Holly Wheeler

First post: Sep 19, 2021 Latest post: Sep 14, 2022
Welcome to Holly's Caring Bridge website. My name is Stephanie and I represent an army of family, friends, and prayer warriors who have joined this battle with Holly, Rhett, Elizabeth, and William. We count it a privilege to pick up our armor and fight like never before through intercessory prayer.  


Some trust in chariots and some in horses, but we trust in the name of the Lord our God. They collapse and fall, but we rise and stand upright. Save, Lord; let the King answer us when we call. Psalms 20:7-9


In Holly's words. . .Friends, I need your prayers- for myself and my family. There is just no easy way to share this news. Tuesday, I was admitted to UAB hospital and diagnosed with Acute Myeloid Leukemia (AML). AML is an aggressive blood cancer that originates in the bone marrow. I started chemo yesterday and will be inpatient for about a month. I am in a fight for my life.I know folks have questions and we do too. As Rhett and I learn more, we will share. One thing we do know is that we are not alone! Much like our time in Africa, the creator of the universe is revealing his plan for us to once again intimately experience the intermingling of beauty and brokenness. It will be hard and good. Please keep our kids and families in your prayers too. Everyone is shocked.


Oh love that will not let me go
I rest my weary soul in thee
I give thee back the life I owe
That in thine ocean depths its flow
May richer, fuller be


Oh light that followest all my way
I yield my flickering torch to thee
My heart restores its borrowed ray
That in thy sunshine's blaze its day
May brighter, fairer be


Oh joy that seekest me through pain
dI cannot close my heart to thee
I trace the rainbow through the rain
And feel the promise is not vain
That morn shall tearless be


Oh cross that liftest up my head
I dare not ask to fly from thee
I lay in dust's life's glory dead
And from the ground there blossoms red
Life that shall endless be

Update on diagnosis and prognosis: After more clinical data were available and also a second opinion from MD Anderson in Texas, my diagnosis was changed to Acute Lymphoblastic Leukemia (ALL). We have decided, along with our care team, to hold off on a stem cell/bone marrow transplant and dive into a long and rigorous chemotherapy treatment plan. Assuming all goes well and my body responds to the new chemo, the total process will be about three years. It will consist of three phases including induction, consolidation, and maintenance. The first goal during induction is survival and complete remission. The second goal during consolidation is sustained remission and very low residual disease. The third goal is during maintenance therapy and we are striving for at least five years of survival and a complete cure- scientifically speaking. As Christian believers, we are praying for a miracle disease obliteration that the world will know only God could do! Our ultimate hope is in him, the power of the resurrection, and his unfailing love for us. Thank you for walking this road with us.

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