Day +12 With Some Good News!

Jogging in place
I told Anna I was going to take a picture of her jogging in place and post it! So she made sure to smile pretty for you all!! Today we got some great news! Anna's blood work sheet revealed to us that her neutrophils are showing up at 94!!!! What does that mean? It means that Anna's cells are starting to graft....TWO days ahead of schedule!!!! Day +14 is usually the EARLIEST that they start seeing signs of grafting!!! We are praising the Lord! The doctors were very pleased and excited! Anna won't be considered "grafted" until her numbers reach 500 for two days in a row but at least we are seeing life!! This news seemed to boost Anna's spirit even more! Also, the pain meds have finally reached the place that her pain is minimal so she is feeling a tad better! She even ate some treats today....which made her nauseous but it was good while she ate it! To date Anna has had two platelet transfusions and zero blood transfusions.  Her red cell count seems to be hanging in there for now. All of the terms are a bit difficult to understand so I'll just leave it at that for now. But we praise the Lord for such a great day today!


  1. This is so awesome to hear. Praise the Lord!! stay strong Anna, I love you and am always praying for you!!

  2. Love it! Hope to visit soon! Love ya, Jamie

  3. We are rejoicing with you at this good news! We love you all so very much and continue to pray.

  4. WHOO HOO! I am praising the Lord in my living room. This is such awesome news. I am so thankful that today has good news. We are continuing to pray for the grafting! I am glad that they are figuring out the pain meds and that Anna was able to have treats. Love Jackie Harper. We will keep those prayers going to God on Anna's behalf.

  5. Yay! Such amazing news! What an answer to prayer!
    Isaac and Nonna

  6. This is amazing! God is so good!!! "Praise ye the Lord. O give thanks unto the Lord; for he is good: for his mercy endureth for ever. Who can utter the mighty acts of the Lord? who can shew forth all his praise?" Psalm 106:1,2. I love you guys!

  7. Oh yes, praise the Lord! Keep fighting! And hoping. I love you, Anna!

    ~Sarah S.

  8. Praising the Lord here!!! I'm so excited I'm almost tempted to go wake up everyone so they can hear this great news!!! Emilee was SO excited to talk to you today, Anna. We all miss you so much and are SO thankful you are doing better. Praying that your numbers will continue to increase and that the pain will decrease. Love you! Hugs, Mrs. Potvin

  9. Incredible! What an amazing God we serve! We are rejoicing with you and continue to pray. How is Grandpa Larry doing? We are praying for him, too.
    Suemes :-)

  10. We love you Anna keep fighting you are such an inspiring young woman. Continuing prayers for you and family.
    Ron and Kathy Isom~Astoria

  11. Tears of joy where flowing when I read this last night !!!
    By the way Anna, you have inspired me to get my "lazy bottom " moving again. If YOU can get moving, so can I. Going to start walking a mile every day when I get home from work.
    Love you sweetie.

  12. Ana, Your messing up my calendar. I had you on for 14 days. Your ahead of schedule. PTL! Very great news , we serve an awesome God.
    Brian O.

  13. We are so happy over here! Praise the Lord!!!

  14. Yay what great news. So happy to hear !!!

  15. anna! it is inspiring to see you still active! it gives us "lazy people" no excuse! you look beautiful by the way! we want to visit, but we never know what germs we are carrying so we chose not to... so... virtual hugs for now! we love you all!

  16. Praise the LORD!
    Praise the LORD, O my soul!
    I will praise the LORD as long as I live;
    I will sing praises to my God while I have my being.
    Put not your trust in princes,
    in a son of man, in whom there is no salvation.
    When his breath departs, he returns to the earth;
    on that very day his plans perish.
    Blessed is he whose help is the God of Jacob,
    whose hope is in the LORD his God,
    (Psalm 146:1-5 ESV)

    This is what we've been praying for! This is a true miracle of God. I'll still pray for you, Anna. Love you,

  17. We were so happy when we heard about Anna's early signs of grafting!Will be praying that she continues to show quick improvement, and at abnormal times so that the doctor's know that this is the hand of God! Still praying for Grandpa Larry and his successful treatment and comfort during it!
    Love and miss you guys!


