SUNDAY, JUNE 15, 1997


Our family went to Six Flags Over Texas about a week ago, and Ashley and Justin both had lots and lots of fun. This was our last chance to go before Ashley's chemo treatments started, and Six Flags was a high priority on Ashley's summer to-do list. We had caricatures drawn of both Ashley and Justin, and they both turned out great!

Caricature of Ashley Caricature of Justin


Ashley's chemo treatments were pushed back a week so that she could go to summer church camp. A special thanks to nurses Jillian and Sheryl for arranging this! We will leave later today (Sunday) to head for the camp, which is about an hour's drive from Waxahachie, and will be there all week.


We will return from Camp on Friday, June 20. The following Monday, Ashley will be admitted to Children's Medical Center in Dallas to begin her first cycle of chemotherapy treatments.

Originally, the plan was to do this first week of treatments in each six-week cycle on an outpatient basis. However, since this is Ashley's first time to receive the heavier doses of chemo, and it is her first time to be exposed to these two particular drugs, and Ashley is the first patient at Children's to be receiving this particular treatment protocol -- the doctors and nurses decided it would be better to have her in the hospital where they could keep a close eye on her. She should be released from the hospital the following Friday, June 27, and then be home for two weeks before she has to be hospitalized again. Please keep us in your prayers as we begin this part of the treatment protocol. We are a little bit nervous, but are still placing our trust in God.


Many of you have been asking about my brother Wes. He did receive a confirmed diagnosis of leukemia, specifically Chronic Lymphocytic Leukemia (CLL). No treatments are required right away; they will simply monitor the disease's progress and will be prepared to administer treatments as they become necessary. Wes seems to be in good spirits and is keeping a positive attitude. Please keep him and his family in your prayers as they deal with this situation.


I mentioned in a recent update that there is a little boy named Eric, who lives here in Waxahachie, who also has a brain tumor. We learned recently that his tumor is more serious than was at first thought. PLEASE say a special prayer for Eric and for his family.


As always, thanks for your continued prayers, encouragement, and support. You have blessed our lives, and we pray that God will continue to bless yours.

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