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Remaining in His Sweet Provision…

Dearest Journey partners,
In the Big Picture of things we tend to have our own view and interpretation of the outcome. God has and continues to be the author and finisher of our faith and our precious Lord, Savior, Healer and soon coming King. Concerning Lauren-Ashley He has done exceedingly more than what we could have imagined or expected – He has given the ultimate reward to her as an overcomer – Eternal Life in His presence.
Our sweet precious girl left this earth on Thursday morning, January 28, 2010. She was peaceful, free from pain and had a little smile on her face. I was there when she took her first breath and I was privileged to hold her hand and kiss her when she took her last.
She has begun her walk with Him in a new phase and I am comforted in the fact that she is in His care. I never imagined how much not having her with me would hurt and even that seems like an understatement. The realization of such a deep love brought new revelation to me about God’s heart toward us as well.
If we love our children so much, or hurt and have such deep sadness when they are not with us, how much more does our Heavenly Father miss our presence when we are not with Him in the place we should be? Even amidst this most difficult time, God is good! He continues to comfort and reveal Himself to us and as we laugh and cry, we have chosen to continue on and “walk through” what God has for us. We are always remembering that sweet, precious creature that God allowed us to have in our lives even though is seemed like such a short time.
I want each and every one of you to know that your faithfulness, love, resolve and tenacity was what carried us through this journey and enabled the Victory to be so sweet. Always remember we love you and the suffering endured clearly defined Lauren-Ashley in her reward and her goal to be like her Savior and stand with Him in Glory.
This will be my last post on Carepages- Know that my heart is full because of all of you, and my thoughts toward you are good and will continue as you remain in my prayers. I will check these pages for the next month but after that, if any of you want to contact me feel free at the following; slmrn1@gmail.com.
It has been an honor and privilege to be with you on this journey and I am deeply touched forever. Always remember, allow God to remain your sweet provision.

Much love and appreciation, and
Always in him,

Sherri

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17 Message(s)

Posted 33 minutes ago
by Marjorie Clark

Sherri,
I haven’t written before, but have been following Lauren’s journey for some time and praying for her and her family. I know John and Constance. I want you to know that you have blessed me with your honesty and tenacity, your faith, and your great love for your dear daughter and your heavenly Father. I will keep praying for you daily.
Marjie Clark
The Church On The Way

Posted 3 hours ago
by Rhonda St. Romain

Sherri,
When we were in high school together you were a witness of Christ to me and now 30+ years later (through Facebook) again you’re a witness to me of God’s power, peace, and love. It has been my privelege to pray for you and Lauren-Ashley even though I never met her. I will continue to pray for you and your family as you celebrate your precious daughters life.
Love,
Rhonda(Abernathy)

Posted 3 hours ago
by Janet Squire

Thank you for sharing this with us. You have been amazing and are a role model on how to be a caring mom. I cried when I read your words, and am sad, but so thankful that Lauren-Ashley is dancing with the Lord! You are in my thoughts and will continue to be in my prayers. Love, Janet

Posted 4 hours ago
by Gail Barger

I will always be in your heart and soul. I remember Lauren’s baby shower. I have been in and out of your life for a long time,my heart is very heavy right now, I don’t know what God has in store? I do know Lauren is with him and free from all this crazy pain and confusion.May God bless you and your family now and forever.

Posted 4 hours ago
by Diane Rogers

Lauren Ashley was a warrior, who fought to the end.My heart is broken and tears flow, but she is with God.Thank you for letting me be part of your family and her journey to heaven.

Posted 5 hours ago
by Sally Young

OH Sherri and Lauren Ashley! Our human hearts are broken but our spirits are strong with trust in our God and His Son that even now His promise has been fulfilled. Our love and prayers are with you and your family Always.

John & Sally Young

Posted 6 hours ago
by Randy Walker

All of our thoughts and prayers are with you Sherri. I have so many fond memories of Lauren Ashley and the fun we had at the Make A Wish Christmas Parties. I can still see her walking around with her little dog in a purse or bag, and that wonderful smile of hers.
We will talk more in the future.
Randy, Donya and the Walker racing Enterprises Crew

Posted 6 hours ago
by Melissa Pate

You and Lauren Ashley have been such an inspiration to us all. It is an honor to call you friend. Praying that you feel God’s glorious arms holding you. Knowing that one day we will all dance with LA again!

Posted 6 hours ago
by Amy Watson

Your faith and strong conviction in yoru beliefs have been and continue to be such a testimony to so many. Lauren-Ashely has taught so many so much, patience, perserverance, faith, trust and most of all unconditional love! She is a bright star & we know she is dancing and singing all over heaven! Our pryaers will continue for all of you.. we love you all.

Posted 8 hours ago
by Misty Joe

My heart and prayers are as always with you, Sherri. You and Lauren-Ashley were both an inspiration in mine and my children’s lives. She will be missed but we are anxiously awaiting the day we can join her at our Father’s side. We love you, Misty and kids.

Posted 8 hours ago
by Bonnie Cook

Our thoughts and prayers continue to be with you. May you be enfolded by God’s immeasurable love especially at this time and in the days to come. With much love, Uncle Leland M. Morton and cousin Bonnie Morton Cook and husband David, Cleveland, Ohio.

Posted 8 hours ago
by Ruthie James

Oh Sherri,

I am so very, very sorry to hear the news. Lauren-Ashley wil be the MOST brillant star, shining upon us.

We love you,

Tha James Family

Posted 8 hours ago
by Rebecca Wolfe

Sherri
I will cling to God’s promises in Rev 21:4 that He shall wipe away all tears and there will be NO more sorrow!
It has been my honor and privilege to accompany you and Lauren-Ashley in this journey for the past few years; to be inspired by a heroic angel who had more fight in her than most adults I know!

May God hold you exceedingly close in His loving arms and gently remind you of her through the beauty of His creation.

We love you dearly and will continue to pray daily over you for strength and peace.

With love,
Rebecca & Rich

Posted 8 hours ago
by Brion Ockenfels

Thank you Lauren Ashely for being part of who I am. I Love, I miss you. I will rejoice with you one day. Mr. D

Posted 9 hours ago
by Mindy Swogger

Dear Sherri, May God’s abundant Grace and Peace be with you and your family as you go through this time.

Standing with you always, Mindy…..

Posted 9 hours ago
by Jennifer Dyer

Dearest Sherri,
You deeply touched my heart with your words. We are praying for your family during this time. May God comfort you and continue to use you, and Lauren Ashley’s life to touch many for His Kingdom.
With Love, Jen Dyer

Posted 9 hours ago
by Liz Feder

your sweet sweet words are awesome, Sherri!! And your continued faith and devotion to God says it ALL!! love, L

God always has the Big Picture. . .Galaxy

Posted 1 day ago

Dearest all,

Over the last 8 years, I have learned many things; one is that only God has the big picture and two; my vision is very limited even with His graciousness and promises for me.
After Lauren-Ashley got the infected line out and the new one put in, the flood continued. She returned to the room to recover and did not get up to go to the bathroom from 2p.m. until 11p.m. at which time there was some concern. I had previously noticed some swelling in her chest area and mentioned to the nurses and doctors – attributed to all the manipulation of surgeries and infection. At 11p.m. I uncovered her and was shocked. Lauren-Ashley’s chest was remarkably swollen with an unusual amount of fluid. As she tried to get up, her whole torso was clearly 2-3 inches larger in a barrel form. I proceeded to inspect her and was shocked to see her left arm twice the size of her right arm from just below the elbow all the way to her shoulder. I immediately pressed for the nurse and further inspection revealed a large discoloration in those areas. The doctor was called and when she arrived her eyes widened to the size of silver dollars. All fluids were stopped and the surgeon on call was notified. During the afternoon LA’s pain keep being reassessed because it seemed the raising of pain medications didn’t do much – rightfully so – all the fluid from recovery in the OR to 11 p.m. had seeped into her body cavity and was not going into the circulatory system in order to be effective. It was causing her an increased amount of pain in addition to the surgery pain. At midnight x-rays taken revealed the line’s 1st cusp which is for holding it in place had come dislodged and somehow caused leakage. It became such kayos when the surgeon on call decided to literally yell at the doctor on call for getting him up for such an issue and didn’t just stop the flow until morning on her own. I think the “mother bear” mode kick in at that point as I literally saw red and proceed to go out to the hallway and told everyone I had had enough – this outburst was within not only my daughter’s earshot but everyone else’s on the floor and extremely unprofessional to say the least. I asked the charge nurse to call Dr. Rosenthal immediately, I went back into the room at which time he followed me back in and boldly asked why was I so upset? I looked at him, looked at Lauren-Ashley, and in sheer disbelief that he would even talk to me that way or even ask, said the word “Really?”
He left the room, nurses came in tending to Lauren-Ashley and me when Dr. R called and order all fluids stopped. An IV was started for her pain meds and a call to the OR scheduling for her was made for the morning – again.
The whole surgeon issue was all the buzz in the morning change of shift, and Dr’s, Nurse managers etc. all came in to see me. It was much worse than I am telling you but my focus was not on that but LA. It will all be addressed over this next week, I am writing a letter etc. I am sure COH will take the appropriate actions.
Lauren-Ashley made it through surgery once again and is in a tremendous amount of pain, the collection of fluid is slowly dissipating, and she is resting a little better now with all the meds going where they should be.
Culture sensitivities should be in any day to be able to use the right combination for the new fungus. She is receiving one combo now and hopefully it is the right one.
Amidst this new flood of events, it is still evident God is taking care of her. If she had been receiving lipids (common with the administering of TPN) it would have been a disaster and caused irreparable damage to her skin and organs. IF she was still getting Vancomycin her skin and organs would have literally been burned from the inside out as if exposed to fire. These two agents were stopped when we entered the Hospital because her cholesterol was high enough and she did not need the lipids and she had been on Vanco for such a long time so they switched it up – MIRACLE!!!! Beyond miracles!!!!!God always sees the whole picture. I just have such a hard time seeing her in this much pain. This is the worst it has ever been as far as pain and she gets weak from it along with being so skin sensitive. I choose to continue to TRUST God and all He has for us and pray for her complete healing. . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . Dr. Sorrell just came in and increased her medicine for comfort and LA seems to be more relaxed when she is sleeping- Much more conducive for healing which we all agreed upon. She also drank some Slim Fast (her favorite transition “food”) – so that is very comforting. Dr. is scheduling her pic line to be put in on Friday and this temporary chest one (which she cannot stand-hurts tremendously) out!!!!!!
Good news is there have been no new growths after the first two cultures and they will continue to take them daily for monitoring purposes until such time is deemed necessary. She just really needs to gain strength, be freed from unnecessary pain and have her counts recover for an immune response. Much love to all and will keep updating.

Always in Him,
Sherri

4 Message(s)

Posted 22 hours ago
by Joshua Morton

We love you both so much. We’re praying daily (Hannah too!) for her healing. Your faith is continually an amazing testimony!

Posted 1 day ago
by Catherine Zachman

Dear Sherri and Lauren Ashley,
Your Zachman cousins in Virginia are praying for you each day (sometimes many times a day.) Thank you for teaching our family so much about trusting God and finding blessings in the midst of difficulties. We love you and send warm hugs.

Posted 1 day ago
by Fran Clark

Oh Sherri, what an ordeal for both you and L-A. I would have been screaming too, hope it all works out, so far the Lord is REALLY IN CONTROL!! God be with you both and bless you both. Give L-A a big kiss on the cheek for me. I truly do love you both!

Posted 1 day ago
by Sharon Welker

I am so sorry to hear of this situation for LA. It is a miracle that the Vanco was stopped and no TPN started…God is truly in this. Praying for her comfort from the pain and continued news of no new growths. She is one brave little girl and she has my heart and prayers.

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Sun and moonIsaiah 59:19

Posted Jan 11, 2010 11:39pm

“So shall they fear the name of the Lord from the West,and His Glory from the rising of the sun; When the enemy comes in like a flood, the Spirit of the LORD will lift up a standard against him.” Isaiah 59:19

Dearest Ones,
Thank you all so much for your faithfulness!!!! We ended our evening with the knowledge we would have to wait for a “slide-in’ spot in the OR sometime today. When going to bed my concern and prayer was for Lauren-Ashley’s protection and safety, her comfort in not being able to drink water (which she just guzzles often) and an early spot which would alleviate all the above concerns. I just felt prayer for specifics was in order last night and God did not disappoint.
I woke up at 6am to the sounds of nurses and platelets matching numbers being read aloud. Lauren-Ashley needed them before surgery and they wanted to infuse them as late as possible so they would last and be in a safe range to ensure clotting. At 7am the nurse came in and told me our prayers had been answered, the OR called and would be on their way to pick her up after the post count was confirmed. – It turns out her post count was in the 90’s and miracle of all miracles they came to get her at 8a.m. This was such an answer to prayer you cannot imagine- last time we had emergency issues we waited all day until dinner time and surgery lasted until 10:30pm and that is the norm –God really moved on our behalf.
She is resting but has an unusually significant increase in pain. They removed the Hickman port on the right side of her upper chest and put an outer central line in on the left side. Needless to say her whole chest is so sore the pain wakes her and she cries. I asked for her pain medication to be increased for the next few days until the pain subsides and her chest is less swollen which was gladly done.
Dr. Sorrell spoke to me this afternoon and we got into an assessment discussion on where we stood with the infections Lauren-Ashley has. The original aspergillus fungal infection is at bay (another miracle- I know it is cursed and is shriveling up) but will require long-term treatment in her condition. The leukemia blast cells are staying low and I believe they will disappear soon enough. There was also some discussion as to repeating the DLI treatments to further the destruction and total elimination. We did achieve a GVH condition which we prayed and hoped for and the response of the leukemia cells is evident – Hallelujah! I believe God moved in a BIG way in this area because before going home for Thanksgiving they basically told me it really hadn’t done what they had hoped for and just wanted her remaining time to be as comfortable as possible (difficult to say even now). God caused a great movement within this process and it was just in His time. The infection she got in her hickman Christmas week which spread to her blood is gone and the secondary infection in her sinus surgery wound is under control but still needing attention. The new fungal infection is being tested with all the available fungal medications, and we should find out which one is the most effective with this particular type. So o o o o o all that to say this- God is still here with us, His presence and peace is evident and we TRUST Him explicitly with all that we have. Lauren-Ashley needs specific prayer concerning complete and final eradication of the things above in addition to miraculous recovery from this surgery and the upcoming one to insert a pic line next week sometime. Removing the current topical central line will eliminate any residual infection that might decide to hide in it as well.
I appreciate the love and commitment you all have for us and the wonderful words you have written. I faithfully read them to Lauren-Ashley even when she doesn’t feel well and she smiles or nods. I am sure one day soon we will all be able to be together and celebrate God’s miraculous faithfulness, healing power, love toward us, and the forthcoming Victory I am speaking forth in agreement with all of you. I love each and every one of you and will keep you informed. Again, thank you for your powerful and effective prayers and commitment.
Always in Him,
Sherri

10 Message(s)

Posted Jan 12, 2010 9:16pm
by Carol O’Rourke

Thanking God for wondrous miracles! I continue to pray for you Lauren, your wonderful Mom, and your grandparents too. You are all on my mind all the time. We’re praying for your strength, courage, comfort, and peace. Much love to both of you. Carol

Posted Jan 12, 2010 3:34pm
by Sally Young

Our prayers continue non-stop to give you strength and healing. Only through the presence of the Holy Spirit does your courage remain strong. Praise God for the miracles He sends your way.
Sherri and Lauren Ashley – our love is always with you.
John & Sally Young

Posted Jan 12, 2010 11:23am
by Brion Ockenfels

Thank you God, Thank you all for praying for Lauren-Ashely and her family.

Lauren-Ashley you are always in my thoughts and parayers.

Brion

Posted Jan 12, 2010 10:27am
by Juliahna Grace

Thanking God for your good news.

Juliahna Grace
AML Survivor, Thriver

Posted Jan 12, 2010 9:36am
by Fran Clark

Tinkerbell said Meow to you too!

Posted Jan 12, 2010 9:33am
by Fran Clark

You are my HERO! Lauren-Ashley! I love you so much my heart hurts knowing the pain you are feeling. God bless you, hero, I am still praying for you, my child, you are my life and you keep me on my sore knees, my friend. I cannot express my love for you, and my tears are for your pain. I pray daily that the Lord is zapping those bad guys out of your beautiful body and I praise your courage through all of this. God has great plans for you and I pray this whole episode will soon be over and you will be healthy, I love you, my little adopted grandaughter! As Paul said, keep up the good fight. Sherri I love you too and pray for your courage. I pray and pray and pray for you both.

Posted Jan 12, 2010 9:26am
by Rebecca Wolfe

Good Morning Sherri and Lauren Ashley!

There is nothing greater than to witness God’s mighty hand at work; being reminded constantly that He is in control and happy to answer prayers lifted up time and time again. He is SO good!
Will continue to cover you all in prayers and positive expectations; thanking and praising the miracles that are occuring with each passing day.
Give our love and encouragement to your little warrior princess; we love you all!

Rebecca

Posted Jan 12, 2010 1:03am
by Sharon Welker

I am praying that you will both get some good sleep tonight and tomorrow will bring news with answers and solutions. Our Great Healer’s solutions!

Posted Jan 12, 2010 12:34am
by Amelia Pesante

Sherri – I have been studying a book called Lost in Translation – Rediscovering the Hebrew Roots of our Faith. I know you would enjoy reading it when you find the time. One word that really stood out for me is the word peace (Shalom). It means to “Destroy the authority that binds us to chaos”. So my dear friend I send you peace and proclaim wholeness for Lauren-Ashley and new strength and joy for both of you. Love Amelia

Posted Jan 11, 2010 11:59pm
by Janet Squire

Praise the Lord!! We will keep praying for more miracles.
Love, Janet & Craig

“. . . to Him who is able to do. . “Eph.3:20

Mount Rainier

Posted Jan 10, 2010 10:29pm

Dear All,
The identification of the “new” fungal infection is in. It is a Candida type called Candida Lusitaniae and has invaded her central line which is next to impossible to eliminate without removal. I need you all to pray for her protection because she will have to go into the OR and be under anesthesia once again in order to remove it and place a temporary central line in. This will remove the infection nightmare, and provide an opportunity for her body to receive treatment for the infection and eliminate and prevent any further future line infection. This will be happening tomorrow – Monday 1/11 and she will be slipped into the schedule sometime in a moment’s notice. She has been extremely thirsty and has had such a dry mouth which is very uncomfortable for her and will be placed NPO (nothing by mouth) at 2 am – please pray she get slipped in early or just stay asleep until the time. I thank God for your faithfulness to us in prayer which holds me up when I feel like collapsing. I am NOT looking or focusing on how big our problem is BUT on how BIG OUR GOD IS!!!!!!! continually keeping my eyes on Him, His words on my lips and treasure His peace in my Heart and Spirit KNOWING He will prevail concerning Lauren-Ashley.

Much love and always in Him,
Sherri

14 Message(s)

Posted Jan 11, 2010 10:27pm
by Rebecca Wolfe

Sherri
I am just getting a chance to read the updates from the past two days as I was in Disney coaching another team of heroes across the finish line in the fight against this beast! Lauren-Ashley was honored again at our pasta inspiration dinner and after having read this I am sure it was not a mistake that people were cheering for her victory and strength! I await news when you’re able to send it out and continue to lift you both up to our Father who is the Ultimate Physician!
I’ve got something special for Lauren Ashley from the race weekend; I’ll get it out in the mail this week; just a little something to remind her that she is loved and prayed for each and everyday and that her strength is an inspiration!

Much love to you both!
Rebecca

Posted Jan 11, 2010 10:00pm
by Randy Walker

Thinking of you both and praying. Give Lauren Ashley our love and for you both we pray for ongoing strength and faith.
Randy and Donya Walker

Posted Jan 11, 2010 2:36pm
by Audry Adams

I stand awed and amazed at your persevering faith in the midst of such a trying illness. You are in our hearts and prayers, Lauren Ashley. Know you are loved and cherished!

