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Dear Friends and Family, (December 2009) Sarah is our 4 year old daughter who, by the grace of our loving God, will be a twice miracle baby. After being told we couldn't have children we adopted our Bethany (now, age 5) and one year exactly from the day we got the adoption call asking us, "Are you ready to be a mommy and daddy tomorrow?", Sarah was born.
On Thursday, December 17, 2009, our good friend told us Sarah looked very pale. We asked a couple of other friends in the medical field what they recommended. After hearing the symptoms they told us we needed to get her blood drawn tomorrow. The next day we called the doctor, went in for labs and received a call from the doctor to take her to ER immediately. This was 5:00 p.m. Friday, Dec. 18. Labs were taken again and the Supervising Physician in ER said that all tests were pointing toward a Leukemia diagnosis. We were shocked. We thought she was anemic. We were transferred to the Hematology and Oncology for Pediatrics floor on Saturday, Dec. 19., 2:00 a.m. Later on that day, we were visited by Dr. Patel and he explained the different types of Leukemia. We learned the "All" or Acute Lymphocytic Leukemia had the highest permanent remission percentage of 90%. We sent out the prayer request to everyone to pray for "ALL" Leukemia. On Mon., Dec. 21, Sarah was put under deep sedation and had a bone marrow aspiration and spinal tap to determine what type of Leukemia she had, biopsy the spinal fluid and had a Chemo treatment to the brain and central nervous system. That same day we learned that Sarah had the "ALL" Leukemia and we were VERY encouraged. Sarah then developed pneumonia and had fevers and now was quarantined to her room. The next Day Tuesday, Dec., 22, Sarah was put under General Anesthesia and a port cath was implanted for future blood draws and Chemo treatments. Sarah has been so brave during all this. She truly is a hero! Sarah immediately began Chemo and Steroid treatments and will continue to do so for the next 2 + years. Most patients are in complete remission from Leukemia in the first 8 - 29 days of treatment and 85% stay in full remission forever. That is our prayer for Sarah.
During the next 6 months, Sarah's immune system will be considered "compromised." She will be susceptible to everything. During this time we ask that all visitors not come to our home or hospital if they are sick. We will not be able to go in crowds until she begins "maintenance treatment." If Sarah gets a fever the doctor will admit her to the oncology unit for three days. So, please be in prayer that this does not happen. Now, after this six month "season" of our lives we want you to know that we need you all around us. Please do not stay away or be afraid of getting Sarah sick. We have been told that this sometimes happens so we want clear communication that this "pseudo-quarantine" is ONLY for a season of our lives.
Sarah will be in the hospital, Lord willing, until December 31, 2009. Our little family will be able to open the New Year together in our OWN home. Sarah and Bethany miss each other. They have NEVER been apart. They are the best of friends and are sending gifts to one another throughout this time. We want to thank all of you, our friends and family. Without you this would be unbearable. Lon and I feel we are being carried through this. Thank you for all your gifts, meals, cards, visits, calls, text msgs., etc., etc., etc.
Please post a message to Sarah. We will keep these forever as a testimony of our Lord's faithfulness to Sarah and each of us.
With all our love and appreciation, The Wagner Family Lon, Liz, Bethany and Sarah