Monthly Archives: July 2012

Rounding Third

Daddy & Lil’ Stitch

Emily is back in the hospital for her third round of high-dose Methatrexate. After her platelets and ANC were low on Monday, her normal Tuesday admittance was delayed to today.

With several family members out of town this week, most of the Love family packed a bag for this round of Chemo: Momma & Emily prepared for the hospital as the older Loves got ready for a trip down south to spend a fun weekend with Aunt Jennifer, Uncle Chris, and four of their cousins.

We’re all praying for yet another record clearance of the toxic drug from Emily’s body. She’s impressed everyone so far with how she’s handled this round, which had us all so worried at the outset. Even through the discomfort of side-effects, Emily is eating well, playing hard, and looking better than ever!

The Loves at the California State Fair

We are also beginning to see evidence that Emily’s own bone marrow is creating the healthy blood she needs. Instead of the regular trips to the infusion room for blood and platelet transfusions, Emily’s counts are finally rising all on their own!

Please pray that, once again, the “rescue” drug clears the Methatrexate quickly from Emily’s body this weekend. Pray for Christina and Emily as they endure another four days confined to a hospital room. Pray for Jason as he works and the kids as they enjoy time with their cousins. And praise the Lord for evidence of healing and the support of family and friends who continue to wrap their arms around the Love family! 

When you’re tired, even the floor-mat looks comfortable!

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Stitch – 2: Methotrexate – 0

Emily did it again! In for her second round of high-dose Methotrexate, Emily cleared the toxic drug from her system in record time!

The Methotrexate is staying true to its long list of side-effects – causing painful mouth sores and burns on Emily’s bum – but thankfully it has not yet weakened her body to the point it cannot flush the drug out of her system as quickly as needed. Emily was released from the hospital at lunchtime Friday, just in time to join Momma at the rest of her Classical Conversations Conference.

The Conference brought some new logistical challenges to this hospital stay as Christina needed to be away from the hospital from 8am to 5pm both Thursday and Friday. With the help of family, the Child Life Team at the hospital, some fun toys, and Lassie, Emily did fairly well in her mother’s absence. It takes so much to replace one Mommy!

Meanwhile, Auntie Jennifer has been preparing for a demonstration of her own resilience. Jennifer signed up to run the Nike Half-marathon on behalf of the Leukemia & Lymphoma Society and in honor of Emily. For several months, she has been training daily as well as raising funds for research into a cure for the disease Emily is bravely fighting everyday.

We will share more about the marathon soon, as well as other friends who are also running in Emily’s honor, and some other fundraising being done by family to help fund a cure for cancer. In the meantime, though, we have a great opportunity to raise awareness of Emily’s brave fight to the L&LS and racing communities.

If we raise just $500 in Emily’s name within the next few days, “Emily Anne Love” will be printed on the racing jerseys of the Central Valley chapter of the Leukemia & Lymphoma Society throughout the fall racing season! That means every L&LS runner would bear the name of Stitch as they cross the finish line and help raise awareness and funds for critical research needed to get our Emily healthy again.

If you can help, every dollar will help get us to our goal, check out Jennifer’s fundraising page and click DONATE NOW on the right. Make sure to write FOR EMILY LOVE in the designated comment area to ensure your donation goes toward making Emily an Honoree Sponsor.

Thank you for your prayers and support this past week. We are thrilled Emily is continuing to handle the Methotrexate so well. Just two more doses to go!

Going in for her second dose

They grow up so fast!

Keeping with her schedule, Emily is returning to the hospital this morning to begin her second round of high-dose Methotrexate. The first round went remarkably well and we are praying for a repeat performance!

Over the past week, Emily has been able to get some good rest at home with her brothers and sisters and was even able to make a trip a few hours south to play with her cousins. Unfortunately, she also begun experiencing some of the side effects of the Methotrexate – mouth sores and burns on her bum.  Everything is being done to help alleviate these symptoms but they are causing pain and we pray they do not get any worse.

From everything we’ve been told, the Methotrexate will become more difficult to clear from Emily’s body on each subsequent dose. Her first dose cleared within 48 hours of the rescue drug being administered. It is generally expected to take around 72 hours – meaning at least a 4-day stay in the hospital. 

The family-planning crew has been in full gear helping to prepare for these mini-trips, arranging for someone to be at the hospital to help Christina with Emily and for sleepovers and childcare for the older Love children. Seeing all the people coming together to help the Loves is a huge reminder of the importance of family – whether biological, by friendship, through the Lord, or simply in love and spirit – the Loves are surrounded by a family of people dedicated to seeing Emily well and the family flourish during this time of heartache.

Thank you to everyone who has played a part in Emily’s journey, whether we know you or not. The doctors are striving to heal Emily’s body but it is all of you that the Lord is using to heal the hearts of every person around this sweet girl. 

Please pray for another fast passage of the Methotrexate from Emily’s body this week. Pray for soothing of the side-effects that cause her pain and discomfort. Pray for the logistics necessary this week to make sure every member of the Love family is able to be where they need to be and getting showered with love. Pray that all our hearts and minds are uplifted with joy this week as we find peace in the arms of God. And praise the Lord for each of you that are supporting Emily and the Love family