Posted Jan 11, 2010 2:33pm
by Sharon Welker

I’m in prayer with you

Posted Jan 11, 2010 1:23pm
by Diane Rogers

YOU AND LA ARE IN OUR PRAYERS,MINDS AND HEARTS
DIANE ROGERS

Posted Jan 11, 2010 12:51pm
by Amelia Pesante

Standing with you – where two are in agreement
….forwarded to my prayer partners as soon as I received it. Love Amelia

Posted Jan 11, 2010 12:47pm
by Mindy Swogger

We are standing with you in prayer and believe that He will move this mountian…and will bring total healing and peace….

Blessings,
Mindy

Posted Jan 11, 2010 11:31am
by Ruth Shuff

Lifting you up in prayer
Ruth Shuff

Posted Jan 11, 2010 8:36am
by Liz Feder

I’m standing with you Sherri!!! I’m holding you up … you just rest on His promises and know He is in charge. Love ya both. Liz

Posted Jan 11, 2010 1:31am
by Lauraine Cook

Praying for Lauren’s healing.

Posted Jan 11, 2010 12:18am
by Janet Squire

We are praying for Lauren’s safety, healing, early surgery & success.
Love & prayers, Craig & Janet

Posted Jan 11, 2010 12:15am
by Kathy Dages

Lauren Ashley, I will be praying for your surgery to go well and all the fungus infection to be gone.
Love & Hugs,
Kathy

Posted Jan 10, 2010 11:24pm
by Donna Cabe

We will pray, keep us posted. Love you lots. Mark and Donna

Posted Jan 10, 2010 10:54pm
by Tara Christian

We Love You Lauren Ashley. Miss you Lots, so many are praying for you. Love you sis.

Tara

Moving forward and. . . . .Car Wash

Posted Jan 9, 2010 3:41am

Continuing on. . . . my dear partners in prayer and support . . . in what God has given me to do concerning Lauren-Ashley. We came through Thanksgiving with LA gaining strength each day and enjoying being with family. Preparing for Christmas, we attended appointments in the outpatient clinic where blood and platelet support was a norm. Her eye continued to heal and swelling diminished. I was able to administer antibiotics and antifungal and necessary medications at home which was quite an experience for me. We continued to pray over her daily and provide as much as a normal environment for her to replenish, refresh and renew. I noticed a couple days before Christmas she seemed to sleep more and not feel quite her best under the circumstances – never the less she was excited for Christmas. The morning was peaceful and gradually increased with activity as family arrived. She was surrounded by all those she loved minus by brother and his family who live in Colorado – but who we got to see and talk with on the computer several times during the day. As we began to gather around the tree, the phone rang – announcing City of Hope- which we answered promptly but with hesitation. It was one of the doctors with news of her culture -taken the day before -being gram negative positive in both her lumens ;Off we went for antibiotic infusion! We returned after two hours and resumed the day. Lauren-Ashley enjoyed her gifts, family and fell asleep in the chair next to the tree. We continued on after Christmas going daily to the ETC for infusion until I could get the home health care to deliver it for me to administer. We had no idea what lie ahead with Mom, myself, Dad and Lauren-Ashley getting a 24 stomach virus, in that order, about 24-32 hours apart. LA did well with moving through the virus and its side effects. She basically stopped eating on the 29th of December and had no desire to eat solid food. Her lack of solid food and the nutrition it brings her potassium and magnesium levels had to be watched closely and she required several bolus treatments of potassium which fell dangerously low causing her muscles to just ache. During this time we felt led to take a trip to Redding, California to Bethel Church where their ministry for healing is spreading widely. Things just fell into place as they do when God provides the way and it was a true blessing for her. People who had never seen her or knew anything about her came and confirmed all the scriptures, promises, encouraging words and peace God has given to us concerning this journey over the past 7 years – It was amazing! Most of all God’s heart of magnificent love was conveyed to Lauren-Ashley over and over and over again. Things that she felt and thought were addressed that no one really knew. God imparted His love and faithfulness reminding her He was the glory and the lifter of her head in everything. She had a wonderful experience even though we had no idea how bad she was beginning to feel. She tried to eat on Monday evening the 4th but ended not being able to keep it down. Clinic was scheduled for Wednesday but when I got up Tuesday morning after a couple hours of sleep, laundry was started, packing began and a call to Dr. Rosenthal was made and back to City of Hope we went for admittance. Lauren-Ashley requested to go because she felt safer there. I knew immediately, as did the Dr., when she says that it is time to be there – it is. It has been several trying days when I got word this afternoon one of her cultures was growing another form of fungus – likely candida which is common with the amount of antibiotics she has received, her weakened immune system etc… it will take a couple of days to be sure and we will have to discuss whether it is a resistant form or not. Not exactly what I wanted or needed to hear right now. But. . it goes right in line with how the enemy is – when you are blessed and God is moving in a big way he comes in like a flood to try and destroy or diminish -BUT GOD!!!!!! You see. . . . the day before amidst all these difficult moments the leukemia blast cells which had risen and teeter- tottered from the 18% to 32% back to 25% and back up again had gone down to 16%. . . . so predictably the enemy’s onslaught to rob the joy we all felt! I had a little bit of a difficult afternoon emotionally but I write you tonight standing firm NOT being moved by what I see, hear or feel, standing in the shadow of the Almighty keeping y eyes on Him and covering her with His word. Please continue battling with me. At my request, they have put her on TPN (total nutrition) to help her maintain nutritional supply and strength just until she is able to eat again. She is weak and just does not feel very well, but I am expecting a MIRACLE!!!!!!! I will keep you all informed.
Always in Him,
Sherri
p.s. Her eyelid is about 97% back to normal in color and swelling but still needs prayer for the incision site and the broken open area on the bridge of her nose.

10 Message(s)

Posted Jan 11, 2010 11:06am
by Ruth Shuff

Sherri
What a testamony. Donna has been keeping me posted, so I decided to sign up for this site. So glad I did. I have been praying for all of you over the past few years. God is good ALL the time. Ruth Shuff

Posted Jan 10, 2010 9:15pm
by Sharon Welker

Thanks for keeping us updated. prayers continue to come your way for healing and strength for all.

Posted Jan 10, 2010 12:59am
by Sylvia Lack

But God is right!!! He moves in when others move out…PTL. Believing for strength for you all.
Love, Charles & Sylvia

Posted Jan 9, 2010 6:28pm
by Lauraine Cook

Thinking of all of you and praying for a miracle for Lauren Ashley.

Posted Jan 9, 2010 3:49pm
by George Weiss

Dear Sherri & Lauren Ashley
Thank you for the update, and we are praying for Lauren Ashley. recovery, we love you both
George & Gisele
PS: We were happy to hear that Lauren Ashley could be home and celebrate Christmas with the family

Posted Jan 9, 2010 11:19am
by Amelia Pesante

My prayer partners and I are keeping the lines busy to heaven for your total healing and restoration. I procliam that this will be the season when the enemy must repay 7 times what he has stolen. This is a new year of favor, promise and fulfillment for both of you. Prayer partners in N.C., Kansas, and Idaho are holding up your arms my dear friend. Just sit on the rock and take a rest while we support you. Much love and blessings… Amelia

Posted Jan 9, 2010 10:17am
by Fran Clark

I am praying, praying, praying!!!Thanks for the information and I know more how to pray and she is never out of my mind or prayers. God bless you both, this has been a trial that very few of us could handle, but Sherri, you are in my prayers along with your family also. It is trying and I know God is mighty and He will be the champion in the end. My dear friend, you are courageous and so dear to all of us. God BLESS both of you!

Posted Jan 9, 2010 10:17am
by Fran Clark

I am praying, praying, praying!!!Thanks for the information and I know more how to pray and she is never out of my mind or prayers. God bless you both, this has been a trial that very few of us could handle, but Sherri, you are in my prayers along with your family also. It is trying and I know God is mighty and He will be the champion in the end. My dear friend, you are courageous and so dear to all of us. God BLESS both of you!

Posted Jan 9, 2010 9:07am
by Janet Squire

Sherri & Lauren- I am so thankful that you were able to go to Redding and have prayer. My brother, Jim, who is a missionary and speaks in a lot of churches became involved in healing ministry through that ministry. He began having healing lines after every service. When he was diagnosed with lymphoma in September he went there to be prayed for as well. I am so thankful that you have the Lord with you to strengthen and guide you. I am praying for Him the heal you and that you will soon be eating on your own.
Love, Janet

Posted Jan 9, 2010 6:00am
by Carol O’Rourke

Dearest Sherri and Lauren Ashley,
How I wish you were feeling better, Lauren, but I am comforted to know that you are in the best of hands. I’m happy that you were able to be at Grandma and Grandpa’s for awhile and that this nasty flu has nearly passed for all of you. May it comfort you to know that there are many people in Michigan and Illinois, too, who are sending up prayer after prayer for you and your family. I continue to pray for strength, peace, healing, and miracles. You are amazing.

Holy BibleTrusting Him

Posted Dec 13, 2009 3:17am

A lot has happened since our last update on November 7, 2009. Lauren-Ashley’s pain and recovery from the sinus surgeries deepened and intensified. They literally had her on a PCA pump allowing her to get a 3mg. dose every 15 minutes, a continuous dose of 2 mg per hour and a nurse bolus of 2 mg. every half hour when requested – which was quite often. Her counts seemed to hit bottom and beyond and showed no signs of recovery. As the beginning of the holidays neared, my concern for her and the dependence or possibility of it on morphine deepened as well as the lack of movement in her bone marrow other than the leukemia cells. It was not long before Thanksgiving the same concern was conveyed to me by Dr. Rosenthal. Prior to this, the pain management team had begun a wonderful work of weaning her off such a large dose of medicine. She was responding well over the next 10 days to neurontin and methadone and almost altogether was off the morphine. God continued to guide and comfort us through this most difficult time. Her eye also worsened with the incision becoming very ugly and infected. I had noticed a difference and conveyed it to the doctors; they didn’t feel it necessary to do anything but watch it, which they had been doing all this time. It wasn’t until I started administering colloidal silver liquid myself that we saw an improvement, at which time I “confessed” I had been doing so. It then prompted them to take a discharge sample and give me their blessings to continue with the topical application. A day later we found out it was a secondary gram positive infection and they immediately put her on an extremely strong antibiotic which targets it specifically. Lauren-Ashley responded immediately but the eye was slow going with the involvement of the fungal infection. On the 17th she had her third DLI (Donor Lymphocyte Infusion). It became apparent to me the doctors were acting a little different as time went on during that week. Lauren-Ashley slept more and continued to not feel well. I was taken into the hallway and presented with the facts (on paper) the DLI was not doing anything they could see and the leukemic cell were on the rise (about 62% at this time) her blood pressure was dropping little bits from time to time and her heart began to race periodically to levels which concerned them deeply. One Friday evening her heart rate began to increase again and blood pressure drop a little. It was still within parameters, but highly concerned the nurse calling for the doctor on call. After a “pow-wow” outside our room they came in (about 11:30p.m.). Knowing what I know now, I understand their intensity. Sepsis (complete body infection) occurs with the same symptoms only much worse and very quickly. They presented me with options and told me what they would have to do if Lauren-Ashley continued on a downward spiral. It is a moment I never thought I would be in, let alone have to take myself to its possibilities. The reality of that moment was crushing to my entire being and they requested – because of my desire to spare her from any horrific moments of that kind of harsh life saving efforts (CPR, intubation, being dependant on life support and in the ICU with more things poked and prodded all over her)- I signed a DNR(do not resuscitate) order deeply considering the circumstances of the leukemia taking over her body and we not being able to administer chemo because of the fungal infection. I was thrown into a grief cycle which I continued to fight every moment of every day – needless to say I could not sleep very well for many days, pleaded the blood of our Lord over Lauren-Ashley and myself while I mustered any smiles, hugs and encouragement for her when she was awake. The date for Thanksgiving was about a week away when Dr. Rosenthal asked Lauren-Ashley if she would like to try to get the pain really under control and go to Grandma’s where I would administer her medications and she could go back and forth to clinic every other day for blood work etc… but mostly to be with family for the holidays. She perked up and said yes. She began to respond better, stay up a little more in anticipation for leaving the hospital. After the weekend Dr. Rosenthal and his head nurse came to see if they could talk to me outside. My heart sank as they lead me down the hall to a small room – I knew what was coming and didn’t want to be there. I actually wanted to run down the hall screaming and just keep running until I couldn’t any more. His face said everything – but not what I wanted to hear. The goal of the team was to keep Lauren-Ashley comfortable, free from pain and to allow her to enjoy her family and anything she wanted to do that she could tolerate. I felt like someone plunged a knife through my heart and twisted it a bit as tears welled up. Doctor put his head in his hand and fought back the tears himself while his nurse put her hand on my leg and fought them back as well. All I could say was that I NEVER thought I would be in that room and in this position because Lauren-Ashley was already my little miracle from God. He proceeded to tell me that we were caught between a rock and a hard spot and interrupting I said I think it is much worse than that apparently. He then said he really felt like he was tied to a fence with a train at about 100 feet away. This coming from a very optimistic and positive man – I knew he felt hopeless at this moment and I asked if he had given up hope on Lauren-Ashley – when he said No, no but I am at a loss for things to do. We then discussed the last DLI which we both agreed it wouldn’t hurt but he was convinced it probably wouldn’t do anything either. His nurse handed me another DNR paper for outside of the hospital if paramedics had to be called for any reason – I completely broke down, and for the sake of your own hearts I will not go into detail what I was told might be possibilities. I felt like I was being bombarded by hell itself in all its ugliness – and I was. It took everything in me to move into a place of safety with the Lord and to allow God to cover me. Walking back into that hospital room was extremely difficult and to “proceed as normal” but with God’s strength I did it!
It is not often that I have feelings of “deep sorrow” from them the way I did in that room but I ran to the Lord every moment that seemed to want to consume me. I felt his strong love and his right hand upholding me as I proceeded to plan for discharge, get medicines in order and take a class at Kaiser for IV med administration at home. My mind flew back to the Lord’s words in the beginning, “. . walk through it. . . . I go before you. . . . and I will be your rear guard.” I held on to all the words over the years we had been given and shown and clung to them like a life rope as we left the hospital with counts almost nonexistent and blast cells up to 82% .
Thanksgiving was wonderful with all the children together and clinic visits were plenty every other day. Lauren-Ashley grew in strength and was able to walk more around the house but still showed the signs of months in the hospital and heavy meds. Even amidst not feeling well, she still mustered up smiles and her sense of humor came through. At this point, when at clinic I did not ask about blast cells any longer but only the absolute necessary ones related to platelets, blood and things like potassium and magnesium I could have some control over all the while spiritually cursing the fungus and leukemia and declaring its destruction. Lauren-Ashley continued to cling to the Lord and picture all the ugly cells running for their lives. December 1 arrived, and in clinic we went for the last DLI. It went without a hitch and I can never get over what a miracle it is, taking pictures as usual. Finals came and went yielding a miraculous bunch of good grades for me and my stress was diminished a bit, now being able to concentrate on Lauren-Ashley and what I needed to do for her. My Mom, Dad and I continued to just take each day at a time and pray over Lauren-Ashley along with countless others committed to do the same. As we attended our clinic visit this past Friday, we arrived early, got blood taken, needed blood and platelets and waited for Dr. Rosenthal to see us. He came in later in the afternoon, with a different look on his face. As he stood near the doorway, leaning on the sink cabinet, I looked him in the eye and said if he had anything bad to say please just forget it and leave. He stammered in his words a little but managed to get out that no, it wasn’t and he was a bit “puzzled” by her blood work. Not understanding what he meant, he proceeded to tell me her donor cells which were completely 0 had begun to rise, and the leukemia cells were down to 18% – Tears welled, I clapped and almost couldn’t contain myself. At which time he said he was extremely cautious over this and I said with my medical training so far I understood BUT putting my hand on my chest and pointing to the sky I proclaimed I KNEW what had happened and would proceed accordingly as well. He looked at me with an almost bewilderment and said, “..well, keep praying and, we are talking about Lauren-Ashley here” When he left, Lauren-Ashley realized just where she was at – on paper- she looked at me and said “I knew it was a virus and I was going to be ok”. She has often, when asked, said she knows the Lord is taking care of her – and that never was a question or concern of hers. The whole week of this appointment I felt the Lord asking me if I trusted Him and would I trust Him in the 11th hour? I could always answer Yes! Because I really know He is our everything and no matter what situation, trial or opportunity He is taking care of us and He in control and wants us to obey. My mind often went to Joseph and his situation of having to endure many years of unjust treatment and Abraham having to continue to obey all the while knowing God wanted him to sacrifice his son – and in the 11th hour God’s hand spared them both, lifted them up and fulfilled His word to them. I BELIEVE GOD and continue to hold fast to His word!!!!!
Please continue to picture God’s breath moving across Lauren-Ashley’s bone marrow, cells proliferating under God’s direction and fungus and leukemia cells being destroyed and eliminated from her body – for His Glory!!!!!!! Our work is not done yet in this situation, and our heels need to be dug in because the battle IS BEING WON!!!!!!!!!Strongholds are being completely destroyed, ground is being recaptured and the enemy is fleeing.
Remember God is our Strength, Light and Salvation and, “ . . . they that wait upon the Lord shall renew their strength, the shall mount up with wings as eagles, they shall run and not be weary, they shall walk and not faint.” Thank you all for standing with us, fighting and believing God.

Always in Him,
Sherri

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Posted Dec 27, 2009 2:11am
by Marlena Sanchez

OMG…. you guys are going threw alot again…but like lauren said God is with you guys and all of us… Lauren will be better i just know it. My mom and robert say hello and so do i myself and milagro and rocky and diego and mia. Robert and my mom say hope the best with the recovery and things will get better… Milagro has got bigger i would put picks up on my page so you guys could see but my memory card is messed up right now. Im trying to get it fixed then i’ll be able to show you… I missed you guys dearly at thanksgiving and christmas…. Merry CHRISTmas and Happy New Year…. I’ve been doing good. I got a case for my sewing machine for christmas!!!!!!! im so happy. I also got clothes and makeup…. lots of perfume…. its funny because my mom cant wear it because of diego but when im on my way to school i get too, cuz it wears off by the time i get home…ha ha ha to her huh….. so did she enjoy that white puppy stuffed animal i gave her…. i love you guys dearly…. I pray everyday for it to just go away and for her to come home… I know god is with us…. it’s just hard sometimes for me and well im sure with you too…. Tell her i look forward to when she comes home healthy because im still saying im going to beat her at D.D.R. I havent been to c.a.l.m so not forsure on how the animals are doing but im sure their doing good… Diego is still being a jerk to poor rocky…. Mia is still tubby….ha ha ha oh guess what i got bump its…. member the things for your hair….. im excited to wear them… Im going to try to fix my camera or memory card which ever it is and post pictures so you guys can see how everything is,,,, still the same….. ha ha did santa clause visit you guys…. what did he get her…. Well im going to go for now… much love and prayers going your way……

Love always,
Marlena

Posted Dec 14, 2009 9:44pm
by Janet Squire

Praise the Lord! He always takes care of us. It was good talking to you the other night. Love & Prayers, Janet

Posted Dec 14, 2009 12:40pm
by Mindy Swogger

Wow!! What an amazing testimony to God’s healing power this is!! May He continue to surround you and Louren with his grace, peace and healing power, with Him all things are possible!! Love Mindy

Posted Dec 14, 2009 11:59am
by Diane Rogers

Sherri,
My heart goes out to you and your family.The strength you have shown is undeniable from G-d.
and he loves you and yours.I will continue to ask rabbi and congregation to pray for Lauren.

