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One Year Out

Playing dress-up

Playing dress-up

Last week we passed the one year anniversary of the end of Emily’s treatment. Without a hiccup, praise the Lord. The past year has been one of amazing growth for Emily. She has completely caught up to the average height and weight for her age group, her cognitive development seems perfectly on track, and she’s still a little spit-fire. Turning into a bigger and bigger one¬†everyday. She seriously cracks us all up on an hourly basis. Right now, as I’m sitting at my desk typing, she’s dressed in her “dance” outfit (a leotard and tutu and socks), singing to herself (as loud as she can, so it’s not actually to herself -the more people who hear her the better, in her opinion) while building a train track in the living room. She just came up and informed me that it is high time she begin dance classes, as she’s been waiting FOREVER. In fact, now that she’s five, FIVE, she should be going to dance classes, American Heritage Girls, and the hospital on a regular basis. Why she threw in the hospital, I don’t know, since her visits there aren’t as much fun as they used to be, but I suppose when you’ve lived your entire remembered life in the hospital, it might be a bit hard to let go. So I’ve got American Heritage Girls covered -she begins in the Fall, and she does still go to the hospital on a monthly basis, so I guess it’s time to begin looking for dance classes. Though, to be honest, I’m not sure a dance class could handle her ūüėÄ

So a health update: Emily’s been seeing her oncologist once a month for the past year, getting a physical and having labs drawn. Her CBCs (complete blood count) have been great every month! Platelets, White Blood Cells, and Hemoglobin are all exactly where they should be. She hasn’t shown any signs of pain in her legs or hips, and she’s walking completely normal again (no flat feet from neuropathy). She hasn’t even been sick this year! Since she passed her one year anniversary, we get to start spacing our visits to once every two months – and I’m actually okay with that. At one time I couldn’t imagine going a whole week, much less two months, without knowing her numbers -but she’s doing so great, and it’s really nice to not think about it all the time.

The only thing we’re still watching closely is her immunoglobin levels. Ideally her body would be producing enough of these to keep her immune system healthy, and her number would be in the 500-1500 range. Unfortunately her monthly number usually falls between 350-480. All this means is that she’s still receiving monthly IgG infusions, which she actually loves, because it means she gets to go back to the Infusion Room to see her nurses and watch a movie¬†(Now that she’s out of active treatment, she sees her oncologist and gets labs drawn in the adult lab, so no fun treatment or movies).

Next month we’ll have her heart checked to see if it’s been damaged by the chemo. That’s a bit scary. But honestly, it’s not something we can worry about. She’s in God’s hands, and I’m sure her heart is healthy and strong. But prayers would be appreciated.

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Throwing out the first pitch at a RiverCats game

just posing for the camera

just posing for the camera

Receiving her IgG infusion

Receiving her IgG infusion

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Feeding her newest cousin, Baby Jay

Last Day of IV Chemo!

Emily & Nurse Tina after her last dose of Vincristine!

Emily & Nurse Tina after her last dose of Vincristine!

Today was Emily’s last day receiving IV chemo! After her monthly clinic appointment this morning she was given her Pentamidine infusion (antibiotic), then she got¬†her Vincristine at about 2:00 pm. And we walked out, never to return again!

Haha. Just kidding on that last part. We go back in in two weeks for her IgG transfusion, then we’ll be back monthly for clinic and lab draws. And she may still need to have IgG as well. As excited as we were this morning, the rest of the day was somewhat anticlimactic, knowing we’ll still be around for a long time to come.

She’ll continue taking her daily chemo pills for another 17 days, and she began her last round of steroids today. I tried to talk Dr. Ducore into letting us skip this round, since we’re so close. But he wasn’t going for it. So one more week of Steroid Stitch. And just two more weeks of chemo. Then we. Are. Done.

All done!

All done!

Health after 2 1/2 years of chemo …

I’ve posted a lot of uplifting, fun stuff lately, because that’s what’s been going on around here, but I’ve neglected to share much about Emily’s health! Overall, of course, she is doing great. The protocol of treatment has kept her in remission, and we haven’t had any setbacks in a long while. With the end in sight, things seem to be smoothly sailing along.

