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Apr 18, 2010

Abby Update - Sunday Morning - Getting Worse

From Brent

Abby is worse today. Her overall blood work is worse than yesterday, and she is still at absolute zero immunity. The “R” word – relapse – continues to creep into the conversation. Relapse would be a devastating setback at this point.

On Monday, if her counts are not showing any improvement, they will most likely do a bone marrow aspiration to answer the relapse question… a question Michelle and I would rather know the answer to sooner rather than later.

Please pray with us that she has not relapsed. Relapse means we start over. Day one. As if she had never had chemo, except that she is weaker to begin with this time around. Apart from God's saving hand, Abby probably wouldn't survive another 2 years of this nightmare and that doesn't answer the question of whether or not we would want her to endure it again.

73 comments:

Mamita J said...

You are in our prayers.

LQS said...

Dear Lord Jesus,
I lift Abby before the throne in this moment. I know you are not caught by surprise of her situation, but, you do want us to communicate our needs to you.
Therefore, we beg of you to heal her body and bring comfort in this hour. Comfort Brent, Michelle and all the family. Nevertheless, not out will but yours. In you sweet name I pray.
Lisa

Mom to 9 Blessings! said...

Brent and Michelle - this is all I can say to this post:

Zephaniah 3:17
"The LORD your God is with you,
He is mighty to save.
He will take great delight in you,
He will quiet you with his love,
He will rejoice over you with singing."

This is the verse God has given me today to share...

Praying for all of you!

My heart is holding out with you for good news on Monday!

Hugs and blessings,
Jill

Jenne said...

Praying for Abby!

Gina @ The Shabby Chic Cottage said...

I'm praying for Abby, and for all of you Brent.

Best Wishes,
Gina

Mama D.'s Dozen said...

So sorry to hear this news!

You are in my thoughts and prayers, often. I am lifting you up to Our Father in Heaven. He knows your needs. He hears your cry. And He loves sweet Abby more than we can imagine.

Praying for God's touch with a Miracle.

Praying for wisdom for the doctors.

Praying for peace for you ... Brent & Michelle.

Praying for hope for Abby, that she not get discouraged.

Love & Hugs!

Laurel :)

Shannon said...

Oh...I am praying.
Lord, bring Your healing hand right now. Bring it through the medicines, bring it through the doctors, bring it through Your miraculous hands...build up her immune system for Your glory.
Lord, once again, please carry this family. May they tangibly feel your presence ALL the way around them, at every turn. You promise that you will not leave us or forsake us. Be that promise to them now.

Amen

Tracey's Life said...

Please know that Abby and your family are in my prayers. I pray this is just a temporary bump in the road and that sweet little Abby will be restored to good health once again. I pray you have the strength to endure this test with Abby.

I hold you in my thoughts and prayers.

Johnny Pops said...

Brent I will keep You and your family in our thoughts and prayers!May God poor out his blessings and grace! Your Brother in Jesus Christ: Johnny

free_to_dream said...

I ask once again your permission to share Abby's name with my Jewish community so we can all pray for her together. We can disagree on religious issues and still unite in prayer.

Sarah

theheartofachild said...

The Lord brought Abby to mind and I thought I should check in and see what was going on. Now I know why. I say that story to encourage you that God is at work and raising up intercessors for her as I type.
Praying,
Jenny

Erica said...

My heart is breaking for Abby and your whole family. I do know that our King Jesus already has even this mapped out and trust that He will give peace and comfort as well as wisdom even through this set back. Praying for all of you. Much much love.

Keith and Judy said...

What do you say when words are not enough? My heart breaks for you all. I lift all of you in prayer, especially sweet Abby.
--Judy

Gail said...

Johanna and I are praying for Abby.
Gail

The Gobble's (Lanetta) said...

please just know that you are being lifted up in prayers.... we are praying for you, sweet Abby and the entire family...

stacey Tate said...

Our family continues to pray for yours daily! We love you guys!

Stacey and Maggie Tate

kate said...

We are praying that is definitely NOT what has happened. Praying for strength and for wisdom for her drs and for you. And most of all for God to carry her through this awful time. I pray God will give you all peace and joy despite your terrible circumstances. Praying.

Becca Harley said...

Praying for you all right now - for healing for Abby and for strength for you.
Becca

SisterTipster said...

God bless you Brent and family. My heart goes out to you. Your pictures and love for your daughter is very touching.

love,
cheryl

Debi said...