Posted Dec 14, 2009 11:46am
by Bonnie O’Neil

Dear Sherri,
Love and prayers from John Zachman’s friends in Colorado. We will continue to pray and ask God’s healing and blessing be poured out upon you.
In Christ,
Bonnie O’Neil

Posted Dec 14, 2009 11:43am
by Amelia Pesante

Sherri and Lauren – I continue to stand with you believing that “He who has began a good work is more than able to complete it” and I know from experience that He will not let go of us when we are called upon to walk through the Valley of Shadows. He remains our very present help in time of troubles and despair. I love both of you so very much. I am expecting another improvment report or even better a complete healing report before Christmas. He is still the God of Miracles. Love Amelia

Posted Dec 14, 2009 8:13am
by Kathy Dages

Sherri, I am so very sorry to hear of all Lauren Ashley has suffered and how difficult this latest journey through healing medicine has been. You both have been in my prayers continuously and I am so glad God has given you this great gift of renewed healing and improvement. I continue to praise God for His Almighty gift and to ask for continued strength and healing.
Take care and be well yourself. Love & Hugs to you and Lauren Ashley from New Jersey for the holidays.
In Christ with love, Kathy

Posted Dec 13, 2009 1:16pm
by Juliahna Grace

Thank you for sharing this story of Lauren-Ashley and all the prayers and interventions that are sustaining her and you. It is a great resource for anyone whose treatments and recovery are so complex and demanding of continued hope.

Juliahna Grace

Posted Dec 13, 2009 1:02pm
by Rebecca Wolfe

God is faithful! What an enormous Christmas gift of His love and vigilence reminding all of us once again we are firmly in His hands. You are always in our thoughts and prayers and we just praise and thank Him for holding you up and bestowing that attitude of belief and positive expectation within Lauren Ashley.
Love – Rebecca/Rich

Posted Dec 13, 2009 11:09am
by Liz Feder

Words aren’t adequate except to say GOD IS AWESOME!!! love, Liz

Posted Dec 13, 2009 9:42am
by Sharon Welker

Sherri,
I’m still here praying for Lauren-Ashley’s healing. I pray the Christmas holidays will be times of great blessings to her, you and your family as it was a time our miracle, Jesus, was given to us all. May her miracle healing continue to happen and come complete soon.

Love to you all, Sharon

Posted Dec 13, 2009 9:21am
by Carol O’Rourke

Oh Sherri,
Thank you for this update. I have been continuing to hold all of you up in prayer and have been wondering and wondering how things are going. I am so sorry that Lauren Ashley has had to suffer so much. And I am very concerned about you and your Mom and Dad too. I am so happy that your faith is your foundation and is helping you to continue walking this walk. I know often that is all one can do because everything is in God’s hands, not ours. And we, indeed, must continue to trust in Him. As we know, miracles do happen every single day and we must trust in the Lord’s wisdom to do His work. I pray that all of you will be able to find peace and strength as you continue this journey.
Love, Carol

Posted Dec 13, 2009 8:18am
by Donna Cabe

wow, We are continuing to pray and God is by all of our sides! We love you, always pray for you, and never forget you. A miracle is being worked and we are trusting and praying. Love you muchly, Mark and Donna see you soon!

Posted Dec 13, 2009 7:49am
by Mariana Argentina Montalvo

Sherri,our prayers are with God’s child that is suffering. May our Lord always be close and rid this evil illness. My child has AML and I know that everyday is of concern. Our prayers are with Lauren-Ashley. May God bless you and the children traveling this path.

Staying the Course!

Old Farmer's Road

Posted Nov 7, 2009 5:16pm

Dearest All,

I have tended to wait to do this next update because each day has held its own. I prefer to have answers, results etc…

“yesterday”, but that is not the nature of this kind of process. It has really forced me to live the proverbial “one day at

a time” and accumulate MUCH patience. Since our last udate Lauren-Ashley has continued to move in the right direction slowly

and steadily. This type of fungal infection is extremely touchy and destructive. It is a miracle that we were not put in the ICU. Bottom line I have not heard of many(one hand count) childen who have not ended up there let alone survived this most monsterous culprit. Her counts continue to remain “stable”. Until two days ago that was enough for me. I used to analyze each and every letter on the daily bloodwork reports and I think I have just decided to be “happy” to know we are stable and positive at this point. Her eye remains a little swollen, slightly red but she can open it a bit(about 1/3) and her vision does not seem to be impaired or the occular muscle function either-miracle! At this time I have chosen not to tell her about the herendous moment and decision about keeping her eye etc.. I think this is best left for another time when she can look at this with more perspective and know that God literally wanted to use that moment for something more than the moment itself. I am sure He wll reveal it to her when need be and she will be able to use it for His Glory!
One of the doctors, Dr. Polauska came to me on Thursday and cheerfully asked me if I wanted to know what her counts were. She seemed too happy at that moment and I told her I think moreso she would like to tell me – she said “come to the computer and I will show you. All her counts seem to be stable and her white count is .9 (not much but better than nothing)

As she scrolled across the figures, she showed me that the blast cells hon Nov. 2nd were up to 42% – Now know why I had no desire to check on them daily – this would have made me extremely and deeply concerned BUT GOD showed up when the next lyphocyte infusion did on Tuesday the 3rd. the count on Thursday – when she showed me two days later -had gone down to 17% !!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!! This reason is why she was excited. It seems to be doing what they were hoping. I am not sure how long we need to do this but Dr. said we wil do it as long and as many times as we are able and need to. I thank God every day Lauren-Ashley has a good day and I sit back and watch and know God is working even when she doesn’t. This battle is a long and difficult one BUT GOD has a wonderful plan for all of us within it.

It is important that all of you get rest and renewal through this battle and Praise God which strenghtens you and strengthens us.

This miracle of cell transfer is just that – a miracle! I took some pictures of it arriving in the cooler outside our door, of it in its container cryogenically frozen(very cool), being thawed and being hung for infusion, just so you all could share in the miracle and what it was like. We continue to wait for some type of a GVH reaction showing us the cells are armed and really continuing to battle on their own and today I think we have a glimpse- LA has a very sore spot in her mouth and her tummy is upset alot – I never thought I would be happy she doesn’t feel so great in that respect – go figure!!!!. Pray for Gods little Army to continue to be girded up inside her body gaining ground and strengthening on their own. This will enable the leukemia cells to be destroyed when they rear up and her own cells to recover.

Just a note – I have 5 weeks of school left for this semester – finals will be here before I know it and Please pray that I will be able to retain the info needed and things will go well.

Please remember to take a look at the new pics – it is amazing to me!!!

Always greatful for each and every one of you and the strength we receive and feel knowing you are standing with us!

Always in Him,
Sherri

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Posted Nov 20, 2009 11:44pm
by Christopher Schmidt

Praying for your family and Praising God from Kansas

Thinkingofyou1

Posted Nov 20, 2009 2:14pm
by Rebecca Wolfe

Sherri and Lauren Ashley -

You are continuously in our prayers and we lift you up daily for complete healing and strength. Just wanted to pop in and send you hugs and love!
Love you!
Rebecca/Rich

Posted Nov 11, 2009 6:23am
by Kathy Dages

Lauren Ashley & Sherri,
The prayers for strength and renewed healing continue in abundance. Your faith is unfailing as well as God’s love and so many others who admire your fortitude. Hang in there and feel our hugs and prayers always, Love, Kathy

Posted Nov 9, 2009 9:37pm
by Sharon Welker

Dear LA and Sherri,
I am so sorry you both are going through all this suffering and stress. I can only say your faithfulness to God during such a tragedy is certainly an encouragement to others and a testimony to your dedication to Christ. I am continuing to be in prayer for your comfort and total healing Lauren Ashley, including those symptoms created from the side effects of the chemo and all the cell transfer. I will not soon forget what that day was like. A new birthday. May God’s spirit and His wisdom continue to guide you Sherri in making the decisions that will help this healing process along quickly. You are both in my thoughts and prayers. I am rejoicing and thankful for this good bit of news…Sharon

Posted Nov 9, 2009 1:28pm
by Brion Ockenfels

Dear Lauren Ashley and Sherri, THANK YOU GOD is all I can express at this moment!

Lauren Ashley my thoughts, prayers and journey with God cannot be without you and those I hold dear. You are my hero Lauren Ashley; you have brought me closer to God, softened my heart and strengthened the Holy Spirit within my soul. I know I am not alone when I say I am proud to stand next to you, amazed with your strength, resolve and the living breathing light of God you bring into the our lives.

We Love you Lauren Ashley.

You are one tough cookie young lady, keep up the good fight, rest and heal when you can, let God’s little Special Force guys do what they do best.

Sherri, Thank you so much for the pics, never in my life did I think that cranberry red would be my favorite color. You absolutely know you are in our prayers, I cannot think of a better Mom and you will be, you are an incredible Nurse.

PAX, Brion

Posted Nov 8, 2009 11:19am
by Amelia Pesante

Sherri we both know that the battles we must often fight are never wasted but God will use them to strengthen us for days ahead. He never leads us down roads that He in His merciful way has not prepared us to travel. It is the same this time around. I know that even now He is equipping you and our precious Lauren-Ashley for His good work that lies before you. His plans are always good and purposeful. I believe those with the greatest destinies must climb the steepest mountains. Praise be to God who anoints us with every good gift and prepares our hands for war. I love you both dearly and continue to pray for total healing and divine restoration. Amelia

Posted Nov 8, 2009 10:46am
by Ruthie James

I pray night and day for you both, and Dad, and of course for the wondeful Dr Rosenthal and the fabulos nurses w/ you. Sherri I will pray for you w/ your finals, but I am not worried, you are doing EXACTLY what you are suppose to be doing and NO ONE will make a finer nurse! We love you all. Stay strong, fight the fight & walk the walk, we are w/ you, as Michael Jackson’s go… ” You Are Not Alone”. Love, Ruthie

Posted Nov 7, 2009 7:16pm
by Tara Christian

God is good and as much as you have learned to trust God in all things, it may not be evident now, but Lauren is learning from you how to trust God also. God is using you as much as he is Lauren to be that little light of Hope that most people give up on. Continue the course, Do not grow weary, for His ways are higher than our ways and his thoughts are higher than our thoughts, and if they weren’t then we would be in some big trouble. We are in the valleys at times, but we never stay there. The mountain top awaits you both! We love you guys very much.

Posted Nov 7, 2009 5:48pm
by Janet Squire

Craig & I are continueing to pray for a miracle.
Love, Janet

Still. . .Walking through in obedience

Posted Oct 20, 2009 3:38pm

Dearest Loved Ones,
Last night I received an update from Brion (LA’s donor). Being the faithful man of God he, and before going home he placed his hands on the cooler with his lymphocytes and prayed for their safe delivery and purpose. They were sent on their way and arrived here sometime last night.
This morning, Lauren-Ashley had the drain removed from her sinus/nasal cavity and was brave – as usual. We have had multiple doctors in and out this morning all “amazed”, pleased and cautious with her progress to the anti-fungal treatment and hopeful for its continued success.
I was given the infusion schedule STARTING TODAY!!!!!! The lymphocytes were processed and split into four infusion packs. The schedule starts with the first infusion starting today 10/20 2009 at noon! The following infusions will each being given on a Tuesday – 11/3, 11/17,and 12/01. * It will be important for these cells to take hold and battle the leukemia cell invaders and destroy them enabling her marrow production to re-establish itself and her counts to recover.
*It is also important to declare and speak these things as they already are. In approaching God the Father on her behalf give Him Glory and our hearts full of Praise and Thanksgiving for her cells recovering, the fungus shriveling up by the roots and the order in her body on a cellular level being reestablished as God intended… BECAUSE . . . . . it has Already happened in the Spirit and needs to be declared with our words on this earth – where we have been given authority and dominion! It may not feel like it at times but God does not lie and His Word does not change or return void!!!!!!. . . . . . ………………………………………………….. Well, it is 12:32 on 10/20/2009 and I am continuing our update – several nurses came in about 10 minutes ago with a rather large looking syringe with about an inch of reddish liquid that was the lymphocytes. It was attached to her central line which goes (appropriately) directly into her heart to be pumped throughout her whole body. The nursed let me hold it just before infusion – what an emotional moment! As I watched it being infused (which only took about a minute or less) I couldn’t help but picture the little “trouble maker” cells running for their lives!!!!! – and I am sure to NO AVAIL!!!!!!!!! She is taking a nap and slept through the whole thing except for a moment when I woke her to let her see them. She reached up to touch the syringe ad closed her eyes and went back to sleep. They will be monitoring her vitals for the next hour as they do for all blood products and we just continue to walk through this healing process.
I love you all for staying the course with us and bless you this day for your faithfulness
Always in Him,
Sherri

20 Message(s)

Posted Dec 24, 2009 5:51pm
by Brion Ockenfels

Hi dear Lauren Ashley, I wanted you to know you have not left my thoughts =, my heart and my prayers.

Love to you and your family, Brion

Posted Oct 24, 2009 6:26pm
by Wes Hicks

our continued thoughts and prayers. Your strength is nothing short of amazing. Hang in there, give LA our love and encouragement to draw strength from you and Him..
love always
Jannee, Wes Jennifer and Bryan

Posted Oct 22, 2009 6:50pm
by Katrecia Short

Your courage and faith never fails to amaze me, and as always you are all in my thoughts and heart. Miss you all!

Posted Oct 22, 2009 1:05pm
by Chrisie Ferguson

glad to hear all is going well right now. hope it contiues to look up for you guys.
chrisie

Posted Oct 21, 2009 2:21pm
by George Weiss

Our dearest Lauren Ashley
If we were near you, we would give you such a special hog and kisses that would make you feel well immediatly.
We are praying for your well being and hope that soon we will receive the good news about a full recovery.
We love you and sending you lots of XXXXXXXXXXXXX
Gisele & George

Posted Oct 21, 2009 11:44am
by Sally Young

We are always there with our prayers and faith that our beautiful girl will be whole again.
“God, stand by Lauren Ashley and her mom, and family during this time of trial.”
Our love to you always,
John & Sally Young

Posted Oct 21, 2009 11:33am
by Fran Clark

My sweet Lauren Ashley – Rest in the Peace sent from our Friend, Jesus Christ. I am with you in the only way I can – Prayer, it works the best. I am holding you close in my heart. I LOVE YOU!

Posted Oct 21, 2009 1:11am
by Ronald Miranda

God has and will continue to bless you Lauren Ashley. We love you!

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Posted Oct 21, 2009 12:59am
by Daniel Christian

Praise & Glory to the Lord!

Posted Oct 20, 2009 9:57pm
by Sharon Welker

I pray the Holy Spirit invade each cell and carry only health and wellness to Lauren-Ashley’s bone marrow.
In unified prayer and faith for healing, Sharon

Posted Oct 20, 2009 7:45pm
by Linda Martin

Dear Sherri and Aaron,
Ben and I want you to know that we are, and have been praying for Lauren Ashley and reading your updates. Mark and Donna have been keeping us informed and asking for prayers all the way up here in Vancouver, WA. What a fighter that little LaurenAshley is and full of such determination. Praise God for that. What a gift you have to be her strong hold for her right now with Jesus on your side.
God Bless, and we continue to pray for her, as she gets well. Ben and Linda Martin

Posted Oct 20, 2009 6:56pm
by Fran Clark

I will stand with you in prayer for all the good that will come from this. Jesus be with you both.

Posted Oct 20, 2009 6:27pm
by Debbie Carter-Peterson

Thank you for the updates, now when I call we can talk about happy stuff. Sherry, please tell Laurens donor, THANK YOU from myself and my family also, because i know what a truely generous gift he has given Lauren Ashley and your family. Luv Ya Bunches,Debbie
you too Aaron!!!!!

Posted Oct 20, 2009 4:58pm
by Misty Joe

thank you Jesus and we Praise him for his healing touch and love.

misty and kids.

Posted Oct 20, 2009 4:45pm
by Janet Squire

We are praying & expecting a miracle. Love, Janet & Craig

Posted Oct 20, 2009 4:26pm
by Tara Christian

It amazes me to see God true to His word when everything around us shouts other-wise. Lauren is a living testimony of God’s power and truth. God loves his daughter. We love you Lauren, your brother and I lift you in our prayers several times a day.

Posted Oct 20, 2009 4:20pm
by Brion Ockenfels

Sherri, Lauren Ashley and family, I just received your precious update, I am so very thankful knowing of their safe arrival. I like the guys you work with, Gods Special Forces, they do not mess around. Rest when you can Lauren Ashley and let our friendly forces do their work. Miracles large or small – they’re all h00je!
I will continue to stand by you and your family Lauren Ashley, in God’s love and the pure light present in your heart and all who pray for your well-being and recovery.
In God’s Love, Brion

Posted Oct 20, 2009 4:08pm
by John Zachman

Love you!
Uncle John

Posted Oct 20, 2009 3:51pm
by Christopher Christian

Hey Mom, GREAT NEWS!!!!!!!!!! We are praying daily for this procedure and LA speedy recovery! We are also praying that God will give you strength and comfort each and every day! We will see you guys soon! Say hi to Lauren for us and give her our love. Love you both very much!!!

Chris and LJ

Posted Oct 20, 2009 3:44pm
by Donna Cabe

Hallelujah! Help has been delivered! praise God for a great sounding prognosis! and HEALING! Continually praying and now thankfully,for his work in her! love you, Mark and Donna

Peace Amidst the StormStorm waves

Posted Oct 16, 2009 2:53am

Dearest All,
It is now 11:30 p.m. and this is by far the most difficult post yet. Despite the events of today and especially this evening, I still stand firm in what God says and NOT the Doctors.
First, I want to say the events we have endured I did not expect or see coming – at all. We were slated to go to the OR at 2:30p.m. but the go-ahead was not for sure until a little earlier in the day approx. 11a.m. As we waited and waited, it wasn’t until 4 p.m. until the OR transport arrived. We quickly did the paper signing, meeting the extra docs etc… and at 5p.m. she went in. I anticipated another 3+ hour surgery by 7:30p.m. I received a call on my cell phone from Doctor Rosenthal’s right hand Dr. Polaska (wonderful woman and doctor) asking where I was – I was in our room waiting for her to be done. The tone in her voice warranted me asking if everything was alright. Her response was, “No, not really”. As electric like shocks ran through my whole being I asked if she was alive, at which point she realized what she had done and said yes, but she needed to talk to me about an immediate plan of some sort – Lauren-Ashley was still on the operating table and Doctor would be right up.
It seemed like longer but was only about 1 minute. She proceeded to tell me that when they entered the frontal, ethmoid and sphenoid sinuses they removed a significant amount of fungal infected tissue and discovered the aspergillus has permeated the blood vessels in the oral cavity. The conservative plan would be to scrape, remove and clean anything within reach in all sinus cavities but in order to remove most if not all would be an aggressive treatment needing my immediate approval and that to my shock was to remove her eye- I really could NOT BELIEVE what I was hearing. The eye itself was not affected but in order to clean the ocular cavity, irreparable damage would be done to the eye and removing in would ensure the best chance of removal of the fungus.
There are so many factors we are juggling right now this was the most shocking and immediate. Dr. Polaska, on the way up to me, contacted Dr. Rosenthal in Texas at a conference and he did not agree with performing aggressive treatment under the circumstances of fighting the leukemia and putting her at risk to become weaker. The removal of her eye would have been an extremely difficult procedure, more painful and longer recovery and he insists on moving forward with the lymphocyte infusion next week sometime to give her the best chance against the leukemia.
Needless to say, I moved through a gamut of emotions all the while considering what would be the best for her state of mind and what the Lord would have me to do – and I needed to make the decision right then. Knowing Lauren-Ashley, having to endure probably triple + the pain she is enduring now, along with the fact of losing her eye would have really caused her to most likely lose her strength, cause her to weaken at an accelerated pace and start to lose hope. This I COULD NOT ALLOW to happen. Amidst waves of tears and wanting to just fall apart I had to encourage myself to keep my eyes on what God had said and stay in tune with the Holy Spirit’s prodding to stay the course and stay on the conservative plan.
Dr. immediately ran (literally) back to the OR to let them know to finish up and return her to me after post op. As she left the door two nurses who have ran the journey with us from the beginning held me as I broke down for a few minutes – I think I just had to let it out! It was an extremely difficult few moments but I was peaceful amidst the ciaos. Just then my mom walked in and caught on, called my Dad downstairs to come up – what timing!!!!!!!
Lauren-Ashley went into post op at 8:30 p.m. and didn’t return to me until 10.00p.m. It feels like a little piece of me gets chewed off every time I see her in such pain and in such a setting with tubes, tears etc. Mom mode kicks in and we transferred her to her bed, comforted her, covered, hooked meds back up and tried to make her as comfortable as possible. She is on her pain med regimen (3 mg. hourly morphine continuous, a pca at 15 min. intervals-2mg, and a nurse bolus every 30 minutes of 2mg and if any more is needed we will evaluate at each interval. Her eye is red and swollen a little with a drain coming out of the incision by her nose running down her rt. nasal cavity and gauze across her nose. She just wants to rest and is not very conscious but is extremely coherent and irritated and probably will remain that way until we get the pain managed which shouldn’t take very long. I pray she will have a comfortable night and a speedy recovery with the fungus being destroyed every second of every day and the leukemia hovering until we can blast it into oblivion!!!!!!!!
God being who He is her vitals (bp, oxygen saturation, and temp) after this heavier and more difficult, not to mention longer surgery are better and more stable than last weeks surgery!!
Please forgive me if I have rambled a bit but as I type the tears just have rolled and I think I needed to “get it out”. I love you all for allowing me to share this most painful part of our lives and standing by, with, and next to us while I literally feel you all holding us up. You all are so precious to me as I walk through this most difficult time and your faithfulness blesses me.
I will keep you informed as usual,
Always in Him,
Sherri

17 Message(s)

Posted Oct 24, 2009 6:21pm
by Wes Hicks

only one thing to say, the Grace of God shall get you through.
thinking of you and wishing we could be with you – Love Jannee, Wes Jennifer and Bryan

Posted Oct 21, 2009 10:55pm
by Mariana Argentina Montalvo

Sherri,
God has spoken to you. Your daughter will recover. Our prayers are with you. Sometimes doctors look but do not see all. God will make Lauren well. In the name of the :Father, the Son: & the Holy Spirit.

