It's been a while since we left St. Lukes's and I realized that I wanted to express to each and everyone of you how much I love and appreciate you for being there for Andrea and our families (Luthringer and Martin)! I then thought, "What Can I possibly say?"
What could I possibly say to communicate the debt we owe so many for caring so deeply that you came and stood by our side and cried with us, talked with us, laughed with us, consoled us, prayed for us, cooked for us and loved us into healing. It is unbelievable how many opened your veins and poured out your blood for Andrea not unlike someone we know who poured out His blood for us. When I think of the sacrifice of time (at least 2 hours a session) to give platelets I am overwhelmed by such blessing. I also want to give special thank-you's to the churches, Kristin, Angela and to the Martins.
May churches know the positive results of their labor as they prayed for Andreas healing. It was the 5th day of chemo when the oncologist approached me with his concern that she may not be tolerating the chemo as at this point at that time he expected to see white cell count around the 10% range. I asked what the range was and he said 37% and we only have two days to go. I called both churches of christ and they lifted simultaneaous prayers on her behalf at 11:00am as well as did the church in Karnes City. The results the next blood test were 0% blast cells. Five days later the doctors call us in for a special meeting and tell us that the Leukemia is back, that they did a blood smear and it showed the return of blasts. We were asked what level of care to keep Andrea. We were told neither St. Lukes nor MD Anderson had programs to extend her for further treatment. This was December 15th and we were devistated. But we told them we wanted to pray about it some more and after Ken Shumate and I cried and prayed a while Kathy and I as well as others prayed all night for Andrea. The next moring the doctors said, "We don't understand it but there is an anomoliy in your Daughter's blood test today and we want to examin it further, don't change your code designation. I stated, "so you don't want me to lower her level of care." No, we don't understand it, it looks like she is in remission. Doctor I understand--- "Prayer got into your way"!
We know He is the One to thank, but Thanks to the churches and the believers who rallied prayer warriors and who prayed for Andrea to return from the brink of death, not once but several times. We were particularly uplifted by local churches such as Cinco Ranch CoC, West Houston CoC, 1st Baptist, 2nd Baptist, St. Peters, Epiphany as well as by many other local and even distant churches including those in Mississippi, Canton, Tyler, Karnes City and just about where ever else our friends attended they placed Andrea on local prayer lists.
I was shocked and pleased when I recently was told by many of my islamic collegues in Indonesian that they too were raising Andrea up in their prayers to Allah. Wow, imagine how the world could look if people prayed for their friends needs. If, "in the best interest of God" we Loved one another as God so loved his church. Wouldn't that equate to peace??????????
Believe as I believe that they worked!!! Also, please know we continue to covet those healing prayers as we look forward to additional treatment.
Kristin, thank you for supporting your sister during her illness. I want the public to know how much you love your sister as you prepare to share your life's marrow with her. There is a deep bond between sisters and yours will become deeper. It is a relief to know that Jimbo is with you, in your new hometown, and holding you close and taking care of you when your Dad's arms aren't there to do it any longer. We also received blessings from Angella and Wes as they opened their home to guest who came by to support Andrea.
We respected and appreciated the Martins because they did a fine job in raising a great young man in J. (John). Our bond was Andrea and J. Now, after our experiences, I especially want to thank John, Betty and Mary for opening their hearts and home and bringing not only Andrea, but both Kathy and I as well as into their family. We are forever indebted, as well as we will forever love you for your sacrifice and demonstration of love. I didn't forget J.
J. has made a place for himself in my heart and all I can say is that I too love the man Andrea has placed in her heart. I have witnessed him grow in personal and spiritual grace and am very proud of the man he is.
All I can say to all of you above is, "Thank you and may God bless you!"