We’re coming home from Duke!!!

We just got word from the doctor a few minutes ago that Susana is all set to be discharged from Duke.  She is doing great!  She is eating everything in sight.  She is drinking.  She is playful.  The doctors are very pleased with the outcome of the stem cell transplant.  Everything has been a success thus far.  So…we’re…outta here!!!

Wow.  This past month has been one of the most challenging ever.  I don’t know…it really just seemed to hit me hard.  Just being in the hospital day after day with so many other sick children in various stages of their disease was hard on my emotions.  I realize just how frail I am and it makes me so thankful for my God who is stronger than anything.  Without Him, I wouldn’t be able to pick myself up off the floor.  He certainly has carried our family throughout this trial.

So, I am already back home since I had to come back yesterday for a meeting at church about the upcoming mission team to Haiti in February.  And now, Maria and Susana are on their way and should be here this afternoon.

I wish our treatment ended here…but it doesn’t.  We still have a long way to go.  Our next stop is Jacksonville, FL for her proton therapy.  We will be there for about 30 days.  Then, we come back home and finish our treatment here with 6 months of antibody treatment.  So…lots more still ahead.

We give praise and thanks to God for all that He has done!  Susana is feeling great and looking so much better.  But please do not stop praying.  We still have some huge mountains in front of us.  But as we say in Haiti, “Bondye kap fe”  (God is able). – Cody

6 thoughts on “We’re coming home from Duke!!!

  1. This is such great news! God is so good! We pray for Susana every night with our son Jake (who is 4). If we forget, he reminds us! You are such a special family and an inspiration to us. Thank you for the way that you are serving and loving others, even in the midst of your own trials.

  2. So thankful to hear how well Susana is doing. Will continue to hold all of you in my prayers. When I can’t sleep at night I immediately use that time to pray for Susana! Have a wonderful Thanksgiving at home together.

  3. Maria and Cody, we are SO thrilled you all are able to go home and not have to spend Thanksgiving in your hotel room!! Praise the Lord for this answered prayer. It is wonderful to hear Susana is eating and drinking well — when we were with you all, she hadn’t had much of anything in weeks. It was such a blessing for Jen and I to have spent time with you and the girls a couple of weeks back. Have a wonderful Thanksgiving as you marvel at God’s creation in Asheville. How awesome that the One who created those mountains is the same One who cares about the details of our individual lives. Our prayers continue for Susana’s healing and victory over this disease. He IS able!!!

  4. Praise the Lord!! Happy Thanksgiving! Thoughts and prayers are with you all!! I am going to send a special package to the girls when I get a chance. I am just not sure what Isabela really likes…or is wanting. 🙂 God is so good!!! Great is His faithfulness and mercy!! Rest in the Lord as you go through each day and know that there are MANY MANY people lifting you all up in prayer!!! We put our hope in a Awesome, Sovereign, and Loving, Merciful God!!

    “Trust in the Lord with all your heart, and lean not on your own understanding; in all your ways acknowledge Him, and He WILL make your paths straight.”
    Proverbs 3:5,6

    “In Him our hearts rejoice, for we trust in His Holy name.” Psalm 33:21

    “Let us hold unswervingly to the hope we profess, for He who promised IS Faithful.”
    Hebrews 10:23

    “Your Word, O Lord, is Eternal; it stands firm in the heavens. Your Faithfulness continues through ALL generations…..” Psalm 119:89, 90

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