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Jan 29, 2018 Latest post:
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Welcome to our CaringBridge website. We are using it to keep family and friends updated in one place, and to solicit local support and assistance for Elizabeth while John pursues additional holistic treatment options to heal. We appreciate your support and words of hope and encouragement, and we would love any help you can provide during this challenging time. Thank you!
A note from John:
Given the large number of lovely notes I’ve gotten the past few days, word has apparently gotten out that my physical condition is rather critical, so I thought I’d best send an update. First of all, THANK YOU for your love, your prayers, your encouraging words, and your emotional support. How blessed I am to be loved by so many priceless brethren.
For the past 3-4 months, I’ve been getting a blood & platelet transfusion every two weeks, which is no way to live. Within about 5 days after my 1/12 transfusion, however, my hemoglobin was again very low, to the point that I couldn’t walk 20 feet without gasping for breath. So this past Monday I came to the hospital, where I’ve stayed three nights (came home today), during which time they gave me five units of blood, raising my hemoglobin from 2.3 to 6.1 (it's supposed to be 14), and my platelets from 6 to 23 (they're supposed to be 150-250).
The Oncologist who works with my Naturopath told me on Tuesday that I am dying, and he reiterated his recommendation that we immediately do an aggressive chemo program, something we have not done during the 46 months since I was diagnosed. His hope is that it would destroy the bad cells in my bone marrow, and that good new cells would grow in their place. He estimated that possibility at 10%. We consider chemo a last resort, so we are going to pursue treatment from another holistic provider.
Your prayers for Elizabeth and me make a difference (2 Cor. 1:11), and we covet them. Psalm 41:3 has become one of my favorite verses. Speaking of those who have regard for the weak, God promises that He will (A) "sustain him on his sickbed, and (B) restore him from his bed of illness.” The Oncologist said he has never seen anyone live with 2.3 hemoglobin or walk around with such low platelets without bleeding internally. So for almost four years, our Heavenly Father has miraculously done “Godcare, Part A,” and soon He will also do Part B. As the fabulous song (He’ll Do It Again) goes, “I may not know how, I may now know when, but He’ll do it again.” God loves you, and so do I.