Posted Oct 18, 2009 10:32pm
by Donna Cabe

This is Jenny (logged in under mom’s ID)- You guys are in our prayers. Being a mom now, I can’t even imagine going through such an ordeal. Both yours and Laurens strength is an amazing testement to all.
Love
Jenny
PS: Tell Lauren that Sierra had her first taste of animal crackers this week:)

Posted Oct 17, 2009 7:59pm
by Patricia Jones

we love you sherri and lauren
love always cyrena

Posted Oct 17, 2009 12:50pm
by Brion Ockenfels

Lauren Ashley, Sherri and Family, Hang in there. The love and the power of the prayer machine come from many hearts and communities of faith standing firm with you.
Lauren Ashley, Your precious Hero Bear you made, like a sentinel watches over me as a constant reminder of your personal faith, your strength and your love. Rest and heal when you can dear beautiful young lady, like so many who have joined you in your journey, we stand together in Jesus and his blessed Mother Mary with you, your family, all the doctors and countless wonderful nurses and medical personnel who have chosen to fight with you.
We love you and do our best to pray for your peace and healing every moment.
Love and hugs (Hero Bear too), Brion

Posted Oct 17, 2009 12:05pm
by Amelia Pesante

Greetings My Precious Friend – I forwarded your CarePage to my pray partners and all the friends in my address book that know how to pray. Just talked to Susan. She sends her love and prayers as well. Know that we are holding up your arms as you continue in this fight – the battle is the Lord’s but the victory is yours.

While I know this is not God sent, it will be God used in ways we cannot even comprehend.

My beautiful sister it really is alright to break down for a while as long as you don’t stay down. He gives us tears and compassionate Mother’s hearts for a reason. He tells us that when we are at our weakest that is when is the strongest in us. I know from experience what a wonderful woman of strength and courage you are and what a courageous fighter in faith our Lauren-Ashley is. Continue to hold to God’s unchanging hand.

Try to find some quite time and crawl into His precious arms and let Him hold you oh so very close, just as you do our precious girl. If I can do anything for either of you other than pray, please feel free to ask. I wish I were closer so I could be with you physically but I know there is no distance in the Spirit so feel my arms around you giving you one of my “Mom hugs”. I love both of you so very much. We truly are – all standing in His grace and mercy. Love Amelia

Posted Oct 16, 2009 6:10pm
by Diane Rogers

Sherri
I’m fighting to keep the tears back as I read your page.Please know you are in my heart and prayers. Diane

Posted Oct 16, 2009 3:12pm
by Liz Feder

Sherri … you are an incredible warrior and I’m not telling you anything you don’t already know. The battle is NOT yours or Lauren’s … it belongs to God Almighty. And I am standing with you in His NAME. Do not for one moment look at this obstacle through your own eyes and see defeat … but rather look at the size of our God!!! I have been studying the life of David this morning in 1st Samuel and it is so awesome and so right on for you RIGHT NOW!!! : )) Faith in a living, active God moves mountains. HALLELUJAH love and hugs, Liz

Posted Oct 16, 2009 1:54pm
by George Weiss

Dearest Sherri
Our prayers are there for your beatiful daughter and we know that G.D will be there for her
We love you very much and will continue praying for Lauren-Ashley’s full recovery
George & Gisele

Posted Oct 16, 2009 1:33pm
by Kathy Dages

Sherri,
My heart broke to hear your message. I am so sorry you had to endure such difficult news. I am happy that Lauren Ashley has her eye and I know that God will hear our prayers and put His healing hands on all that is needed in her body. Please feel my hugs, prayers and love. Pass them on to Lauren Ashley as well when she feels more up to it.
You are always in my heart and prayers even though I am on the East Coast right now. Be strong as God comforts you and heals Lauren Ashley. You both have such courage and loving spirits. I admire you so. Wish I could see you in person. Asking many to pray for our little Angel Lauren Ashley. Love you, Kathy

Posted Oct 16, 2009 1:11pm
by Nicole Christian

Sherri,

I love you and Lauren very much…
“Not only so, but we[a] also rejoice in our sufferings, because we know that suffering produces perseverance; perseverance, character; and character, hope. And hope does not disappoint us, because God has poured out his love into our hearts by the Holy Spirit, whom he has given us.”
Romans 5:3-5

Love you,

Nicole

Posted Oct 16, 2009 11:14am
by Janet Squire

I can’t imagine going through what you are going through. Along with praying for Lauren’s complete healing I am praying that you feel God’s presence in the room & Him holding you in His arms rocking you like your Mom did when you were a small child. Love & prayers, Janet

Posted Oct 16, 2009 11:08am
by Misty Joe

Oh Honey I don’t know what to say other than lots of hugs andfrom Nicole, Mike, audry and I.

Love you both, misty

Posted Oct 16, 2009 10:13am
by Ruthie James

Oh my poor dears!!! Do you feel my arms around you?? I hope so. I don’t know what to say – we love you all and we send you strength and hope. It’s ok to cry, Sherri, give a kiss to your most precous girl, and Aaron hugs to you, Steve really feels for you having to be away, and keep working, we know how that goes! Gotta keep the insurance! Stay strong- we LOVE you ALL.
Ruthie James & Family
hope

Posted Oct 16, 2009 9:06am
by Doris Mackey

We are also speechless and continue to hold you all in our thoughts. Love, Doris & Art

Posted Oct 16, 2009 8:11am
by Donna Cabe

I’m speechless, but God knows are needs and wants. We are praying continually. Love you lots, Mark and Donna

Posted Oct 16, 2009 3:03am
by Brandon Smith

We’re right here with you guys and God’s got you on our hearts constantly. Give Lo-Lo a hug for us and as she hugs you back, know that that’s us hugging you too. With all our love, Shea and Brandon

Standing once againSunflowers

Posted Oct 15, 2009 1:41pm

Dearest All,
It has been a week of encouragement, bewilderment, puzzling moments, happy moments, relief and concern, just to wrap it up. we truly are learning to take each day a moment at a time. Lauren-Ashley continues to go through the healing process and some concern remains.
The pathology tests revealed a very serious and extremely dangerous type of fungus in her sinus cavity. For you and I it would be serious enough, but for an immunocompromised person it is more than serious.
As a precautionary measure she was put on an antifungal medication prior to surgery, after the results came back they increased the dosage. Her week went up and down with swelling and redness and is looking less “angry” but the dilema is, Do they go back in and remove more fluid and try to take out as much infected tissue as they can. It seems simple enough, but the risks are certainly a concern. If they do, do we run the risk of dislodging some and it entering the bloodstream in a big way and poses more complications? Will this weakien her any more? (she is strong and draws on the Lord for it physically, spiritually and mentally) I am sitting here waiting for the ENT surgeon and neurological consult to come in to discuss some of these issues.
Now is the time we need, as we have prayed for the wisdom of the Almighty to be imparted clearly to each of the doctors influencing their thoughts, decisions and hands.
Her counts still remain extremely low and she is being supported appropriately with blood and platelets. Dr. Rosenthal informed the people in charge of the Lymphocyte collection who wanted to cancel in last week, but Dr. said absolutely not and it was postponed until the 19th of October – next week. We just need to get the remainder of this infection arrested and. . . . . . .30 minutes later. . . .

Dr. Magami came in and discussed the procedure with me and we talked about all concerns, but her feeling is, she has been conservative enough with Lauren-Ashley and wants to go in, open up the sinus area through the same incision, possibly extending it a bit if necessary as to not miss anything, remove more tissue and any fluid build-up to help with irrigation, drainage and the healing process.
Please, stand with us today in full confidance in what God is allowing and bless the doctors involved with clear vision, purpose and steady hands.
As a mom, this is a little difficult, to say the least, since Lauren-Ashley has to endure a very long surgery once again, but as a mom who trusts the Lord with ALL she has, I stand in His promises conerning Lauren-Ashley knowing that His word is the same yesterday, today and forever!

Thank you for standing with me in the Spirit,
Always appreciating and loving each and every one of you,

In Him,
Sherri

2 Message(s)

Posted Oct 16, 2009 12:26am
by Marlena Sanchez

Hey Sherri and Lauren,
it’s me marlena… I want to say a lot has gone on since we last talked. And thank you for telling me about this website to check up on you guys.. I love you dearly and put it this way “it’s just the flu” remember that’s what i said in the begining… Your right Lauren has grown up quiet a bit, i remember when we first met no makeup and playing with poly pockets and now MAKEUP and LIPGLOSS and her hair… I know that things will get better for you and her… I miss you guys very much indeed. School is doing great for me I have a few C’s and alot of B’s and A’s… Mia, Rocky, Diego, and can’t forget Milagro all say hi, or in their languege ruff ruff and fff ffff sorry dont know what noise a rat makes..ha ha.. My mom has been good worried about Lauren lots.. Im constantly praying for her, let her know i say hi and i miss her, and that i cant wait for her to come home so i can finally beat her at DDR..ha ha ha Tell her Sharvae also says hello… well im going to have to go its 9:24pm i got school tomorrow but i will call you and see how your doing.. keep your heads held high, because I KNOW God will get her through this, and you guys are in my prayers….With much love going your way….Marlena

Posted Oct 15, 2009 9:55pm
by Brion Ockenfels

Lauren Ashley and Sherri, I standing with you. I go to sleep praying for you and awake still praying for you. You are such a strong person Lauren Ashley, I am, we are here for you.
We love you Lauren Ashley, stay strong with us. Love and h00je hugs if I could be there, Mr. D.

//

Post Surgery updateAutumn Yellow

Posted Oct 7, 2009 2:29pm

Dearest All,
Yesterday was a very difficult day in several ways. It became a good application of patience, faith and resolve. Even though everything becomes a “waiting game” here one way or another we got word of the OR coming to get Lauren-Ashley at about 11:30 a.m. We ended waiting in the OR for the Doctor to arrive from an outside appt. and then re-evaluating Lauren-Ashley because her eye swelling had gone down to half its size overnight from all the medicine – spiritually as well as naturally.
The need for surgery was clear and proceed we did. At 1:20p.m. I watched them wheel my precious, brave girl into the OR after many kisses and prayer. It wasn’t until 4:15p.m. I received a phone call on my cell phone from the surgical nurse at doctor’s request to let me know Lauren-Ashley was doing fine in surgery and they still had to finish and would be done in a while. It turned out to be 5 p.m. when Doctor Penn came to let me know what the results were. Lauren-Ashley was still not awake and the surgery lasted a little over 3 hours. Whew!!!!! it seemed like double that. Results:
-Very “Angry” tissue in there / and lots of it
-The abscess was lots of inflamed tissue
-Did not find the puss they thought they would/but infection is still there
-Some concern because of exposure to so many antbiotics the & the “bugs” becoming immune to medicine
-cleaned everything out
-took multiple tissue samples for testing (should be back in 2-3 days)
-went through next to the eye – looks great!!(put a small drain in until tomorrow)
-ophthalmologist came in at 8:30 p.m. last night and checked her eye function – O.K.and to asure me he watched some of the surgery film and x-rays and doctor was well away from occular muscles etc.
-Surgical team came in today to check swelling, drainage, and eye function and vision again – all seems fine – HALLELUJAH!!!!!

She will continue on all the & “big-gun” medications until the results come back from the lab. Right now all that is mandatory is for her to heal from this surgery and the infection to clear-up.
I continue to stand in the fullness of His grace and the truth of His word without wavering.
Amidst the storms, we have no other choice but to keep our face- full view- on Him, speak His word aloud,continue to rest in and be available for His will, and rest in Him.
Lauren-Ashley is resting alot now with all the pain meds etc. so I have some time for homework etc. She is enduring crippling pain in her head which should subside in a few days.
Thank you for continuing with us and I charge His Angels to watch over you and keep you.

Always with love and in Him,
Sherri

9 Message(s)

Posted Oct 14, 2009 3:14pm
by Katrecia Short

Lauren,Sheri and family,
I’m keeping you in my thoughts and prayers. Wow, I can’t believe how time has flown by Lauren Ashley is almost a woman and I still remember her as the little girl who liked deep fried ice cream and flan at casa. Take care and I miss you all!

Posted Oct 9, 2009 2:27pm
by Sally Young

Sherri Lynn and Lauren Ashley are loved so much by so many and even more so by OUR FATHER. HE must be up to HIS ears with prayers!!Ours are always there!

Our Love Always
John & Sally Young

Posted Oct 8, 2009 8:32pm
by Fran Clark

My dearest Friend, How’s it going today? How did Lauren Ashley do last night, more rest, I hope. I am keeping you continually in prayer.
Fran

Posted Oct 8, 2009 1:50pm
by Melissa Pate

Dear Lauren Ashley and Sherri Lynn,
You are always in our thoughts and prayers. We stand in agreement with you for healing and restoration. We serve a Mighty God, and I’m proud to call you both sisters of mine in Christ.

Love always,
Melissa, Darrell, and Amanda

Posted Oct 8, 2009 11:28am
by Fran Clark

Dear Sherri and Lauren-Ashley, I hope last night was more restful and peaceful. God will bless you through all of this and Lauren also. I know it is difficult and I praise the Lord for the privilege of knowing and loving the both of you. Still thinking and praying for you.
All my love, Fran

Posted Oct 8, 2009 1:11am
by Lauraine Cook

Keeping you and Lauren in my thoughts and prayers.

Lauraine Cook

Posted Oct 7, 2009 7:22pm
by Janet Squire

Thank you for the update. It sounds so difficult. I’m so glad that the Lord was with her helping her eye even before the surgery. I’m continueing to pray. I saw your Mom today & she told me about yesterday. I’m especially praying that Lauren’s head stop hurting. Love, Janet

Posted Oct 7, 2009 3:32pm
by Fran Clark

Dear Sherri & Lauren Ashley Get well soon, my knees are hurting from all the praying! I told my guardian angel I would stay home so my Angel is coming to see you instead of staying with me. God bless you both, I know this has been a rough time and PRAISE the infection is healing and you will be getting better. God has not taken you this far, He has great plans for you, my sweetheart. I love you both.

Posted Oct 7, 2009 3:02pm
by Liz Feder

Sherri, as your dear Lauren Ashley was in surgery, my church “Life Group” was meeting and we were holding her up in prayer. She has been on our prayer list since she returned to COH and she will stay there until God has completely healed her once again!! Thank God for the wonderful report. He is indeed an awesome God and He is the author and the finisher of our faith and we rely on Him solely for our very being. You are such a strong warrior, such a blessing to me as you stand so firm on His word and kick the enemy in the teeth. You rock, Sister!!! hugs, L and wags from Kismet, Nala and Gabbi

Please hold us up!!!Palm Tree

Posted Oct 5, 2009 9:50pm

Dearest All,
I started earlier today to write, but I was delayed for some pressing reasons that took me away from the computer, around the hospital to different testing areas and consults with several doctors. Lauren-Ashley was admitted on Friday morning at a regular clinic visit because of her eye swelling, being very red and her head pain was uncontrollable at home.
She was put on a “big gun” antibiotic which she started to respond to on Friday eve. and Sat. morn. but to my dismay was awakened Sun at 2 a.m. with pain that took over an hour to get under control and her eye swelled to an alarming size and was very red.
This morning her specialist Dr. Reed came in, scoped her nose, took samples, set-up another CT scan with contrast and scheduled her for an ophthalmologist consult. I was sent with her to several tests and had multiple doctors come see her. My concern this whole time has been the close proximity of this infection to her very important, sensitive and vital organs like the eyes, brain and her spinal fluid system. Dr. Rosenthal -as an oncologist- was extremely concerned about the secondary possibilities of leukemic cells presenting themselves in another form and showing up this way. After talking with him, I remained focused and still think is has all to do about her sinus compaction and infection spreading to the orbital area. After periferral blood tests (which are usually done just prior to surgery – I got the drift) At about 5:20 p.m. Dr. Reed showed up with pen and paper(conscent forms) in hand flanked by Lauren-Ashley’s nurse, turned on the light, and proceeded to tell us about our options.
Bottom line; Lauren-Ashley is facing emergency surgery sometime tomorrow and will have the sinus drained and an abscess which showed up on the CT scan located between her right tear duct and the bridge of her nose. Dr. Reed discussed at length the risks of surgery and not surgery -Surgery seemed the only option. We had to agree to two options of surgery- one being from the nose which is risky because of the severe swelling and the possibility of the spinal fluid being caused to leak ( is dangerous but shows up quickly and can be repaired.)The other is making an incision on the side of the nose and accessing it that way which can affect eye muscles, function and possibly vision- either way her eye most likely will be affected – or, as Lauren-Ashley puts it . . “…or so they say”.
I am choosing to believe God has put her in the right place with the people he has chosen her to touch and to touch her for His Glory!!! I am extremely relieved for this quick action on Dr. Rosenthal’s and Dr. Reed’s part and I trust their judgement and her steady hand.
..20 min later. . .
As I was writing this the ophthalmologist and Dr. Reed came in to test her eyesight prior to surgery for documentation and I feel even more confident in her capabilities. The other Doctor wanted me to know he has a granddaughter with the same type of infection and abcess in her eye and he is confident in Dr. Reed as well, especially since Lauren-Ashley needs more help fighting an infection now being immuno-supressed. It is with urgency they want to proceed with draining the abscess which is pushing the eye to the outside right. The OR has not given us
. . . 30 min later . . . . . . Dr. Ito just came in (infectious disease specialist) – hopefully the last for the day! He and his staff will take the culture from the drainage tomorrow and culture several samples. In about 2 days we will have a specific “culprit” – precautionarily, they are starting her on an anti-fungal medication tonight along with another “big gun” antibiotic Vancomycin and when something comes back they will stop whatever is unnecessary.
Please stand with us and continue to hold us up – we are both tired but she especially.
Love to all of you and I will update after surgery briefly to let you know how everything went and again when results are in.
Bless you all!

