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Mar 18, 2009

Abby Update: Why Is 748 A Great Number?


Abby admires her magically purple tongue with her magic mirror.

Feeling better and better....



We can see the sun shining now... Abby's is improving quickly now.


From Michelle:

Abby's white blood cells (WBC) are multiplying fast!

Her ANC, (Total # of WBC) x (% of Neutrophils), has been ZERO for weeks (ANC is the indicator of the health and vitality of the blood). Because of the seriousness of Abby's infection, the goal is for Abby's to be at least several thousand.

Abby's ANC was ZERO yesterday and today it is 748! Praise God. Abby has a fever of 101.5 today and her wound still looks yucky, but we can finally see the light at the end of the tunnel, and barring something unforeseen, we can begin to believe she has turned the corner and is making a comeback now!

Still a long ways to go, but we wanted you to get to share in some good news after so many days of waiting, praying and waiting some more.

83 comments:

Stephanie (Maya's mommy) said...

PRAISE GOD!!!! Been waiting for this amazing news, believing that it would be SOON!!! I have tears in my eyes!! Praise God, Praise God, Praise God!!!

Aimee and Adam said...

Awesome guys! I have been thinking about you all and I am so happy to see things are moving in the right direction.

Praise God!

Love you all!

Adam & Aimee :)

The Stairs Family said...

Praise Jesus! That news made my day, I hope 748 multiplies by tomorrow!!!

Carol G said...

I'm so thankful!

kellymc said...

AMEN!!! I an so so happy for your family! I tell everyone I know about all of you- I feel so connected! We will continue to pray for sweet Abby and I just wanted you guys to know how much I LOVE this family! :) - Kelly

Rose said...

hooray hooray! Praise God from whom all blessings flow!

The Dyess Family said...

Praise the Lord!

Lisa said...

FANTASTIC!!!

Kelli said...

YES!!!!!!!! Oh that is wonderful news!!!!!

Suzi said...

Praise God! That is wonderful news! So happy to see that beautiful smile too.

Jennifer said...

That is so awesome! I got chills reading that. Praying that it gets better and better!! She looks so more bright and alert in the photos. What a gift!

Kathryn said...

Thank the Lord.
I am absolutely thrilled to hear that she's doing better.
What is her favorite Disney character?
I'm going to Disney World tomorrow, and want to get her a souvenir!
Email: Lilacwinteraire@aol.com

Tamara said...

rejoicing with you guys! so so happy to hear this good news...we'll keep praying for those numbers to keep on climbing! thanks for allowing us "in" on abby's story via the blog...it's just a blessing to pray for her and for your family!
prayers, tamara fladung

Nancye said...

Yay God!! Keep fighting Abby!

day by day said...

Praise God! Such wonderful news!!

We love you, Abby!! : )

Lisa said...

Yippeeeee! 748 is GREAT! Praise God! Glad to hear the good news.

Jennifer said...

Yahooo!!!!! That'a girl, Abby!!

Connie Mae said...

PRAISE GOD FROM WHOM ALL BLESSINGS FLOW!! PRAISE HIM ALL CREATURES HERE BELOW!! We thank YOU JESUS for giving Abby a GREAT REPORT!! GOD IS A GOD OF MIRACLES!!! He is sooo good!! WE know that GOD ANSWERS PRAYERS!! We know and believe that GOD gave you ABBY so she could have a chance at life! THANK YOU THANK YOU THANK YOU JESUS for giving this family some light!! We will continue to pray for a COMPLETE HEALING! I am doing the THANK YOU JESUS DANCE!!! Keep up what you are doing Brent and Michelle!!! GOD IS ANSWERING PRAYERS!!

debs4jesus@insightbb.com said...

It may not be in our timing, BUT GOD is faithful all the time. Praise God, Thank-you Jesus & The Holy Spirit comforts us!!! I'm going to keep on praising & praying for your litle darling. My daughter, Angela has stage 3 GYN cancer. She is still my baby in my heart, but I have to give her to God. It's out of my control. (and that's real scary on one hand & a relief on the other) Tell Abby my fav colour is purple. The oncology RN doesn't understand that God is the one who gets the glory. Not yet, anyway...maybe one day she will know that & HIM personally. However,that wasn't my first reaction;)I hope that Michelle & you had a sweet date.
May HE uphold all of your family & you:)

The Adoption Journey of Baby King said...

What great news!!! Still praying for you and your family. I love that smile!

Sweet Joni said...

HALLELUJAH!!! WAY TO GO HOLY SPIRIT! Abby ~ You ARE indeed a tough one to fight your way for HEALING! Stay Strong & Keep On Smiling :)
We all Love you so Much!
Now I'm going off to pray in silence...
Good Night Lil One :)
Good Night Brent & Michelle :)
~Joni

Anonymous said...

THANK YOU LORD!!! THANK YOU LORD!!! I knew God was going to carry Abby in His big loving arms through this, "OH HOW I LOVE JESUS, OH HOW I LOVE JESUS. This is sooooooooooo good to read tonight about Abby. This little girl has been rock bottom, and then "There comes Jesus right on time" I know your hearts are flowing over with joy when you see those numbers coming back up, so hang in there, stay strong, and watch that light at the end of the tunnel...it's getting brighter and brighter!!! PRAISE GOD!!! I LOVE YOU ABBY RIGGS!!

