Wednesday, June 30, 2004

Zach Blair's skin; Bev Blair's heart

Today Zac Blair, Bev and Bob's gorgeous 20-something ministerial student son, goes under the surgeon's knife. The doctors will excise two lymph nodes and some more skin to check for cancer cells. It seems to me that Zac ought to just be off at Camp Shiloh in upstate New York working with inner city kids in the name of Jesus. Seems that way to Zac, Bev, and Bob, too. 

Five years ago on the Friday before Labor Day, Bev called me to say she was starting chemotherapy in the next morning for chronic myelogic leukemia. My husband Ken bought me an airline ticket, and I was there on Saturday morning when the nurse brought that first dose. Hundreds of people prayed for month after month for Bev's recovery from leukemia. After more than a year of frustration and unsatisfactory treatment options, she was able to be part of a "mercy trial" for Gleevec, a new drug that targets only the cancer cells. Last check, the oncologists can't find a red blood cell that tests positive for the disease.

So today, we hit the knee for Zac's skin and Bev and Bob's hearts. May God grant good health and inexplicable peace.

Bev, I wish that could be sitting in that waiting room with you.

7 comments:

Quiara said...

I'll definitely be praying. Last year, I was diagnosed with CLL (chronic lymphocytic leukemia); it can really shake a family up.

Beverly Choate Dowdy said...

thanks
I really enjoy reading your comments--all around blogworld!

Beverly Choate Dowdy said...

To Q
I meant to ask about YOUR health. How goes it?

Bev Blair said...

Thank you both for your prayers. Zach had his surgery and it went well. We await test results and I will keep you posted. The dr. was encouraging. We continue in prayer.
Bev, in September it will be FIVE years since my life-changing diagnosis and 4 years since my first dose of gleevec. Bob says that time flies when you're having fun and we certainly have had some wonderful times in the last five years. I love you, Bev

Quiara said...

I hope the surgery went well. I and my friends have been praying for him.

(As far as my health, I'm good. I've been in a partial remission for a few months now. It's a good thing. ^_~)

I really enjoy reading your thoughts; I'm glad Matt pointed me this way.

Bev Blair said...

Zach's surgery went well and this week we got word that there were no melanoma cells in the surrounding tissue or lymph node. We are so thankful to God. Thanks for your interest and prayers. Bev Blair

Beverly Choate Dowdy said...

Praise the LORD!