Emily’s current course of treatment is the same as it’s been for a year and a half. She receives a monthly IV chemo infusion (Vincristine), a monthly IV antibiotic infusion (Pentamidine), a monthly IV Immunoglobulin (IgG) transfusion; she takes daily chemo pills (Mercaptopurine), once-a-week chemo pills (Methotrexate); and she has one 5-day long pulse of steroids (Prednisone) each month. She was receiving spinal taps with chemo (Methotrexate) each month, then every three months, but she had her last one in April. And of course she has a myriad of support meds prescribed for her to take on an as-needed basis. Meds such as Tylenol for pain, Colace and Miralax for constipation, Famotidine for an upset tummy, and a couple anti-nausea meds. She rarely takes these, as we don’t like to¬†introduce too many extra chemicals into her system -and no, the irony isn’t lost on me, since we give her actual poison each day. But we do try to help her get through side effects as naturally as possible, so I’d rather have her eat a few prunes than give her Colace. But, of course, we give her¬†¬†whatever she needs if she truly needs it. It really helps that she’s now old enough to effectively communicate how she feels!

Anyway, like I said, overall she really is doing well. She has energy and spunk, and people who don’t know her cannot tell at all what she¬†is going¬†through. Often, people who do know her but haven’t seen her in a while are quite surprised at how healthy she looks! And for that we really are thankful. She is strong, tough, and a fighter, and I think she is handling her treatment really well.

But underneath her glowing cheeks, longer hair, and plump belly, I can see how much of a toll the last 2 1/2 years are taking on her body. Around Christmastime last year she began to develop a rash all over her body. That has since faded, but in its place is dry, peeling skin. Her hands and feet are the hardest hit, though we’ve been able to effectively treat them with salves and oils. But the bottoms of her feet are often peeling, and her fingertips peel so much that she’s taken to nibbling the loose skin off, causing her fingertips to bleed. Sometimes her hands hurt so badly that she holds them out to me and cries and cries. We rub oils on them and I rub them, and I pull them out of her mouth every time I catch her nibbling. Her nurse practitioner says it’s a common side effect of chemo, and we believe it will go away soon after her treatment ends.IMG_20131221_121203_002

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Another side effect we’ve noticed more and more is pain and tiredness in her body. Neuropathy and leg pain have haunted her¬†throughout her treatment, both from the cancer itself and from the treatment, so it’s nothing new. However, there are periods of time when she’s really in more pain than usual, unable to play as long as usual, and simply tired. Often¬†she complains of head and back pain, and most nights I help her get to sleep by rubbing her body, head to toe. I was quite concerned about it at the beginning of May, and expressed my concerns to her nurse practitioner during her monthly clinic visit. But when her labs returned normal, Kay¬†proclaimed it another side effect, saying that Emily’s body is just plain worn out.

A few¬†weeks ago she developed a slight cough that won’t go away, nothing serious. It’s probably, most likely, just a simple allergy-type cough, but it’s one more thing I’m paying attention to.

I’m really looking forward to June 26th, when she takes her last does of chemo! My heart just sings, Praise God! Hallelujah! at the thought! I cannot wait to have my little girl completely back, free of poisons and toxins -and cancer.

After Emily’s treatment ends, she’ll continue to visit her oncologist once a month (though she actually now sees her nurse practitioner each month -see below for the funny reason why!), and she’ll have a monthly lab draw. They’ll be watching her blood levels to make sure everything’s staying as is should (ANC normal, WBC normal, etc. ), and they’ll also check her IgG levels to see if she needs a transfusion. We really have no idea how long she’ll continue to need this support. The normal IgG range is 528-2190, and her labs each month¬†come back at 360-430, so she’s still running pretty low. Hopefully, once she’s off treatment, her immune system will kick back in and begin making IgG on its own again. And she’ll continue taking antibiotics for another six months, but these shouldn’t¬†affect her health.

So that’s what we’re looking at! It saddens me to see Emily in pain, but I’m grateful we’re nearing the end, and it’s not as bad as it could be. God created her perfectly, strong enough to fight this.

