Monday, June 25, 2007

remission!


We just heard that Isaiah is officially "in remission," which means that all visible signs of leukemia are gone and healthy cells are being restored. Years ago, we'd now be done with treatment. But they've discovered that if they don't continue chemotherapy, the leukemia has a good chance of coming back within 6 months.

So we're pausing today to thank God that Isaiah's body responded to the treatment so far. And we're slowly gearing-up for the next 6 - 8 months during which (the literature says) they will deliver "the knock-out punch" before entering into a long "maintenance" phase.

We were also told that Isaiah has been categorized "low risk" (vs. "standard" or "high") which means his treatment will be the least-severe of the possible treatment arms. We're so thankful for this (the side-effects of treatment usually sound scarier than the cancer itself).

Tonight our family will be taking some time to thank God for these good results. We want to invite you to join in thanking God with your family. Thank you for stretching in prayer for our son. Please continue to pray for us. Our next appointment is Thursday. We'll find out then what the next 45 days will look like.




27 comments:

Daniel said...

Awesome news! Praise God! What an awesome God we have! We love you and miss you.

C5

The Henning Family said...

We are praising God tonight! Words cannot express how grateful our hearts are right now. God is good.

Stanphill Family said...

We are praising God with you tonight! We'll pass on the good news to my mom and dad.

rnmandrews said...

PRAISE GOD!!! Tonight is our "official" prayer time for Isaiah, what great news for a Monday night. We will continue to pray, on and on.
p.s. we knew God would use this trial in a very particular way, and Sunday's preaching and praying were so what our hearts needed! Your grace will trickle down to the sheep. We had a prayer time last evening like we haven't in a long time.
Love the Andrews

bita said...

Isaiah
This is Papa. Bita had to show me how to do this so I hope it comes through. I am missing you and think about you all during my day. I have a cold so I have to get better so I can come see you again.

I don't think you will ever know how impressed I am with how you and Sienna and your parents have handled your illness. I was amazed by your Dad's sermon yesterday imagining how hard it was for him to concentrate on what he was saying with thoughts and prayers for you in his mind. Every time I read your blog and see the pictures of you, I am reminded of how strong and brave you have been. You are truly one of my heros and I don't have very many.

My prayer for you has been for you to return to the way you were before this all happened. The news today makes me sure you will. But I realize my prayers have been to shallow. You will never lack confidence to ask God for anything in the future. He has answered so many prayers to heal you and I know he will continue to do so.

I'm sad that you have more doctor visits and treatment ahead but that is OK because you are "Super Isaiah" and you can handle it all.

Your Papa loves you and Sienna for how much she has cared for you during the last several weeks. I think it would be a very good idea if I could take both of you to In-and-Out ( and the yogurt store ) some time real soon. You let me know and I'll come get you.

Love, Papa

Niamh McCreary said...

Praise God! What wonderful news. We'll definitely be praising God along with you tonight. Great sermon yesterday Nathan!!

Love you guys!

Niamh, David, Cormac & Ronan

robert said...

Praise God! All of you have blessed me so much during this whole ordeal. My prayers will continue to be for a total and complete healing.

Bob Sweat

anne dease said...

How much the Shepherd loves His little lamb Isaiah. I am crying happy tears of joy for all of you. We will continue to pray for you and your journey ahead. Our hearts are grateful for a loving Father and the blessings He has shared with your wonderful family. Hugs from San Diego.....

birdinflight said...

Praise God! I'm thrilled to hear that you are in remission, Isaiah. Your courage and trust is an inspiration to so many people and your dad's sermon on Sunday was evidence of the blessings this journey is already bringing to others. I'm so glad you were catagorized low risk. As you continue follow-up treatments, I'll continue to pray for wellness, patience and peace.

Love Michelle

Erica Ochoa said...