Holly said...

Oh, Praise the Lord!! We will continue to pray!!

pcb said...

Yay! What wonderful news...so good to see her smile!

Donna said...

Oh my!! Tears of heartfelt love for God and all of your family for that wonderful news! I sure am glad that little dollface is feelin' better! THANK YOU, GOD!!!!

Alicia said...

Bringing tears to my eyes. Finally! Thank God! Praying for sweet little Abby.

Melissa said...

I'm a PEDS RN and I knew right when I saw that number that it had to be her ANC. YIPEE!!!!

Linda said...

Michelle! This is so exciting - I can't wait till I can share this with my girls in the morning. They ask every day if I have heard anything more about Little Abby, and finally some really great news! We'll keep praying for those big numbers.

~Linda from Northern Colorado

Anonymous said...

THank you LORD!!!! Praying for Abby always, and the strenghth for the family! May God bless you all. Abby, you go girl!

fmattso said...

748 is a beautiful number!! Praise God!! Ya'all will be puttin on the sunscreen and heading to the beach before you know it!!!Lots of love and still praying! Faith

Carol said...

PRAISE GOD! I am so happy for you and LOVE seeing that beautiful smile on your little princess! ;) I am jumping for joy with you!!!

Anonymous said...

Praise God!! I've been praying. I'm happy to hear some good news. Thank you, Lord!! :)

Suzanne said...

God is Good All the Time...All the Time God is Good

Nina said...

Tears of joy and thanksgiving! Woohoo! Thank you God!!!

Dawnb93 said...

PRAISE GOD!!!

dg darling said...

Yahoo! Congratulations!

living4him5 said...

Praising JESUS for Abby's comeback!!!

Our God is an AWESOME God!

GO ABBY!!!

The Corzine's

kristine said...

Dear Abby,

I hope you feel much,much better. I hope you get out of the hospital soon. My family will pray for you.

I like seeing your pictures. We look at your blog lots.

Feel better.

Love,

Abbie (6 years old) as dictated to her mom (Kristine).

P.S. Please know that I am praying often for your Abby. Your blog is a ministry to many and Abby's story is a testimony of God's amazing grace. I pray for continued strength and peace for both of you as you walk this road of dealing with cancer!

as written by Barbara said...

Way to go Abby! Keep it up...

There is a definite need for a clever "poet", some cheerleader types, and pom-poms outside Abby's room. The WBC are on the move... move 'em faster!!!

Have a peaceful rest. Praising God and praying for continuing healing.

Barbara Lyman
Marysville, WA

Nora Anne said...

Thanking God for this great news! : ) We are smiling here : )

Andrea said...

Praise the Lord!! I have been faithfully checking the blog and praying...and checking...and praying. I am so happy for that wonderful number! May it continue to grow and multiply!! Blessings to the entire Riggs Family!

Debbie T said...

Woohoo! That's awesome news! So happy to hear it - YAY Abby! Hugs and Prayers, DebbieT

Kritter Krit said...

That is so AWESOME! Keep on 'a comin', baby girl! God is bringing you through. =)

The Crabtrees said...

HOORAY for ABBY!! I am so happy to hear that she is doing better. You looked happy in your picture today Abby. And your purple tongue looks so cool! I will keep on praying for you sweet girl. I live in Virginia. When you get better you should ask your folks to bring you to Virginia sometime. It is beautiful, and there are beautiful mountains, with lots of beeautiful trees on them, and if you drive away from the mountains there is the beach.
I bet there are so many things you are going to be doing soon. You are just the sweetest little girl, and I can tell your Daddy and Mommy love you sooooooooooo much. Of course, God loves you even more than that! Can you imagine that? Wow! Keep on getting better. Love, Carol (Crabtree) Ccrabtree7@aol.com

Violet said...

Praise God!

Michelle said...

Doing the happy dance tonight in Alaska! We will keep praying of course!
Michelle Mann
Alaska

Jessica said...

Praise God from whom all blessings flow!!!!

cecemeetsworld said...

OK... I am SO happy to read those three wonderful digits! I am SO stoked that God is healing your Abby that I want to climb on my rooftop in my jammies and yell out praises! but.. that would definitely get the women at the church talkin' about the crazy pastor's wife. SO Here I sit clapping, crying and silently shouting praises to Our Daddy! Hey Abby? you Go girl!

Chris Greene said...

Praise the Lord! Here's praying that it keeps going up! Thank you so much for keeping us all updated.

I don't think I've commented on your blog before, but I just wanted to let you know how much you and your family have encouraged me and inspired me to live more like Christ. It can be clearly seen that you love all of your children so much. Abby, Landis, Sami, Garrett, Christian, Jordan and Dane are so blessed to have you as parents. And your love for others is very apparent and obvious as well.

I praise God for you, and will be praying for Abby and the rest of you continually.

Chris Greene
Tulsa

The Gobble's (Lanetta) said...

oh so awesome!!! yeah!! Warms my heart so much to read this post!!! Thank you Lord!!!
:-)

Marielle said...

