Thursday, October 27, 2011

Meeting Dr. Babiera and PA Pier Tansey

Today was an action day, so far. We have seen two doctors, two PA's and been stuck with a needle already.

Yesterday Aly had an ultrasound that revealed there were five abnormal lymph nodes. They performed a needle biopsy and the result came back cancerous.

We met with the surgical oncologist this morning and the results of that meeting was that we were going to an oncologist. We met with Dr. Morrow who gave us quite a bit of info, first of which is that at this point with a lump with cancer and lymph nodes that Aly would currently be listed as a stage 3 cancer.

Dr. morrow made it clear that she felt time was of the essence due to the aggression and Potential growth rate of Aly's cancer. The cell cycle can be rated 1-100, Aly's is currently a 98 which means that it's propensity to spread and grow is high.

After meeting with Dr. Morrow our thoughts about how much time we had till we needed to start Aly's chemotherapy treatment were drastically changed. Due to time and the need to treat Aly's cancer quickly and aggressively we will do what we can about fertility and preserving eggs but as of now it looks as though that will not be able to happen.

We believe God when he says is Psalm 128:

Your wife will be like a fruitful grapevine,
flourishing within your home.
Your children will be like vigorous young olive trees
as they sit around your table. (Psalm 128:3 NLT)

Today we have dealt with the issue of bi-lateral mastectomy and reconstruction and then also with the possibility that chemotherapy could affect ability to have children.

Lord Jesus I believe in your promises but my heart is broken for my wife, please work on our behalf. Please restore our fortunes, Jeremiah 29:11.

The God that put us here will deliver us, Lord please make me the man that you called me to be for you but also my wife.

Tomorrow chemotherapy begins.

The doctors here are already calling her an angel, didn't take Aly long to win these people over either.


Ashley Kent said...


Paula Aitken said...

Yes, we knew that your doctors would learn really quick what a special woman they are dealing with! Thank you Lord, for Aly's doctors and providing them with the knowledge and wisdom needed for her treatment. I am praying for you as you begin chemo tomorrow....Love ya lots, Paula Aitken

Patrick Cutbirth said...

You guys have been in my thoughts and prayers all day, everyday. You're going to beat this and be able to touch so many lives because of it. Love you lots,

Krista Richardson said...

I know that's not the news any of us, especially you guys, wanted to hear. We all know the devil fights a good fight, but Aly is stronger! She has God on her side and I know she WILL WIN this battle! We're praying hard for Aly as she starts treatment and will not stop until she is cancer free and home again! We love all of ya'll!!

Jessie1225 said...

We are all fighting with you Aly! Love you and miss you lots! Jessie, John, Kensley and Gage Carr.

Rhonda said...

I am praying fervently as I write. We serve a good God.
Aunt Rhonda

Diane Spillers said...

Josh & Aly
We love you & continue to stand on the Word of God with you & for you! Our scripture is Philippians 4:7
Love you both!
The Spillers

Sharon E. said...

I'm praying for you Aly! Comfort, strength, healing, courage, peace that defies understanding, and love and wisdom everywhere you turn. It's His presence that makes all the difference. He is Emmanuel - God with us. With love and prayers from our family.

kkeene1984 said...

Nadia and I are praying for you guys. Aly is a strong woman. God will see you guys through this. Love yall.

Dana said...

Josh and Aly, We love you both so very much and want you to know that your family here in Kansas City is praying for you. Your life has been a testimony to your faithful heavenly father thus far and shall continue to be so. Jesus is your strength and your comforter. Love, Ben, Dana, Benjamin, Bethany, and Audra

erin goodfellow said...

Aly, you are a beautiful woman whose smile could light up the darkest room! You were one of the first girls at Family Church to welcome me at Community Gathering and I have admired your consistent sweet spirit, smile, and love for God from the moment I met you! You are truly an amazing woman of God and I have a faith in knowing that a strong, beautiful woman of God like you can defeat and move any mountain that you so desire! And, with all of the love and prayers in one accordance from your friends and family you will defeat this enemy in JESUS' name!! Love you pretty girl!

Doodles-n-Designs by Ivonne said...

dear Josh & Aly I had seen Sherry's prayer request on FB and wanted you to know that I am standing in agreement with all brothers and sisters in Christ and will lift Aly & you Josh along with entire family in prayer!

LORD I am standing on your promise and holding you to your word, that you will command your angels concerning Aly; that through your power & your command, guardian angels will incamp around her, to protect & lift her up, so that she will not strike her foot against a stone!
"For HE will command HIS angels concerning you to guard you in all your ways; they will lift you up in their hands, so that you will not strike your foot against a stone." Psalm 91:11-12 Thank You Lord Jesus!

Danielle said...

Aly, we dont know each other. I came across your blog through a friend's facebook page. I have been so touched to read the incredible faith and strength that you and your husband have shown in your journey. I am praying for your complete healing! We serve a miracle working God and even though chemo may try and take your chance of motherhood away...the One you are serving can replenish it! Cancer has no place in a child of God's body!

Anonymous said...

