Sunday, January 19, 2014

Jan. 19 update


Noah-300x300First, a bit of background. I’ve been posting updates on Facebook but am planning to start writing here instead. Our 5-year-old son Noah was admitted to St. Jude Children’s Research Hospital on Jan. 10. On Jan. 13, he was diagnosed with Acute Lymphoblastic Leukemia. You can read a little more about all of that here.

Yesterday Noah got his second chemo treatment. He threw up a few times yesterday morning and then again once last night. His stomach is still a bit queasy this morning, but he seems to be pretty cheerful today. We are continuing to pray that the chemo would quickly and successfully attack the cancer in his body and that the side effects would be minimal.

We don’t know when we’ll be discharged at this point, and honestly, I don’t think we’re in a great rush for that. Noah is getting excellent care here at St. Jude, and we continue to be thankful for all of his doctors and nurses.

We decided yesterday that when we are discharged, our family will spend the next few weeks living at a home provided by Habitat for Hope. Though St. Jude has graciously offered for us to stay at the Ronald McDonald House nearby, they only allow four people to stay in a room. With five of us, plus Sarah’s mother who will stay with us much of the time, that wasn’t a viable option for us.

Enter Habitat for Hope, a ministry to cancer patients and their families. They have a house near Millington (only about 20 minutes from St. Jude), located on a gorgeous setting of about 50 acres. We’ll be staying in a basement apartment of the house. The caretakers of the home are parents of a child with ALL, so they understand what we’re going through. Their children are similar in age to ours. Our children are ecstatic about staying at a place with horses and with all the other amenities that come with 50 acres of land on which to play.

This was indeed an answer to prayer for us. A huge “thank you” to all who referred us to Habitat for Hope, to the organization for providing us with this housing opportunity, and to several other places nearby that also offered us housing. We are incredibly grateful for the ways we’ve been loved by so many people during this time.

Categories : Family, Leukemia, Noah


  1. Di Winson says:

    GREAT NEWS regarding your temporary housing, Tim! Glad to know that the surroundings at your Habitat for Hope apartment will provide a welcome diversion for your kids (AND their parents). : )

  2. Julie Anderson Palmer says:

    Rejoicing with you,Tim! We continue to pray for complete healing for Noah.

  3. Tim, can’t wait to meet your family! So grateful that HFH can be of service to you, blessed you will have time with the Dovers – they are amazing. Blessings and prayers for your whole family.

  4. Amy Prosser says:

    God is so good!!! Praying for your son and for your family. My daughter is a patient not far from St. Jude at Le Bonheur Childrens Hospital. We live in SC and travel to TN often. HFH and the Dovers are simply amazing. They are our “family” in TN now. I am so thankful for them all and that your family will now be blessed by them as well. Praying for healing!!
    Amy Prosser
    From Carly Unlimited on Facebook

  5. Pam says:

    So glad you’re all adjusting well. We’re praying for you all daily. Hang in there, The Lord is with you, and your family through all of this. Much love and prayers..

  6. Holly says:

    I have been very blessed to be able to volunteer with HFH and to see the amazing and caring ways they help families. You could not be in better hands than with HFH. Except of course for the hands of God that already hold you tight.

  7. Susan Arnone says:

    You do not know us, but attend Second Baptist, W.F., so will be praying for dear Noah and his family daily…also gather with women on a Monday morning, so we will pray for him corporately with them. God bless you all today!

  8. Ardie Lupton says:

    I have learned about Noah from my sister, Beth Jenkins. We are praying for your son and family ~ may God’s loving arms embrace you while you go through each treatment. I pray for strength; just know our mighty Lord is in control. Love to you and yours this week.

  9. Lesley G says:

    So glad to hear about this Tim!!! What a wonderful blessing from the Lord during this time.

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