It always happens to someone else. We always have an underlying thought that it won't happen, couldn't happen to us. Through the years, we have stood at the side of many as they have received bad news. Failing health, disease, crisis of all kinds, even death. Our hearts have always felt these things in a very real way. Today, our hearts are feeling it in a much more real way. After all this time of often taking for granted the health of our family, even though we have always known it's by God's grace, we are now embarking on the longest, hardest journey we have ever taken......
Our dear, sweet daughter/sister, Anna-Renee Ruth Houston, has been diagnosed with
Chronic Myelogenous Leukemia.
This form of leukemia is most commonly found in people in their 50s-60s, it is rare for a child to get it. CML is; however, the better of the leukemias to get, as if that is a comfort. She will still need to go through chemotherapy, (possibly radiation therapy), and a bone marrow transplant. We do have a huge blessing..... she has 10 possible matches for donors!!! Each of her siblings has a 25% chance of being a match! This improves her chances of her body not rejecting the bone marrow.
We are comforted by the fact that we are in the hands of a Mighty, Sovereign God who has not been surprised by this turn of events in our lives. We are praising our Great Savior for this refining fire we are being put through. It is our prayer that we will come forth as gold.
We are blessed by the outpouring of love, support, and especially prayer that has come from family and friends already. This journey will be long, it will be hard. But, at the end of it we hope to be able to look back and see just how the Hand of God has guided us through, the light of His Word shining on the path as we have travelled.
"Thy Word is a lamp unto my feet and a light unto my path." Psalm 119:105