Monday, January 5, 2009

Struck Down, Not Destroyed

2 Corinthians 4:8-10
"We are hard pressed on every side, but not crushed; perplexed, but not in despair; persecuted, but not abandoned; struck down, but not destroyed. We always carry around in our body the death of Jesus, so that the life of Jesus may also be revealed in our body."

We received news today that neither of Tammy's brothers is a match as a possible donor for a bone-marrow transplant. A sibling match reduces the risks and increases the chances of a successful transplant.

So we are heading down another uncharted path for our family. We meet with the hematologist tomorrow morning (regularly scheduled appointment) to determine if it's time to go on some preventative drugs. In the meantime, the hospital has started the search of the world-wide donor pool to find a match. This can take between six weeks and three months.

We are perplexed, but not in despair. We know the same God who created the world has Tammy in His care. He is the great physician, and He will guide the hands and the minds of the doctors here on earth who are taking care of her.

If you are interested in being tested to become a bone-marrow donor, you can go to and follow the instructions. There is a cost (between $50-$75 generally), but many times employers or civic organizations will sponsor drives to add people to the donor list. The web site will let you know if there are any ongoing drives in which you can participate. If it is possible, we would appreciate it if you would be tested. You may not be a match for Tammy, but you might be for someone else who needs it.

We ask for your continued prayers.

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