Friday, February 25, 2011

update on our familia

"do not be anxious about anything, but in everything by prayer and supplication with thanksgiving let your requests be known to God..."
Philippians 4:6
clay my dear husband, hazel my sweet little baby and i have been through quite the whirl wind these last couple of weeks. clay has been diagnosed with an aggressive kind of lymphoma. we are in desperate need of prayers. only before we go there we would like to thank everyone from the bottom of our hearts for all the love and support so many have shown us. we are so thankful for it, b/c the only thing worse than having to go through all of this is having to go through it alone.

the biopsy this week revealed the cancer was lymphoma the non-hodgkins kind. more specifically they think its burkitts lymphoma which is a very rare and very aggressive type of lymphoma. the doc said there are about 12 different types of lymphoma and burkitts makes up about 1 to 2 percent of those types. It is typically found in smaller children and do to its aggressive nature needs just as aggressively. since it is so rare we all decided that going to MD Anderson in Houston is probably our best bet and the treatment plan that Clay will be going through is one week in the hospital of constant chemo and one week off. the time frame of this treatment is unknown. the latest that we will have our appointment at MD is in a little over a week the earliest is early this coming week. our oncologist, Dr. Nugent, spoke to the head of the lymphoma department at MD and i believe he will be our contact over there his name is Dr. Heigemeister. On top of chemo we will need a bone marrow biopsy and maybe another biopsy on my abdomen. If after all the chemo treatment there is a recurrence he will probably need a bone marrow transplant.

Things to be praying for:
-Quickly getting an appointment and first treatment at MD
-Strength and faith to endure the intensity of the treatment
-That everything would work and the cancer would be gone completely from clay's body
-Strength and faith for me during this hard time
-That God would be known more, worshiped and glorified throughout all of this


  1. We will be praying fervently for you guys!!!! Praying, praying, praying

  2. Monique! My heart is heavy for you family! I will be lifting you all up before the Lord! He is greater!

    And MDA is the best! My dad did his treatment and had his surgery there 3 yrs ago. We are now having to start the process again with treatment since the docs found he had adrenal cancer this week. All that to say, you are not alone. If you need anything or want to talk feel free to call me. Love you my friend! Know that so many people are praying for you!

  3. Rett and I are praying for you and your sweet family. We love you!!

  4. We are praying for you guys! Much love, Jon, Amelia, Annalise and Noah.

  5. You're in my thoughts and prayers. xoxo

  6. I'm a friend of Beth's and found your blog through her blog. I know this may sound strange coming from a complete stranger, but I'm praying for you, your husband and family. Your situation makes the verse you shared have an enitrely new meaning for me. Thinking of you.


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