We’re goin’ to Jackson

Ville that is.  Yes, Jacksonville, FL will be another home away from home for us for a month or so.  We just learned today that Susana’s radiation treatments (after she finishes chemo) will take place in Jacksonville, FL.  So, we will be there for about a month or so since radiation treatment is every day I believe.  But this won’t take place for another several months.  However, our doctor just told Maria this morning, “Keep your bags packed from this point on.”

So, here’s the prospective timeline:  Susana is going into the hospital this afternoon for her 4th round of chemo.  WE NEED EVERYBODY PRAYING as this particular round is supposed to be very difficult with a lot of pain and weakness and all that comes with that.  She will be inpatient for 5 days.  Then, once her counts come back up, they will take all new tests and scans and images to see how much (pray that it is not how little) progress has been made with the chemo and if the tumor has shrunk enough to a point of doing surgery to remove it.  If all is good, then they will do the surgery.

After the surgery, she will get one more round of chemo, which will be an extremely intense round that will basically destroy her bone marrow.  That is why, immediately following the chemo, we will go to Duke for the stem cell transplant.  We will be at Duke for 3 months!!!  the first month will be inpatient, and then the other 2 months will be outpatient everyday.  So, we’ll be living near Duke for 3 months.

Then, we will be heading down to Jacksonville, FL for about a month while she gets radiation treatment at one of the best hospitals for radiation treatment.  So, we’ll be floridians for a month…Oh happy joy…not!!!  Sorry fellow floridians, I just don’t have great love for the sunshine state…y’all need some mountains!!!

Once she finishes radiation, we will come back home and she will get antibody treatment for a period of time, I’m not sure how long.  And then, that will be it!!!

Oh how we pray that that really will be it.  That by the end of her treatment, their is absolutely no sign of cancer and that it is gone forever by the power of God.  Oh our hearts yearn for that day.  But we are not there today.  And so we continue in our fight with the knowledge of our great and mighty God who goes with us.  His grace is sufficient in ALL things.  Neither death nor life will be able to separate us from the love of God that is in Christ Jesus our Lord.

Please remember to pray for Daisy Love as she is in a very serious fight for life.  She is going through chemo for a second time as her Wilm’s tumor has returned with a vengeance.  Pray for her and the Merrick family as they lean on the everlasting arms of our Father during this most difficult time.  To follow their story, go to http://prayfordaisy.com

Oh how thankful we are to be part of the body of Christ.  I don’t know how we, or anybody else in this situation, could ever make it without the knowledge and trust in a sovereign God who is in control of EVERYTHING.  Our hearts can only find great comfort in this truth alone – that He is in control, and that He is good.

Thank you for all your prayers.  You have given us much strength to continue in this vigorous fight.

4 thoughts on “We’re goin’ to Jackson

  1. Lifting you all up in prayer…intense prayer for your princesses and for Daisy Love. I’m depending on God’s faithfulness to complete the healing work that He has started in both Susana and Daisy – restoring their health completely, this side of Heaven.

    Love you guys!

  2. Maria, Cody, Issy, Susana, I love you so much! I have stayed away because my family has had many viruses. But tell Issy and Susana that the game books are still being designed and they will be mailed ASAP. God will remain faithful whatever path He chooses, as we have talked about. If you need to talk, cry, scream, curse, laugh, you may always call us. If you want us to keep Issy so she can go to school here, we will. Love you guys!

  3. We are keeping you all in our prayers. I hope Susana is doing well with this last round of chemo, and she is resting peacefully at home now. I pray that she stays well when her counts are low, and she is protected from the side effects. I pray for safety, peace, and smooth passage through this valley in your sweet family’s life. (as you travel all over) I pray that God will perform a miracle in Susana and Daisy’s life. That when the time comes to retest, the doctor will stand in astonishment and see no more masses or cancer. My heart breaks to see Susana and you all have to endure this, but I find peace and hope in knowing that God will fulfill His will in His perfect timing. He is so faithful, and He is holding you all close. During my devotional time this morning, I thought of you all when I read Psalm 27 and 28. “Wait on the Lord: be of good courage, and He shall strengthen thine heart: wait, I say, on the Lord. Psalm 27:14 There are so many encouraging truths in these passages, and, of course, in so many other parts of the Bible. I am so thankful that God will never leave us nor forsake us. I yearn and pray for the day that Susana will be able to be free from this awful disease. Thank you for your other encouraging post. God is so awesome. He knew your yearning and your hearts desire, and He answered your cry. Praise be to God!!

  4. Hi Cody, Maria, Issy, and Susana,
    Al and I continue to keep all 4 of you in our prayers. He knows each of your hearts perfectly as well as your bodies. I pray God will touch each of you today and everyday along this difficult journey, carrying you when you need it.
    We are blessed to have known you up in Delaware and look to see God’s plan fullfilled in each of your lives and in Haiti. You are a vital part of the kingdom of God.
    God is able.
    Love you all.

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