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Sunday, January 13, 2013

Anniversary

Today, 13th, marks the third anniversary of Sarah's diagnosis. I can't believe it has been three years. Parts of our journey seem like yesterday and other parts seem like it happened to another family.

I thought this would be a good time to update everyone on Sarah's progress. As you can see of her picture, she is beautiful! Her health is great. She continues to go to the clinic once a month for checkups in which they test her blood.  Her blood counts are normal. For the first time in three years she does not have any exclamation points or warnings beside her blood counts.

After visiting camps this summer and meeting families who were years ahead of us in treatment, we were encouraged to send Sarah to a Psych-Evaluation.
The primary reason was to make sure her motor skills such as writing were not affected
by the two and a half years on chemo. The praise was she was average to above average in all of her motor skills test.

The challenge is that she was diagnosed with clinical anxiety. She has problems with her emotions in coping with situations that do not go the way she prepared in her head. We are on the waiting list for therapy, but in the meantime she started equestrian lessons. She is doing a great job and we can see how learning about horses is helping her because the horse doesn't do everything as planned. She already rides much faster than I would ever want to and continues to learn so much about horses. This has been a huge blessing for her.

In the end, she/we still need your prayers.  On the outside she looks great, but now we have so much to deal with emotionally as she grows up and starts to realize what was taken away from her over the last three years. All we can do is pray the same prayer as we did three years ago. "Help Jesus, please Help". He has been faithful every step of the way and we trust He will continue to give Sarah peace as she takes on more challenges of growing up with Leukemia.


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