I've been reflecting on this past year and all the challenges we have been through as a family and as a nation. Covid-19, racial tensions, and a polarizing election have all been difficulties we have had to face together. On top of that, I launched a new ministry called Groundswell at the beginning of the year (for a year-end update CLICK HERE) and we continue to walk beside Grace in her fight with leukemia. Throw in two teenage girls and a tween, and Katie and I could really use your prayers! :)
I felt compelled to write an updated journal entry (it's been over three months...my apologies) to share a few ways you can continue to pray for Grace. As you can see by the title of this post, it's day 506. Treatment continues. Since April we have been on a 12-week cycle where we head to Riley Children's Hospital and spend the morning with Grace for her chemo treatment (Vincristine, IT, and then 5 days of steroids) and the next five days as she endures oral steroids.
Tomorrow is our next treatment day.
Because of Covid-19 Katie will be the only one allowed to go with her and our prayer is for a smooth process and limited side effects. Typically, Grace is pretty worn down on chemo days and tries to relax most of the day and then goes to be early at night. However, it will be on Friday-Monday that we could really use your prayers. The oral chemo/steroids are very tough on her and give her "roid rage" as she gets super agitated, frustrated, moody, and angry. It's tough to parent her when the steroids kick in and often either Katie and I will try to spend 1-1 time with Grace to spare the other three siblings the drama and outbursts.
Please pray that God would supernaturally relax Grace and provide her with His calming presence this weekend. Pray also that she would recover quickly so she can enjoy the days leading up to Christmas. Pray that her side effects would be minimal. In addition, we would ask you to pray for her ANC to be at a healthy level. Back in October we really wrestled to get her ANC numbers in a good zone and we really want to be able to head home for Christmas.
We are so thankful for each one of you and your continued prayers. In spite of the challenges of this year, I look back and see God's incredible provision. Grace has been relatively healthy with only one hospitalization. The ministry we launched in January is going incredibly well. Our family is united. Our marriage is strong. We are so thankful that God has brought us through and really look forward to 2021!
Thanks so much for praying and Merry Christmas!!
Jon and Katie Wiest
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