Praise be to God Almighty!!!!
He is our Mighty God!!!!
We praised God as a family tonight and will continue to pray for you all.
I can't believe how strong you are Isaiah ...looks like Superman has some competion in the strength department.
Love, The Ochoas

Veronica said...

Yeah! We are so excited for you
guys and We will keep praying for you!

Nathan Oates said...

We are so excited that you are in remission!!! God is so good and so faithful! We will continue to pray for all of you. We love you guys!

The Loomis Family

Taria Merrithew said...

What a blessing! I am thanking God for hearing each and every prayer said for not only sweet Isaiah, but also for your family. The strength and faith you have demonstrated give each and every one of us something to strive for. Thank you for taking the time to update us on Isaiah. May you all feel surrounded with God's love today and always.

With love and hugs,

Taria

Ferrara Family said...

Amen Lord.
We are thrilled to hear this
wonderful news.
Whenever you are at Sutter,
please feel welcome to use our home. 916 442-3161
Love,
The Ferraras

Josh said...

Thank you God!

We love you Isaiah.

The Unfried's

Reynaldo said...

Thank you so much for that update. I don't have much to say... you've said it all. I along with some interested friends will join you in giving thanks.

Lynn said...

Such wonderful news.Thank you Nathan for sharing all of this. Hugs to all including my friends, Linda and Ron.
Lynn Oliver

Tamara Gray said...

WOOOHOOOO!!!!

We are SO thankful to our precious Father for hearing our prayers of "desperation"! Isaiah, you are a TRUE super hero in EVERYONE'S book! You and your family have taught us all what God is capable of doing. GOD IS SO GOOD!
We will continue to pray for your stength to return, Isaiah. We will also be praying about the medication side effects. We are praising God with you all on this WONDERFUL NEWS! See Isaiah... I told you that your sweet smile was going to mean good news... :0)

Love you all,

Tami, Jason, Lucas, Colby and Caleb

Tamara Gray said...

Caleb says:

Isaiah,

GOOD JOB DUDE!!! I can't wait to see you again!

Patrick said...

We are so thrilled!! We will keep Isaiah and the family in our prayers for continued strength and health! It was great to visit last night.

With love,
Cara, Parick and Jae

Madge said...

Such wonderful news -- my heart is happy and I am so glad to hear about Isaiah's progress! We will keep the prayers coming! Love, the Linville

sarah hornacek said...

what great news! leukemia is close to my heart because both my cousin and grandma had leukemia. you are facing a giant battle, isaiah, but you are being so courageous and you have a BIG God by your side! my family and i are so proud of you and believe that God's grace and mercy will be with you and your family through this entire journey. we love you lots and we just can't get enough of those pictrues your dad posts on the blog...that smile of yours is just too much!

Cody said...

That is amazing!~
God Bless you Isaiah for being soooo brave.
Congrats to you for all the hard work that you've done over the last weeks.
God will work sooo many wonders in your life, this is only the beginning!

God Bless and Peace in Jesus' name
Amen.

Love Cody Marie (and the Bolton family: Cody, Cara, Clay and Donna)

Cody said...

That is amazing!~
God Bless you Isaiah for being soooo brave.
Congrats to you for all the hard work that you've done over the last weeks.
God will work sooo many wonders in your life, this is only the beginning!

God Bless and Peace in Jesus' name
Amen.

Love Cody Marie (and the Bolton family: Cody, Cara, Clay and Donna)

Vicki Wolfe Alev said...

yay

Vicki Wolfe Alev said...

Singing praises for such good news! So glad you are taking the time out to just breathe in God and breathe out gratitude for this day and this news. The future will be working itself out as you go and God will be there, too. It's very important to celebrate milestones and this is a big one. Selim and I celebrate with you.
Thank you, Lord, for Isaiah's good response to treatment.

molly lilja said...

What wonderful news! We praise the name of God with you, He who has power and wisdom, and can change times and seasons... We praise Him for the work He has done and the work He will continue to completion!

We love you guys,
Molly and Fam