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whirlwind

It was a long day but we can’t say that it was a bad day, which is quite a statement after the last couple of weeks. Today, Gray had a CT Scan to check the progress of his shrinking tumors and to schedule surgery. We arrived at the hospital at 10AM, two hours before his scheduled scan, so that Gray had plenty of time to drink the contrast that is required for all his tests. This “contrast” tastes really gross, obviously, because it is a struggle to get Gray to swallow it. The hospital was running a bit behind, but they finally called Gray in for his CT Scan. It was a nightmare. Gray freaked out! They ended up sedating him, though, and we made it through. Gray also had blood work done again today. Then the waiting began. It’s beyond nerve racking waiting for such life changing results. Our every breath hangs on what the doctor may or may not say. When the doctor finally came in we were prepared to hear whatever the news would be. In the end, she delivered overall good news! Gray’s tumors have continued to shrink! We were ecstatic! Unfortunately, Gray’s blood test results weren’t so great. His counts are down to almost 30! Meaning that we went straight home from the hospital and Gray cannot be around ANYONE! Gray also got another nose bleed at the hospital today. Overall, though, of all the news we heard we couldn’t be happier to know that Gray is still responding well to his chemo treatments. While we sit at home this evening with one weight lifted, and couldn’t be more grateful for that, we are also bearing a new weight. As the doctor delivered the good news of Gray’s tumors she also went over Gray’s aggressive treatment plan for the next few months. Gray has to go back to the hospital on Friday for more blood tests and is scheduled for surgery on Tuesday. The doctors are still telling us they will do their best to remove as much of Gray’s tumor as they can. Please continue to pray that they can remove all of it! Including the portion around his aorta! We know and believe that God is bigger then any tumor, any cancer and any obstacle the doctors deliver news of! After Gray’s surgery he will be kept in the hospital for a week to recover and then they will go ahead and keep him for his sixth round of chemo. This puts us in the hospital for about two weeks. Following his last round of chemo, Gray will be allowed to go home for a week or two and then will be re-admitted for his 30 day stem cell transplant. We also covet your prayers about the transplant. It’s such a long stay in the hospital and while we have so much help from family and friends it will still be a rough time. We ask for your prayers for strength in our family and also that the transplant takes the first time. If for some reason it doesn’t work Gray would have to stay for another 30 days. We can’t and won’t even think about the possibility of a 60 day hospital stay if and until that time comes. Gray’s treatment plan continues from there but the stem cell transplant is as far as we have the energy to think about tonight. We have so many prayer requests right  now. We need peace in our family, especially during the periods we will be spending apart. We desperately want to make sure that Seth has understanding during this time and that he feels connected and loved each and every day. We also simply need the emotional endurance to survive the rest of Gray’s treatment. The constant and ever changing schedule of Gray’s treatment, the unexpected late night hospital visits, the daily shots at home, no sleep and an emotional three year old accompanied with normal life and the normal routine of cooking, cleaning, homework and coveted infrequent quiet time…it’s enough to drive you crazy. If there’s one thing cancer forces you to learn, whether you like it or not, it’s that you have to take one day at a time. You literally have no choice. Plans change daily, hourly and sometimes in a split second! Sigh. Thank you to everyone who has prayed without ceasing and to those who have called, sent cards and even cooked meals. Tonight, no matter how much physical rest we get, we rest on our faith, in our friends and family, in your prayers and in the smiles of our two boys…

“That day when evening came, he said to his disciples, ‘Let us go over to the other side.’ Leaving the crowd behind, they took him along, just as he was, in the boat. There were also other boats with him. A furious squall came up, and the waves broke over the boat, so that it was nearly swamped. Jesus was in the stern, sleeping on a cushion. The disciples woke him and said to him, ‘Teacher, don’t you care if we drown?’ He got up, rebuked the wind and said to the waves, ‘Quiet! Be still!’ Then the wind died down and it was completely calm.” Mark 4:35-39

19 Responses to “whirlwind”

  1. Jen January 18, 2011 at 8:47 pm #

    I’ve thought about and prayed for u all most of the day… Today Gray consumed my thoughts. I have and will continue to pray that one day sooner than later those scans won’t show not even a trace of this tumor. I’m so glad He is greater than anything we could ever imagine and that His reports hold so much more for Gray. I love u all!

  2. Erica Allen January 18, 2011 at 9:01 pm #

    SO SO happy to hear that Gray’s tumor is shrinking! I am constantly praying for Gray, Seth, and you both. I pray you all will get some much needed rest tonight.

  3. Jennifer Logsdon January 18, 2011 at 9:12 pm #

    SO glad to the tumors are shrinking. Non stop prayers being said for everything that lies ahead.

