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Posted 2017-05-15T02:37:47Z

Celebrating the 100 day milestone!

It is a happy mother’s day as we celebrate how far Aaron has come.  Recovery is slow and Aaron is restless, but we are hopeful for what is ahead.  We are especially praying for three particular turning points… 

1 – to walk normally.  The amazing news on this front is that for the first time in 6 months Aaron is now able to wear a shoe on his bad foot.  With specialized insoles he can now play ball hockey and go on hikes!  The planned surgery has been cancelled as Aaron’s new immunity is working far better then the team expected.  We are grateful and expect his foot will soon be fully healed.  We thank the Lord for this!

2 -  for his new bone marrow to take over 100%.  Aaron’s mixed bone marrow issue has yet to resolve but the most recent results were promising because they are at an all-time high.  We’re praying the new bone marrow will fully take over in response to the most recent treatment adjustments.  If this happens with some stability, the doctors will consider scheduling the removal of his central line (a long-term IV port for medicine and bloodwork).  Aaron is particularly eager to be tube-less and especially before swim season is in full swing.  

3 – to be able to go in public places.  The doctors are hoping Aaron’s immunity will be strong enough for public places come August  -- Aaron, however, is praying his blood counts will start to soar and freedom will come much much sooner!    


For day +100 Aaron has listed the 100 things that he is thankful for…

1.                    Shorter hospital stay than expected

2.                    Foot sores are going away faster than expected

3.                    Mom’s back scratches and massages

4.                    Dad and mom never getting sick so they could be with me every day

5.                    Parents who love me and did lots of stuff for me

6.                    Didn’t have any seizures

7.                    Central line never got infected

8.                    Central line never got a clot

9.                    Never had to go back to hospital because of a fever

10.                  Feet never got infected

11.                  Foot sores didn’t spread to new locations

12.                  Swelling wasn’t an issue

13.                  Skipped step down

14.                  Rachel’s 10 out of 10 bone marrow match

15.                  Camp Ouch support

16.                  Child Life workers were very nice and supportive

17.                  Uncle Paul’s random games at the hospital

18.                  Rachel’s gracious willingness for the many pokes and procedures

19.                  Hospital visitors

20.                  Smiles drop off

21.                  Cable TV and tiny bit of wifi at hospital

22.                  Joey’s generosity (iPad)

23.                  Jessie finding and returning my iPod

24.                  No really bad reaction to Rachel’s bone marrow

25.                  OCS grade 6 class encouraging letters

26.                  St. Bernadette grade 6 class support

27.                  Good funny videos from friends

28.                  A good website with lots of supporters

29.                  Green room at church

30.                  Friends’ balloon surprise at home

31.                  Faithful friendship of some very special people

32.                  Going to a Leafs game with my friend and his dad and my dad

33.                  Friendly emails and texts

34.                  Rachel’s quick recovery

35.                  Lots of support from older bro

36.                  James as body guard when others around

37.                  Grandparent taxi service

38.                  Grandparent meals

39.                  Grandparent games & entertainment

40.                  GRANDPARENTS in general

41.                  Sick Kids

42.                  Canada’s healthcare and insurance system

43.                  Mom who is with me all the time

44.                  Daddy’s support from work for time off

45.                  Cobs chocolate croissants

46.                  Amazing appetite (miracle)

47.                  Visit with Leafs at the hospital

48.                  New bone marrow packed with more blood making cells than expected

49.                  Visit with Raptors

50.                  Coach Babcock’s guest at Leafs game

51.                  Overcoming anxiety with bloodwork

52.                  Overcoming anxiety with dressing changes

53.                  Mealtrain in hospital

54.                  Many amazing meals delivered to home

55.                  St. Bernadette fundraising for Sick Kids

56.                  New immunity works (quick recovery from cold)

57.                  Christmas at home

58.                  Endocrine miracle

59.                  Overall strength

60.                  Encouraging Psalms and rest of the Bible

61.                  Sick Kids is kind of close to our house

62.                  Owen’s prayers

63.                  Only pediatric MDS clinic in the whole world is at Sick Kids

64.                  Cancelled foot surgery

65.                  Mom was able to sleep better than expected in the hospital

66.                  James, Rachel and my new bedrooms

67.                  Nana and papa chose not to go to Florida

68.                  Excellent at taking pills

69.                  Huge army of prayer warriors

70.                  Opposite gender bone marrow donor

71.                  God being all-loving

72.                  God being all-powerful

73.                  God always being in control

74.                  MDS diagnosed at an early stage

75.                  Top doctor in the world for this illness

76.                  Being able to turn to God in difficult times

77.                  No unwelcome side affects other than the expected

78.                  Patricia’s timing for being at our house

79.                  Quick transition from IV to oral (meds & food)

80.                  Cottage

81.                  Friends who willingly handwash and come for visits

82.                  Generous and thoughtful gifts

83.                  Granny’s and my home care nurse Alex

84.                  Friends’ DVD libraries for car rides to hospital

85.                  Video games

86.                  Studio C

87.                  Dude Perfect

88.                  Board games

89.                  Mom’s creative footwear solutions

90.                  Neighbourhood friends & ball hockey

91.                  Friendly and kind nurses

92.                  Driving range & kijiji clubs

93.                  Church elders, Nana’s google hangout, CTP & other prayer groups

94.                  Yoga balls and chess

95.                  FaceTime, WhatsApp, and iMessage

96.                  Granny’s recovery

97.                  Live streaming church from hospital and home

98.                  Wearing two shoes

99.                  Being Home

100.                I’m at day 100!!!


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Comments (18)

  • Tiere Sharma
    Tiere Sharma

    Michelle, what a wonderful mother's day gift to give such an amazing praise report!! Reading Aaron's list for all the things he's thankful for brought tears of joy!! Thanks for sharing it and the updated prayer requests. Happy Mother's day!!

