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Posted 2017-02-25T23:33:00Z

Guess What?! Our boy is home!

Are you surprised? So are we…both surprised and overjoyed! The doctors stunned us yesterday with some great news that Aaron could come home. His counts were increasing steadily, grafting was taking place, and he was able to convert from taking all medications and nutrition orally instead of through the IV – as a result he was given an earlier than expected discharge! Prayers have been answered.

While in the hospital, Aaron earned the reputation for being very focused on getting out of the hospital. At morning rounds, almost every day of his stay, he would ask the doctor, ‘can I go home today?’ Once he knew the milestones required for discharge, he worked on the things within his control to achieve them. Doctors remarked 'you must have read the book on BMT', 'A+ for attitude', and 'possibly best eater on the ward ever'.

At Aaron’s request, we did not forewarn family that we were bringing him home. Aaron had fun videotaping James, Rachel and each of his grandparents’ reaction to finding him at home. The surprise factor worked and he got quite the reactions!

The path forward: For the next few months Aaron will continue to go to the hospital twice a week for treatment and monitoring. Some of those visits may involve overnight stays. As much as the new immune system is coming online, it’s important to suppress it somewhat so that it doesn’t attack Aaron’s other functioning organs – thus the twice-weekly visits to the hospital to adjust levels as required. This will continue until his body is used to the new immune system.

Aaron will otherwise stay home and avoid crowds for this season. We will be super-vigilant around minimizing germs. OCD-type handwashing, food prep, sterilizing everything in sight…you get the idea. Regretably it means that anyone with a cold or exposed to someone with a cold is not allowed to visit for a few months; a small price to pay for our son being home!

God has been very gracious to us through the transplant phase of treatment. We continue to depend on Him for this next season.

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Comments (32)

  • Tracy Crewson
    Tracy Crewson

    What amazing news and what a testimony to God's grace and strenth flowing through Aaron!! Great job, Aaron! God has wonderful plans for a young man who can be so dedicated to a cause! Thanks for the update. Rejoicing with you and continuing to pray!!

    3 years ago · Reply
  • The Kelder Family
    The Kelder Family

    Amazing news! What a blessing to have the family together again. Our prayers shall continue for you all - we are so encouraged to see an answer to everyone's prayers! Hugs, Ian, Fi, Andrew and James

    3 years ago · Reply
  • Chinnie Yu
    Chinnie Yu

    Praise the Lord for joyful news! We LOVE God's timing and embrace the blessing of your family reunion! Such inexpressible joy, thanksgiving and prayerful gratitude for you, Aaron! We will continue to pray against any germs (flower pollen included) and protection and strengthening in health for the entire Dias family. Wnjoy your weekend!! Thank you for sharing and encouraging us today😍

    3 years ago · Reply
  • Lisa dac
    Lisa dac

    Absolutely Amazing!! That is news we have all been waiting to hear. What a great day. Way ta go Aaron and all of the Dias Family. You have really let God's light shine.

    3 years ago · Reply
  • Amber Ruffolo
    Amber Ruffolo

    Aaron, you are a Rock Star!!! Way to go bud. Love and prayers to all of you.

    3 years ago · Reply
  • Sandi Lockett
    Sandi Lockett

    PTL!!! Crying so many tears of joy right now ❤ This is the best news ever! Way to go Aaron 😘❤. Thanks for the amazing update😘😘😘❤

    3 years ago · Reply
  • Melissa da Cunha
    Melissa da Cunha

    This is such great news!!!! So happy for you Aaron, what a great surprise. I'm sure you will have the best weekend home with your family, you all deserve it!

    3 years ago · Reply
  • Elizabeth Bainard
    Elizabeth Bainard

    What an immediate answer to prayer. To God be the Glory, great things He has done but that doesn't mean we will slacken our prayers. They should be increased to ensure continued path of wellness to allow ARRON to stay home and none of your family succumb to any virus yourselves

    3 years ago · Reply
  • Rachel McLean
    Rachel McLean

    What wonderful news! We are thanking God for his great faithfulness and continuing to pray for Aaron's recovery. The McLeans

    3 years ago · Reply
  • karen bird
    karen bird

    Oh my goodness! That is so amazing! And what a crazy idea to surprise everyone! I can only imagine their shock and awe!! We are all shocked and awed and crying with joy. Love you guys, Karen

    3 years ago · Reply
  • Jami Rivera
    Jami Rivera

    This just made my evening!!! There is nothing better then being in your own home 🏡 & bed!!!! Praise be to God!!! Much love to all! Enjoy this beautiful milestone! God bless, Jami & family ❤

    3 years ago · Reply
  • Bellsmith Family
    Bellsmith Family

    Couldn't be happier for all of you! We're so pleased to hear of this answer to prayer and will continue to pray as full restoration happens. Enjoy family time at home!

    3 years ago · Reply
  • Chris & Connie Snoek
    Chris & Connie Snoek

    What fantastic news!!!! Praise the Lord for hearing the many prayers for Aaron's recovery! The Lord is good and worthy to be praised. Have a wonderful weekend and enjoy the rest of your recovery at HOME!! There is no place like home and your further recovery will go faster at home than at Sick Kids, as good as that place may be. Connie and I will continue to pray for you, and your wonderful extended family.

