A quick update from Michigan!

31 Jul

Things have taken quite a few twists and turns. As mom stated previously, I have been admitted here in Grand Rapids. Things medically have shifted which is what has caused the intense bone pain I am experiencing throughout my entire body. Also, I continue to battle pneumonia which was the cause of my fever which comes and goes everyday.

In the past two years you have heard me say I have no immune system, no hugs, the less we touch the better, I have no white count. Out of no where my white counts have sky rocketed up, which is NOT a good thing and Is the cause of the severe bone pain. Equally bad is that this is a sign that we are losing any control (if we had any) of the disease. So I sit here, still with pain, but better control. The plan at this point is to get me to Houston, and hopefully start the next experimental drug.

Whom have I in heaven but you? And earth has nothing I desire besides you. My flesh and my heart may fail, but God is the strength of my heart and my portion forever. Psalm 7:25,26

43 Responses to “A quick update from Michigan!”

  1. mel b July 31, 2013 at 10:53 pm #

    I love you, Allie.
    So thankful that we serve a God that IS in control. I have such a hard time wrapping my head around all that you are going through…but continue to trust that He is faithful. praying for you, friend.

  2. Caryl K July 31, 2013 at 11:42 pm #

    Love you Allie. I love the truth of the verse you chose for today – Psalm 7:25, 26. You are a gift Allie – a blessing to so so many. We continue to pray for you and your family.

  3. Nicole & Greg July 31, 2013 at 11:59 pm #

    Praying for you Allie! We love you! What a beautiful verse to cling to!

  4. Lindsay Atkinson August 1, 2013 at 12:05 am #

    Praying! Love you, Allie!

  5. Angie August 1, 2013 at 2:44 am #

    May you feel God’s arms around you. Praying along with so many others. May your pain subside and you’re able to rest. Love you.

  6. ace rocke August 1, 2013 at 7:37 am #

    Praying continually for you and your precious family, Allie. We all love you so much.

  7. Ellen Patrino August 1, 2013 at 7:41 am #

    Allie, have I told tou what an awesome person you are. You have taught me so much in the last year and a half. Thnk you. Keeping you in our prayers. Love you an d your family

  8. Sarah August 1, 2013 at 7:47 am #

    Continuing to pray for you, and especially for you to get to Houston soon!

  9. Annmarie Rigby August 1, 2013 at 8:06 am #

    Praying for you always Allie. You are such a testimony
    To all of us of strength and courage . God is with you.
    Isaiah 41:13. “For I am The Lord your God who takes
    Hold of your right hand and says to you, do not fear;
    I will help you.”

  10. Pam August 1, 2013 at 8:29 am #

    “Arise, shine, for your light has come, and the glory of the LORD rises upon you…”
    Isaiah 60:1

  11. Jodi Tucker August 1, 2013 at 8:39 am #

    Praying, also with many others…..with love to you and your family.

  12. Aunt Sue August 1, 2013 at 8:50 am #

    precious Allison, my life verse is the one you chose for today. Going a little further in the passage, it says ‘the nearness of God is my good’. God is near, and it’s for your good. Cling to Him and the rest of us will lift you up in prayer for peace, rest and wisdom. I love you sweetie. Sending love and hugs.

  13. Carrie Lee August 1, 2013 at 9:16 am #

    My family sat this morning to pray…for you and your beautiful family. -Carrie and David Lee, Trinity and Zoe Kubick

  14. Liz in Austin August 1, 2013 at 9:37 am #

    Good Morning, Beautiful Friend! Sending prayers and “Air Hugs” today as every day!

  15. Linda Allen August 1, 2013 at 12:18 pm #

    Allie,
    Jesus loves you this I know…for the Bible tells you so
    You belong to Him…..you are weak, but He is strong. YES, Jesus loves you, YES, Jesus love you, YES, Jesus loves you for the Bible tells you so!

    You are precious, you are loved, you are a daughter of the King!

    Praying God will fill you with an overwhelming peace and healing touch.

    Love & Hugs!

  16. Tiffany Toms August 1, 2013 at 1:17 pm #

    Allie, Words always fail me. All I have are clumsy prayers and thoughts for your healing.

  17. Julie August 1, 2013 at 3:08 pm #

    Oh Allie, I wish you weren’t in pain! Praying for good news from Houston!

  18. Tina Wilson August 1, 2013 at 3:11 pm #

    Dear Allie,
    You continue to amaze me with your strength and steadfast faith through all that has been put upon you! Love you and pray that you can get to MD Anderson and that this new drug will be the miracle drug to stop this disease for you.

  19. megan williams August 1, 2013 at 3:23 pm #

    Allie……I’m so sorry!!!!!!!

