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Journal entry by Shelley Wells

Update:   September 11
 
Hi everyone!!! First of all, Praise The Lord for all of our Blessings, for every Prayer Warrior, and everything we’ve been given.  We Thank Jesus for Faith and Prayer, and for every miracle we see daily.  My Daily Prayer is that a light shines through us everyday, and that we are worthy of His Grace!  We have seen many miracles, and so many Great things.  Our Belief remains with our Heavenly Father, May he protect us from evil  and continue to remind us of the Greatness of this world!🙏🙏🙏
Laiven is doing really well!!!  Our first Prayer includes “Never Again Dear Jesus, Never Ever Again!!! “ Praying cancer will never ever come into our lives again!!  
We Constantly Pray for every sufferer, and we Pray for a cure for this terrible disease!  When we see Laiven in pictures, and watch her participate in life, We are overwhelmed with Joy!, knowing in our hearts that she is an example of God’s Grace and Love!  
We still do not know if she’s 100% Logan, this remains our Prayer..  No news is Prayerfully, and Faithfully good news!  
As parents, we are always Praying she does not get an illness, that she has 0 setbacks, but mostly, that she NEVER has to deal with cancer again!  
She still grapples with graph/host, but this is to be expected.  She needs a little, for sure!!!
We ask God to give Laiven the Peaceful Balance of her Cells, and Logan’s Cells.  Continued Peace within Laiven’s body, is the goal.  God has been great to Laiven and our Family.  We want to Praise Him, and live with His light shining!  
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I’m giving blood every 5 weeks because I now know how lifesaving it is!!! I have an antibody that prevents me from giving platelets, which was disappointing, but giving blood can help so many people!  One donation can be given to 3 people... what a miracle...I really want to spread the word.... if you can, Please give!  It takes very little time, and it truly saves lives!  
Thank each of you for your continued Thoughts and Prayers!  I Love each of you so much!
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Today we also Praise God for this great country.  May we always remember what happened on this day 18 years ago!🙏🇺🇸🙏
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Journal entry by Shelley Wells

Hi sweet friends!  i wanted you all to know...I’m so very Thankful for each one of you, today and everyday.  Thank You for every Thought and every Prayer, every gift of scripture, and gifts of all kinds. Your Prayers covered us in our most difficult times.  
Laiven is an example of the Power of Prayers, and God’s Grace.  
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Laiven is participating in work week for Theta, and has enrolled in classes for the fall.  Honestly, I never even looked this far ahead.  Our family did not know what the future held for us.  We prayed, we cried, we wavered.  We truly walked day by day in Faith and Prayer.  I hope if any of you are going through something, you understand Jesus is truly the way.
I think of each of you daily, and all the Beautiful nurses and doctors along the way.  Nurses matter, Doctors are vital.  I was not created to do what they do.  Each and every day  they are faced with trials, I’m not sure how they do it.
I’m in Awe of God’s gifts to each of us.  Our individual strengths and our individual relationships with Him.  I cannot pretend to understand some things, and I grieve for many I have met along this Journey.  Cancer is just awful.  I want a cure, I want this horrible disease wiped out completely!  I hate it!  I Pray, everyday for a cure for every single cancer cell!  
Our family has seen a lot.  Laiven truly went through the most terrifying time.  She lost a lot, but she gained so much too.  Our family is stronger, and we appreciate each other so much more.  We are humbled and Blessed.  These trials bring a strong sense of Faith and Love.  I understand Faith and Love much better than ever.  I look to Faith everyday, as life can throw curve balls at us unexpectedly.  I see scripture and the Bible as a miracle in itself, I Love reading it and sometimes trying to understand it😂🙏, God knows our hearts... he understands where we are, and through Faith and Belief He is Right there!
If anyone reading this is suffering, I hope you  start  a conversation with God.  Just an opening.  It will strengthen you.  Not religious, but Godly.  It’s easier than it seems.  Just a conversation, a prayer, a belief in something bigger.  You have everything to gain!
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Laiven is coping with graph/host.  A little is good.  Our Prayer is that cancer never touches our family again!  We Praise God Everyday for the healing that is taking place, and we continue to Pray for that Beautiful balance in Laiven’s body... for life.
Amen
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Journal entry by Shelley Wells