Always in Him,

Sherri

18 Message(s)

Posted Oct 11, 2009 11:58am
by Doris Mackey

Lauren, Sherri & Aaron – You continue to be in our thoughts and we appreciate the quality care you are receiving at COH. Love to you always!
Doris & Art

Posted Oct 6, 2009 9:02pm
by Sally Young

John and I pray daily for your angel. Our hearts are full of faith and trust in OUR FATHER. You all are so strong and brave. We love you dearly
Sally Young

Posted Oct 6, 2009 6:35pm
by Fran Clark

I am still praying constantly, I am glad I did get on the web page because I had no idea what was going on. Has she had the surgery yet? Is this the last update? Or do I need to check further?
I love you and am praying for rest, comfort and peace.
Love you, Fran

Posted Oct 6, 2009 5:12pm
by Randy Walker

We will all be praying for y’all. You’re very special and important people and I am fortunate to have been able to get to know all of you. Tell Lauren Ashley the Iceman is thinking of her.
Randy
The gang at Walker Racing Enterprises

Posted Oct 6, 2009 3:13pm
by Carol O’Rourke

Sherri and Lauren Ashley–I continue to hold you both up in prayer. I especially will pray now for strength for both of you as you face the continuing battle, for easing of your pain, for the physicians’ wisdom as they plan the best course of treatment for LA, and also for peace for both of you and all of your family as you walk this journey together. Love, Carol

Posted Oct 6, 2009 2:26pm
by Diane Rogers

Dear Sherri,
I am heartbroken that Lauren has to go through so much just to be a regular kid.My thoughts and prayers are always with you. Love, Diane

Posted Oct 6, 2009 12:07pm
by Debbie Cook

I have prayed for you Lauren-Ashley – I know that you have been fighting Leukemia for many years now – I remember when it was first discovered and announced at Westside Church of Christ. The Lord… Will always be with you – Will always provide for you – Will always protect you – Your attitude and strength in the Lord are such an inspiration – May you always remain faithful – Debbie Cook (I’ve known your family…. well, as long as I can remember)

Posted Oct 6, 2009 11:28am
by Joshua Morton

My heart breaks for you everytime I read about another set back. Lauren Ashley you have more courage to battle thru this than anyone I have ever known, and you truly inspire me with your positive attitude. This is just another battle in the war you’re fighting, and you’ll win this one too. Just wanted to let you know that even though I don’t post much, me and Aimee are constantly thinking about and praying hard for you guys. We love you!

Posted Oct 6, 2009 10:57am
by Misty Joe

Hi girls,
We are here praying for you always. Keep us posted.

love you guys, misty and family

Posted Oct 6, 2009 8:02am
by Liz Feder

Sherri … I’m standing with both of you in the strong name of Jesus! love, Liz

Posted Oct 6, 2009 12:15am
by jennifer white

WE’ll be praying for you all…

You know God is in control xxxxx

Love you

Posted Oct 6, 2009 12:14am
by Sylvia Lack

We are in agreement with you…where two or more agree as ANYTHING they ask Father, He will give it! Our love and prayers are with you both!
Love, Pastor Sylvia

Posted Oct 5, 2009 11:23pm
by Kathy Dages

Lauren Ashley & Sherri,
I am so sorry to hear that this eye infection has taken such a hold on the eye and sinus area. I will definitely be praying for God’s healing hands to be with the doctors and staff as well as give both of you continued strength. Feel my hugs, love and prayers, Kathy

Posted Oct 5, 2009 10:53pm
by Aaron Morton

Stay Focused my little girl , you are in the best of care & I wish I could be there for you & mom…everythings gonna be all right !!! I love you a bunch and take good care of mom Dad

Posted Oct 5, 2009 10:53pm
by Janet Squire

I am honored to stand with you believing for His covering, Lauren’s quick recovery & her complete healing. Love, Janet

PS. Also, strength & rest for both of you.

Posted Oct 5, 2009 10:48pm
by Rebecca Wolfe

Sherri & Lauren-Ashley;

You are being lifted up by a team of prayer warriors who are vigilent and focused on asking for His wisdom and discernment be layed upon the Drs hands right now and continuing through the surgury tomorrow. We stand beside you to hold you up and be the wind beneath your wings so that although you may be weary you will not faint.
You both are troupers! We love you and know that the next update will be a report full of praise and blessings!
Please tell your little warrior princess that this week our run will be for her and my team is honored and blessed to honor her!

We love you!
Rebecca & Rich

Posted Oct 5, 2009 10:47pm
by Donna Cabe

Sherri we are praying, and sighing for you guys! It sounds like the doctors are on top of it. You are always in our thoughts and prayers. In the morning when I jog and right now I am beseeching God on her behalf. We love you guys. Mark and Donna

Posted Oct 5, 2009 10:20pm
by Ruthie James

Dear Sherri and Lauren- Ashley,

Wow, I so feel for you both. WE know that Lauren-Ashley is in the best of hands, COH & God.

I will be praying and holding you both up, now, tomorrow and always.

Stay strong Sherri, my arms are around you.

Love and hope,

Ruthie

Continuing on……Bigbury On Sea

Posted Sep 28, 2009 2:48pm

Dearest All,
Just a note to let you know we finished chemo on Friday for the second round. This week was particularly hard for her and the chemo seemed to make her a little weaker and more nauseous but it was taken care of with meds that helped her through it. She had developed a sinus impaction in her ethmoid sinuses and it is extremely painful. The left eye weeps, is a little swollen and the pain is almost incapacitating. She is on heavy pain meds as well as a decongestion regimen and antibiotics. She cries a lot the last few days because of pain- so please keep her in your prayers concerning the clearing of this issue.
We will be going to COH every couple days for blood checks to support her with blood and platelets etc… The nose bleeds are under control and just about gone just really dealing with the rest of the treatment issues and results. Her donor has begun his process for donation of the Lymphocytes, and she will probably receive those after the next round of chemo starting on the 12th of October. He has been ready and willing to do what he can since the first update! What a blessing Brian is to us all and this particular phase of our journey is really an interesting one. This treatment is really experimental and if the results continue to be great with Lauren-Ashley like they were with another woman who received it I am sure it will help and save even more lives later on!! What a blessing she can be even in this most uncomfortable and difficult time. We were talking about that and Lauren-Ashley said she is really happy to help in any way, she just wishes it would “hurry up”and be done with – I can’t say that I blame her for that one! She is such a trooper and remains strong in mind and purpose.

Love to all of you,
Sherri

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Posted Sep 30, 2009 1:09pm
by michelle hugo

Lauren we miss you, but keep you faithfully in our prayers and our hearts. God has a work in you that I truly believe he hasn’t begun to tap into, so stay strong in faith and in spirit. Your story alone will change lives…..my heart continues to keep you close.

Posted Sep 28, 2009 6:17pm
by Sally Young

Thank you for the update. Loren is always in our prayers. We have no doubt that she rests in the arms of Our JESUS.
Our love and prayers are with you always.
John & Sally Young

Posted Sep 28, 2009 4:52pm
by Sharon Welker

Got your update and I am keeping Lauren-Ashley in my prayers for her sinus impaction. Seems like one never knows what new problem will arise once on chemotherapy. She really is a trooper. Sending love, Sharon

Posted Sep 28, 2009 3:33pm
by Donna Cabe

You guys are such inspirations to us all! We love you and can’t wait for it to be done also! Mark and Donna

Posted Sep 28, 2009 3:11pm
by Kathy Dages

Sherri and Lauren Ashley, I continue as always to keep you in my prayers and especially to get you through this latest challenge with excellent results so that you can get back to having fun. Love always, Kathy

Walking through in obedienceVarious flowers

Posted Sep 16, 2009 1:03am

Dearest All,
I have waited until now thinking I would have more of a detailed plan to let you know about but only found out that it is an “as we go” type of plan.
We got through the antibiotic allergic reaction nightmare, chemo went very well and we came home on the 3rd. It was evident that Lauren-Ashley has had treatment because of her fatigue and lack of energy. It was extremely good for her NOT to be in the hospital for weeks on end as before and to “recover” at home. It was a little unnerving for me though thinking of and preventing exposure, watching for fevers etc… something I felt protected from inside the hospital. We also have had to travel every 2 -3 days to City of Hope for blood checks and possible infusion of platelets, blood and anything else she might have and did need. During the second infusion of blood we discovered she had developed positive antibodies from all the past 7 years of infusions and needs to be pretreated not only with benadryl and tylenol but hydrocortizone as well. It was quite the adventure having to stop for benadryl at WalMart on the way home talking to the doctor at City of Hope while watching Lauren-Ashley itch almost uncontrolably and develop hives everywhere – more fun than we originally signed up for! Everything was pretty uneventful this past weekend – Thank God!!!!!!!!
Monday was a doctor’s appt. at COH when we were told of a similar case with a female adult who was having tremendous success with an added agent to her therapy. The doctors for adults and Dr. Rosenthal always confer and discuss their cases to develop correlations and/or develop any new procedures that may be of significant help. He put her on Valpronic Acid tablets which are to help aide the Chemo by “cracking the perverbial cancer shell” prior to chemo administration. It seems to be a real asset to this type of chemo and is working very well at doing its job for the other patient. They fell this is the right path to take for Lauren-Ashley and I agreed. In addition to this he gave her antibiotics for her sinuses which have been bothering her badly and because of her system being lacking, it has been harder for her body to fight on its own. I am encouraged by this new course of events and we will be going in a week early (Monday) for the next round of chemo. We are not going to be in the hospital but go in daily for infusion of hydration and the chemo which should last about 4 hours- YEA!. This is much more acceptable to Lauren-Ashley and relieving since we will be staying with Mom and Dad in Glendale for the five days. I will just travel back to Bakersfield on Wednesday for my Nursing Fundamentals class in the evening and she will have a break seeing her nephew, dad , brother and sister for a few hours if she is not too tired.
I am humbled by God’s goodness, kindness and mercy to us and as I watched an encouraging sermon the other day, I received a jolt in my Spirit and a boost in my faith with joy unspeakable.

I know God is a faithful God!
He is in complete control!
I am fully persuaded He can do the impossible!
I will NOT waiver because God will do what He promised!
He would have not put the promise in my heart if He was not going to do it!
We serve a supernatural God!I will NOT consider these circumstances BUT I will consider how Big God it and HIS laws supercede natural ones!
God wIll restore health to Lauren-Ashley and I believe it!

Please continue to stand with us and believe the power of the most high God will continue to breath health and healing into Lauren-Ashley!

With all my Love and Thanks!
Always in Him,
Sherri

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Posted Sep 24, 2009 9:55pm
by Wes Hicks

hey girls,
just wanted to let you know have been thinking alot about you lately, and you are in my daily prayers…all my love and strength to you both
Jan-ne

Continue with us!

Bench in Valley GardensPosted Aug 29, 2009 1:08am

Dearest All,

I sit here glancing over the top of my laptop seeing our girl resting peacefully after an exhausting week. After being picked up at Ronald McDonald house on Saturday afternoon we headed home. Daniel and his fiance’ Tara accompanied me to welcome her home. She looked tired but had a wonderful time camping, horsebackriding,cooking,campfires,fishing, archery and Indian crafts. Sunday, she started having pain in her lower right pelvic region which became unbearable by 5 p.m. I took her to the Kaiser facility here in town and they proceeded to direct us to the emergency room at San Joaquin Community Hospital- thinkin of an appendix issue. We were there all night with visits from Aaron, Nicole, Daniel and Tara. It proved to be an extremely long evening and even longer Monday. Her blood was critically low and they admitted us into pediatrics. By 8a.m., I contacted Dr. Rosenthal at City of Hope on my cell phone as the Kaiser Pediatrician and the Surgeon walked in the door telling that they had left a message for Dr. R., I asked if they wanted to speak to him on my phone. I was given the nod of approval and the plan was put in motion. We were headed to City of Hope at Dr. R’s request – immediately. Lauren-Ashley had been on IV medication and pain medication and required an Ambulance transport accompanied by a nurse. We were on our way about 4 p.m. and I followed behind packed and ready to go.
As we arrived at COH we were met by Doctors, Nurses who quickly took care of her and followed Dr’s orders. We beded down for the night about 1a.m.
and peace filled the room – we were where we were supposed to be! Amidst xrays,blood draws, morphine and antibiotics and even enduring an accidental IV displacement (CSI crime scene if ever I saw one!!) we had full confidence in God’s power and His hand guiding the Doctor’s decisions and actions. Tuesday brought it’s own issues and developments when the results of a blood culture test came in showing a bacterial infection and she was given heavy doses of antibiotics which caused severe muscle pain and a rash all over her body. Good news though – the pain in her side was not her appendix but the infection which was caused by a very common bacteria which became deadly because of her low immune system – it is now gone. This morning (Friday) she had a central line placed in her chest to be able to administer any medications needed and to be able to take blood with ease – by this time she was so glad to have surgery because she felt like a pin cushion and just about looked like one. The Dr. decided to remove all antibiotics and replace it with one which will hopefully give her some relief from the pain and rash. The last bone marrow aspiration came back the same as the other with only suspect baby cells. The only thing for certain is that she has a bone marrow problem which is diminishing her marrow and production. Not wanting to “wait and see” any kind of explosion, Dr. has a plan for Chemotherapy treatment which will start imediately for 5 days with 4 weeks off. Pray for her protection during this time and the shocking of the good cells to reproduce and fill her marrow, and her being able to tolerate this treatment well.(and if I let her ask she would like to keep her hair as well). That afore mentioned cell isssue is the pricipal along with the destruction of the replication of any other type of lacking cells. We will come back at the end of the “off” time for another 5 days and 4 weeks off and at that time an infusion of donor leukocytes need to be infused to produce a graft vs. host reaction which will ensure destruction of any leukemia cells and ensure protection for her. This process is nothing like a transplant because all we need is the donors blood, they will extract the leukocytes from that and the process will continue until the desired result in achieved. IF by any chance this happens to completely destroy her marrow Dr. told me that because of her donors amount of marrow collected in 2005, and the abundance of it, they saved it and we would use what we had- what a miracle!!!! So, for the most part we are covered for now (except for current leuk-blood cells and COH is handling that aspect of it.) So o o o , keep our girl in your prayers for strength, peace, rest and daily rejuvination. The visits from family and friends lighten her and provide her with support along with the many prayers rising into the heavens and in earth which protect her during this process of healing. I am ever so grateful for the steadfast faithfulness of all of you concerning us and cannot express appropriately how much each and everyone of you mean to us. Please keep praying specifically concerning her tolerating treatment well, sleeping properly, her organs remaining strong and her marrow and cells responding properly and aligning with the word of God.
As I woke yesterday I was given a word and I think all of you should hear it ,be blessed and encouraged as I am.

The Lord said to Moses, I WILL ALSO DO THIS THING OF WHICH YOU HAVE SPOKEN; for you have found favor in my sight and I have known you by name.” Exodus 33:17

Loved ones, always Praise Him for who He is in His His majesty, and for His continued goodness concerning us.

Love always in Him and blessings to each and everyone of you,

Sherri

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Posted Sep 4, 2009 4:23pm
by Janet Squire

Hi, You are in my thoughts and prayers and I just wanted to say hello. Do you still have the little dogs???

Posted Sep 4, 2009 1:07pm
by Misty Joe

Sherri and Lauren Ashley,

I jsut wanted to pop in and say hello and let you know that you are both in mine and Nicole’s prayer and thoughts. We love you guys and can’t wait to see you. Misty

Posted Aug 31, 2009 6:16pm
by Sharon Welker

Sherri,

Please tell Lauren Ashley that I will keep her in my prayers continually and to let her know how special she is to me and to Howard. He may not be here with skin on him, but he keeps watch over those he was close to here and I am sure he is there with her. His realm is not so far away, just different from ours.

I am so sorry that she has to go through any of this again but she is in the best hands possible. I know how much of a pain the process is from being next door to her and with Howard, but she’s already beat it once and I feel confident that the Lord is not done with his purposes for Miss Lauren Ashley yet.He has big plans for this girl…Sharon

Posted Aug 31, 2009 9:08am
by Catherine Zachman

Dear Lauren Ashley,
We want you to know your cousins, Bill and Catherine, Hannah, Elizabeth, Rebekah and Lily in Northern Virginia are praying for you and we love you!

Posted Aug 29, 2009 3:19pm
by michelle hugo

Dear Sherri,
This is Michelle from uturn. Please let Lauren know that she is continually in our prayers and our hearts. We miss her and love her.

Posted Aug 29, 2009 2:35pm
by Diane Rogers

Dear Sherrilynn and Lauren
I am glad Lauren got to have fun at camp. but am so sorry to hear about her blood problems.If you need any blood donations, please advise and Les and I will gladly be available. Love, Diane

Posted Aug 29, 2009 9:10am
by Mariana Argentina Montalvo

Sherri,
The body takes many months to fully recover. Here in Houston’s Texas Children we have seen many children having a relapse. I have noted that this children were rapidly trying to do things like normal children. Their little bodies were not ready to be expose to the real world. I feel guilty because our daughter is kept mostly inside. Should I as a parent allow her to attend school. I went to the school and talked to the nurse, she told me that many children in school attend classes sick > a risk I did not want to take. My daughter has to take more vaccinations to enter school > another reason not to attend.

We pray constantly for the welfare of my child as well as all those children which are in this journey. God will help us,wandering in the desert like Moses’s people. Waiting for the child to be cure,life forever alter by this situation. We carry this cross like you and like Christ we must until the end. God gave us our children and we must be there close to them. God in our prayers,for life is but a blink of time.

We pray everyday,every hour and hope that God will hear our pleads and give us another day of hope. We pray for your child and many other children traveling the same path of life. May God guide the doctors to find a cure and heal our children. God bless you and family.

Posted Aug 29, 2009 8:42am
by Donna Cabe

We love you and are continuing our prayers for Lauren. We will see you soon.We are so uplifted by your faith and courage always. Love you guys. Mark and Donna.

Posted Aug 29, 2009 2:47am
by Jane Vaughn

Got this report, dear one… We’re still praying for the miracle healing!! Love to each of you… Aunt Jane and the Z family

Please visit Lauren Ashley’s website if you would like to help…  http://www.laurenashleymorton.com

CONTINUE TO STAND

Apple BlossomPosted Aug 20, 2009 8:51pm

Dearest All,

We went to City of Hope on Wednesday the 12th, and Lauren-Ashley had her bone marrow aspiration. After taking her blood and running a panel, her platelets were dangerously low and she also needed red blood. It was a long and difficult day for her but we tried to see the humor in it anyway as she always does. Waiting for the results has been extremely difficult for all of us and she really has been concerned. Doctor did not see anything conclusive by the time we left, and only was able to talk to me on the following Tuesday. The blood showed no leukemic cells in the blood but the marrow was “empty” and unable to render enough cells to be tested. It was a little unnerving because I watched the procedure and there was plenty of marrow being aspired but on a celular level not so much. The small cells present are kind of in limbo, not knowing how to differentiate. The doctor was concerned about this being a sort of pre curser to a full blown over take by her own cells against the donor cells. Her engraftment sudy showed 93% donor and 7% her cells as it has for the last 4 years. It was a little confusing to everyone. The Doctor does not want to take a chance and treat her with support and just do nothing waiting and has suggested a treatment plan to “sort of” shock the little cells into differentiating properly while at the same time being able to prevent any cancer cells present from multiplying by killing their ability to replicate. After that donor lymphatic cells would be infused to help fight anything and create a graft vs. host reaction to keep her cells in check. Before anything, he wants to do another bone marrow aspiration.