On a totally unrelated note, here’s a bit of fun: the dress Emily wore to the MWOY Gala was created¬†by one of my favorite children’s brands, Eden’s Bouquet. My mom sent a photo to the designer, who posted it on her website.¬†

** When Emily has clinic each month, she sees a variety of doctors and nurses, and her exam isn’t always performed by her oncologist, but rather sometimes by another specialty doctor or the nurse practitioner. Remember when Emily broke her leg last May? And when she developed a sepsis infection last August? Well both events occurred just days after her monthly clinic visit, and coincidentally, both of those times her oncologist, Dr. Ducore, was the one who did her exam. Well, he’s decided that he’s jinxed, so instead of performing her monthly exams, he lets the nurse practitioner, Kay Wells, perform them, and he just pops his head in to say hi and ask if we have any questions. He always pokes his head in the door, and says, “I’m not here, in case you have any questions.” He’s a hoot.

Photos & Videos Galore

I have a backlog of pictures and short video clips I’ve been wanting to share from the last month, so I’m going to squeeze them all into this post. I’m sorry in advance if it takes a while to load on your computer.

Emily has been doing really well. Her daily chemo has been bumped back up to 100% dosage after dropping it to 50% in May, and her counts seem to be holding at a good level. The monthly IGG transfusions she gets are nothing short of miraculous. Her siblings have all been sick over the past few months with a stomach bug and this yucky high fever + aches + cough virus, but Emily hasn’t caught anything! What a difference from before the transfusions when she got sick simply by breathing.

Emily’s walking is unbalanced and ungainly, and while she doesn’t let that stop her most of the time, quite often her legs get tired and she wants to be carried. It’s been seven weeks since her cast was removed, and the pain and gimpiness could be that her leg is still healing, but realistically I think it’s just something we’ll deal with until she’s done receiving Vincristine next Summer.

The week of Pentamadine, Vincristine, Methotrexate, spinal tap, & steroids each month are still a bit rough, but I think we’ve all grown accustomed to the routine. And each Wednesday, after Emily receives her bolus of oral Methotrexate on Tuesday night, she wakes up pukey and ill. But it passes quickly. It’s almost hard to remember what life was like at this time last year! Cancer is always in the back of my mind, but most days I don’t consciously think about it.

Onto the pictures!

Off to SIBS Camp!

Off to SIBS Camp!

Welcoming the boys home from SIBS Camp, which they LOVED!

Welcoming the boys home from SIBS Camp, which they LOVED!

Welcome home boys (with some friends)

Welcome home boys (with some friends)

So Emily came up with her own way of swinging. Every time we walk out the front door she has to take a swing or two.

Jason brought his work home a couple weeks ago, and the girls were absolutely delighted to have him as an audience!

What do you mean you can't concentrate?

What do you mean you can’t concentrate?

Sophia eventually left him alone. Emily was a bit more stubborn.

Sophia eventually left him alone. Emily was a bit more stubborn.

Speaking of stubborn …

She doesn't care who sees her throwing a fit.

She doesn’t care who sees her throwing a fit.

The boys were invited to a soccer game at Raley Field courtesy of the UC Davis Hospital and the Children’s Miracle Network. After watching the professional Sacramento team play the San Jose Earthquakes, the boys got to usher two Professional International teams onto the field. They’re the three on the far right.

Norway vs. Mexico at Raley Field

Norway vs. Mexico at Raley Field

Last week my parents surprised the kids and I with a trip to Pier 39 in San Francisco, complete with a train ride. We all had so much fun!

Waiting for the train

Waiting for the train


On the wharf

On the wharf


Emily wasn't hesitant to touch the sea creatures at all!

Emily wasn’t hesitant to touch the sea creatures at all!


When she didn't get what she wanted, she threw a silent protest. Even the people walking by had to laugh.

When she didn’t get what she wanted, she threw a silent protest. Even the people walking by had to laugh.

Last, I wanted to share with you our view when we’re in the Pediatric Infusion Center in the UC Davis Cancer Center. It’s really quite peaceful.

View from our chair in the Infusion Room

View from our chair in the Infusion Room

When the new Infusion Center was built last Fall, donors contributed by buying Infusion Chairs for the patients. In return, they could have their name on the wall. The Children’s Miracle Network donated a chair in Emily’s name, so now her name is on the wall.

The Love Chair

The Love Chair

Delayed Intensification

Shoe Snatcher!

Last Friday marked the beginning of Emily’s Delayed Intensification stage – the final part of her Consolidation Phase and the last big push of drugs before she settles in for the two year-long Maintenance phase.