    2 years ago · Reply
  • Chinnie Yu
    Chinnie Yu

    Praise God for 100 days of His healing miracles and deliverance with you, Aaron and family!! Thank you for 100 thanksgivings and we count our blessings alongside you too! Keeping up with the Dias Family🙌💪👍👊✊💝🙏Love the Oakville Wongs

    2 years ago · Reply
  • Mark Cassidy
    Mark Cassidy

    Aaron, thank you for sharing that very thoughtful list. You are very brave. I am thankful for the joy that you have brought to us even in the midst of this difficult time. Love Mark and Angelica

    2 years ago · Reply
  • Maryella Minor
    Maryella Minor

    All those things to be thankful for! What a great example you are to us all. Your attitude throughout the difficult journey has impacted so many of us. Our love and prayers continue for you. The Harold Minor clan.

    2 years ago · Reply
  • Jami Rivera
    Jami Rivera

    God bless y'all!!! I'm continuing to cover you in prayer...& cheering you on!! Looking forward to seeing what the Lord has instore for your precious family in the days ahead!!! Blessings, Jami & family😊❤️🙏🏽

    2 years ago · Reply
  • Patricia Smith
    Patricia Smith

    Thanks so much for sharing this. It's so hard to believe Aaron still has a journey ahead of him when I see him playing outside. He is a real trooper.

    2 years ago · Reply
  • Sue Scott
    Sue Scott

    Love your 100 things that you are thankful for Aaron. You are strong, positive and grateful. Praying for your continued strength. Thinking of you this Mother's Day Michelle and what an amazing Mom you are. You have a beautiful family. Hugs!❤️🙂🌷🙏

    2 years ago · Reply
  • Temi Apara
    Temi Apara

    Bless God for who He is and what He has done in your life. You're indeed a testimony! You're in our thoughts and prayers. He who began a good work in you will be faithful to complete it. Temi Apara (Nathan's mum)

    2 years ago · Reply
  • karen baring
    karen baring

    Such an amazing list from such an amazing boy! Thank you for sharing such a beautiful list with all of us.

    2 years ago · Reply
  • Laura Hacala
    Laura Hacala

    What an inspiring and God praising list!! What a blessing each of those 100 gifts are and I am so thankful to our good, good Father for His miraculous provision! Thank you for sharing! Here's to the next 100 days of God's continued provision and blessing! Love you guys!

    2 years ago · Reply
  • Sandi Lockett
    Sandi Lockett

    Thank you for the amazing update. Than God for for all He is doing for all of you. Aaron, your list of 100 things to be grateful for as well as your incredible courage is an inspiration to me. It reminds me to be grateful for so many things daily, thank you for sharing. I will continue to keep you all in prayer. Much love Jim and Sandi xo

    2 years ago · Reply
  • Fadi Sharaiha
    Fadi Sharaiha

    Praise the Lord,, amazing update. Aaron, you are such a courageous young man,, Your list touched my heart,, Praying for you.. Faten and Fadi Sharaiha

    2 years ago · Reply
  • Catherine Schuurman
    Catherine Schuurman

    What an amazing list! Praise God for all he has done and continues to do, in his faithfulness. (I have 101st item for the list:) 101. We are all thankful for the encouragement you and your family are to others as you share your journey and faith in the Lord. Much love to you and continuing to pray for you all, Cathy

    2 years ago · Reply
  • Bumsoo and Hwasun Kyung
    Bumsoo and Hwasun Kyung

    Thank you for sharing this wonderful news! God is so good!! Praise the LORD!! We are really happy to see your smile. We are encouraged as we read the list. You are so precious before God and all of us. You and your family are shining light to the world. God will be honoured by your faith, thankful heart and perseverance. Have a wonderful day! Love you. Kyung family(Bumsoo,Hwasun,Clara & Anne)

    2 years ago · Reply
  • Kathy Reynolds
    Kathy Reynolds

    Aaron!!! What an amazing list of things to be thankful for! It is so amazing to see your courage and trust in God! We hope to see you at the cottage this summer and will keep praying for you! Lots of love from Chris, Kathy, Grace and Laura

    2 years ago · Reply
  • Tracy Crewson
    Tracy Crewson

    Aaron, what a great list! Thank you for taking time to write your top 100. They have blessed us and reminded all of us how much we all have to be thankful for. You are an inspiration! Keep up the good fight! We continue to pray!!

    2 years ago · Reply
  • Robbie Symons
    Robbie Symons

    Very, very encouraged by this! I have been especially touched and thankful to see the Dias family in the front row at church. Brought tears to my eyes and warmth to my heart. Love you all!!

    2 years ago · Reply
  • karen bird
    karen bird

    Thanks for taking the time to share this with us all and for letting us in on your mother's day joy. We are grateful, along with you guys, for every good thing along the way of this challenging road and continue to pray you all through it. Love, Karen and Randy, Annalene, Miriam and Sam

    2 years ago · Reply