Still here and still praying and believing God and contending for sweet Abby's full and complete healing.
Praying for an irradication of all cancer and a strong immune system and God'e glory.
May the LORD cover you with His presence and love and grace and hope today and always.
Love and hugs and prayers,
Debi

Anonymous said...

Praying for Abby !

Sean and Lisa said...

Praying and praying some more. Our family prays daily for Abby and for your family. Praying for God's perfect sustaining peace to surround you as you wait with baited breath and that God's healing power flows over and through sweet Abby girl restoring her to complete and total health in the name of Jesus!!

Shari said...

I have been storming the gates of Heaven for days now on Abby's behalf. I am praying for you and Michelle, too.

Deciduous Heather said...

We are praying for Abby, and for all of you! Hoping tomorrow is a better day.
Heather in NC

Nora S. said...

Dear Brent and Michelle,

My prayers are with you both, Abby, and your entire family. I am sharing with you a verse that was read in my church service this morning:

Is. 46:4 Even to your old age and gray hairs I am He who will sustain you. I have made you and I will carry you; I will sustain you and I will rescue you.

I pray He will sustain you through all that is ahead.

Nora
CT

Stacy said...

Oh Abby, I hope and pray that you get better. Michelle as a momma my heart just breaks for you, seeing your baby girl so sick and so weak and that gut sickening wondering what is happening. We (my Lucy and I) will hold you all in our prayers and Lucy sends the type of freely given hope that only a child can give.

Leslie said...

Praying for Abby. Praying for your whole family.

heather@it'stwinsanity said...

My prayers are with you all. My heart is breaking that you are going through this...

Charisa said...

continuing to pray for you...

Charisa

Mom Of Many said...

Only tears. I can't imagine...you all have had such a long unbearable {except for the grace of God} road...

I just did a Crazy Love post a few minutes ago asking for people to link up {thru your MckLinky} to share prayer requests in the bloggy world...the first request is for your precious Abby....we are praying....Sending love and prayers from our family...Linny

APlaceCalledSimplicity.blogspot.com

living4him5 said...

Oh Mercy! I am lifting her and all of you in my prayers!!

In Christ,
Amy <><

Otter Mom said...

My heart is heavy on your behalf, and I am praying for you and Abby. Please know that there are many, many people who are praying for you.

Once A Mother said...

Abby is an amazing little girl, with a true fighter spirit. I know that these battles feel so unfair, and am praying for her health to restore and for strength for you all as you face this latest hurdle. Abby is in my prayers that this is not a relapse. I know that my daughter's numbers were at zero because of chemo, and will pray that that is what is happening here, that this is just the chemo causing these low numbers. You all are in my prayers.

Saxon and Shannon said...

Praying for Abby and for your entire family. She has been on my mind all weekend. I'll be checking in on Monday, hoping and praying for some much needed good news.

Cindy said...

I am keeping Abby. her doctors and your family in my prayers.

Amanda said...

I'm lifting your family up in prayer. Little Abby is so strong and such an inspiration. I pray God gives the Dr.'s and you and michelle the strength and wisdom needed to make it through this time!

Emma said...

As others have said ... I have little words to say to you. With a busy time of normality over here, this all brings me back to reality, and God. I don't know what to do other than pray for Abby's healing. I know God can do it, if it is His will. I pray it is. I pray Abby can be as normal as possible, and no cancer.

Thinking of you all at this difficult time, across the ocean in Orkney.

Redeemed1 said...

I'm so sorry. I'm praying for all of you.
Jessica

Marielle said...

Praying for all of you

Karen said...

Michelle & Brent,
I am praying for you and for Abby. Praying you feel enveloped by the arms of our loving Creator God.

XOXO
karenyates

Stacey Kannenberg said...

I am sending you all blessings, prayers and strength that Abby has not relapsed! May her blood counts start moving in the right direction!
Hugs - Stacey

Blessings from the Reeds said...

BIG Prayers for you guys right now!!! Bless your hearts~Thinking of you here in Texas.

Kritter Krit said...

I know we haven't commented in a while, but we still follow the blog closely, and Abby is very much a part of our prayer time. Sophie talks about her often and says, "Mama, let's check up on Abby!" (She loves seeing pictures of her.) I'm so sorry to read of Abby's recent setbacks. We will pray like crazy! Love you guys.

Michelle said...

Praying for guidance, wisdom and healing.

denie heppner said...

praying for all of you. God is there, in the midst of the storm. We call out for His mercy and His grace for Abby and all of you.

Nicki Zieth said...