I love your faith... I have a friend who is around 45ish - when I first met him he was a kid and they brought him to church on a stretcher for prayer over the cancer that was (as the dr's put it "killing him) - he was emaciated and looked 7 not 12. He was healed that night and became a preacher - they also told him that due to chemo he would not father a child... wrong!!!! He fathered 2 rambunctious boys... You go and never lose faith or hope!! I stand strong with you and know that we serve an awesome God and with Him all (and that means ALL) things are possible!!!

Lynn Copeland said...

Aly and Josh,
I am so glad that you went to MDAnderson. You are in the best of hands. After experiencing it with my husband, I can tell you that it is one incredibly, amazing place. I pray that all goes well with your first treatment tomorrow.
Love, Lynn Copeland

Brittany booth said...

Aly and Josh,
Our thoughts and prayers are with you both constantly!! Stay strong sweet girl!!! You are going to beat this!!
Joe, Rhonda,Brittany,Kelsey and Kenzie

Anonymous said...

Praying hard for you! God will show his wonderful miracles!!

Brittany Marciel said...

I came across your blog from my friend, Erin Goodfellow! I wanted to let you know I have now shared it with many prayer warriors and you have LOTS of prayers coming your way from strangers Mississippi! I will continue to Pray for you and lift you and your husband up!!! God bless!!!

Anonymous said...

Into the darkness you shine
Out of the ashes we Rise
There’s no One like You
None like You.

Our God is greater, our God is stronger
God You are higher than any other
Our God is Healer, awesome in power
Our God, Our God…

And if Our God is for us, then who could ever stop us
And if our God is with us, then what can stand against . ? .

Standing with you against the enemy's attack . . .
The Webers

Katy said...

Praying for ya'll!!!

~Katy (Braxton) Craig

The Breaux's said...

Psalm 119:89-95 NLT

Your eternal word, O LORD,
stands firm in heaven. Your faithfulness extends to every generation,
as enduring as the earth you created. Your regulations remain true to this day,
for everything serves your plans. If your instructions hadn’t sustained me with joy,
I would have died in my misery. I will never forget your commandments,
for by them you give me life. I am yours; rescue me!
For I have worked hard at obeying your commandments. Though the wicked hide along the way to kill me,
I will quietly keep my mind on your laws.

We love you and stand on our knees with you both.

Paula Russell said...

We love you both and are praying fervently for your healing. Hold tight. God knows the plans He has for you and they are good.

Terri said...

Praying for you and Josh!

AarJordan said...

I have always known you and your brother as men of God. So very strong in faith and service to Our father. May blessings rain down on you and your family during this journey that is sure to make you stronger and closer in your love for Him and your beautiful angel of a wife. God Bless you and keep ever so near to His heart. May angels wrap their wings around you and your love and protect ya'll from this evil enemy called cancer. Love, blessings, and strength to you, Aly, your families, the doctors and all involved throughout this journey!

Jaime Mitchell said...

Josh & Aly - You two have always been such a sweet and beautiful couple. Josh, you're an honorable husband and I am blessed to be praying for you guys through this journey... Sending love from NOLA to the two of you and EVERYONE that is taking this journey with you! I will be reading this blog..... <3

Jaime (Chennault) Mitchell, Sonny & Cash.

Jarratt said...

Praying for you, Aly and Josh. Josh your steadfast faith, passion and compassion for your wife are incredible. Lots of love to y'all...
Jarratt Thomas
(former OCS student)

Aunt Ann said...

My sweet Aly, I am so glad you are at a place that has all the resources and is not beating around the bush. You and Josh are the most Godly couple I know and I know that God will be with you! You are constantly in my thoughts and prayers! Love, Aunt Ann

Anonymous said...

Aly, I am a friend of your mom from church. My thoughts and prayers are with you and your family. I do believe in miracles, I have witnessed miracles, and I have faith that we will all get the awesome blessing of witnessing a miracle through you!! I will continue to pray for peace, strength, and complete healing for you and your family!!
Love to you all,
Louann Hall

blessed2bmom said...

We are praying for you. I posted the blog on my facebook page and have been overwhelmed at the responses from my friends. Your story has touched so many people. In turn, people from Georgia to Tennessee to Virginia are praying for you. God is SO in control, and He knows the plans He has for you. I'm so thankful you are at MD Anderson getting the top-notch care and meeting those God has planned to care for you. Much love and prayers, Dan, Gayle, and Drake Howard (I'm Terry's cousin in Marietta, GA - Aunt Martha's daughter)

Donna Dugas said...

Aly and Josh,
We are praying for you as you begin chemo. We are praying that the Lord will wrap His loving arms around you and envelop you in His healing power! God bless you for your tremendous faith and continue to uphold you on this journey.
The Dugas'

Liza Balough said...

I am Rachel's cousin, Liza and I saw Aly's story on her Facebook and just wanted to say there is one more person sending up a daily prayer for your wife! I was reading this morning from Exodus and just wanted to share: Exodus 15:2 says "The LORD is my strength and my song; he has become my salvation. He is my God, and I will praise him, my father's God, and I will exalt him" Our God is Good! Victory is Ours with Him on our side!

Julie Brown said...

I had no words to post after reading the update yesterday or I guess I should say I wouldn't have been able to post the words I had yesterday. Thankfully our God is good and has brought my focus back in where it needs to be. I will keep repeating these words everyday through this battle - Our God is Bigger, Our God is Stronger, Our God is Higher than any other!!!