    3 years ago · Reply
  • Pam & Kenzie Ward
    Pam & Kenzie Ward

    Praise the Lord for this wonderful news!! So very happy to see the whole family together again with smiling faces. Aaron, we are so encouraged by your hard work at keeping healthy and doing what needed to be done to get better - so proud of you. Even more encouraged to see your trust and faith in the Lord as you walked this road together..... “It is the Lord who goes before you. He will be with you; he will not leave you or forsake you. Do not fear or be dismayed."” ‭‭Deuteronomy‬ ‭31:8‬ ‭ESV‬‬ Sending our love and looking forward to when we will be able to come for a visit. Xoxo

    3 years ago · Reply
  • Collin and Irene Spithoff
    Collin and Irene Spithoff

    That is such awesome happy for you all and praising the Lord with you!! Way to surprise your family ....and all of us!!!

    3 years ago · Reply
  • Laura Hacala
    Laura Hacala

    THANK YOU LORD!! Brings tears to my eyes seeing this beautiful family reunited! God, You are so good...Thank you for hearing and answering the prayers of your people! May He continue to protect Aaron as he heals and rejuvenates at home... I want to say unbelievable, but nothing is impossible for our great God!! Sending so much love to all of you!!🤗🙏🏼😂😇

    3 years ago · Reply
  • Lucia McMullin
    Lucia McMullin

    Praise the Lord!!!! We are so very happy for you Aaron that you are home with your family. We'll keep praying for you as you continue your treatments. Thank you LORD for your goodness!!!!

    3 years ago · Reply
  • Jo Franklin
    Jo Franklin

    Praising and thanking God with you. We are so happy for you all!!! I know it must be a great feeling to have Aaron home! The Franklins love you guys!!

    3 years ago · Reply
  • Tiere Sharma
    Tiere Sharma

    What an incredible answer to prayer! We rejoice with all of you and can only imagine the surprised faces of family when they discovered Aaron at home! Aaron, you're one determined little guy whose courage and faith saw great things! Thanks for sharing this story with us as our faith is encouraged :) We'll continue to join you in prayer.

    3 years ago · Reply
  • Maryella Minor
    Maryella Minor

    Oh what joy! We are ecstatic to hear the news. We thrilled to think of the surprise that the rest of the family had seeing Aaron come home so soon. We would have loved to have seen the reaction. Truly a miracle and we rejoice with you. Continued love and prayers. Harold and Maryella

    3 years ago · Reply
  • Avril

    That is unbelieveable news! We are so proud of you and the hard work you did to get home! We are so thankful for God's healing and continue to pray for your upcoming victories.

    3 years ago · Reply
  • Laura Thissen
    Laura Thissen

    Hurrah!!!! Gosh are you ever determined Aaron!! Way to go! It will be so nice to be at home with your family. We continue to pray and trust that God has the perfect plan for your recovery!

    3 years ago · Reply
  • Brenda Witmer
    Brenda Witmer

    That is amazing news!! So great to see all your smiling faces together again!! You are all superstars. Way to go Aaron!!👍⚽️🏒🏆 Brenda, Noah and Jacob

    3 years ago · Reply
  • Dulcie & Nigel Pinto
    Dulcie & Nigel Pinto

    Ain't no mountain high enough for Aaron! Amazing news and soooo happy.

    3 years ago · Reply
  • Laura McEwen
    Laura McEwen

    Praise God! We are just so thrilled for this amazing news. So great to see the photo of your precious family! Your story is beautiful. ❤️

    3 years ago · Reply
  • Jordan Pinto
    Jordan Pinto

    This is such great news Aaron! You are doing a remarkable job at fighting this. Keep it up and remember to always stay strong buddy. :)

    3 years ago · Reply
  • Natalie Hutchison
    Natalie Hutchison

    Wow! Praise the Lord for His healing hands upon you! What wonderful news 🎉

    3 years ago · Reply
  • Sue Scott
    Sue Scott

    Wonderful news! We love how Aaron wanted to surprise the family. God bless all of you and praying for Aaron's continued strength. Hugs! The Scott Family 🙏🏻🙂

    3 years ago · Reply
  • Justen Pinto
    Justen Pinto

    Awesome news Aaron! Stay strong!

    3 years ago · Reply
  • Jennifer loche
    Jennifer loche

    Overwhelmed with joy! What strength! What power! We are celebrating the news here in Florida!

    3 years ago · Reply
  • Jodie Moulton
    Jodie Moulton

    This is fantastic news!! We are so happy that you were able to go home Aaron. You are definitely a superstar family. Love, The Moulton's

    3 years ago · Reply
  • Catherine Schuurman
    Catherine Schuurman

    What awesome news! Aaron's desire to surprise his loved ones is just THE BEST! Love it, and love you all! Praise the Lord for all He has done, and we continue to pray for his faithful presence and love to embrace each of you. Thankful for this news!

    3 years ago · Reply