Saturday, December 20, 2008

Thanks for your prayers!

At this point, most of you already know what is going on with our little
Matheson- In that case, this note will serve as somewhat of a summary for you. For the rest of you, this will come as a shock - as it did to us on Friday.

We have taken Matheson to several different specialist at Wake Forest University Baptist Hospital over the course of the last month in attempt to figure out the origin of some "buise-like" splotches that he has on his body. As a result of a skin biopsy, we got a phone call on Thursday evening telling us of "suspicious cells" in the biopsy. We were instructed to bring Matheson back in first thing the next morning for a series of additional tests and procedures. After spending the entire day at the hospital and many many tests, we were presented with a most terrifying diagnosis - leukemia. As you can imagine, Matt and I were shell-shocked. No parent ever imagines they would hear this about their child. Fortuantely, his numbers (blood count and bone marrow) looked good and we were able to bring him home with us. This time has allowed us to contact several other doctors, enlist the help of family and friends, and spend some quality time as a family being as normal as possible before things change drastically.

Currently, we are in a bit of a "holding pattern" as we research doctors, hospitals and various treatment protocols in attempts to make the best possible decision for Matheson. Please pray specifically that Matt and I will have peace with a decision. While we are fortuante to have this time (and Matheson's good levels, etc...), it is also just delaying the obvious - we are ready to make a decision, start treatment and face the music. We will visit Duke on Monday and intend to make a decision after our time there. As soon as a decision is made regarding where Matheson will be treated, I will update you all!

We covet your prayers during this time- We are honored to serve a great and mighty God. We cling to the many truths in His precious word. We know for a fact that it was God himself who created Matheson, and knit him together perfectly in my womb. He knows ALL of his days - the beginning and the end. Therefore, none of this is a mistake. It is all a part of His plan - Matt and I desire earnestly to fulfill God's purpose through this life experience. We ask you to join us in prayer, not only for the healing of our precious baby boy but, also for strength and wisdom so that we can shine for Him in the midst of this darkness. Pray that the Lord would lead us to the right place, and the right doctors to treat Matheson best. If there are options to his treatment, please pray that the Lord would make His way clear and that Matt and I would be able to
stand on that decision with no looking back or second guessing ourselves. Thank you again for your prayers and your friendship!

8 comments:

The Darling Dukes said...

We are praying for you guys constantly. Sorry, but I have to say it...please let me know if you need anything...
Love you all!

Kara said...

Oh, Holly - I can't imagine what you guys are going through. If there is anything we can do, please let us know. And we will be praying for all of you!

Janet said...

I also can't imagine what you are going thru. I do thank you for clearly listing what your prayer needs are and what the doctors are saying because I was hearing second hand. If there is anything you need, please let me know. We are praying for you daily.

lillymac said...

You are the most awesome woman, supermom, and testament to what a strong Christian should be. What an example you are to all of us! You simply amaze me...

Joanna said...

You are all in my prayers. I am here if you need me!

Ali said...

We absolutly will continue to lift you all up in our daily prayers! In the meantime, I also pray that God will unite you and Matt even closer during this time, and that your story will serve as a light to others as to what HIS love, grace, mercy and most of all faith should look like!

The Claycomb Family said...

Matt & Holly,

We feel so helpless being so far away, but please know that we are bathing your entire family in prayer...especially your precious little Matheson. May you rest in the arms of Jesus as you face this trial, and know that we are kneeling at the throne on your behalf.

In His Precoius Love,
The Claycomb's
Glenn, Jodi, Kearstin & Hunter

Darren said...

Barber Family,

Almost exactly a year ago we were in the ER at Brenner's Childrens Hospital with Sara. We remember the fear and uncertainty that comes with doctors, diagnosis, and treatment options. May you be confident in your decisions. We are blessed to serve a God that sees so much more than we do. May He grant you the peace that transcends all understanding. We will be thinking of you all and praying for you all. Keep us updated on how to pray for you.

Darren, Laura, Kacy, and Sara Price