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Posted 2017-07-27T02:33:36Z

Summer is in full swing!

It truly feels like a new season for our home.  The storm appears to be settling and we are very very thankful.  

Aaron is doing well.  A month ago, his bone marrow biopsy results showed a little original (old) bone marrow (though at this stage we were hoping there would be no original marrow) and no signs of disease.  As a result, three weeks ago Aaron’s central line was removed marking the end of treatment and the most critical period of recovery.  Even better, we found out yesterday that his more recent blood work results show 100% donor (new)  cells!  This is a wonderful answer to prayer.

Full recovery will take up to two years and we will be especially cautious for the next few months until Aaron is re-immunized (all the regular immunization that he had as a child needs to be redone given the transplant).  Nonetheless, Aaron’s blood counts are coming in beautifully and even though he needs to be cautious, he can now join the crowds.

Aaron’s bad foot is clear of all foot sores. In fact, all his skin is perfectly clear. His foot now recovers from the strain it endured for those many months of walking on his heel.  He sometimes hobbles, however he never complains nor slows down!

Visits to the hospital clinic will now stretch out to being a month apart.  As the doctors monitor, we pray for continued protection of Aaron’s organs, from catching anything significant while his immunity matures, and from relapse.  

Wow!  We are so glad to share this report. 

We are overwhelmingly delighted that at 6 months our boy is diving into summer.  With restrictions lifted, he took his first long awaited plunge in the water last week… as the boat whipped the tube out of the wake and he was thrown in the lake!?!  It was quite comical as he bobbed up, at first with a look of ‘are we sure this is okay’, and then a huge grin - the relief of having the freedom to just enjoy.      

As a family, we too are feeling a great sense of relief and readiness to re-engage in everyday life.  There is no doubt we are somewhat battered and worn from this storm.  What a strange mix of thankfulness as we watch our eleven year old enjoy many of his favourite activities, but also a feeling of frailty as we stand back up on shaky legs.  We are doing well, but not because our faith has kept us from having problems or from feeling their full weight.  Rather, we are doing well because we have struggled with the questions of ‘why’, in our weakness pleaded ‘enough’, and yet in the midst of our struggle still found hope and rest in God’s goodness and purpose; our faith has been tested and proven. 

Aaron’s name means ‘strong and exalted’.  On giving him this name, our prayer was that he would find his strength in the Lord, not in himself.  In theme, Aaron has had a verse from the Bible, Isaiah 40:31, beside his bed since he was a toddler.  The verse itself is part of a conversation - Isaiah asks to know that God is aware of his plight; to know God’s personal concern and care.  In response, God makes the promise that ‘they who wait for the Lord will renew their strength; they will mount up with wings like eagles; they will run and not be weary; they will walk and not faint’.  

Our prayer continues to be - for Aaron, for us as a family and for all of you - that when the storms come we will remain anchored in Christ and receive His strength for each new day.

Lord willing, this will be our last post.  Thank you for tracking with us, for your support and your prayers.  

Much love,

the Dias fam

 

pictures:

1. Tubing last weekend

2. The verse from Isaiah 40:31 on Aaron's bedside table

3. Years ago Aaron started calling Isaiah 40:31 ‘his’ verse and made a painting to represent the eagle’s flight

4. Aaron’s sermon notes the day he started the heavy chemo

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Comments (18)

  • Jami Rivera
    Jami Rivera

    Oh sweet Dias family, I'm am so trilled to hear such encouraging progress in this long journey!!! Our Lord is truly wonderful!!! Thank you for sharing this awesome news!!! Our family will continue to 🙏🏽 For complete & total healing... but it sounds like the light at the end of the tunnel is shinning bright! Love & friendship, Jami & family❤️🙏🏽✝️

    2 years ago · Reply
  • Jo Franklin
    Jo Franklin

    Wonderful news!! Praise God! Thank you for sharing and again for your honesty. Praise God for keeping you in faith. Praise God for giving Aaron strength and healing.

    2 years ago · Reply
  • Mary Haskett
    Mary Haskett

    We, at Chapel Ridge Church rejoice with you in this wonderful news. Praise our God that He has given us permission to come to His throne boldly, and make our requests known to Him. May God continue to delight your family, and may Aaron truly enjoy his summer. In Jesus love, Mary Haskett, on behalf of Chapel Ridge.

