Updates & Prayer Requests for the Week of April 12th

This post will be updated throughout the week. Check back often for the most up-to-date information and requests for prayer.

April 17, 2020

8:49 p.m. – I’m updating you this evening from the hospital where I checked in this afternoon for my next round of chemo. So far so good. I will only be in about 4-5 days, but it will be packed with lots of chemo. Side effects should be limited while I’m in the hospital, but will probably be more pronounced after a few days once I get home, so prayers for my body and that time will be appreciated.

James’new haircut
Family pic at our new house

Now for some good news: I got the results from my bone marrow biopsy back yesterday, and it was clear, no cancer. I went from a lot of cancer in my bone marrow at the end of February, to zero now. Praise God! Because the treatment is working, I will be meeting with the bone marrow transplant team next week, to begin talking about a transplant. I will need to continue chemo for the next few months to ensure that they are continuing to squash the cancer in my blood and body, but so far I am right where the doctors want me to be in terms of remission.

My new room at the hospital, similar to the first room, minus a good view. The Funko POPS are in place though!

Yet as assuring as that is, this is not ultimately where my assurance lies when considering what I’m facing. My assurance lies in the Spirit of Jesus Christ turning out for my deliverance, and through prayers being lifted up on my behalf through others.

Philippians 1:19–22

for I know that through your prayers and the help of the Spirit of Jesus Christ this will turn out for my deliverance, as it is my eager expectation and hope that I will not be at all ashamed, but that with full courage now as always Christ will be honored in my body, whether by life or by death. For to me to live is Christ, and to die is gain. If I am to live in the flesh, that means fruitful labor for me.

It’s been good reconnecting with the doctors, nurses, and staff here in the hospital. Please continue to pray that as I “live for Christ” here, it would mean “fruitful labor for me,” and that I would maintain my faithful witness for Christ and the eternal healing he has afforded me through his life, death, and resurrection.

Slower days in the hospital also means I can post more, so I plan on writing more often the next few days, so stay tuned.

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April 16, 2020

9:02 a.m. – Little sore today…all over. Lower back/butt hurts from the bone marrow biopsy on Tuesday, which went significantly better than last time. Still an unpleasant procedure, but doing it in the bone marrow transplant unit was a much better experience. I won’t get results from the biopsy till either tomorrow (Friday), or early next week.

My chest/neck is also really sore from having a new port put in yesterday. They took out my old Hickman Port, and put in one that goes underneath my skin. This one requires less maintenance on my part, and allows me to actually take a shower!

I also expect my lower back to be sore later this afternoon as I go in today for another lumbar puncture. Since all my lumbar puncture results have come back clear since my first one, they have discussed with me about spacing them out more (moving them to every 2-3 weeks, instead of every week). My back would certainly be thankful for that.

Finally, I still expect to be admitted into the hospital tomorrow for my next round of chemo. My vitals have remained strong this week amidst all the procedures, so I should be good to go. This stint in the hospital should only last 4-5 days MAX.

Thank you to those who checked in with me this week via text or email. It’s been a busy one having all these procedures done back to back, so I apologize if I wasn’t able to respond sooner. Also, thank you to those who came and sat with me on the driveway! Always good to soak up some vitamin D with good company.

Currently listening tonew album from Citizens.

April 14, 2020

8:33 a.m. – Big day today and tomorrow. I have another bone marrow biopsy this morning to see if my leukemia is in remission or not. It is not the most pleasant of experiences, so I would appreciate any prayers you could send me way this morning around 10:30 a.m.

Tomorrow I have another port (catheter) put in my chest. This new port will live under my skin, and not require as much maintenance as the current one requires.

As long as both those procedures go fine, and my vitals remain strong, I will be admitted back into the hospital on Friday for my next round of chemo.

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