On the day of the aspiratin, Lauren-Ashley was concerned about not being able to go to Camp Ronald McDonald on Sunday for a week so they wanted to make sure she had enough support(blood and platelets) for her to be able to do so. She was sore, but off she went to camp to have lots of fun, teepee camp, archery, horseback riding, cooking, crafts and swimming. Tuesday evening I got a call from the camp saying they were bringing her to City of Hope at Doctor’s request because of bloody noses and some peteciae on her lower legs and a few spots on her arms which would normally indicate (in her case) low platelets. I jumped in the car and headed down there. Her oldest and youngest brothers, who were in the Santa Monica area, headed over to meet her there also. When I arrived, an I.V was started, blood was taken and sure enough she was back down to 15,000. Platelets were ordered and administered bringing her back up to 116,000. The camp director, camp nurse and her cabin counselor all cheered and wanted to go back to camp to finish having more fun with her – which they did. She is an amazing young girl and shows her strength and resolve in these situations. While at COH, she and I talked a little about what the doctor said and about how she was already sick of being poked so much. Most likely she will have a portacathe put in sometime to help eliminate all the pain, stress and anxiety that accompanies these types of visits or emergencies. Please pray for her peace, strength and protection. Please keep the options presented in your prayers also. Keep the Doctors and their decisions under the blood and pray God continue to guide them concerning her. I will try to update again as soon as any decisions are made – most likely this week sometime.

Always in Him,

Sherri

p.s. Thank you all for the encouragement, prayers, and strength you send. She is older and “wiser” now and really loves to read all the messages. Just knowing all of you are supporting her helps her so much. She has been so sad these days and please pray she is filled with the joy of the Lord she usually exudes, and that it truely become her strength.

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Posted Aug 29, 2009 11:53am
by Michelle Barefield

Sherri & Lauren-ashley,

Prayers, thoughts and tons of hugs, (if it were possible to send hugs… there would be a truck load for sure) are sent your way. So glad to hear the good reports of the infection being gone, as well as having plenty of “back up juice” if needed. You’re right Sherri, God definately knows her name, (and yours), and has used it many times to show people of His power, mercy and grace. I pray God’s peace and joy be poured out. (And for a swift kick in the enemies butt. =] ) Do you have a skype account since you have access to the web? Would love to see your face… or I could just drive to COH when it’s okay for visits.

but… before I go…….

I couldn’t help but notice …. =]

I just want to make sure I get this right…..

Lauren; you went to McDonalds?
and THEN got sick…. =/
Pretty sure their food isn’t THAT healthy for you girlfriend!!! =]
They even made a movie on it! =]
You should try stuff from Fresh Choice, ya know, get green and go organic in the future!!!
No more ‘super size fries’
stuff ain’t good for ya!!!
haha

(glad you were able to have some fun at camp!!)

Luv to you both

(\/\ichelle

Posted Aug 25, 2009 10:15pm
by Wes Hicks

hang in there guys, our thoughts and prayers are with you as always, just a little more frequent (about every ten minutes, vs every 15). please let us know if you need anything. love Jan Wes Jennifer and Bryan

Posted Aug 23, 2009 1:46am
by Sylvia Lack

We are standing with you that she will NEVER have to go that way again! Blessings to you and His Peace that passes human understanding!
Love, Pastors Lack

Posted Aug 22, 2009 4:58pm
by Sharon Welker

Lauren-Ashley, I will continue to keep you in my prayers for your courage, strength, peace and protection. Our God is an Awesome God and He that is in you is greater than he that is in the world. But you know that already. Just keep being the special girl that you are and hang in there. There should be a party when this is over and I hope to be invited. You are a blessing to many…..Sharon

Posted Aug 21, 2009 7:38pm
by Amelia Pesante

Hey girl – Know that you and your Mom are continually in my prayers. This is just a ploy by that hateful low-down Satan to try to steal your joy and get you down. You just kick him in the butt the way you have always done and keep on keeping on. I’m praying for and expecting a good report. Hope to get together for lunch and spend some good quality time together next time I’m in Bakersfield. Love your friend in Idaho ~ Amelia

Posted Aug 21, 2009 5:35pm
by Sally Young

for Shari & Lauren Ashley
We are praying so hard for you to have peace and courage and strength in the days ahead. With Our father’s help this to will pass in His Glory.
John & Sally Young

Posted Aug 21, 2009 2:54pm
by Rebecca Wolfe

Lauren-Ashley and Sherri

You are so loved and prayed over daily; take great comfort and hope that He is in full control as we pray those hedges of peace, strength and protection over you! Thank you for the update and I continue to be blown away by your tenacity young lady; you refuse to quit and that makes you 100% a WINNER. How awesome are you!

Love you guys and please keep us posted!!! We continue to fight the fight here on the east coast to cure cancers once and for ALL.

Hugs,
Rebecca & Rich

Posted Aug 21, 2009 2:41pm
by Randy Walker

Sherri,
You let Lauren-Ashley know that I am looking forward to seeing her at the Make A Wish Christmas Party, and having her tell me all about camp and the fun things she did. We’ll be praying for her and the rest of the family too.
Randy, Donya and all the gang at Walker Racing Enterprises

Posted Aug 21, 2009 1:03pm
by Audry Adams

Sherri,
Thank you so much for the update. I found myself racing through your message with my heart pounding — so glad Lauren-Ashley doesn’t have the worst-case scenario. I can only begin to imagine what a roller coaster of emotions you all face living in the shadow of leukemia. We will definitely keep praying for God to grace her and your family with strength and health and for the doctors to have wisdom as they proceed. Sure love you guys and appreciate being included in all of your updates.

Blessings,
Audry and the Adams clan

Posted Aug 21, 2009 12:46pm
by Brion Ockenfels

Lauren Ashley, Rarely a day passes without you, family and loved ones in my prayers and thoughts. We love you and we will be with you in prayer and service to our almighty God the father. Love always, Brion O.

Posted Aug 21, 2009 12:17pm
by Ruthie James

Dear Sherri and Lauren-Ashley,

I have been saying my prayers and holding my breath waiting to get this update. I know that Lauren- Ashley is under the best of care w/ Dr. Rosenthal and the wonderful people at City of Hope. We send you all love and prayers, strength and hope.

Love,

Ruthie James and Family

Please visit Lauren Ashley’s website if you would like to help…  http://www.laurenashleymorton.com

Time to band together once more

Posted Aug 12, 2009 3:57am

Autumn Fire

Dearest all,

During the last 18 months I felt it necessary to concentrate on Lauren-Ashley’s schooling as well as my own and our family. I come with many great and cherished memories over the last 18 monts of watching our precious girl grow (literally – she is now just a smidge over 5 feet tall, wears a size 8 shoe, has beautiful dark brown long hair with bangs, sports her own

style in clothes and shoes ( from converse to wedgies), not to mention a little makeup for her beautiful brown eyes and some lip gloss. She has stood by her oldest brother at his wedding and welcomed the most wonderful nephew who adores her most times over any of us except mom and dad – and to hear them tell it – including them. She continues to develop great relationships

with her brothers, new sister and future sisters and never can get enough of them. She has thrived working out at CALM with all “her animals” , loves her youth group, children’s church position and has even considered joining the church’s hip-hop group ( go-figure). She continues to develope her relationship with God and knows He has a plan for her. She spends time with and cherishes her friends,family and her animals. She has attended Christian cocerts, learned sign language, go

t a “paisley” custom painted beach bike, skateboarded, swam, played basketball and given her oldest brother foot massages ( for money of course ). She attended holiday parties, enjoyed family gatherings and Oh, did I mention adores her nephew? She has just been enjoying each and every day to its fullest which also included her first driving lesson in her brother’s huge diesel 25

0 extra-cab truck -one in which I need a stepladder to get into. We have had a wonderful summer and have been preparing for this years school schedule. When squeezing the last bit of summer in fatigue had set in a little more than usual – so to ma

ke a longer story shorter, we had to repeat some regular bloodwork which came back abnormal. We are stunned because we have had over 4 years of great reports. Tomorrow we will be having a bone marrow aspiration and LP to determine if

it is virus or something else. Please hold her up and I will update tomorrow when we know more.
All my love and gratitude,
Sherri

P.S.

Enjoy the new and most recent pictures – our girl is growing up!!!! . . . . . speaking of pictures!!!!!!!!!! Lauren-Ashley got a wonderful oportunity to be an extra in “My Sister’s Keeper” – and She didn’t end up on the cutting room floor!!!!! We attended a private screening prior to it being released and there she was sitting at a table talking during the Prom scene!!!- If you get to see it she is on the right lower hand side behind the main characters dancing in a beautiful g

reen dress.

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Posted Aug 24, 2009 12:39am
by Aaron Morton

You are the best daughter a dad could ask for . Your strength and resolve is an inspiration to every one your life touches, and it has touched many worldwide. Continue in your faith and know that this is just another bump in your journey. There is nothing you cannot accomplish once you set your mind to it…Keep your eyes on yhe Lord no matter what, LOVE DAD

Posted Aug 19, 2009 8:07pm
by Wes Hicks

holding you all in thoughts and prayers…xavier needs his auntie so hang tough girls – ready to do WHATEVER is needed..love you sis Jan, Wes Jen and Bryan

Posted Aug 18, 2009 11:11pm
by Karen Epps

My dearest Sherri and Lauren,
As always you both are in my prayers. I know God will take care of this as well. I miss you so much. Call me sometime.
All my heart and prayers.
Love, Aunt Karen

Posted Aug 15, 2009 9:38pm
by Doris Mackey

Thinking about you Lauren and hope you are doing OK. We know you are an amazing young lady and hope the outcome of these tests are good. Loving thoughts coming your way from Utah. Love Aunt Doris and Uncle Arthur

Posted Aug 14, 2009 10:42pm
by Donna Cabe

We can’t stop thinking about you and praying that everything will be fine. We love you, Uncle Mark and Aunt Donna

Posted Aug 14, 2009 10:08pm
by Chrisie Ferguson

Hey you guys. I hope everything turns out for the best. We continually think of you all up here in Oregon and hope that one day you will be able to see it, until then you will be in our thoughts. Keep smiling even when things look down, there is always something to smile about. Don’t take any wooden nickles. love- chrisie

Posted Aug 13, 2009 6:47pm
by Sally Young

Oh Shari! Our prayers are always with Lauren -Ashley and you and your family!
Our LOVE to you always
Sally & John Young

Posted Aug 13, 2009 6:44pm
by Sally Young

Oh Shari!! what a shock! Our prayers will continue always for Lauren-Ashley and You and your family. Please keep us up to date.

Posted Aug 12, 2009 10:06pm
by Liz Feder

OK girls!!! You know that Aunt Liz is standing strong with you … I am hear to walk the walk again … we did this before as we united in prayer and God is still the same yesterday, today and tomorrow. The battle is HIs and not ours … we will simply STAND in His majestic name and with His power!!!! BIGGEST of hugs, Liz

Posted Aug 12, 2009 6:18pm
by Carol O’Rourke

I will continue to lift you and your entire family up in prayer, as I have done for several years now, Lauren Ashley. And most especially this week, I will pray for a good outcome.
With love and prayers,
Carol O’Rourke

Posted Aug 12, 2009 3:37pm
by Jonathan Christian

There are many things we all experience in life some good some bad. They all have something to learn and grow from. The past 7 years has been an interesting one. Not only dificult but enlightning. Having a sister that is so easy to enjoy on a regular basis is unheard of!! Kinda odd :) Thank you for teaching me unconditional love Lauren Ashley. No brother could ask for anything more. I’ll always love you girl. You mean the world to me. Mom so strong you are. No child is as fortunate as we children are to have such a warrior behind us evey second of every day. Truly blessed is the only way I can put it. Thank you for teaching us to be god fearing men and women. Love you mama.

Posted Aug 12, 2009 1:02pm
by Diane Rogers

We hope and pray for the best outcome.
Diane and Les

Posted Aug 12, 2009 10:31am
by Kathy Dages

Lauren Ashley continues to be in my prayers but more so for a good outcome tomorrow. May God be with you always. Love & Hugs, Kathy

Posted Aug 12, 2009 10:16am
by Ruthie James

With hope and prayers to you all, the sweetest family. Please be strong and know we walk with you and LOVE you. Ruthie James and Family

Posted Aug 12, 2009 10:14am
by Audry Adams

Sheri,
We will definitely be holding Lauren-Ashley up in prayer. May God give you all his peace and a very real sense of his presence to hold your hearts fast.
Love,
Jim and Audry

Posted Aug 12, 2009 8:47am
by Mariana Argentina Montalvo

Sherri,
My daughter had AML and it has been 7 months now with great blood results. We live with fear of a occurrence of AML. I understand your emotional stress and we pray that God will make Lauren-Ashley well. We will keep praying for all the children that travel this path.May God bless you and your family.

Posted Aug 12, 2009 7:30am
by Nanci Bogan

I am praying for her……..good luck tomorrow with the tests!

Posted Aug 12, 2009 4:20am
by Janet Squire

I am praying for you now as I read this. God is with you.

Please visit Lauren Ashley’s website if you would like to help…  http://www.laurenashleymorton.com

Posted Mar 29, 2005 5:57pmThistle with a bumblebee

Since I posted last there has been a tremendous amount of care given to Lauren-Ashley to manage her fevers and get her to a place where she could feel a little better.We also have been waiting for her counts to start moving upward and have been given a tremendous amount of information regarding her condition and the plan for her.
You will be happy to know as I write this to you she is happily playing on her computer in the hospital room.
When our doctor’s associate came in on Friday to examine Lauren-Ashley, I told her of a spot on the left side of her head that had been sore all week and presented itself Thurs. night as a dime size,pink and raised bump.It hurt enough she would not let anyone touch it. After her regular exam the doctor took me outside.She then
proceeded to tell me her counts had begun to move upward. Despite the chemo, “blast” cells (Leukemia or small overproductive baby cells) were also there. My stomach had a knot in it as I cried out to the Lord in my spirit. As she went on her explanation of the bump on her head was not much better. It was a high possibility the leukemia cells were starting to form tumors – I felt so very weak at that moment.
I went back into the room met with my daughter saying”What is it mommy?” I hugged her and and tried to explain some of the information to her as a 10 year old. We prayed together and when we were done she was calm and said”well, I know it will be alright” – When she asked about the bump I told her exactly what the doctor said and she exclaimed”YEA, RIGHT!” and she chuckled. I however,”being the adult” knew we needed to address it immediately.
Before the doctor had come in we were about to have communion together – so we did.We read the word, God’s promises to us and renewed our commitment to Him. We began to sing and worship Him for who He is and what He did for us and was continuing to do.

As Lauren-Ashley slept that night I turned up Terry McCullum’s CD that had been playing ever so low for weeks non-stop, annointed her with oil and prayed by her bedside.
We had a very peaceful night-
In the morning,as we woke ,God was faithful – as always!
Jehovah Rapha had manifested Himself and the bump and redness were completely gone and the soreness left over the course of the day. HALLELUJAH!
God has continually reminded us of His instruction to “walk through” and as we continue, He continues to manifest Himself as the loving,caring,and merciful God and Father He is in every aspect of our lives.
God’s Glory will continue in this situation!
Easter Sunday was a precious day for us filled with friends and family calls and visits – and even the Easter bunny.
Monday morning our Doctor came in with his team and our path is clear.

We are moving toward a second transplant – the search has begun.

Lauren-Ashley will get a break at home when her counts are higher before her next round of medications(chemo) to reduce the leukemia cells. They need to be less than 5% – the lower the better
The next medications she will get specifically target the thicker outer protein wall around the leukemia cell itself. One softens it enabeling the other to “plug” into the cells outer wall ,suffocate and destroy it.No radiation this time and we will be able to proceed with the transplant.
When the doctor left Lauren-Ashley had to absorb and process this information which she did rather well I might add. It took her about 15-20 minutes to cry and talk about it with me after we prayed and held each other she moved quickly through the grief cycle and ended by planning who was going to babysit her mouse and how Dad was going to smuggle our dogs to see her when she is out of isolation.
I was so very proud of her bravery and ability to see herself through it already.
Please continue to pray for 1. her physical,emotional and mental strength 2.complete destruction of bad cells and 3. a perfect transplant match

God bless and keep you all
Sherri

9 Message(s)

Posted Apr 1, 2005 3:04pm
by Sherri Morton

Expecting more miracles
Thankyou for all your prayers!
I appreciate your standing with us and can’t wait to continue with our miracle update. I will gladly give Lauren-Ashley a hug and send your love to all.
God Bless,
Sherri

Posted Apr 1, 2005 3:00pm
by Sherri Morton

Can’t wait to come home and see you!
Thankyou for your faithfulness and prayers!
They are much appreciated and needed. I believe God has given you to us and am so thankful to Him for our friendship.
I love you!
Sherri Lynn

Posted Apr 1, 2005 2:58pm
by Sherri Morton

Give those girls a hug for us
I’m sure Lauren-Ashley will be so thankful for your prayers and faithfulness. We sure love you guys and can’t wait to get well and possibly come to visit.
Thankyou Aunt Donna for your communication and encouragement
I love you
Sherri

Posted Apr 1, 2005 11:12am
by Katrecia Short

just wanted to say hi
Lauren,
Im so glad to hear you had a good easter and that things are getting better for you both. Malakai wore his first suit on easter and he looked so handsome. I hope that you can meet him soon I know that he will love you as much as I do. Your still in my prayers and thoughts everyday. Take care and God bless.
Love,
Katrecia & Malakai

Posted Mar 30, 2005 2:04pm
by Janet Squire

thank you
Thank you for your prayer for my exam. I don’t feel that it was important enough for you to pray for with all that you are going through and it makes me feel humbled. Thank you. I did OK and hope that I passed.

I hear that my dad dropped by the hospital and prayed with Lauren. I’m sorry that he didn’t get a chance to pray with you, but I’m sure that was God’s plan. Your Mom told me about it. I haven’t talked to him yet.

We are praying that you find the perfect donor for Lauren.
Love, Janet

Posted Mar 30, 2005 10:55am
by Donna Jordan

More Love
Dear Lauren,
I am guardian to my daughter Denise’s two girls. Angelina (I call her Gina) shes 5yrs. and Alyssa (I call her Lucy, because she is crazy like Lucille Ball the comedian) shes 3yrs. I was sitting in my office reading your care page your mom wrote. I told the girls about you. Gina wanted to say a prayer for you. She asked Heavenly Father to make you better so you can go home to be with your mama. She said she will keep you in her personal prayers always, as we all will. You stay strong Baby.

I love you,

Auntie Donna

Posted Mar 29, 2005 11:43pm
by Suzette Cope

goodnight, sweetdreams
we are standing with you always we all love you.thank you for the up date. sweet dreams lauren stay strong stand on his word i do all the time for you babe keep smiling we well see you though it all . sherri love you soooooooooooooooooooooooo much xoxoxoxoxoxoxoxoxoxoxooxoxoxoxoxoxoxoxoxoxoxoxoxoxooxoxoxoxoxoxoxoxoxooxoxoxoxooxoxoxoxoxoxoxoxoxoxoxoxxoxoxooxoxoxoxoxooxoxoxoxoxoxoxooxo love david suzette,the bunch god bless you both

Posted Mar 29, 2005 11:02pm
by Diane Rogers

Hi Sherri
I read your updated newspage and can’t beleive all you and Lauren have been going through.I miss you alot. I finally got a professional haircut and had it frosted.Looks ok.I always think about you and Lauren and pray for her in my own way.
Love
Diane

Posted Mar 29, 2005 9:38pm
by Carol O’Rourke

Miracles and Blessings
Hi Lauren-Ashley and Sherri,

I am happy to hear you had a joyous Easter. You and your family are in my thoughts and prayers constantly. At church on Sunday, so many people came up to me and asked me about you. I told them how brave you are and how your faith carries you both through every moment of every day. What a miracle and a blessing to discover that the bump on Lauren’s head disappeared in a day! It is such a joy to share these victories, as we continue to pray for the strength of all of you and for continued blessings as you continue along this difficult journey.

Thank you so much for taking the time to keep us updated, and thank you for sharing the photos too. Please give Lauren-Ashley a hug for me and send my love to your Mom and Dad, Sherri. My family, as well as our church family, continues thinking about you and praying for all of you. Stand strong.

