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Posted 2017-04-14T00:38:01Z

Day +63

I have received a few reminders that I should post a quick update :)  Thanks for checking in on us!  

Aaron is doing well in many ways and in many ways he has a long way to go.  He is growing in strength and energy. His new bone marrow has grafted and is steadily increasing in its production of healthy blood – yay!  Unfortunately, however, other testing shows that Aaron is at risk of relapse - because the old bone marrow has not been completely eliminated.  To reduce this risk the doctors make weekly adjustments to his medications with the hope this will address the issue.  It will be several weeks before they know if this is working.  This set-back has resulted in ongoing nausea and skin issues. His foot sores are starting to improve and we're very hopeful that sooner than later he will be able to walk properly.  

Since his discharge Aaron has adjusted to days at home, enjoying being with family and receiving visits from friends.  Typically he’s back to Sick Kids once a week with another weekly visit from a home care nurse.  Starting last week a teacher comes to our house for a few hours each week helping Aaron to catch up on his grade 6 year.  He continues to stay away from large crowds as we wait for his new immunity to mature.  With this amazing warm weather, Aaron is outside for short spurts of basketball in the driveway and bike rides to the corner store!

At times the length of recovery as well as the restrictions on his activities can be overwhelming and Aaron can struggle to remain motivated.  Thank you for all your efforts to keep him encouraged.  His school recently had a jersey day in show of support.  The students wore their favourite sports jersey (instead of their uniform) and brought a loonie or toonie to raise money for Sickkids.  Way to go St. Bernadette for collecting over $800!  

Though we are all a bit weary, we are thankful for how well Aaron is doing right now.  Thank you for praying.  Know that Aaron’s new immunity is coming in strong.  He has been spared many potential risks, we have been cared for above and beyond what we could have imagined, and Rachel has made a quick and full recovery. We are not only thankful for the things that are going well, we’re also thankful for the miracles that can be numbered in the midst of the trial: strength to face the day, fears overcome, joy despite circumstances, a richness in relationship that is unrealized when things are comfortable, refined character, comfort received that can now be given, perspective, an eternal hope that brings assurance that all will be well no matter the outcome, and above all the nearness of a loving God.  For these many blessings we are so thankful. Even more, in numbering these graces our faith is strengthened to face what is yet ahead. 

We pray for these same graces for each of you. Happy Easter!

Jesus invites, "Come to me, all you who are weary and burdened, and I will give you rest" (Matthew 11:28).

 

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Comments (11)

  • Mary Haskett
    Mary Haskett

    Thank you for the update. At Chapel Ridge Free Methodist Church, we continue to pray for Aaron

    2 years ago · Reply
  • Maryella Minor
    Maryella Minor

    We appreciate hearing the update. I look at Aaron's name at the top of the page. The first letter, 'A' is in blue and stands out. Aaron deserves an 'A' for being so good with all that he has gone through. And Michelle and Chris and well as the whole family - your God-given stamina and faith has spoken volumes! I am copying your last paragraph and using it in my sermon on the 23rd. Love and continued healing. Maryella for our family

    2 years ago · Reply
  • Jami Rivera
    Jami Rivera

    Thank you so much for the update Michelle!!!! My thoughts & prayers are always with y'all...& it's so good to know what is happening in your world. Please know just how much you & your precious family are loved! May you have a blessed Easter! Love & friendship, Jami

    2 years ago · Reply
  • Lucia McMullin
    Lucia McMullin

    Praise the Lord for His grace to you all and for how Aaron is progressing. We will continue to ask the Lord to do abundantly more. Happy Easter, He is Risen !! You are loved !!

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

    So good to hear from you Michelle - you are all in our thoughts and prayers constantly, we miss you so much!!! Praise the Lord for the healing and the strides forward that Aaron has made. We will continue to pray for his strength, his courage and most importantly his dependence on his Awesome God to carry him through. Wishing you all a very blessed Easter - please say hello to Brian, Ruth & Meg from Kenzie & I. Lots of Love xo

    2 years ago · Reply
  • Jo Franklin
    Jo Franklin

    Thanks for the update. We've been thinking about Aaron and wondering how he was. We will continue to pray for him and for all of you. Thank you for sharing the many unseen miracle God is doing in the midst of the trials. It encourages my heart and reminds us to keep our eyes on Him, the author and perfector of our faith. The Franklins love you all!

    2 years ago · Reply
  • Sue Scott
    Sue Scott

    We are glad to hear of the wonderful progress Aaron has made and praying that the adjustments that the doctors are making continue to give him strength. Terrific to hear that Rachel has recovered well. Bless her heart. It was lovely to see Aaron playing basketball with Chris the other day. May the sun shine brightly on your family and God bless you everyday especially during Easter. Hugs!!! ❤

    2 years ago · Reply
  • Tracy Crewson
    Tracy Crewson

    Michelle, so great to read this update and rejoice with you on this Easter weekend! We know that the journey is still long and so we continue to pray for those 'graces' you wrote about so beautifully. May the promise of the resurrection bring you joy and strength in the days ahead! Our prayers continue!

    2 years ago · Reply
  • Fadi Sharaiha
    Fadi Sharaiha

    So great to hear this update,, there are people around the world praying for Aaron and the family.. Our prayers are with you in this tough journey,,and trusting the Lord for his goodness. Happy Easter to you from the Sharaiha's

    2 years ago · Reply
  • karen bird
    karen bird

    Thanks for sending an update, Michelle. We continue to pray along with you and the kids continue to ask specifically about how Aaron is doing. He is on our minds often in the Bird house! Much love, Karen

    2 years ago · Reply
  • Hardeep Dhesy
    Hardeep Dhesy

    So nice to hear from you Michelle. Continued wishes for ongoing progress and a full recovery. Know that you are thought of often. Much love and respect.

    2 years ago · Reply