Today, Phoebe had a lumbar puncture and because Leukemia can hide in and spread to the central nervous system, this was checked for disease and chemotherapy was given. No leukemia was found, which is a relief and good news. The leukemia that Phoebe has appears to be isolated to her bone marrow. We are rechecking the bone marrow and Phoebe lungs via a CT scan in two weeks. We hope and pray for continued good news.
For now, we have the weekend off and we are looking forward to it. We are so grateful to be able to spend this time together. It is hard to believe that we have been away from home for seven months with no real plans to return any time soon. We would not be able to stay together as a family through all of this were it not for the support that we have received. The gofundme site that was started by Phoebe's Aunt Vicki and Uncle Tim and the support that has resulted from this is simply amazing and has often left us speechless. We are blessed to be able to travel this road together and these donations and all of the help we receive from home help us to do this. There are no words to express just what this means to us. Thank-you to everyone who has shared this story, donated, helped, sent messages of hope and love, or taken time to think of Phoebe and pray for her complete healing - there is strength in numbers and this strength allows us to keep on keeping on.
Just over a month ago, Jon was in a car accident here in Memphis. Phoebe and Mae usually insist that we all go everywhere together, but this time Jon was alone in the car. The car was hit on the rear passenger's side, right where Mae sits, and then flipped over onto the driver's and Phoebe's side before skidding to a stop. Jon managed to walk away from the accident unscathed, but our car is a write off. With everything that has happened with Phoebe, this was the least of our worries, but our insurance allowed us to replace the car and this is something we need to get Phoebe to and from the hospital. We looked into purchasing something here, but because we are not residents of Tennessee, it was really complicated to have it insured and licensed. Thanks to Jon's brothers for test driving cars for us at home, to Michael for all of his help and Dan and Josh at Import Auto in Ottawa for making sure that we have a car that will safely take our family to and from the hospital and eventually home to Ottawa. This "new" car is waiting for us in our driveway in Ottawa (thank-you Michael) and Jon is heading there next week to pick it up.
We are always hopeful. Always hopeful. Phoebe has taught us that anything is possible, so we will keep putting one foot in front of the other, and we will continue to do all that we can to help Phoebe and Mae grow and thrive. We hope for a peaceful weekend and beyond that, for healing and strength, as we wait for Phoebe's bone marrow and lung tests to be repeated in two weeks.
Go Phoebe go ...
It finally snowed in Memphis this week which got me thinking of all of the snow that I have missed shoveling in Ottawa. We are blessed with the world's greatest neighbors/family a few doors down - thank-you to them for holding down our fort.