Lots of love,
Carol

Please visit Lauren Ashley’s website if you would like to help…  http://www.laurenashleymorton.com

Posted Mar 22, 2005 5:55pmCoral

It’s been extremely busy since my last post!
Clinic on Friday lasted from 1:30 until 6:30.
Lauren-Ashley received platelets and had cultures taken along with all the usual bloodwork.
She also was checked for pain in her right side just below her armpit.
No sooner did we get back to my Mom and Dad’s , her pain seemed to increase and presented itself in her right hip also/thought to be related to the GCSF shot she received.
By 8pm we were on our way to COH. She was experiencing enough pain to make her cry and unable to get comfortable.
The doctor gave her some Tyl/Cod which helped relax her and we were on our way back to Glendale because there was no fever.
Saturday morning she became listless, pale and shakey on her feet -no fever
By 1:30 she had a fever of 102+ . I packed the car and off we went to COH where she was evaluated and admitted. They took more blood cultures and started antibiotics.

The fever bounced between 101 and 104 Sat eve.- Sunday – Monday a.m.
Monday evening and through today she has had no fever-Glory to God! and her spirits and good – she is truely a great kid!
She currently is on 3 different broad based antibiotics(very strong)
to protect her .
She did however this morning have severe pain in her side again.
We are watching her very closely for ZOSTER Virus flair-up (chicken pox)As her immune system is very suseptible to it since she had it in Nov.

Dr. Rosenthal said we are “here” until her counts come up to a safe level – Another Easter Sunday at COH!

Neutropenia (0-low counts) is a condition that generally always presents fevers the longer you have it.It’s not IF you get a fever it’s WHEN. The “bugs” we don’t even know you and I fight every day with a healthy immune system could be fatal to Lauren-Ashley right now without antibiotics.
After her counts are up she will have another bone marrow aspiration,at which time we will find out if it is 100% donor cells or not.
If so, we go with a protocal similar to our post transplant “life” plus some.
If not, we move toward a second transplant and all that entails.

I hold fast to God’s promises for Lauren-
Ashley and the Hope for a future full of God’s presence and blessing in her life..
Until later ,
Sherri

3 Message(s)

Posted Mar 29, 2005 4:48pm
by Sherri Morton

Can’t wait to come home to see you and Tiff too!
She will surely smile when she reads this – I sure did
I love you guys and miss you
Hopefully we will be home soon for a week or two before the next round
Keep standing with us!
We love you
Sherri Lynn

Posted Mar 29, 2005 4:45pm
by Sherri Morton

Thankyou!
Dearest Davida
Thankyou for your uplifting note
We appreciate it so much and especially because it is sent with your love and prayers.
Keep standing with us!
Sherri and Lauren-Ashley

Posted Mar 29, 2005 4:44pm
by Sherri Morton

Hi Auntie!
Donna
I’s sure Lauren-Ashley will smile when I read this to her
We love you and thankyou for standing with us!
Much love
Sherri

Posted Mar 29, 2005 4:42pm
by Sherri Morton

Thinking of you from the US
Thankyou for your thoughts and prayers!
Lauren-Ashley will be thrilled to read this from London.
She does want to go to Europe some day and see all the historical sites and countryside.
Much love and blessings sent to all of you!
Lauren-Ashley’s Mum
Sherri

Posted Mar 29, 2005 4:39pm
by Sherri Morton

We love you
We miss being able to just stop by
Hopefully we can on our way home soon
Talk to you guys later
We love you!
Sis

Posted Mar 29, 2005 4:38pm
by Sherri Morton

Thankyou
Thankyou for all the prayers
Hope to be home for a week or so soon
Much love to your mom and grandmother for us!
God Bless you back
Sherri and Lauren-Ashley

Posted Mar 29, 2005 4:36pm
by Sherri Morton

We love you back!
It was so great to be able to read your note-I’m sure Lauren-
Ashley will be thrilled to read it too!
Things seem to calming down here a bit and we probably will be able to see you soon before we have to come back.
Lots of love and lots of hugs to you and Justine too!
Sherri

Posted Mar 29, 2005 4:33pm
by Sherri Morton

Hope you test went well
Heard you had a big final or something you’re studying for.
We’ve been praying for you too!
We love you and appreciate all you do.
Things seem to be calming down here a bit.
We are full and overflowing with hope and peace as we begin this part of the journey-Hallelujah!
Hope to talk to you soon
Sherri

Posted Mar 29, 2005 4:31pm
by Sherri Morton

Love you guys
Love back to you and Malakai
Things seem to be calming down a bit here
We hope to be able to be home for a week or two and I’m sure we’ll see you.
Love to all
Sherri & LA

Posted Mar 29, 2005 4:29pm
by Sherri Morton

Gidday back!
It’s been pretty crazy around here but things seem to calming dowm a bit.
We will be hoping to be home for a couple of weeks before treatment begins again and pre-transplant stuff begins
Love you lots
Sherri & LA

Posted Mar 29, 2005 4:27pm
by Sherri Morton

Miss you too!
Just a few lines to tell you how much we miss you
Things have been pretty hectic here but seem to be calming down a bit
We know God is still in control and has a plan amidst all of this.Lauren-Ashley will love to hear all about this new news at your house!
Hope to see you soon
Love always
Sherri

Posted Mar 28, 2005 1:41pm
by Diane Rogers

HELLO LAUREN AND SHERRI
Happy Easter to your family.Les and I hope you are getting better and will be hhome soon.Now that I have this E-mail address, we can write each other. I’m looking forward to seeing your miniture house and furniture.My son and grandaughter have moved here to Bakersfield and they have been staying with us. they bought a house and we have been slowing fixing it up and painting the rooms. Paige’s room is blue.Do you remember playng polly pockets with her at the salon? Again I can only hope you are home soon because you are probably bored.
Alot of Love and prayers,
Your friend Diane Rogers

Posted Mar 27, 2005 5:26pm
by STEPHANIE FALOON

Gidday U2
Finally got reistered now I can keep up with your goings on. Hope your Easter is good at COH .Thinking & praying for you hoping your day is bright and filled with fun and family. I’m at work today and wish I was home too.Love you guys and miss alot.
lots of hugs Steph
Randall & crazy are having a fun day together i’m sure!!

Posted Mar 26, 2005 6:27pm
by Katrecia Short

Hi Sweetie
Lauren,
Hey girlie I miss you so much. Im so glad that your mom put photos on so that i could see you its been a while. I just wanted to wish you both a very Happy Easter!! I hope your doing better, i think about you everyday and Luis always asks about you. We cant wait for you to come visit us again. We’ll always have the chile verde and flan waiting for you. Well untill next time take care of yourselves and remember that we love you and your always in our prayeres.
Love,
Katrecia & Malakai

Posted Mar 26, 2005 11:33am
by Janet Squire

good morning
It is a bright beautiful Saturday morning, and I am praying for God to give you hope, healing and peace. The sunshine is a reminder that God’s presence is everywhere. Your Mother and I prayed together on the phone last night. All my friends and family are praying for you as well. Love, Janet

Posted Mar 26, 2005 2:10am
by Nicole Gibson

Hi Sis
Hi it’s Nikki just found out about this and i wanted to say hi to you both. I have you both in my prayers. I wanted to tell you both how much I love you both. I will write to you again now that I know I can.
God Bless,
Nikki

Posted Mar 24, 2005 6:34pm
by Racheal Davis

hey Lauren!
Hey this is Racheal Davis, Betty Jacobsens granddaughter. I hope you are feeling better soon. Everyone in our family is praying for you. Hope you have a good Easter. God Bless. Racheal and family

Posted Mar 24, 2005 2:35pm
by John Zachman

You’re such a cutie!
Maddie and Morgan miss you Lauren! We’re praying every day!
-Unlce John & Aunt Jess

Posted Mar 24, 2005 5:57am
by Jeremy Hall

Thinking of You In London
Hi Lauren

Every time I see your grandfather here in London he tells me about how you are doing and how proud he is of you. Jeanette and I have two boys, Joshua aged 10 and Jake aged 6, and we have told them all about you and you are always in our thoughts and prayers. It would be great if one day you and your mum (that is how we spell mom here in England!)could come visit us in London.

Lots of Love

Jeremy, Jeanette, Joshua and Jake

Posted Mar 24, 2005 4:27am
by Donna Jordan

Always in my prayers
Lauren,
You are always in my prayers. I spoke to your grandma the other day. She loves you very much. Stay strong baby.

Love,
Auntie Donna

Posted Mar 24, 2005 2:40am
by Katrecia Short

Thinking Of You
Lauren,
Your dad and brothers came in today and i was glad to here you were feeling a little better. We embarrassed Chris for you by making him wear the hat and singing happy birthday. Dont worry we took a picture too. Luis says to say hi and we hope you have a wonderful easter. Of course Luis is still crazy as usual, and Malakai got his very first tooth yesterday! So now he tries to bite everything. Well I just wanted to let you both know that you are in our prayers and that we are always thinking of you. Love you guys!! Have a good easter no matter where you may be.
Katrecia

Posted Mar 23, 2005 5:49pm
by Davida Berger

A Wish for Lauren
Hi Lauren,

Your grandfather told me about this message board.
I have heard so much about you and I wanted to write to send you and your mom my love and prayers for you to get well soon.

Davida

Posted Mar 22, 2005 10:49pm
by Suzette Cope

our little angel lauren ashley
we all miss you both. lauren we pray for you every day babe.Tiffany can’t wait untail you come home but we now you cant eihter. sherri you are the BEST MOTHER EVER i know how much you love her. just keep the faith stand on his word it will not return void sherri i love you and lauren so much sometimes i don’t thank we say it enough but i truly love you two. sherri please forgive me for not being here for you like i should have been.sometimes i did’nt know what to say. if you need anything please call you have my number anytime lauren you get batter baby i’ll see you soon sweetie i will pray everyday and up date the prayer chain blessings over you and mom keep the faith untail later we love you all aaron ,boys to xxxxoooxoxoxoxo by for now sweet dreams babe love david suzette, the bunch

http://www.laurenashleymorton.com

Posted Mar 17, 2005 11:34pmDrops On Leaf

THURSDAY

Well, we have been traveling back and forth to COH for blood work and infusions for Lauren-Ashley. It has been terrific being at my parents’ home. She gets to swing in a canvas swing while looking at the mountains and sit by the pond and waterfall-what a change of scenery for her as well as myself. Her mental and emotional state continues to be renewed and she is so happy to be here with her grandparents.
Her blood tests up until now have been as expected. Her white count(combats infections) is basically nothing and the rest is extremely low as a result of the chemo.
Sorry I haven’t posted in a few days but today was the first day I have felt human. It usually hits me in delayed mode and I take a week or so to recover- I must be getting better at this ! It hasn’t taken that long this time.(HA-HA)

I will post the results of her bloodwork and visit tomorrow afternoon when we return.
Her next doctor visit is on Tuesday.

Love to all of you
I so appreciate the website visits and messages
THANKYOU THANKYOU THANKYOU

Sherri

8 Message(s)

Posted Mar 22, 2005 5:30pm
by Sherri Morton

Standing on His promises!
Dearest Terry and Michael
Thankyou so much for standing and walking with us!
We appreciate it so much – God is good and a keeper of His promises
And we have a whole book of them!
We love you and thankyou again for your prayers and strength
Love in Him,
Sherri

Posted Mar 22, 2005 5:28pm
by Sherri Morton

Miss you guys !
Katrecia
It was so great to get your message
Lauren-Ashley just smiled as big as she could when I read it to her
We love you guys and miss you
Say HI to Luis for us and we hope to see you soon
Give Malakai a big hug and kiss for us!
We love you!
Sherri

Posted Mar 22, 2005 5:25pm
by Sherri Morton

Thankful
Dearest Janet
Thankyou so much for your faithfulness!
We sure love you !
Sherri

Posted Mar 22, 2005 2:51am
by Katrecia Short

We Miss You!!!
Hey sweetie,
Im so glad that I can check on you and your family on this site. We all miss your smiling face and contagious laughter at Casa Munoz.I’ve kept you all in my prayers and I know God is continously watching over you. Although your so young you have already been through more in your short life than I will ever be. I just want you to know that you are such an inspiration to me. I hope that someday I can learn to be as strong and as brave as you are. I am so pleased that I have been given the opportunity to know such a wonderful little girl and more pleased that I can call you my friend.If Malakai grows up to be even half as wonderful as you are, I will know that I succeeded as a parent.Every night i count my blessings, and knowing you is definitly one of my greatest. Stay strong.
Love,
Katrecia & Malakai

Posted Mar 21, 2005 12:05am
by Michael Harriton

Standing with you
Heavenly Father,

We look expectantly to You, our God and our Healer!

Encourage Lauren’s heart today, and raise up strength and “fight” in her blood, and in her body. Pour out Your grace on Sherri and the extended family this Easter week. May Your peace surround them all at this time, Your supernatural peace that defeats every work of darkness.

In Jesus’ name,

Amen

Isaiah 26:3
You keep him in perfect peace whose mind is stayed on you,because he trusts in you.

Dear Sherri,
We will continue to stand with you in prayer!
Terry and Michael Harriton

Posted Mar 20, 2005 11:02pm
by Janet Squire

I’m praying for you.
Hi, your Mother called me last night when you left for the hospital, and I am praying for you and Lauren. You are in my thoughts and prayers many times a day. Love, Janet

Posted Mar 17, 2005 11:41pm
by Sherri Morton

God is building a testimony
God surely is outdoing Himself -
I count it an honor to be able to go through this with my daughter during His building of her testimony.
We sure love Him and all He is!
God Bless you for standing with us!
We love you
Sherri

Posted Mar 17, 2005 11:38pm
by Sherri Morton

answered prayer
Thankyou for being so faithful regarding us.
Your prayers and being answered daily.
Continue to hold Lauren-Ashley up as her safety from infection is the most important at this time until her white cells come up.
We love you!
Sherri

http://www.laurenashleymorton.com

Posted Mar 12, 2005 11:40pmIn the wood

Well gang it has been a very difficult time since I last posted but we made it through treatment-all that comes to mind is “there by the grace of God go I” Thank you Jesus!
I will be staying at my Mom and Dad’s .We have to travel to COH every day for daily infusions of GCSF ( a chemical that boosts marrow production. It enables the cells to increase their levels quickly and helps her to fight infection therefore protecting her.) The cells will be tested for any signs of leukemia and as soon as they are high enough she will undergo another 5 day session much the same as the last – all I can say is I need more sleep!!!! in between. If there is any humor in this is I am learning to live out of a suitcase , sleep on hard surfaces and function on little or no sleep – kind of sounds like I am becoming God’s GI JANE (HA-HA)

God is surely keeping His promises (as usual) and we intend to continue on too!

Pray for Lauren-Ashley’s counts to come up to a safe level and they be healthy cells and not leukemic cells

Pray for her strength to rebuild during this down time

Pray for her little mind to be renewed and refreshed

Oh, and if you don’t mind please please please pray for me for renewal-THANK YOU

God’s richest blessings be yours until our next post!

Sherri

5 Message(s)

Posted Mar 17, 2005 4:52am
by Carol O’Rourke

Prayers and peace
Sherri and Lauren,

I am praying that you are having a peaceful stay at your Mom and Dad’s and that both you and Lauren are able to get some restful sleep there, temporarily away from the hustle and bustle at the hospital.

Hopefully your daily trips to and from COH will result in the rapid growth of healthy cells and give you all additional strength to go forward.

Love to all,
Carol

Posted Mar 14, 2005 11:49am
by Mary-Ann Christ

Keeping you in my prayers
Hi Sherri
My prayers go out to you and Lauren, May Lauren be totally healed of
the lukemia and have a testimony that will bring people to Jesus throughout her life. I’m praying for both of you and your family.
I’ve known your mom and dad for many years and had Johnny in 3 yr old
Sunday school at COTW.
God bless
Mary-Ann Christ

Posted Mar 13, 2005 11:28pm
by Danyelle Cushman

Just a little note
Just wanted to say I love you both, and I am praying for you everyday!
Love, Danyelle

Posted Mar 13, 2005 10:55pm
by Valeria Bogges

Hi Sherri and Lauren
I really miss you two, I hope all is going well. Can Lauren recieve mail there? Chase would love to color some pictures for her, and I have cards as well that I would like to send.
Wont take up too much more time, I love you both and your always in our thoughts and prayers. KIT

Posted Mar 13, 2005 12:19am
by Donna Jordan

I Love You Too!!!
Dearest Sherri,

I love you too. Your right Heavenly Father does have a plan for all of us. He only gives us what he knows we can handle. I have taught Primary (Age 4-5) in church for 3 years. One thing I learned is listen to the children. They are very sensitive to His words. Lauren is going to be alright.
I Love you both.

Love N Kisses
Aunt Donna

http://www.laurenashleymorton.com

Daisy FlowerPosted Mar 9, 2005 10:48pm

WED.- evening

From the last time posting we have severly and most definitely felt the effects of chemo.

From monday eve and wee hours tuesday morning Lauren-Ashley had nausea from the moment she opens her eyes and vomits several times untill we can get her medicated and asleep again. She also has a severe headache and started a fever this afternoon(102)
It’s half over.
We start our last bag of chemo approximately 1pm tomorrow – THANK GOD!

Our plan is to just manage her pain/nausea by keeping her as sedated as need be and allowed until the chemo is over and she can be flushed out for about 24 hours.

Please keep holding her up in prayer and believe the “eqyptians” are destroyed!

This is probably one of the most difficult times during this process as a parent: to see your child who was just laughing, playing around and singing just a day and a half ago in this condition ,know what is happening within her body and not be able to “fix it”.

This is where my trust and hope in God and His promises and plan keep me together and keep me moving through this as His word has instructed us to do. Because ,after all, obedience is better than sacrifice!

Blessings to you
Until the next update,
Sherri

12 Message(s)

Posted Mar 12, 2005 11:27pm
by Sherri Morton

God is still on the throne
Dearest Aunt Donna,
God is so wonderful even in this most difficult time
My love for Him grows stronger and stronger each passing day and I do not know what I would do without Him.
When I ask Lauren-Ashley what she is hearing from the Lord she replies that He has a plan and purpose for me and I’m going to be alright! Well , how can I begin to question that!
Praise be to God ! is all I have to say!
I love you!
Sherri

Posted Mar 12, 2005 11:23pm
by Sherri Morton

Sounds good
Can’t wait to see you!
We’ll have a great time
Lauren-Ashley is soooooo excited
We love the three of you!
Aunt Sherri

Posted Mar 12, 2005 11:19pm
by Sherri Morton

Bless you!
Dearest Carol
Thankyou for all your prayers and support
Lauren-Ashley and I are at mom and dad’s
while her counts recover- I will be back and forth to COH for her infusions and bloodwork every day.
We love you and thank you for everything
Keep standing with us.
God bless you and His richest blessings be on you
Sherri

Posted Mar 10, 2005 4:55pm
by Carol O’Rourke

Prayers from Michigan…
Hi Lauren and Sherri,

We think of all of you so many times a day, as you travel through this incredibly difficult journey in your lives. Your trust in the Lord will get you through this, and sometimes all we can do is just get through things! One moment at a time…

I hope and pray that you are able to finish up these treatments this week so that you can soon leave the hospital. How brave you all are as you stand together. There are lots of people here in this winter wonderland continuously sending up prayers for you and your family.

Thank you so much for taking the time to write updates on this website, so that I can share information about your days more quickly with friends on our prayer chain.

Love, Carol

Posted Mar 9, 2005 11:34pm
by Shari Michaels

when you get home
we will just have to have our own baby shower! Who knows Baby Alex may be there for it too!! Alex is so lucky to have an aunt and a cousin like you! Love you
shari

Posted Mar 9, 2005 11:34pm
by Shari Michaels

when you get home
we will just have to have our own baby shower! Who knows Baby Alex may be there for it too!! Alex is so lucky to have an aunt and a cousin like you! Love you
shari

Posted Mar 9, 2005 11:23pm
by Donna Jordan

FAITH
Sherri,

As a parent we need to give our love and support to our children. The most important thing is FAITH in the Heavenly Father. Without Faith we really have nothing. I truly believe if I didn’t have Faith then my daughter wouldn’t be here today. I speak to our Heavenly Father everyday. I’ve gone through some hardships. The hardest was my daughter with “ALL” in a time there was not much hope in medication. Faith was my strengh and is even more since I found Heavenly Father again. Only this time I’m not letting go. You and Lauren have a strong love for Heavenly Father. I can fell it in your words. I will pray for you everyday.

