Sunday, February 22, 2009

Please Pray for Matt (and Julie)

Julie and Matt Davis - Our dear friends in our Newlywed Sunday School Class
Update from Matt and Julie
Dear Friends and Family,

Thank you for your thoughts and prayers. As far as my health goes, "cancer" is never a word you want to hear. However, this particular type of cancer (Chronic Myelogenous Leukemia, CML for short) is Extremely treatable. I was diagnosed about four weeks ago and was in the hospital for four days. Then I was home recovering for another week, and I've been back at work ever since. I'm working full-time and am feeling better than I have in months! Ever since I got out of the hospital, every day has just gotten a little better. I am taking a pill a day (called Gleevec). The drug came out about seven years ago, and it really is like a "miracle pill" for CML patients. It essentially puts the cancer into Full Remission for about 95% of people who have this type of CML...and there are very few side effects! It's Amazing! So we are trying to stay positive and optimistic about everything. We certainly have felt your prayers, and we know that we are not standing on our own strength here. God is carrying us through this. It really is a Privilege to Serve Him this way!

It's amazing how far we've come in almost a month! My white blood cell count was 425, 000 in the hospital. (A normal white blood count is 4,000 - 10,000.) Within two weeks, the doctor said it was 100,000!! At my appointment last week, the doctor said it was 6,400, within NORMAL RANGE!!!! Yesterday it was 4,000! :) The doctor was suprised that it went down that quickly, but we know that God is doing this!

This week I had a routine eye appointment, and they found quite a few retinal hemorrhages on the backs of my eyes. They diagnosed me with Leukemia Retinopathy (blood clots on the retina), and I was referred to a specialist who said that we would need to wait three weeks to see if this is a result of the CML or of the Gleevec. The oncologist thinks it is from the CML, but they need to make sure. If you would pray for healing in my eyes as well, we know that God can take care of this :)

I am still restricted to no contact sports - just walking, jogging, running, etc. It's been really hard to hold me back :). The doctor originally said no sports for three months, but I have a feeling I'll be out there playing sooner than that. :)

We are so thankful that I'm doing well, and we continue to pray for complete healing. God has been holding us tightly, and we are so blessed by wonderful friends and families. THANK YOU!!!
We appreciate your prayers so much! We hope everyone is doing well! Thank you for your prayers, cards, love, and support!!!

Love,
Matt and Julie

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