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

    This is such wonderful news - Praise The Lord!! I am so thankful to God for all that He has done to sustain Aaron and your family during this difficult season. Both Mackenzie and I send our love and will continue to pray for rest & restoration over the coming weeks/months. Thank you for keeping us up to date and for allowing us to join you in prayer. Your example of trust and faith in The Lord has been an amazing testimony to witness!! Love you all xoxo Pam & Kenzie

    2 years ago · Reply
  • Laura McEwen
    Laura McEwen

    Thank you for the beautiful post. I can't wait to tell my kids tomorrow morning! They've been specifically praying for Aaron's feet. I love the joy on Aaron's face in the tubing photo. 😀

    2 years ago · Reply
  • Temi Apara
    Temi Apara

    We bless and thank God for His faithfulness and lovingkindness upon Aaron and the whole family. We stand in awe of Him for what He has done and what Hw will do concerning Aaron's health. The Lord will uphold Aaron and you all. Continue to enjoy His grace and favour. Have a blast during the summer. You're always in our thoughts and prayers. Temi and Nathan Apara

    2 years ago · Reply
  • Patricia Smith
    Patricia Smith

    Thank you for this update. It's so wonderful to hear how well he is doing and while there is some way to go yet that there is some normalcy back in Aaron's life and the family's. He has been a very strong boy.

    2 years ago · Reply
  • Margaret Frers
    Margaret Frers

    Praising God for His provision, His faithfulness, throughout this trial! And so encouraged by your acknowledgment of God's righteous right hand in every twist and turn in this journey! Truly God has been glorified!

    2 years ago · Reply
  • Chinnie Yu
    Chinnie Yu

    Woo hoo! Great news Dias Family! We rejoice in the Lord's faithfulness and strengthening endurance for you. We continue to persevere in prayers & gratefulness in His assured, peace protection & direction in each day. Enjoy the gifts of summer! Love your beautiful pics! With hugs, the Wong Family

    2 years ago · Reply
  • Thomas Aro
    Thomas Aro

    Very thankful that the storm that came has passed and sun has come out! We are so happy for Aaron and the entire family. You have waited on the Lord and are recieving renew strength! Much love, The Aros

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

    Great news Michelle and thanks for the uplifting update

    2 years ago · Reply
  • Lisa dac
    Lisa dac

    That's wonderful Aaron! What a challenge you faced so bravely. The Jingbang sends their love and looks forward to enjoying good times with you.

    2 years ago · Reply
  • Honey
    Honey

    A great testimony to the Power of Pray You ALL will continue to be in my prayers God Bless

    2 years ago · Reply
  • karen bird
    karen bird

    What a wonderful testimony. We are thrilled right along with you and so very grateful for this very good news. Love, the Birds

    2 years ago · Reply
  • Laura Hacala
    Laura Hacala

    So thankful and beyond thrilled to read this wonderful email! Our family is at our cottage for our annual time here. I was just recalling receiving your email last year at this time Michelle, explaining Aaron's possible illness and the road you may soon be travelling... I remember feeling the weight of your email and praying in tears for your family, for God's mercy, grace, peace and healing hand to be with Aaron and you all... I am again sitting here, a year later, with tears in my eyes as we witness Gods great love, grace, mercy and sovereignty in seeing this season now coming to an end. Rejoice for God is good and true! He hears and answers our prayers! So incredibly thankful and faith strengthen by God's answer to prayer.... Amazing grace how sweet the sound.... bless you Dias family!

    2 years ago · Reply
  • Roseline Fredric
    Roseline Fredric

    Chris, Michelle And Aaron Great news! Praise God for His healing, love, grace and mercy. We rejoice with you all and thank our almighty for everything He has done for your family.Aaron you are a champion for God and your life is a testimony. May God use you mightily and may you be a blessing to your family! What a mighty God we serve! all glory, honor and praise to HIM. God bless! Fredrics

    2 years ago · Reply
  • Tracy Crewson
    Tracy Crewson

    Such wonderful news and what amazing answers to prayer!! We are rejoicing with all of you!! We will continue to pray for the strengthening of Aaron's bone marrow and for a deep sense of peace as you walk into this new season. Indeed, you have been tested and have been found as gold! SO happy for all of you!!

    2 years ago · Reply
  • Julie Bainard
    Julie Bainard

    Wow, praising God for how He has carried Aaron and the family through this! Thank you so much for sharing, and know that I continue to pray for you guys. Much Love, Julie

    2 years ago · Reply