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David’s Story

Welcome to our CaringBridge website. We've created it to keep friends and family updated on David's battle with leukemia. Start by reading the introduction to our website, "My Story."

Visit often to read the latest journal entries, visit the photo gallery, and write us a note in our guestbook.  We are so encouraged by your support.

Hi! I'm David.  Just last week my mom and my Grandma were thinking I was looking really pale.  They even said I looked like a ghost.  I had been sick the week before but it wasn't anything too terrible.  Once in a while I would sit on the couch and just watch my brothers, Mark and Jonathan, play.  Mom and Grandma knew that wasn't normal.  But I was happy and active.  By Friday though, Mom decided Grandma was right and I needed to have my blood checked.  So, Mom took me to the Dr. Friday afternoon.  They poked my finger and squeezed it a lot.  The PA returned to tell my mom that my hemoglobin was very low and she was going to have the Dr. talk to Mom.  After a while, the Dr. came in and told my mom that she needed to take me to the ER  to get a CBC (that means complete blood count but even Mom didn't know that until now).  At the ER, they poked me again and took a lot more blood.  I did NOT like that.  We waited some more.  Finally, the Dr. came in and told my mom that my hemoglobin and my platelets were VERY low.  She said it could be viral but it could also be leukemia (I know big words).  Dad was in WY at the time.  He spent a very long day Saturday getting home to us.  Meanwhile, they admitted me to the hospital and I got a blood transfusion and platelets put into my IV, which required another poke, which I did NOT like.  Mom says I was very brave.  I met a new special Dr.-a pediatric oncologist.  He said that we would have to wait until Monday for me to get a bone marrow biopsy to confirm leukemia.  So, I hung out at the hospital for the weekend.  On Monday, I had my bone marrow biopsy.  Late Monday it was confirmed that I have Acute Lymphoblastic Leukemia (ALL).  The Dr. says it is the most common childhood cancer and the most treatable.  I do not know what that means.  I don't feel sick and I don't look sick but they say I am sick.  Mom says the treatment will start Tuesday and go for about 3 years.  Thanks for loving me and visiting my site.  Mom and Dad will try to keep it updated.  See you soon! 

Latest Journal Update

The end of chemo

Today, we are very excited to announce that David is cancer free and done with chemo.  We will toss the leftover pills in the trash, eat his meal of choice, have some cake and icecream, and give thanks.  We give thanks to the Bridge Builder who has carried us across this long bridge.  In the beginning of the journey, we weren’t sure the bridge would ever end. Kind of like the Golden Gate on a super foggyday.  I wondered if the bridge would hold, worrying like there would be a 7.5 earthquake and we’d end up on the bottom deck of what felt like a double decker bridge. Through this journey, I have been challenged to give thanks to the Bridge Builder no matter what type of bridge I’m crossing, no matter what types of elements may affect it, knowing that He, Jesus, is enough.  If He is all I have, He is what I give thanks for.  And He IS enough.  I pray that my life shows evidence of my stated belief that He is enough. 

To you, our faithful followers and prayer warriors: thankyou.  I wish I could send each and every one of you an old fashioned, snail mail card thanking you personally for your intercession for us. Here I'm thankful for Caring Bridge and Facebook.  Many of you have traveled this journey with us and are unknown to us personally. Thank you.  To our friends who have checked in regularly,thank you.  To our family and friends who have loved us in our valleys, aided us financially, dropped yourself and come to our rescue, thank you.  We could not have endured this trial without you.  As Paul simply states in Philippians 1:2-3 “I thank God in all my remembrance of you.”

This journey isn’t completely over. The end of chemo is a major milestone that we celebrate today. The future holds blood checks and that ever present “history” of cancer.  David will eventually have his port surgically removed.  We will just continue to rejoice and give thanks for each day.  God is always good, and we are always loved.