We have a Praise God!  Laiven’s doctor’s appointment went well!  Her Liver counts need to normalize, but that can be affected by some medicines she’s on!  All of the other counts are where they need to be... Praise The Lord!  🙏❤️💪👊💪❤️🙏
We continue to Pray for her body to completely normalize and recover, 100%.  We Pray everyday, for that Beautiful balance, for life, with 0 setbacks.  We continue to Pray and walk in Faith daily, as we continue this journey.  
Lance and I actually celebrated getting Laiven’s sorority Bill this year, what an amazing Blessing that she can participate.  We will celebrate her college bill also, it’s just Beautiful!🙏❤️💪👊💪❤️🙏
She has a road to travel.  Her hair is growing, but not fast enough, for her.  She handles things so well though!  We Praise God for this opportunity to heal and to live!  Life is so Precious and so Beautiful!  Thank you all for every thought and every Prayer.  
We Love you all so much!
 
We continue to Pray for these families on this page, and every person dealing with cancer and these awful diseases.  We Pray for satan to stay away from our bodies, minds, and souls.  We ask God to cast satan out of our hospitals and treatment centers, as well as our homes!  We lift Caed and His Family.  I’ve never heard of hsp, but it’s taking a toll on this beautiful family.  We Pray Dear Lord for a miracle today, and ask that this be completely removed from Caed’s body forever.  Please remove the pain and heal him completely! We ask this for all our people.  We want these Blessings for all those suffering.
We ask for cures and more miracles.  Thank you for every Blessing, for your son, and for everyday.  The world needs you!  
In Jesus’ Name,
Amen
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Journal entry by Shelley Wells

 
Update:  June 30th
 
I’ve been thinking about all of you these past few days.  You are all on my mind often.  Each of you have been so instrumental in where we are, at this moment!  I Thank God for all of you, and when I see my child, I Praise Jesus!  
Laiven feels so good!  She’s been working out everyday and has become a mad woman!  
She is cancer free (🙏For Life🙏), and LIVING!  She still grapples with some Graph/host, which a little is what we want!  This will take some time!  
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August will be one year since her diagnosis, and will also be 6 months post stem cell transplant... I cannot believe it!  When I allow myself to go back, each one of you are there...Prayers, scriptures, food, Cleaning, packages, Gifts, money, donations... it’s unbelievable the support!  I want each of you to know how Grateful our family is!
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Please know that our family Prays for each of you and your families.  Praying nobody ever has to go through this, ever!  Praying everyday for a cure for every cancer cell, as well as many illnesses and diseases this group, and others, suffer from!  
Laiven is way too young, but God has plans for her.  
We take each day as it comes with such Appreciation, Prayer and Faith!  We work to stamp out the devil, and we continue to Pray God uses this situation for His Glory!
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Somehow,  Laiven has managed to get her stem cell doctor’s cell phone number, as I think he has somewhat adopted her.😂😳 He has 3 sons and no daughters.  When I see him with Laiven, I know why!!!! He is NOT good at being a disciplinarian! 
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We continue to Pray for Laiven’s doctors, and the nurses we’ve encountered, these people are Angels from Heaven!
We continue to Pray for the beautiful balance of cell’s, for life!  Prayerfully and Faithfully, Everything will feel Amazing, and only healing takes place from now on... no setbacks! We Love you all so much! Just wanted you to know!!!!
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Journal entry by Shelley Wells

update:  May 23, 2019
 
 Hi everyone!  I promise I haven’t forgotten all of the thoughts and Prayers coming and continuing from this group!  Everyone Laiven’s story touched, has made an impression and makes me cry to this day... happy tears!  The outreach and Love from all over the country, and even outside of this country, have been AMAZING!  The world is so full of Beautiful people!  
We continue to Pray everyday for those we know who are affected by Cancer, and so many other illnesses and hardships!  I have been forever changed by parents who have lost children and loved ones to Cancer and other tragedies.  All I know, is that I cling to the fact that God has plans for our lives, sometimes changing our directions drastically!  
Many things are just beyond our understanding and control. 
Prayer, Faith and Laiven’s attitude, have gotten her to this wonderful, beautiful place!  Lance and I are in reverence of God’s Grace, and Amazed how our child has embraced her life and taken off. 
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She was tired of my mothering one day, and said that I needed to stop going backwards...and forward...look at today, live today, I’m (Laiven) doing Great today! We take everything Day by day, walking in Faith!
Laiven is not a victim, she is a survivor.  An amazing person who is rejecting sympathy and moving forward!  
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She has had a bout of graph/host which is under control.  She is embracing being independent again!  She has taught me how to live and how to appreciate the AMAZING life we’ve been given!  Lance and I are beyond Blessed!!! 
Our Prayer for Laiven is that she is Blessed with the perfect balance of Logan’s cells learning to accept Laiven’s body as their new home, protecting her from cancer and illnesses just as he and Landry protect and Love her everyday!  
Our family has been given so much, and Prayerfully Laiven will get her life back completely, paying it forward everyday!
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Journal entry by Shelley Wells

