlier in the week. It is technically good enough for her to go into chemo. Because Ellie has been through 4 rounds already, her body is just not bouncing back as strong as it did after earlier treatments. It is possible for her to go back into the hospital any day now for her fifth cycle of chemo, but that will not happen until we discuss all of the options ahead of us with her doctor. Things that the doctors have been weighing are: the lack of clean bone marrows; her body's slower recovery from chemo; upcoming surgery; and future direction - such as bone marrow transplant or other possible treatments. We would so appreciate your prayers in the days ahead as we make decisions regarding Ellie's treatments. Our desire is to carefully consider all of the options that we are presented with and follow God's leading in the right direction to take. We are so very thankful that God always keeps His promise to give wisdom when we ask for it, and we trust Him to make the way clear. We have already seen God working in recent days to bring us help and support in unexpected ways. We are so overwhelmed by the goodness of God, and by His neverending grace...and even in the midst of heavy decisions, His peace.


At 4:39 AM, Anonymous Anonymous said...

Praying that God would direct your path day after day as you seek His will for you lives and for precious Ellie!
Sharon B

At 7:48 AM, Anonymous Anonymous said...

My family as well as my church family are keeping Ellie and your whole family in our prayers. May you have discernment to God's leading as you need to make decisions. Please give your mother and grandparents a hug for me.
Shari Weber (your mom's cousin in IL)

At 11:39 AM, Blogger Mrs said...

Sarah, praying for you and John! I LOVE the verse (forgive me, I don't have the reference in front of me, I believe it's Hebrews) that says if we're lacking in wisdom we're to ask, and having asked BELIEVE it has been given!

God's hand and your reliance on Him through this process is so evident. Praying you continue to trust that whatever you do is absolutely right after prayerful consideration!


At 5:00 PM, Anonymous kristina mcd said...

We are praying for you tonight. Thank you for the updates. May God be enough for you tonight as you are faced with SO much - way above what anyone can handle.

With love,

At 7:21 PM, Anonymous Jill Heins said...

Praying Gods guidance will be clear to you in all of the decisions you have ahead of you. May He cover you with a blanket of peace!
Prayers and Love from Minnesota!

At 5:39 AM, Anonymous Anonymous said...

We, and our 3 young children, continue to lift Ellie up in our prayers. May you know God's wisdom in which direction to head. You're in my thoughts particularly as a fellow mother. Our hearts go out to you but we are comforted to see God's love & peace evident in your lives.

an NTMer

At 4:48 PM, Anonymous Ellie Strunk said...

Prayers are for Ellie from our church in PA. Your Aunt Donna is a good friend.

Ellie Strunk

At 5:21 PM, Anonymous Sarah said...

Thank you all! I'm sorry I didn't take the time to respond to each comment as you sent them. We so appreciate each of you!


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