I have tears in my eyes, God is so good. Cant wait to tell Abel (my 6 year old son, who is praying for Abby daily) He will be so happy for Abby.

Natalie said...

oh praise god!!!!

Netta said...

Another answered prayer for your Sweet Blessing!

Kristy said...

Praise the Lord! Praise the Lord! Praise the Lord!!!! This news brought tears to my eyes this morning!!!! :) We're rejoicing with you over this news! We'll continue to pray that Abby's counts keep MULTIPLYING!! PRAISE THE LORD!!!! :) :)

Mandy said...

PRAISE GOD FOR ANSWERED PRAYERS!!!

Mary (in MN) said...

Prayers of Thanksgiving!! I will continue to pray for Abby's WBC to continue to multiply and that soon you will all be together again at home!!

Robyn said...

Praise God!! I am continuing the prayers!!

Alex and Sam said...

WHAT WONDERFUL NEWS!!!!!! Here's hoping there is more good news today & everyday

alex

Recovering Noah said...

FANTASTIC news! That's absolutely wonderful. Praise God!

Way to go, Abby!!!

Blessed Mom of 8 said...

Thank You sweet JESUS!

Great news and our prayers continue for Abby!

Love and blessings,
Jill

Ree said...

SOOOO glad to hear this great news!! I have been praying for Abby girl constantly!! Continued prayers!! :)

Hannah said...

Praise God! Give thanks to the Father in all that we say and do. Sing la la la, sing Glory Hallelujah!

Debbie said...

Praise God! I'm so glad to read this latest news about Abby. I will continue to pray for her and your family.

Crystal said...

As I read this post from my cell phone in bed last night I shed tears of happiness for Abby and your family. Such a blessing. I will continue the prayers!

Madelyn's Mommy said...

Praise God, Praise God, Praise God!!!!


I am SOOO happy to read this!


Andrea

Anonymous said...

BIG SMILES...The power of prayer is an amazing thing! I always love to see God in action:) Abby is such an amazing little girl...thank you for sharing her with all of us.
Beautiful Beaufort by the Sea sends lots of prayers your way...Love to all, Joy & Family

Becky said...

HOORAY for Abby! We will continue our prayers! It is so wonderful to see prayers answered!!!

Carolyn said...

Praise God! What wonderful news! We'll continue to lift you guys up as you keep fighting for Abby. Thanks for sharing the great news with us. God is good all the time. All the time God is good.

Carolyn Hill

Jenney said...

YEAH YEAH YEAH for Abby!!!!

LisaShaw said...

My hope is built on nothing less than JESUS BLOOD and RIGHTEOUSNESS.

I dare not trust the sweetest frame but wholly lean on JESUS NAME!

On CHRIST THE SOLID ROCK I STAND all other ground is sinking sand. All other ground is sinking sand.


PRAISE THE LORD FOR THE GOOD NEWS OF ABBY!!

purejoy said...

praise Jesus and HALLELUIA!!!
what an awesome report and i hope you all are safe and snug in your own home soon, soon, soon!!!
ps love the gettin old comments. too funny.

jeck said...

Praise the Lord!!!

Liz F. said...

Thanks be to God! Abby is such a doll with SUCH personality! I'm so thrilled that she's better. God bless!

Jane said...

YEAH!!! Way to Go Abby!!! We are so happy for you! God is Good!

We Love you!
Jane Patton Schmidt and family (6 from Guatemala)

dprivett said...

God is so great! I am so happy to hear this! My little boy and I have been praying for Abby, and God answers prayers! I love the new pictures and it is so good to see her lovely smile! :) Tell her that a little red haired boy from Virginia has been praying for her!

Kristi said...

WOW, Nothing but tears of Joy this morning. We serve and Awesome God... We are rejoicing with all of you and rejoicing in the Lord always.... Still Praying specifically for the WBC,... to keep "Movin on Up"...... Praise God!!!!

Kristi

Laurie said...

PTL. It is so good to see a real Abby smile. Here's to a a 1000 WBC count soon!

Aggie said...

I cannot express to you how very wonderful it is to see that beautiful smiling face today. I am praising God and will continue to praise Him that Abby has turned the corner, that her numbers are quickly rising, and that He is in control of ALL things.

Abby- it is so great to seee you smiling so big. I am smiling because you are smiling! I pray that you will continue to feel better and stronger with each passing day!

PRAISE GOD!!!!!

The Penners said...

Praise the Lord! We are so thankful He has preserved Abby's life thus far.

Princess Gabby and Prince Hunter said...

PRAISE GOD!!!!! Oh I read this post and tears just started streaming down my face! Oh, HAPPY DAYS!!!!!!

Live to love and laugh said...

Praise God.
Abby, I am so happy you are starting to feel better. SpideyLandis needs you to look after him and keep him out of trouble. :)
Cindi

Ali said...

PRAISE GOD! So happy for the great news!

Anonymous said...

Praise God!! Way to go Abby! We will continue to pray for you and your family!

Hugs and Many Blessings,
Tammy (Kayleigh's Mommy)