Prayer Requests

We are so thankful for our prayer warriors, who continue to pray for us throughout this journey.  To make it easiest for you to see the current prayer requests, as well as answered prayers, I have added this page.  I will update it as we have new requests and answered prayers.  Thank you SO MUCH!  We love you all!

Current Prayer Requests:  (last updated 7/27/13)
  • Please pray that God continues to provide all of the physicians wisdom and guidance in treating me.  

 Answered Prayers:  (last updated 9/19/13)
  • My PET scan in 9/13 was completely normally!  I am cancer free!
  • I had a 80% reduction of my massive amount of cancer with the chemotherapy.  Praise the Lord!
  • 2/13:  I had excellent surgical results with very minimal complications!  Praise the Lord.
  • Please pray that I do not become ill while undergoing chemotherapy.  With neutropenia (low neutrophil count), if I acquire an infection, it would be life-threatening.  Along with this, please pray that no one in my family gets sick either and we remember to continuously wash our hands! Praise the Lord--I didn't become sick!
  • We prayed for my skin to stay strong and healthy through radiation.  It healed SO well!  You can't even tell I had 36 treatments of radiation.
  • We asked for prayers that my immune system would be well enough to continue my weekly schedule of Taxol (the chemo drug I am currently taking). Last week (11/19/12), my was ANC count was 1.6 (it had to be above 15. to be able to receive chemo, otherwise it would be delayed until the number was high enough).  Today, 11/26/12, my count was 2.7.  Praise the Lord!  Thanks for your prayers this week, prayer warriors! Prayer answered!
  • Please pray that Abbey recovers quickly from this croup and no one else who comes into contact with her gets it.  Please pray that we remember to wash Abbey's hands regularly, and pray that anyone in who is in our household is conscientious about washing their hands also. Prayer answered.
  • That my neutropenia resolves and I am able to proceed with the new drug, Taxol, on 11/12/12.  Prayer answered.  My ANC (absolute neutrophil) count was in the 4's--it needed to be at least 1.5)  Praise the Lord!
  • That the cancer is contained to the breast area and has not spread to ANY other organ.   Prayer Answered
  • That the treatment team is the best possible for my specific cancer.  If we need to travel to get that best treatment, we are willing.     Prayer Answered
  • That I can get all of my appointments scheduled just as quickly as possible so we can treat this rapidly.    Prayer Answered--I think I may even have a record time on this one.
  • That I will be as healthy as possible through all this.  I currently have bronchitis and it is difficult to breath.  I feel very weak, lightheaded and dizzy, and I am hoping this will all pass when the bronchitis passes.    Prayer is being answered-I feel SO MUCH better!
  • That Abbey can start more easily drinking formula.  She is now doing pretty well drinking breastmilk out of the sippy cup, but knows when we try to sneak the formula in.  We are starting to be able to get the mix of breastmilk and formula down her.  However, with my need to discontinue lactation, the supply is getting low.    Prayer Answered--Abbey is doing SO WELL!  She is even drinking out of a bottle! Thank you to all of the wonderful mommas who have donated milk to help us wean her.  This was extremely helpful.
  • And lastly, that I find time to visit my family in between treatments.  I really miss them.    Prayer Answered
  • Andrea, Drew's cousin, set up a prayer event for Monday, 9/24/12, on Facebook titled "Healing for Heather."  We really felt the numerous prayers.  On Monday, God orchestrated the appointment at MD Anderson and even the specific words used by the physician to make it extremely clear where he wanted my treatment.  Also, we feel so comfortable with the treatment plan and our local oncologist's expertise based on the MD Anderson appointment.  This has added to our peace and strength to continue in beating this cancer.  Not only that, but the wonderful doctor at MD Anderson told us that she was there if we ever needed her, even if we decided to have my treatment near our home.      Prayer Answered
  • Immediately after my diagnosis, I was very concerned about being a burden on Drew, and him missing some work to go to a lot of initial appointments.   His manager and team has been AMAZING. They told him to focus on taking care of me and not to worry about work.  Of course, he is still going to be an extremely dedicated and diligent employee as he has always been, but a huge burden has been lifted.  He doesn't have to worry about needing to take off of work for all of these initial appointments.  Prayer Answered
  • I had an MRI of the brain and lumbar region before beginning chemo to rule out some things based on some symptoms I have been having.  The results showed the brain is clear of tumors and the lumbar region also looked great (other than some early arthritic changes).   Prayer Answered
  • Lastly, Drew and I just have an extreme sense of peace about everything.  This type of peace can only come from prayers being answered in my opinion.  This is an extremely scary thing we are going through, and I know the road ahead will be extremely tough.  However, we are dealing with each day as it comes, trying not to worry about the future. God has given us so much peace.  Mathew 6: 25-31 says,
25"Therefore I tell you, do not worry about your life, what you will eat or drink; or about your body, what you will wear. Is not life more important than food, and the body more important than clothes?26"Look at the birds of the air; they do not sow or reap or store away in barns, and yet your heavenly Father feeds them. Are you not much more valuable than they? 27Who of you by worrying can add a single hour to his life? 28And why do you worry about clothes? See how the lilies of the field grow. They do not labor or spin. 29Yet I tell you that not even Solomon in all his splendor was dressed like one of these. 30If that is how God clothes the grass of the field, which is here today and tomorrow is thrown into the fire, will He not much more clothe you, O you of little faith?
31"So do not worry, saying, `What shall we eat?' or `What shall we drink?' or `What shall we wear?' 32For the pagans run after all these things, and your heavenly Father knows that you need them. 33But seek first His kingdom and His righteousness, and all these things will be given to you as well. 34Therefore do not worry about tomorrow, for tomorrow will worry about itself. Each day has enough trouble of its own."

2 comments:

  1. Heather and Drew: Praying daily for you and your precious family---especially that your levels will come up to the right amount to be able to have chemo! May God give you his peace during this---we love you!! Aunt Bonnie and Uncle Steve

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  2. Hi, my name is Sharla I went to school with Drew and Erica. I seen Andrea's post on facebook and I have been praying for your family. I have been keeping up with your blog so I know how and what I can pray for. Praying in OHIO, Sharla

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