Friday, March 25, 2011

A day to celebrate.....

Worship the Lord with Gladness, 
come before Him with JOYful songs
Know that the Lord is God, 
it is He who made us and we are His...
Enter His gates with Thanksgiving and His courts with Praise
Give Thanks to Him and Praise His Name,
For the Lord is Good and His Love endures forever; His faithfulness continues through all generations
Psalms 100:2-5

Today we celebrate that the treatment is over (they removed the needles and radiation yesterday at 1:00) and currently she is waiting on a wheelchair (for an hour now!!) to carry her out of the hospital and head for home!  One thing Kristi said early on is that this cancer would not steal her JOY!  This is one thing that was noted by many of the professionals who worked with her a long the way as well as many of us who know and love her. Today is definitely a day of Joyful celebration. She is on the homeward stretch.  

Below are some pictures I thought you might enjoy!
She texted this picture to her family stating "No more Jello for me! I'm first class now with full menu room service"
This looks much tastier than jello, popcicles, and chicken or beef broth!

This morning before checking out they had to remove her pic line and make sure her blood was able to clot and then she was able to shower, a welcome sight after days of laying in that bed I'm sure, and then head for home.  They did take more blood tests and her hemoglobin is still low - at a 7.8 and they look at blood transfusions when hits in the 6's. So this is still an area for prayer. It is not low due to blood loss so they believe it is just due to a major shock to her body and therefore the red blood cells were not keeping up as they should. She should notice within 10-14 days that they have rebuilt themselves back up but if not she'll have to have her blood levels taken again.

She will have a follow up with both of her doctors in about a month to make sure she is healing okay and then in two months they will do another PET scan to compare it to the first and make sure all cancer is gone. 

This morning Danina texted her
Hebrews 10:23
Let us hold unswervingly to the hope we profess for He who promised is Faithful

In which she responded: Thank you for sure. We are thankful for the huge amount of support given to Billy, the Kids and I and such amazing nurses and doctors that made this as easy as possible. 

Kristi's doctors were amazing and very compassionate. One of them rubbed her legs down when they were itching so badly from the allergic reaction to the narcotics and the other came in and rolled her on her side for a few minutes when her bum was going numb from laying on it all the time. Not things Doctors have to do but certainly just examples of how they showed compassion towards her.

In Kristi's words... she says sometimes she wants to say Woo Hoo  this is over!....and then the next minute the reality can seep in that for two months she will have to wait to know for sure that the cancer is gone!  So for now we hold Unswervingly to our faith... Faith is being sure of what we Hope for and certain of what we do not see (Heb 11:1). 

Thank you from all of us for your prayers and for continuing to pray that satan cannot use the what if's to creep in and rob her of her Joy while we wait to hear that she is Cancer Free!

Well done to my good and faithful sister! 
With JOY, AMY (for us all)


  1. Kristi.....I keep you in my prayers always and will be praying for God's peace as you wait over the next two months. Your light has shone so bright as you've gone through this journey and you and your family's faith has been so special to me.

    Praying for you with lots of love and concern, Larry Rogers

  2. WELCOME HOME!! I can't imagine how tired you and Billy are because I was worn out today just from doing "prayer battle" for you and feeling your pain...which is nothing compared to walking it yourself! You did so well and God was so faithful! Your Dr.'s sounded wonderful too. May God receive all the glory and praise!!
    Love you, Nina

  3. Are you thanking Amy for posting that picture of you and the menu or what??? ha ha Nina

  4. Praise God from Whom ALL blessing flow . . .
    "Be anxious for nothing, but in everything, by prayer and supplication, with thanksgiving, let your requests be made known to God, and the peace of God which passes all understanding will guard your hearts and minds through Christ Jesus." Philippians 4:6-7
    Two months seems like a long wait. Trusting God to grant you peace as you leave the burden with Him.
    . . . and I love the menu shot. :) ha

  5. All is quiet here except the rumble of the Thunder and I keep thinking one of our kids will show up soon but for now it's just you, Me and Jesus sitting here! I think about in the Always True book James says that the hardest moments are in the "gap" those times where we are called to wait. It is here that we fear, doubt, despair and falter because we don't know how the trial ends. Yet it's in the Gap we cling to God's promises because they are always true. He has a quote in there that I love: "God's promises are the assurances that He gives His people so they can walk by faith while they wait for Him to work"

    Isaiah 26:3 You will guard him and keep him in perfect and constant peace whose mind [both its inclination and its character] is stayed on You, because he commits himself to You, leans on You, and hopes confidently in You.

    Praying for a steadfast mind as you wait! love you sister, AMY

  6. I am glad Amy had a good story to go along with that picture! I've lost all pride when it comes to looking presentable. This is the least presentable pic though as I hadn't been out of bed for over 72 hours! I'd never been so thankful for a warm shower or a meal that did not include jello!