Update:     May 3rd
 
First, I want to Praise God that Laiven is at this point.  No Cancer!   Oh my Gosh... WHAT A BEAUTIFUL PRAISE!!!
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Praise, and Thank you to our Heavenly Father for this precious gift of life.  We could never have made it without all of you... covering us... So Blessed by you, and soooo many others.  
Our family has needed every Prayer!   During our most trying times, our families Faith has been strong.  Sometimes, Faith and Prayer is your only power.  God has intimate control. He has lifted, and carried Laiven in so many ways, and during the most difficult of times.  We are beyond Thankful.  
God’s Grace is a reminder of the Power of Prayer and Faith!
I look at my precious child and I cannot believe how strong she is.  I cannot even begin to express, in words, what this young person has gone through.  
We tell ourselves, it could be worse, and It could, but Laiven is truly a Warrior! God has given her survival tools, and her Faith has never wavered!  She amazes us everyday as she enjoys doing things, getting out there doing life.  I have become so annoying to her, but I’m mom.  Lance is an amazing buffer.  
Laiven is so full of life, and very ready to fly.  Please Pray for Lance and I as we try our best to let her navigate this on her own.
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We are now into a whole new world of Graph/Host.  Laiven needs a little, and she has that... We now Pray for the delicate balance.
 
Thank you Dear Heavenly Father for everyday, for your son, for our family and our friendships.
Thank you for every Blessing, and every breath.  
Please guide Lance and I, as we let our child navigate through this stage, and do it Beautifully!
We ask for a wonderful balance with little, to no more flair ups.  We Pray Logan’s Cells begin to be comfortable with Laiven’s entire body, establishing such a balance, that only the bad cells are destroyed.  thank you dear Lord for stem cells and medicines.  Thank you for cures and hope.  Thank you for our life, full of beautiful people.  Thank you for everyone who has thought and Prayed for our family, Bless them.  We Pray that you use our situation to Bless you.  We ask that if someone sees us, talks with us that they see You.  We Pray for Laiven as we let go, and let you work through her.  Please keep her safe, and healthy, Prayerful and Faithful.
Thank you for everyday,
In Jesus’ Name We Pray,
Amen
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Journal entry by Shelley Wells

Laiven and Lance went home, I’m here for another week or so!
 
Laiven had a doctor’s appointment on Tuesday.  She is Prayerfully and Faithfully ready to go home, only having to come back once a month.  I wanted to stay here for a while... just so I can keep her well, and in a bubble!   She’s not having it!  Lance and I let her go to Lubbock, for a week, to move her bed etc.   she settled right back into college life, as some of you may know!  She is a social child!   She’s missed out on several months, but she’s here!   She’s on this earth!  Thank you Lord for Blessing us with our daughter.  Thank you also for every person who Prayed us though this!   
We were all a little scared about her re-entering her life, including her, but she’s ready.  Laiven’s doctor said... “Let her out of the bubble!” This is so exciting, and an answer to Prayer!  Thank you Jesus!!!  We are still Praying for only the amount of graph/host needed, to keep Cancer away for life!  God Bless stem cells... Logan’s Cells have treated Laiven so well!  
Please keep Laiven, and our family, in your Prayers as Laiven settles into her life.  God has given us so Much! 
We have such Heavy hearts for all of the Beautiful People who did not make it through this battle. This process is a brutal one, we will never forget anyone, or stop Praying for cures! 
Prayers for Every nurse and doctor!  Prayers for cures, miracles and breakthroughs!  Lord, we Pray for new medicines... Please keep satan out of our homes, our hospitals, our treatment centers, Out of our medical communities and research!  
We Thank You, and Praise you for every Blessing!
In Jesus’ Name,
Amen
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Journal entry by Shelley Wells