Brent, Michelle and dear sweet Abby,
HUGE HUGS and prayers are going upwards for you all, Praying that her bloods improve over the next 24hours. My Gods strength and Love carry you through this next few days.
NEVER give UP on Gods promise to us,
he will not forsake you ever!

Hugs Nicki and Family Queensland Australia

Are These Kids All Yours? said...

Praying for MIRACLES! Hearts breaking, bringing Abby & your entire family to the Lord in Prayer. Lord we know you are the HEALER and we are asking....

Terri Green said...

Hi Michele and Brent,
We are praying that Abby's counts rebound and that there is no relapse!! Thank you so much for keeping Jesse in prayer!

Love in Christ!
Terri Green
www.caringbridge.org/visit/jessegreen

Becky said...

Praying right now.

Sabrina said...

Praying for Abby, and your whole family during this time of waiting and uncertainty. Praying that the pain be controlled, and that God show you the path that is meant for Abby's care and life. Praying that this is not an "R" episode. Praying, Praying, Praying...

sierrasmom said...

I am and will continue to pray for Abby. I was so sorry to read this after being away from the computer for a few days!!!

Bobbie Bailey said...

Claiming Ephesians 3:20 for little Abby.

Bobbie B.

Katherine, Anna's Mom said...

Praying for Abby. Praying for her numbers to rebound strongly. ((Hugs)) to your family.

Tracy Grubb said...

Saying a big prayer for this to be just a bad week, and not "R"...

Masto Mama said...

I'm praying that sweet Abby hasn't relapsed. I'm praying for all of you as well....hang in there, and remember that you guys are dearly loved.

momof4beautifulbeauties said...

I do not usually comment, but I do pray for Abby and your family. I just want you to know that I am praying for complete healing and NO relapse.

Trennia said...

praying for total healing and God's prefect will.

free_to_dream said...

This is a prayer for Abby. Abby has come too far to relapse now. She's been doing chemo for over two years now.
May it be Your will:
That Abby recover fully.
That her days are filled with light and fun.
That her parents and doctors will be wise and caring.
That her spirit will remain strong and her soul resilient.
That someday she will run and play.
Please, God.

I wrote this prayer and I will be saying it every night.

Sarah

Juli said...

My heart aches for you and your family. My thoughts and prayers will be with you throughout the next few hours, days and weeks. Give Abby loves from Missouri - may God give you strength and peace as you walk this uncertain road once again. Thinking of you - lifting you in prayer - wish I could do more.

Anonymous said...

Riggs family:
I am so sorry to hear this news and will keep on praying.
Leveta

Holly said...

Praying and thinking of you all!

The Gresham Clan said...

Praying for sweet Abby and your entire family. I cannot imagine the heartache that you are feeling. Praying...

Anonymous said...

Praying Abby Is feeling better soon and her counts come up. I know what you are going through As I had been through it my my angel boy. The dreaded R word always comes up when things like this Happen. Praying this isnt the case with Sweet Abby & she will rebound soon. Prayers to the Entire family while you go through this trying time.

Mom2AnAngel

debi9kids said...

OMGoodness...praying here.

God said to me, "My grace is sufficient for you, for my power is made perfect in weakness." Therefore I will boast all the more gladly about my weaknesses, so that Christ's power may rest on me.
That is why, for Christ's sake, I delight in weaknesses, in insults, in hardships, in persecutions, in difficulties. For when I am weak, then I am strong. (2 Cor 12.9-10)

Jan J. said...

Please, dear God, let this precious child not be in relapse, I pray.

Anonymous said...

I have been praying for Abby and your entire family. Extra prayers today

Nati @ I will praise Him said...

I just really can't believe it. I'm hoping and praying that Abby hasn't relapsed!!!!

Nati @ I will praise Him said...

I blogged about Abby, hope that is ok!

Gina said...

Praying for all of you!
-Gina

Anonymous said...

Oh no! Praying!

Jennifer-Eighty MPH Mom said...

I am so, so sorry to hear this. I will be keeping you all in my thoughts and prayers...please know this.

Wendi Taylor said...

Don't lose hope and don't let the fear of the enemy create turmoil in your hearts. I don't believe God is ready to call Abby home just yet. Remember how David defeated Goliath? By standing on the knowledge that God had been with him in the past. God has been with Abby through so much, and delivered her through so many things, I firmly believe He will do so again.

Angie said...

I just discovered your blog and Abby's story by way of A Place Called Simplicity. I believe God is working to raise up prayer warriors for your beloved girl. Please know that Abby and the rest of her family are in my prayers.

Blessings,
Angie