  4. Allison Rutledge January 18, 2011 at 9:14 pm #

    I am also, so happy to hear the great news! God is with him, and your family, every step of the way!
    Gray and your family are in my prayers!(:

  5. Gin January 19, 2011 at 5:37 am #

    I pray the Lord gives ya’ll the strength, love and peace to get through this never ending time of torture. God bless ya’ll. May God’s mighty hand be on ya’ll. My heart goes out to you all! With the love of God & Christ Jesus. Tell Gray even those that don’t know him love him. :-(

  6. Lisa Caldwell Mankins January 19, 2011 at 5:58 am #

    Still praying!

  7. Becky Davis January 19, 2011 at 7:14 am #

    We’re standing behind you in prayer and believing for the miraculous. We’re so excited about the tumor shrinking and we are gearing up for a prayer marathon as you all tackle his next treatment plan and surgery.

    We love the Everaards!!

  8. Kevin Ward January 19, 2011 at 12:00 pm #

    thankful for some good news

  9. Heather Kresta January 19, 2011 at 3:46 pm #

    My thoughts and prayers are with Gray and your whole family… Our God is bigger than cancer. I know you guys have a long road ahead of you and we will be here every step of the way with our prayers. Let your experience be a testimony to many out there. WE PRAY FOR GRAY!

  10. Amy rachel January 19, 2011 at 11:41 pm #

    Hey there Gray and Jill! So glad you have good news!! Let me know when your back in. Would love to make Gray his favorite cookies. Praying for you sweet boy and you too momma. Madison got good news that her progress is great. Glory all to God!

  11. Konawa Assembly of God Youth:Janey Glover January 20, 2011 at 11:48 am #

    Gray & your family has been the opening decussion of our last couple of Wednesday night services. Gray and your family has truly touch them. They have asked me to comment and tell you that they are praying “HARD” for Gray & the whole family. Keep strong and your faith high! Much love… Konawa Assembly of God Youth.

  12. Kathy January 21, 2011 at 8:10 am #

    When you are the neediest
    He is the most sufficient 
    When you are completely helpless
    He is the most helpful 
    When you feel totally dependent
    He is absolutely dependable
    When you are the weakest
    He is the most able
    When you are the most alone
    He is intimately present 
    When you feel you are the least
    He is the greatest
    When you feel the most useless
    He is preparing for you
    When it is the darkest
    He is the only light you need
    When you feel the least secure
    He is your rock and fortress
    When you are the most humble
    He is most gracious
    When you can’t –He can

    Now unto Him that is able to do exceedingly abundantly above all that we ask or think according to the power that worketh in us, unto him be glory…
    Ephesians3:20-21

    Faithfully praying  In WV

  13. Shelley Groves January 21, 2011 at 4:36 pm #

    Still praying for you all! So grateful for the good news but will be praying especially this week. Love you!

  14. Leanne Girkin January 22, 2011 at 10:06 am #

    I thought this painting would be a great comfort to you. I’m praying that Jesus will give the doctors creativity, and that the tumor will be totally removed. We love you guys.
    http://dashwire.com/jesusfreakgeek/image/cjvafEFbCr3BziadbiFPIU/may-08-jesus-surgery-painting

  15. Glenda January 23, 2011 at 7:37 am #

    Lord, on this Sunday morning send your sweet, sweet spirit and wash over Doug and Jill in such a mighty way to infuse them with the faith and strength for the days ahead. Mama, I still believe that there will come a time when the doctors scratch their heads wondering what they are looking for…..the only evidece will be the visible scars on little Gray’s body that will remain as a testimony! I am already praying for that stary eyed girl that will love him to the max one day!

  16. Toni Huss January 23, 2011 at 2:32 pm #

    The Lord did a miracle for my husband with cancer and he will do it for Gray believing for a miracle!!! Prayers from the OZARKS for baby Gray.

  17. Amy Olney January 24, 2011 at 7:58 am #

    Hello…my mother, Debby Roberts gave me your website for Gray and I just read through it. Our Deborah, when 4 months old, was diagnosed with stage 4 medulloblastoma. I can relate to a lot of what you are going through…although the two cancers are different they are somewhat similiar in the fact that they are ‘blastomas’….I will pray for Gray and your family as you undergo this surgery and that the surgeon will be able to remove ALL of the tumors and that God will work miracles for your boy!!! If you ever need anything…or have any questions from someone who has gone through a lot of the same, 3 brain surgeries and 18 months of chemotherapy…please feel free to contact me as I will be happy to talk to you, but know that we are holding your family up in prayer! Our God is the God of miracles and we are claiming that for Gray!

    Praying for the peace of God to sweep over you, that He will give you wisdom in choices you make, that He will protect Gray from any ill side effects of chemo and put a hedge of protection around him, that He will give you strength as you deal with this day by day…sometimes moment by moment.

    Your Friend in Christ,
    Amy

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