Laiven had her appointment, and we are BLESSED TO BE ABLE TO SAY... 100% LOGAN ON ALL THE IMPORTANT BONE MARROW TESTING!!! GLORY TO GOD, PRAISE JESUS!!! Next appointment will be in 2 weeks, then possibly home!!!
We are SO BLESSED, RELIEVED AND THANKFUL!!!
She will be continually monitored for graph host, with medication.  That will be for a while...NOTHING compared to what she’s been through!
LANCE AND I ARE BEYOND THANKFUL, PRAYERFUL AND FAITHFUL!  
Please know... EVERY ONE OF YOU have mattered!  Every thought, every Prayer, Everything!  The support from everyone brings tears! I wanted you all to know!!!
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Dear Heavenly Father,
You have given us a very special gift and Blessing!  We Praise You, and We Thank You!  We are beyond excited that Laiven is truly done with chemo, and we Pray this will be forever!  Thank you for the Beautiful breakthrough of stem cells!  We Pray for these miracles to continue, everyday, for everyone suffering from fatal, and debilitating diseases!  Keep the Cures coming, Dear Father, and May you receive the Glory!  
Only you know,  every person who has thought of Laiven, and our family, Prayed for us, Covered us, walked with us... they each helped us through this.  Bless them Father.  We want them to know how much it meant, and how much our family appreciates everything!  We continue to Pray for all of the people we have met.  We Pray for their fight, and we Grieve for those who lost their battles.  Dear Jesus, we know it’s not over.  We Pray Laiven’s medicines continue to keep the graph host in complete remission.  We ask that Logan’s cells, and her cells, work together as a delicate balance, keeping her body free of cancers and diseases.  We ask that you keep satan out of our minds, bodies, and souls, as well as every home, hospital and treatment Center!  Your Love is everywhere, for everybody suffering!  Faith and Prayer are Your gift.  We Pray for those who are seeking You, May the find You!
We ask that you use this situation for Your Glory only.  Please shine through us, as we continue in Faith and Prayer everyday.  Thank you for our Beautiful Family, our Friends, and every person who we do not know, that held us up in every way! God Bless us all!
In Jesus’ Name,
Amen❤️🙏💪👊💪🙏❤️

Journal entry by Shelley Wells

Update:  March 6th
 
I’m so sorry, I know it’s been a while since I’ve posted.  We have been in a state of waiting.  God has taught our family patience.  We have learned to live day by day, humbled by God’s absolute, perfect timing.  It is not easy, but it is worth it!  Laiven is doing Amazing!  She is cancer free, and is finished with the chemo treatments! We Pray this will be for life.  We are Praising God daily for this beautiful time.  There is truly a miracle taking place in Laiven’s body.  
We are still in Dallas for count checks, and the monitoring of Graph/Host.  
Laiven’s doctor’s visits  have been reduced from 2-3 times a week to once a week.  Her doctor is slowly taking her off of medications, and her counts are rising on their own, Praise God!  Most are in normal range, or close to it!  Her Platelets are lower, possibly due to medications.  They are keeping an eye on it.  While we are waiting for her counts to stabilize, she has been able to have some fun with cousins and family.  It’s been Great!  Everything is where it’s supposed to be at this time.  Logan’s Cells seem to be doing well, but Laiven is still considered in the baby stage.  Her Doctor is running a test  to see how much is Logan... Praying for 100%.., but Laiven is definitely ahead of the game!  I believe with all my heart this is due to each Prayer and everyone of you!  Thank you all from the bottom of our hearts!  
We are Blessed by every Prayer, scripture, note, gifts and every beautiful thought!
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Our hearts are heavy for our Beautiful friends who did not make it, this is not a Journey for the weary.  There is suffering, along with miracles.  Most of the time, it’s a combination.  We are both Blessed and saddened in a knowledge we never saw coming.  We Pray daily for every sufferer of cancer and illness.  Fighting for life is natural... living is a Blessing.  
We Pray for the Dearmond Family, a Beautiful life lost!  We Pray for The Jones Family, May Caleb Rest In Peace.  We Pray for all of our friends whose family members suffer illness and tragedy.  May God use us for his light...the light speaks much bigger than any words.
Our lives are examples... may God use our situation for His Glory! We Pray the cures become more frequent and less brutal.  We ask for Peace for all!  May they seek You, and find You!  We Thank you for each Day.  We Thank You for Prayer and Faith.  We Thank you for your son!
In Jesus’ Name,
Amen
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Journal entry by Shelley Wells