The schedule for this stage is a bit all over the place, meaning patience and flexibility are in high demand.

The first three weeks of the new stage require only one weekly visit to the infusion room for doses of Vincristine and Doxorubicin. She had a spinal tap on her first Friday visit and also began a weeklong round of steroids (a dose she will repeat after a one-week break). It has been several months since Emily was on steroids but we’ve all quickly been reacquainted with the little bear Stitch becomes with them in her system – constantly wanting to be held, always hungry but often unable to decide what she wants to eat, and sometimes very, very grumpy.

The positive to the steroid is it makes Emily a hungry hippo and her tiny frame could definitely use some fattening up!

Another positive in the first month’s schedule is that it only requires Emily to go to the hospital on Fridays, which leaves Momma Christina available to take the older four Love children to Classical Conversations each Tuesday! Emily was able to join the family on the first day of school last week – it was both her and Christina’s first time back at CC since before Emily was diagnosed! Homeschooling has been a challenge since Emily’s diagnosis, but with the help of friends and family, and four very bright and patient children, it has continued to be possible.

Emily & Cousin Ezra have school together!

October 2nd should begin the second month of the Delayed Intensification stage, so long as Emily’s blood counts and ANC remain good. The second month begins with two weeks of near-daily trips to the infusion room for 8 doses of Ara-C, 2 spinal taps, an oral medication, and the introduction of a new chemotherapy drug. Emily will finish out the month with 2 doses of Vincristine, one each week, and then she will be done with Consolidation!

The Maintenance phase which follows will include intravenous and intrathecal therapy approximately every 4 to 8 weeks, based on Emily’s level of risk, as well as occasional rounds of the steroid. This should go on for two years – taking Emily’s treatment into the fall of 2014. It seems such a long way away, but the goal is a 100% cure and we can certainly wait and pray another two years for that!

Emily has had some fun adventures, happy family outings, and good rest over the past few weeks. She has even begun regrowing her hair (though she may lose it again with the current treatment)! While the side effects of her new round of chemotherapy have already begun to settle in, it all somehow seems more manageable with an ending point a little closer on the horizon.

Continued prayers are needed for Emily as she manages the discomfort and pain caused by her drugs and also for Christina and Jason as they balance work, school, and caring for Emily. Sometimes a little family time…and couple time…is the most important thing in the world!¬†

Jason & his little girl

Join us in Praising the Lord for Jason recently being asked to join the Board of the local Children’s Miracle Network! Jason has been speaking at local fundraising events, sharing his and Emily’s story, and helping support the U.C. Davis Children’s Hospital that provides her care. The Children’s Miracle Network is blessed to have gained Jason’s compassionate spirit and personal experience as they continue to help children around the country.¬†

ooOoo

In other news, it is time for your local blogger (aka Elisabeth/Auntie Plum) to say farewell. The Lord has blessed me with an opportunity to serve overseas as a Peace Corps Volunteer and I will be saying goodbye to my family and friends this coming Monday, September 10th. I will be moving to Rwanda, where I will serve for 2 years, 3 months as an English Teacher in a rural village.

God has put the passion to serve on my heart and I know that this is all in His plans. Indeed, the timing has been purely Christ. Had I received my Invitation a few months ago, after Emily was first diagnosed, I am certain I wouldn’t have been able to go. While Emily still has a battle ahead, I know that she is in the best hands and I can leave with a heart of joy, knowing she is loved and cherished.

As I will likely be receiving family news days (if not weeks) delayed, I am passing the baton to other family members to continue to keep this blog updated and all of Emily’s supporters in the know! Over the coming months, Aunt Gaby, Aunt Danielle, Grammie (Genie), and Momma Christina will be sharing the blogging duties. Give them love, as they put their hearts to ink, and continue to share with you Emily’s journey.

Grammie, Aunt Gaby, Aunt Danielle, Aunt Elisabeth, Momma Christina, Aunt Jennifer at Auntie Plum’s Going Away party

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 ‚Äúrescue‚ÄĚ drug clears the Methatrexate quickly from Emily‚Äôs 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!

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 Рmouth 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¬†

At the head of the class!

Group Hug!