  18. Yay! Praise the Lord!! "...weeping may remain for a night, but rejoicing comes in the morning." Psalm 30:5b

  19. THANK You for the update... GOD is so good! I have to say Anna that not only is your faith in action a testamony, but your commitment to keeping your body strong. I was procrastinating taking a walk and making numerous excuses in my head why I should sit at my sewing machine instead... Your mamma's post of your struggle with sores in your throat/digestive track and then your "jogging" in place to keep strong was a message of "no excuses". Thank you. This seems small in your large fight, but truly you are a gift to us from God in your fighting the fight, "When I am weak, then I am strong". Cor.2:10 ...I am off now for my walk & will be praying with every step for your continues healing.
    Much love sent to you and your family... Sally Coppinger

  20. The Simao FamilyMay 31, 2013 at 11:48 AM


    We are so thankful for these early signs of grafting! Praise the Lord! God is so good!

    “Sing, O heavens!
    Be joyful, O earth!
    And break out in singing, O mountains!
    For the LORD has comforted His people,
    And will have mercy on His afflicted.

    But Zion said, “The LORD has forsaken me,
    And my Lord has forgotten me.”
    Can a woman forget her nursing child,
    And not have compassion on the son of her womb?
    Surely they may forget,
    Yet I will not forget you.
    See, I have inscribed you on the palms of My hands;
    Your walls are continually before Me.”
    - Isaiah 49:13-16

    We pray for you and your family every day, Anna!

    In Christ,

    The Simao Family

  21. God is answering our prayers. Thank you, Lord.
    Hang in there, Anna. The Lord is watching over you. He has it all in His hands.

    Love and prayers from Belgium
    Michele Lemiere (David Van de Vliet's mom)

  22. We are so happy about this good news, and we continue to pray for all of the Houston Family. We are so glad that Grampa Larry is being cared for, most of all by God, and also by his faithful son, daughter in law, and grandchildren.

    We love and miss you all-

    The Olsen Family

  23. We are all overjoyed at this great news, Anna! God is working a miracle in your body and we praise Him!

    It's great that you're trying to move around and exercise each day. Here's a great website I've found for brief exercising and stretching:

    I like this girl because: 1) she's dressed modestly, 2) her exercises are geared for all levels and abilities, from short, 5-minute walking workouts to 30-min cardio workouts, 3) it's incremental, 4) she targets different areas, such as stretching, lower/upper body, armchair exercises, lower back, etc.

    Perhaps this might be a helpful tool for you (that is, if your parents and doctor approves) as you battle to regain your strength.

    Micah and Amy are downstairs right now, practicing and practicing for your upcoming concert. They received a bad report about some of their pieces, so there is much work to be done before June 15th. It all sounds great to me, though! :)

    Know all of the Tanakas love you and your family and are praying for all of you, Anna!

    Mrs. Tanaka, for us all

  24. Dear Houston Family,

    Praise the Lord!! It never ceases to amaze me how the Lord is working in your lives. Anna is such an encouragement to many of us.... Very thankful that she has the desire and ability to exercise and as someone else said it helps us to realize when we don't, it just an excuse. Continuing to diligently pray daily for the Houston family.

    God Bless you,
    Rick Potvin
    Pr. 3:5-6

  25. Rejoicing and praying! How good the Lord is, and how grateful I am to Him for Anna's example to me. I can't imagine what all this is like on your end, but know the Lord is changing hearts and perspectives of a great number of onlookers. May His joy continue to be your strength, dear Anna! With love and prayers,
    Lydia Faith
    "My grace is sufficient, My strength is made perfect in weakness." 2 Cor 12:9

  26. So good to hear. What a mighty God we serve! Keep up the good work(out). We love you and will be praying.
    Linda Fehlen

  27. PRAISE THE LORD! Yea! So glad you are grafting and feeling a bit better! Love you so much!

    "For God is my King of old, working salvation in the midst of the earth. Thou didst divide the sea by thy strength: thou brakest the heads of the dragons in the waters. Thou brakest the heads of leviathan in pieces, and gavest him to be meat to the people inhabiting the wilderness. Thou didst cleave the fountain and the flood: thou driedst up mighty rivers. The day is thine, the night also is thine: thou hast prepared the light and the sun.Thou hast set all the borders of the earth: thou hast made summer and winter." -Psalm 74:12-17

    1. great scripture Emilee thanks for posting it

  28. What a wonderful answer to prayer!! God is so faithful to hear and to answer. Jeremiah 33:3 SO TRUE! God bless and keep each of you. We love you, Anna. Praying for you, too, Pastor and Emily! Bob and Gayle McQueary, Western Asia

  29. Praise The Lord!! He is so good!!! Praying for you and your family every day. Get better soon :-)

  30. YIPPEE!! A miracle from the hand of God for sure! Wonderful news, thanks for sharing!!!

  31. Praise the LORD I'm praying for you Anna and for the Houston family love y'all

  32. Thank you, LORD!
    Lydia, Central IL


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