Friday, February 20, 2009

2-20-09: Flag Fails

Dr. Chaffee told Susan and me that the FLAG chemo treatment failed today.

Sarah's white blood cell count had been rising slightly over the last few days, still well below normal values. Not unexpected or alarming until blasts were detected today. Dr. Chaffee said about half of the blasts were leukemic after detailed review of the blasts. Sarah's blood counts (WBC, RBC and Platelets) have not recovered as of today.

As you know, Susan and I had hoped the FLAG would get Sarah to a stable remission and into her 2nd BMT some months later. Another treatment behind us, but not the right one...

So what are we going to do next? We are going to continue to have hope for our daughters recovery. We are going to continue fighting for our daughters life. We are going to continue to have faith in Gods goodness and mercy. We are going to continue praying.

Dr. Chaffee discussed revisiting the treatment that got Sarah to remission in December albeit not a lasting remission. I have a tendency to agree. Susan and I will pray and then make some decision tomorrow and move forward.

Sarah is a wonderful child. She is full of energy and life (even now) sharing it with everyone, not just her immediate family. We are all heartened by the gift of her presence and love. She tells Susan, me and the other children "I love you" out of the blue for no apparent reason and without reservation. In fact, I think she has told me "I love you" more than any single other person on earth (except for my amazing wife). I guess when you demonstrate love for someone with your whole heart, it comes back to you.

Thank you for your prayers over the past year and thank you for those in your heart that are continuing for Sarah.


1 comment:

Anonymous said...

Have you been able to come to any decision? We believe this is a very difficult decision and are glad you still are relying on the Lord.
We donated blood last night. Even though Sarah won't receive it, some else who needs it will. We are still praying for all of you.
The Holbeins