Some time ago, which really wasn't that far back (OK, maybe a few years), Tiffany had come across a song, a hymn, called 'Consider the Lilies' (go here to hear it), and in the midst of it, she suggested that she would call our next daughter Lily (and because I have a penchant for double L's in my kids names, it would have to be spelled Lilly - but I digress).
But in that hymn is a small, yet powerful message - that simple trust in God is all we need to survive, or perhaps, even, thrive! That lilies don't worry or fret over their existence, nor should we.
But alas, we worry. We fret. Sometimes it is over the vain things this world has to offer, of money, of fame, of power. And yes, even health. But the message contained in the written word, and also in the lyrics of the hymn, are this...
He clothes the lilies of the field,We forget, some more than others, and at times more than others, that the trust in our Father in Heaven is indeed what will take care of us.
He feeds the lambs in His fold,
And He will heal those who trust Him,
And make their hearts as gold.
If it weren't so late, and if I didn't promise my sweet wife I would post something tonight, I might be tempted to follow that thought some more, but for now, that will do.
Today, we had a visit to Dr. Glenn. It ended up being the start of a transition to Dr. Boyer. Dr. Glenn has done everything possible to rid Tiffany of the malignancy she continues to battle, and has done a marvelous job at it. As there are no more treatment options on the table, we have been relying upon prayers and faith. And as is any modern day miracle, we have seen something amazing over the last couple of weeks. Tiffany has made some marketable improvements in her outward health. And today, again, Dr. Glenn cannot really pinpoint exactly why there has been improvement, calling Tiffany a mystery. But really, many of us know that mystery is simply the hand of providence.
So improvement came. Tiffany and I have said all along that we need to follow competent medical advice and have faith. At times we may have relied more on the medical advice than we have faith, but lately, it has indeed been the other way around. With this improvement, a bone marrow biopsy was taken last Monday, and today, the results have come back, suggesting that there was just enough improvement to allow a bone marrow transplant!
And it is to be done quickly.
There are a few more tests and requirements that must be passed through, but since this morning, we have had the doctors and nurses scrambling to set up all the required tests to push forward with what seems to be an aggressive push to get the transplant started.
Many weeks ago, we knew there was a donor ready and the hope the doctors had with Tiffany, began to prep the donor. As the window of opportunity is now open and the donor is just about ready, Dr. Boyer, our transplant doctor, came in with Dr. Glenn, and gave the go ahead to make it happen.
While there are some small hurdles that still need to be hopped over, Tiffany should be going into the Hospital on August 20th to start the conditioning. This is the phase that will get her body and bone marrow prepped to receive the donors marrow. This process will take about a week, the donor will donate on August 25 and 26 and Tiffany will then receive the donation on August 27th - informally known in the transplant world as a recipients new birthday, or alternative birthday. She will then remain in the hospital long enough for the transplant to graft into her own bones and to start producing their own immune system - usually 4-5 weeks from transplant date. At which point she will return home and continue to improve. The first 100 days from transplant is a critical stage and while home will need to use all caution to ensure there are no complications. After that 100 days, as long as things are stable, we will all be able to feel a bit of relief and move on to the next stage that takes her to 180 days, usually not quite as concerning, but need to use caution nonetheless. As time moves on - we hope to get to two years without the sign of cancer and at that point we will celebrate that it has been eradicated from our Tiffany.
This is absolutely exciting news. The roller coaster ride has been amazing over the last few weeks. Going from no options and having only a few weeks to live, to improvement, and now a likely bone marrow transplant, shows us that indeed - that 'He will heal those who trust Him, And make their hearts as gold.'
That it may continue to be so is our very fervent prayer. And, to all those who have truly been praying for our Sweet Tiffany... Thank you.