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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! 


Steve and Christy Helm posted a new journal entry, "Three Years Later".

Today marks three years since we started this journey with cancer.  I tried to think of something monumental to share here, but I can only say, “Thank you, Lord, for ... Lea más

Jane Woodward signed David's Guestbook.

We continue to pray and to believe in a wonderful ending to this tale of three years.  May our Lord continue to bless you ALL! Lea más

Rodger Oswald signed David's Guestbook.

Dear Steve and Christy:  Indeed this has been an amazing journey of courage and grace.  Thank you for the privilege of sharing in this journey, of keeping track of David ... Lea más

Kathleen Tripoli signed David's Guestbook.

It has been a rare privilege to observe (and sometimes share in) David's miraculous journey.  I have thanked the Lord every day for this precious grandson, and now all ... Lea más

Kristin Wright signed David's Guestbook.

Christy, that is sooo wonderful to hear! Prayers still being sent to you and your family :) Also, my husband and his family are UT fans, so they will be watching for ... Lea más

Charity Gingerich signed David's Guestbook.

Thanks for the update! Its so encouraging to hear that life does return to "normal" again. We are on our 1st month of maintenance-can't wait till we are at the 3.5yr mark! ... Lea más

Kristie Hixson-Adams signed David's Guestbook.

I will continue to pray and give praise! May the next six months be full of love, laughter and blessings. Thank you for the update. I will let my church family know. Lea más

Melani Brooks signed David's Guestbook.

Great to hear your encouraging news.  We will keep praying for all of you and the many transitions in your lives.  It is awesome to see you all praising Jesus and ... Lea más

Steve and Christy Helm added a new photo.

Charity Gingerich signed David's Guestbook.

Somehow you had found me earlier (Tyler Gingerich) and left a comment on our site. I'm FINALLY catching up with everything. I read through your journey...wow! Such a hard ... Lea más

James . signed David's Guestbook.

David,I am simply thinking of you.  Be well, be strong.  You are in my thoughts and prayers. Lea más

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