Update:  February 19th
 
19 days post transplant, Laiven is doing AMAZING!  Her counts are in the normal range for the first time in months.  She’s ready to soar, while I am trying to hold her down!  
Laiven must stay well!  This is flu season, and her doctor said it’s hitting hard in hospitals right now!  
She is not completely well, and still has many meds to take.  These medicines control virus’, fungus’, and graph host disease!  
She is on her way to wellness!  She can see the light, and it’s a Faithful one!  
We are Feeling SO BLESSED EVERYDAY!  PRAISING GOD FOR THIS PROGRESS!  Holding our breath as she gets better!  Feeling relief and Grateful for every miracle!  This process is so promising for so many!  I Pray this for everyone!
As her mom, I’m on a cautious tite-rope wanting to let go, but cannot... not until we get through this last phase of wellness!  
Our family is so Grateful for all of you!  Each Prayer, every scripture, texts, cards, packages, donations, anonymous gifts.  
Our family has witnessed the true Love and Blessings of Beautiful, Christianity and Love!  God’s Grace has given us Peace of Mind, and a Faith that is unwavering!
The fight against satan is real, but God takes this battle and sets us free!  We have been covered by Prayer.  
We are Praying for continued strength, 0 illnesses. 0 fungus and 0 graph/host symptoms.  We are Praying to remain out of the hospital for the duration of this fight, and asking for a complete restoration of Laiven’s Health... Body, Mind and Soul.  We are Praying our hearts out that this is her cure for life, and that cancer is defeated from this family for life!  
We Pray for her hair to be even fuller and more beautiful.  Her nails and skin to recover completely.  We Pray she gives Glory to God in her words and actions and that satan is kept out of our lives, homes, hospitals and places of treatment!  As always... we Pray-for all who are suffering and ask for cures, treatments, breakthroughs and miracles!
Thank you Jesus for everyday and every Blessing!  Thank you for your son and for Faith and Prayer.  We understand to have these things, Jesus could not remain on this earth. This  sacrifice gave every sinner a direct link to You!
We Praise You and Thank You!
In Jesus’ Name,
Amen
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Journal entry by Shelley Wells

Week 1 has been full of lots of fluids and round 2 of chemo, "the cure."  We have been calling the chemo, "the cure" because that is what we know it will be!  We were at the Arrington Cancer Center each day this week to receive blood and fluids and flush the bad cells out.  She had the second round of IV chemo Tuesday and fluids the other days.  The doctors are testing the cancer chromosomes to see what we are dealing with, praying for chromosomes that are easy to treat!  Side effects have been minimal this week, praying for continued minimal to no side effects as we continue to receive the chemo treatment. 
Friday morning Laiven went to Covenant Medical Center to receive her second round of chemo through the lumbar puncture.  This makes her back very sore as they take the spinal fluid out and put "the cure" into her spine.  This is done as an outpatient procedure, but Laiven has to lay flat for 6 hours following the procedure. She is able to go home at the end of the night and sleep in her own bed.  We have been able to enjoy this weekend with friends and family visiting and will head back to the doctors office Tuesday morning for the next round of treatment.

We so appreciate all of the texts, calls, thoughts and prayers we have received each and every day.  While we can't respond to all know we love and appreciate you!
Laiven’s Story

Site created on September 3, 2018


Dear Family and Friends,

On August 24th, we took Laiven to the emergency room with what we thought was severe anemia.  After many labs and tests, she was diagnosed with Acute Lymphoblastic Leukemia which was a surprise to all of us.  Laiven began her first round of chemo on Saturday morning, August 25th and will continue treatment for the next several months here in Lubbock.  


Thank you for visiting our CaringBridge website.  We will be using it to keep family and friends updated in one place as Laiven begins her fight against Leukemia.  We appreciate your support and words of hope and encouragement.  

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