For once Emily did something better than expected! In just 48 hours, Emily cleared the first dose of Methotrexate from her body and was released from the hospital earlier this morning!

The drug Methotrexate is so toxic, that once administered by IV, it is immediately followed with a rescue drug, called Leucovorin (essentially folic acid). The Leucovorin helps rescue healthy cells by preventing the Methotrexate from bonding to them and, paired with fluids, flushes the toxic drug out of Emily’s body. The faster it is cleared from the body, the better! Our little Stitch did so well that Nurse Nicole said we could quote her in saying she’d “never seen a patient clear so quickly!”

Getting her nails done at the hospital salon!

After so many setbacks and side-effects, it was a relief this week to have something go really well for a change. There is still a long road ahead, as this is just the first of four doses of Methotrexate that Emily will receive and we are told that it will become harder and harder for her body to clear the drug each time. In addition, the side-effects of the toxic drug won’t really begin to show until sometime next week.

All tucked in to watch Lassie!

For now though, we are pleased to share that Emily got through this first hospitalization with flying colors. She was happy and upbeat in the hospital and even handled being confined in her room with remarkable fortitude! Thank you for all the prayers, encouragement, and support given to Emily and the Loves this past week!

Emily will be home with her family for at least a week and if her counts stay high, she could go in for the second dose of Methotrexate on July 10th. Until then, join us in praying that Emily’s GI tract will be spared the nasty side-effects of this chemotherapy drug and she will stay healthy and strong in the days ahead.¬†

High-dose Methotrexate

Tuesday marked the beginning of Emily’s interim Maintenance phase. While any progress brings a sense of relief as it moves us closer to the end of treatment, this particular phase of treatment is probably the most frightening we have faced thus far.

Over the next few months, Emily will receive a chemotherapy drug called Methotrexate. She receives a standard dose directly to her spinal fluid and a high dose through her Broviac (the High-dose is 250 times larger than the normal dose). High-dose Methotrexate is extremely poisonous and comes with a long list of risks and side-effects. The drug attacks fast-forming cells in the body and will compromise Emily’s mucus membranes along her GI tract.

High-dose Methotrexate is so toxic to the body that after the initial 24-hour push, a “rescue”, or antidote, is administered to immediately begin counteracting the effects of the drug and rescue normal cells. The rescue won’t make the drug completely non-toxic but without it, Emily’s entire body would be impacted and she would be extremely sick.

Momma, Emily, Auntie Elisabeth ready for a spinal tap

Due to the risks involved and the need for monitoring as the rescue attempts to flush the Methotrexate from Emily’s body, she will stay in the hospital for at least 4 days each time the drug is administered. In between each treatment, she will get at least one week off to rest. Emily is scheduled to receive four such treatments and if all goes well, she could be done in two months. However, she will have to make counts (platelets, ANC, etc) each time before beginning a new treatment and this could prolong the length of the phase.

One of our favorite nurses celebrated her last day before retirement with Emily!

As you can probably imagine, the next few months are going to be incredibly difficult for Emily and the entire Love family. With Emily and Christina spending so much time at the hospital, the older children are in greater need of childcare, love, and support. Aunt Gaby is managing a babysitting list and the meal train continues to help support the family as they are spread thin. Hospitalization also means a greater burden on finances as the family has to get to and from the hospital, pay for parking, and help provide food for Christina while she cares for Emily. A great deal of patience and flexibility is also mandatory to get through this phase as the schedule may be constantly changing and it will be difficult for the family to plan around these hospitalizations.

The greatest burden by far though will be facing the fear of the hardest chemotherapy yet. Monday night was full of anxiety as Emily’s parents prepared for the beginning of the first treatment, knowing they would soon have to trust the medical staff as they put poison into their young child. Only God can provide a peace to handle what lies ahead. On Facebook Tuesday morning, Jason reminded us of this, saying, “Lets remember that God is always with us, even in pain his love is there.”

Beginning her first round of high-dose Methotrexate, “the yellow chemo”

Please join us in praying for God’s peace, healing, and love over the entire Love family. Each of their hearts is burdened by the challenges that lie ahead and each could use a great big Hug from God through all of us. We know that Emily is in God’s more-than capable hands. Praise the Lord for the peace and comfort that comes through faith in Him!