Love,
Aunt Donna

Posted Mar 9, 2005 10:57pm
by Sherri Morton

We love you guys too!
Just have a minute to say thankyou for standing with us!
We sure were sad to miss the shower- I have imagined it for years and was so disappointed . But we will see you when we get back.Lauren-Ashley can’t wait to give you her gift.
We love you two and pray always for our little baby!

Much love,
Aunt Sherri

Posted Mar 9, 2005 10:54pm
by Sherri Morton

Thankyou
Just a minute to thankyou for taking the time to read and write her back. I’m sure she will manage a smile when I read it to her
Love
Sherri

Posted Mar 9, 2005 10:53pm
by Sherri Morton

Thankyou
Lots of love to you all in Utah!
I’s sure Lauren-Ashley will manage a smile when I read it to her
We love you all
Sherri

Posted Mar 9, 2005 10:52pm
by Sherri Morton

Go Sally Go
Just a moment to say I love you!
Thankyou for being my friend and standing with us!
You surely are a blessing to me!
Love in Jesus
Sherri

Posted Mar 9, 2005 10:50pm
by Sherri Morton

Love you!
Only have a moment but wanted to let you know how much this means to me and I know Lauren-Ashley will manage a smile I’m sure.
Thankyou for standing with us!
We love you!
Sherri Lynn

http://www.laurenashleymorton.com

Posted Mar 9, 2005 10:48pmSunset Sky

WED.- evening

From the last time posting we have severly and most definitely felt the effects of chemo.

From monday eve and wee hours tuesday morning Lauren-Ashley had nausea from the moment she opens her eyes and vomits several times untill we can get her medicated and asleep again. She also has a severe headache and started a fever this afternoon(102)
It’s half over.
We start our last bag of chemo approximately 1pm tomorrow – THANK GOD!

Our plan is to just manage her pain/nausea by keeping her as sedated as need be and allowed until the chemo is over and she can be flushed out for about 24 hours.

Please keep holding her up in prayer and believe the “eqyptians” are destroyed!

This is probably one of the most difficult times during this process as a parent: to see your child who was just laughing, playing around and singing just a day and a half ago in this condition ,know what is happening within her body and not be able to “fix it”.

This is where my trust and hope in God and His promises and plan keep me together and keep me moving through this as His word has instructed us to do. Because ,after all, obedience is better than sacrifice!

Blessings to you
Until the next update,
Sherri

12 Message(s)

Posted Mar 12, 2005 11:27pm
by Sherri Morton

God is still on the throne
Dearest Aunt Donna,
God is so wonderful even in this most difficult time
My love for Him grows stronger and stronger each passing day and I do not know what I would do without Him.
When I ask Lauren-Ashley what she is hearing from the Lord she replies that He has a plan and purpose for me and I’m going to be alright! Well , how can I begin to question that!
Praise be to God ! is all I have to say!
I love you!
Sherri

Posted Mar 12, 2005 11:23pm
by Sherri Morton

Sounds good
Can’t wait to see you!
We’ll have a great time
Lauren-Ashley is soooooo excited
We love the three of you!
Aunt Sherri

Posted Mar 12, 2005 11:19pm
by Sherri Morton

Bless you!
Dearest Carol
Thankyou for all your prayers and support
Lauren-Ashley and I are at mom and dad’s
while her counts recover- I will be back and forth to COH for her infusions and bloodwork every day.
We love you and thank you for everything
Keep standing with us.
God bless you and His richest blessings be on you
Sherri

Posted Mar 10, 2005 4:55pm
by Carol O’Rourke

Prayers from Michigan…
Hi Lauren and Sherri,

We think of all of you so many times a day, as you travel through this incredibly difficult journey in your lives. Your trust in the Lord will get you through this, and sometimes all we can do is just get through things! One moment at a time…

I hope and pray that you are able to finish up these treatments this week so that you can soon leave the hospital. How brave you all are as you stand together. There are lots of people here in this winter wonderland continuously sending up prayers for you and your family.

Thank you so much for taking the time to write updates on this website, so that I can share information about your days more quickly with friends on our prayer chain.

Love, Carol

Posted Mar 9, 2005 11:34pm
by Shari Michaels

when you get home
we will just have to have our own baby shower! Who knows Baby Alex may be there for it too!! Alex is so lucky to have an aunt and a cousin like you! Love you
shari

Posted Mar 9, 2005 11:34pm
by Shari Michaels

when you get home
we will just have to have our own baby shower! Who knows Baby Alex may be there for it too!! Alex is so lucky to have an aunt and a cousin like you! Love you
shari

Posted Mar 9, 2005 11:23pm
by Donna Jordan

FAITH
Sherri,

As a parent we need to give our love and support to our children. The most important thing is FAITH in the Heavenly Father. Without Faith we really have nothing. I truly believe if I didn’t have Faith then my daughter wouldn’t be here today. I speak to our Heavenly Father everyday. I’ve gone through some hardships. The hardest was my daughter with “ALL” in a time there was not much hope in medication. Faith was my strengh and is even more since I found Heavenly Father again. Only this time I’m not letting go. You and Lauren have a strong love for Heavenly Father. I can fell it in your words. I will pray for you everyday.

Love,
Aunt Donna

Posted Mar 9, 2005 10:57pm
by Sherri Morton

We love you guys too!
Just have a minute to say thankyou for standing with us!
We sure were sad to miss the shower- I have imagined it for years and was so disappointed . But we will see you when we get back.Lauren-Ashley can’t wait to give you her gift.
We love you two and pray always for our little baby!

Much love,
Aunt Sherri

Posted Mar 9, 2005 10:54pm
by Sherri Morton

Thankyou
Just a minute to thankyou for taking the time to read and write her back. I’m sure she will manage a smile when I read it to her
Love
Sherri

Posted Mar 9, 2005 10:53pm
by Sherri Morton

Thankyou
Lots of love to you all in Utah!
I’s sure Lauren-Ashley will manage a smile when I read it to her
We love you all
Sherri

Posted Mar 9, 2005 10:52pm
by Sherri Morton

Go Sally Go
Just a moment to say I love you!
Thankyou for being my friend and standing with us!
You surely are a blessing to me!
Love in Jesus
Sherri

Posted Mar 9, 2005 10:50pm
by Sherri Morton

Love you!
Only have a moment but wanted to let you know how much this means to me and I know Lauren-Ashley will manage a smile I’m sure.
Thankyou for standing with us!
We love you!
Sherri Lynn

http://www.laurenashleymorton.com

Posted Mar 7, 2005 6:26pmSunset

SUN -eve.

We had a good afternoon with no evident effects of the chemo yet.
The highlight was when her brother Christopher came to visit with his head shaved too!
Her doctor shaved his also! we all laughed!
No fever this evening or wee hours either-Thank God!
She didn’t sleep very well after all we get awakened every hour or two for temp/BP checks,IV checksand blood draws – it’s one thing or another. Our best sleep seems to be between 3:30a.m. and 7:30 a.m.

MON.

Lauren-Ashley woke up about 8a.m. she bathed,ate,listened to her cd’s(newsboys and Nicole Mullens) and read. Grandma came to spend some time with us and as I am typing this she is with Hannah the art therapist – painting.
She started her 2nd bag of chemo @1:30 ad it will be done tomorrow approximately the same time. She is doing fairly well with this one but they are more anxious about the one tomorrow that causes fevers.
Please remember to hold her up a little extra tomorrow!
We love you!
Until later,
Sherri

5 Message(s)

Posted Mar 9, 2005 5:07pm
by Sylvia Lack

If God be for us!!!!
Who could be against us???? Hello my little “LAMB” :-) Talked with your daddy last night and found out about this web site. Vessels is praying and believing with you all. Remember that His Word is alive and well within YOU!!! We will not let-up, give-up or back-up, as we stay prayed-up to keep you blessed-up! Love you lots Lauren (and your mom too)!
Pastor Sylvia

Posted Mar 8, 2005 6:15pm
by SALLY COBB

Go Lauren Go
Hey Lauren. I sure am thinking a lot of you today. Your dad was in this morning to turn in paperwork, and I was able to get an update on you. The kids from church ask about you all the time, and I will do my best to spread the word about this site. Hang in there, your an inspiration, and we are ssooooooooooooo proud of you. Love, Sally Cobb

Posted Mar 7, 2005 9:12pm
by Doris Mackey

A message to Lauren from the Utah relatives
Lauren – Chrisie, Arthur and I are hoping that your treatments go well. We think about you and your family alot. Hang in there!! Love to you all from Utah. Aunt Doris : )

Posted Mar 7, 2005 8:40pm
by Aaron Morton

Aloha Lauren from your Daddy
Hang in there sweetie! I’ve been thinking about you bunches and missing you lots…I’m gonna be talking to you soon, take care of Mom while you are down there, and I’ll see you real soon,DAD…oh yeah, Buddy says “HI”…I LOVE YOU :)

Posted Mar 7, 2005 6:42pm
by Shari Michaels

hey there!
Hey Lauren, Hope that you are feeling better. Let’s hurry up and get this stuff over with so you can come home okay?!?!?!We miss you here and Lorenzo says “Hi and to get better too” Aunt Sherri, we are praying for you both. We love you guys!!
Lorenzo and Shari

http://www.laurenashleymorton.com

Posted Mar 6, 2005 6:22pmRainbow

SAT

Lauren-Ashley spent the afternoon reading,playing on her computer,doing some math/english work,painting,playing Cranium Cadoo all while listening to music.
She still had some pain at her surgery site but it is getting better(usually takes 5-7 days)
There was a slight mix-up regarding her anti-nausea medication that I asked to be given every 6 hours automatically. It wasn’t and as a result she had alot of nausea and vomiting in the early evening.
Our conclusion for the nausea is that it is probably caused by the one antibiotic she is receiving. Needless to say she is getting her meds on time-Hallelujah!
Her dressing changes (Hickman site- have to be changed every 2 days)
are very stressfull for her- please pray for her concerning this.

When she felt a little better we watched BAMBI(forgot how good it is)
All in all it was a good day!

SUNDAY

Lauren-Ashley had another fever in the middle of the night but it was not as high(101) and not as long as the other night-Our assumption is it is the disease that is causing the sudden low fevers(common occurance)

Lauen-Ashley started chemo @ 1p.m. today
Her “load-up” dose went over 15 minutes then they started her 48 hour continuous dose .
This chemical is called Fludarabine and upon the completion of the 48 hours it will be immediately followed by ARA-C which will go over the next 72 hours – this one is accompanied by eye drops administered every 1-2 hours during the day and every 3-4 hours during the night.
When chemo is finished ite will be followed by 1-2 days of double her regular hydration fluids to help her body flush the drugs out of her system.

As the chemical started to enter her body I recalled a scripture EXODUS 14:13,14. I am reminded of the Lord’s promise to us regarding Lauren-Ashley’s “egyptians”
She and I picture the chemical closing in on the leukemia cells and distroying them ,never to be seen or feared again!

Stand and picture it with us – We love you!
Sherri

8 Message(s)

Posted Mar 7, 2005 6:17pm
by Sherri Morton

OH MY! is right
So glad to read your message. It brought tears to my eyes-
Keep holding us up in prayer!
I will try to update each day around 3-4 pm.
Lots of love to you and all
Sherri

Posted Mar 7, 2005 6:12pm
by Sherri Morton

think too
We think about you two all the time too and keep you in our prayers
wee love you!
Sherri

Posted Mar 7, 2005 6:08pm
by Sherri Morton

HI! from COH
So happy and glad to receive your note
Lauren-Ashley loves me to copy the page for her to see them
Will be trying to update each day around 3-4pm
Keep holding us up it is working miraculously!
We love you all!

Sherri

Posted Mar 7, 2005 6:05pm
by Sherri Morton

we miss you too!
Got your message -was so happy
I will be trying to update every day around the same time 3-4pm
Keep holding us up in prayer
We love you two!
Aunt Sherri

Posted Mar 7, 2005 4:54pm
by Jenny Beebe

Hi
Hey Lauren…hope you feel better soon. We miss you!
Love,
Jen and Jeremy

Posted Mar 7, 2005 2:27pm
by Jeremy Beebe

Prayers from the Artic
Just wanted to let you know that Jennifer and Jeremy have been praying for you from our Arctic home in Minnesota. We think about you all the time.

Posted Mar 7, 2005 12:53pm
by Donna Cabe

Hi Lauren and Sherri!
We are praying for you and thinking about you all the time. We Love you. Uncle Mark, Aunt Donna, Brady, and Jennifer.

Posted Mar 7, 2005 2:41am
by Donna Jordan

Another Aunt????????????? OH MY!!!!!!!
Dear Lauren,
I haven’t met you, but I’m your mom’s Aunt. You are in my prayers. I sent your mom my phone number and e-mail.

Love,
Aunt Donna

http://www.laurenashleymorton.com

Posted Mar 5, 2005 4:36pm

Friday

The eve before we left for L.A. Lauren-Ashley wanted me to shave her head – this really surprised me but she explained “I have enough to deal with in the hospital I don’t need to think about my hair falling out too” As the hair fell to the floor, she told me she has fun with it short. When looking in the mirror she smiled and said “I forgot how this looked,mom, it’s cool” Almost a direct quote from her brothers and sister-they continually encourage her only as siblings can. – What an amazing little girl and precious children I have been blessed with!

We had an interesting and long drive to COH @6a.m. because of the rain. Lauren-Ashley had her IV placed to prepare for surgery (after many tears on the third try)She was much more calm in pre-op.She also said she was happy to have her line being put in again so she didn’t have to get poked any more.
The line was placed on the opposite side from the previous one(11am)

Emotions for all of us were a little higher as well as for the rest of the family this time.

Pediatrics was ready for her after recovery and we are now in room 3022.
She received 2 units of platelets ,1 before and during surgery and 1 after ,because her counts were so low.
Surgery and recovery went well ,she is sore and in alot of pain where her new line is but demeral was given 2x in recovery and when we arrived in peds morphine is the norm -she will continue with that until it is not needed.
She ate, painted a picture and then went to sleep.
During the night she had a slight fever and they started antibiotics to protect her – another norm.

SATURDAY-am

I awoke @ 7:30 and she only for a few moments to ask for more pain meds. and smile at me. She also has a little nausea and will start a medication she will also use for chemo.
After meeting with the doctor we hsd a plan to postpone the chemo for today because she spiked a fever in the night.
Because of the previous episode they want to be safe so we are planning to start it tomorrow-Sunday Please plan to cover her a little extra over these 5-7 days.

As I prepared this morning to read and pray and do a little writing

I glanced around the room in pleasure and felt an extreme moment of peace.

Everytime we come God prompts me to decorate her room with laminated posters from the christian bookstore,pictures of family,friends and pets,her collection of stuffd animals,books games and art supplies, a pots of geraniums and flowers(fake of course) and all of her prayer blankets she has been given over the last 2+ years .
It is her little corner of the world created for her comfort and removal from hospital life.

The nurses,doctors and staff really enjoy coming in or just peeking in to enjoy the scenery and smells. We spray Lauren-Ashley’s favorite smells like Hawaiian Ginger,Pear and Sweet Pea.

We continually play our christian CD’s even if they are inaudible just to “clear the air” – It is the best therapy .

Even in our toughest moments the Lord’s peace is felt in such a mighty way by all.

Until later – we love you!
Sherri

2 Message(s)

Posted Mar 6, 2005 5:58pm
by Sherri Morton

love you back
Dearest Aunt Margie,
Got your message today (sun)
Thankyou for all your prayers and support – it means so much
Don’t feel jealous – I get to look at that sweet face every day even if the looks aren’t so sweet when I hover over her and get on her nerves – I’m sure . HA! HA!

We love you!
Sherri Lynn and Lauren-Ashley

Posted Mar 5, 2005 8:43pm
by Margaret Weems

I LOVE YOU
LAUREN:

THERE IS NOT A DAY THAT GOES BY THAT I DO NOT SEE THAT SWEET FACE IN FRONT OF ME.

LOVE
AUNT MARGIE

Please visit Lauren Ashley’s website if you feel led to contribute…  http://www.laurenashleymorton.com

Posted Mar 1, 2005 9:06pm

Lauren-Ashley’s 1 year post bone marrow transplant was a marked and thrilling day on Jan. 13,2005. We made plans for the 25th for her post transplant tests.

We received word on Wednesday the 26th of leukemia cells being found in her marrow. A devastating blow! almost as bad as the first diagnosis on Oct8th 2003.

We immediately ran to the Lord and His word where we received peace, comfort and strength along with a girding up to begin the battle of battles concerning this.

The plan to put her in remission began and we were sent back to City of Hope on the 1st of February.
She received blood and platelets before undergoing line placement (surgery).
chemotherapy would follow – or so we thought!
She developed high fevers (104-105) and was given antibiotics and meds to no avail. We returned to the OR for removal of the “bad line” and found out she had a severe staff infection which was contracted from contact in the hospital almost immediately.

Her chest was cleaned irrigated and a drainage hole was cut and packed along with a femeral line put in to administer medications.
The next day back to the OR to remove the packing and repack the wound.
She was so weak and sick she began to vomit often and could hardly stand without help – the medications continued.
The packing was taken out again and it was decided it would not be packed again and be allowed to heal from the inside out.This proved to be another dilema for us because the tract holes on either side of the drainage hole(1″x3/4″x3/4″deep) developed clots which kept the infection on either side from draining .
Back to the OR where 2 drains were placed and Lauren-Ashley had to shower, clean and let water wash over the wound and drains 2 times each day.
During the many showers I would hear her reciting scripture mixed with tears “I can do all things through Christ who strenghthens me” – Phillipians 4:13 and “I shall not die but I shall live and recount the deeds of the Lord” Psalm 118:17 – I had a few of my own in those moments.
Lauren-Ashley was very weak and unable to function like herself most of the 3 1/2 weeks but in the darkest moments I would hear her humming “My Redeemer Lives” by Nicole C. Mullens and “Shine” by the Newsboys and I would be strenghtened – she is my blessing and my hero.
Since the placement of the drains the fevers slowly lowered and when removed within a few days the hole was almost flush and her fevers gone.
During a meeting with the Doctor there were several decisions made:
**Lauren-Ashley’s treatment needed to proceed ASAP – it was already delayed almost 4 weeks
**A fungal infection surfaced from one of the many cultures taken during her fevers and needed to be treated without interruption
**She needed a day or two home for her emotional recovery and a rest as well as a much needed visit with her animals and change of scenery.
We arrived home monday eve.@8:30p.m. with tears in our eyes and will be returning to City of Hope Thursday for line placement-PRAY!!! and administration of meds and to start chemotherapy.
She will receive 5 full days of two kinds one of which includes her receiving eye drops given every hour each day for the full 5 days to protect her eyes.

I will try to update this each day or two as allows
Please pray for strength for body ,mind, soul and spirit !
We love you and pray God’s richest blessings on you !

4 Message Response(s)

Posted Mar 5, 2005 4:06pm
by Sherri Morton

You know just what to say!
Lauren-Ashley smiled a big one when I told you sent her a message.
Love you
Sis

Posted Mar 5, 2005 4:04pm
by Sherri Morton

thank you
Dearest Janet
Received your message and am so glad you are standing with us!
God Bless !
Love in Him
Sherri and Lauren-Ashley

Posted Mar 4, 2005 8:53pm
by Janet Squire

We are praying for you.
I am a friend of your Grandparents and am praying for you every day. We know that Jesus is with you and that He loves you.
Love, Janet Squire

Posted Mar 4, 2005 2:56pm
by John Zachman

Put on a smile!
You’re going to make it Lauren!!! Keep smiling!
-Unlce John

That concludes the first blog post through city of hope in March of 05.

If you would like to find out more recent news concerning Lauren Ashley, please visit us @ http://www.laurenashleymorton.com

Sherri Lynn Morton

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