  20. Ellie August 1, 2013 at 3:43 pm #

    The seeming randomness of your symptoms makes me marvel at the amazing creation that is our human body when it it in balance. God is the ultimate engineer! Remember that even as this horrid disease throws you physically off balance, you are an inspiring witness to the balance that faith can provide in life. We love you!

  21. Lee Ann August 1, 2013 at 7:17 pm #

    I am so sorry to hear you still are in pain. As I share with Kyra and Tanner I am always thinking about what you must be feeling, they always immediately think of your girls. Lifting all of you up in prayer.

  22. Myra August 1, 2013 at 7:31 pm #

    Know that you and your family are in my thoughts and prayers. So sorry your vacation was disrupted, but glad you have your family close by.

    May the Lord continue to renew and strengthen your courage in this battle.

  23. Laurie Taylor August 1, 2013 at 7:37 pm #

    The Taylor family continues to lift you and your family up to Jesus. We’re trusting Him with you!

  24. Tracy August 1, 2013 at 7:45 pm #

    I pray for a full, complete and permenant remission for you!

  25. Shelley Colbert August 1, 2013 at 7:45 pm #

    Thinking about you continually and praying for you Allie and your precious family. You are a gift to everyone following your journey. You are loved, cared about and being prayed for by so many. Hugs and love to you!

  26. Denise Nester August 1, 2013 at 8:54 pm #

    Praying daily for you Allie! Your faith, heart, and soul are amazing!

  27. Ashleigh Johnson August 1, 2013 at 9:52 pm #

    May Gd strengthen and uphold you with His mighty power and may you fully know His love that surrounds you! Praying!

  28. Carol Warner August 1, 2013 at 10:05 pm #

    Allie – Chuck and I continue to pray for you and your family. We are so glad that Emily was able to spend some time with you in Grand Rapids. You are a blessing to so many people with your testimony of your love for the Lord and of your trust in Him. May you feel His presence every moment and may you feel the multitude of prayers that are sent to Heaven throughout each day and night by so many people. What tremendous verses you chose for today — God is glorified by your faith in Him.

    Carol Warner

  29. lori habeck August 1, 2013 at 11:09 pm #

    Hi Allie…Im sorry that you are in such pain dear. Im pretty sure that heaven is backed up with all of the prayers going up for you and your family right now. Thank you for being such a beautiful bright light of encouragement to all of us who daily share in your journey. Each time I read your blog I am challenged to walk more closely with my God and to appreciate the many many blessings of every day life that we all tend to take for granted. You are a precious gem. Thank you. xo

  30. Jill August 2, 2013 at 12:04 am #

    My sweet friend, I’m so sorry! Praying that you’ll get to Houston and that the trial drug will be the right concoction to kick the cancer. Thank you for sharing your faith. You are a true example of His love and miracles.

  31. Lesa and family August 2, 2013 at 6:27 am #

    Trusting in something elusive that my mentor loves to say, “There is great joy in suffering.” May the deep relationship you have cultivated with Jesus be your source of joy.

    For the eyes of the LORD move to and fro throughout the earth that He may strongly support those whose heart is completely His. 2 Chron. 16:9a

    His eyes are resting on you, Allie. He has found a heart that is completely His. May you and Adam feel His love and His delight in you in a tangible way today.

    The LORD your God is with you, he is mighty to save. He will take great delight in you, he will quiet you with his love, he will rejoice over you with singing. Zeph. 3:17

    We love you.

  32. Kelly Turner August 2, 2013 at 8:34 am #

    Allie,
    Know that so many of us out here who only know you just a little bit are daily praying for your complete healing and that your pain would go away. I was challenged this weekend when I heard a priest speak about how his prayers changed when he was able to fully live out loving our Lord God with all your strength, all your heart, and all your mind. We know that God must love you more than we could ever love you and is there with you and for you.

    Praying that the pain will subside. Bless you today.
    Kelly Turner

  33. Katy August 2, 2013 at 8:53 am #

    Allie
    Praying for you! I hate to hear you are in so much pain! I pray that the pain ceases and that ultimately your body is healed!! We love you Allie!

  34. Melissa Newman August 2, 2013 at 1:06 pm #

    Praying for you, Allison. Thinking about you everyday!

  35. The Johnson Family (Scott, Lisa, Jessica, Lindsay, and Kate August 2, 2013 at 1:55 pm #

    Praying for you today! for relief from the pain, and a miracle. You are loved.

  36. Jan August 2, 2013 at 8:44 pm #

    I am at work tonight in the ER- and when I am at work at night- I pray for you and your family.

  37. Erin Burtoft August 2, 2013 at 9:04 pm #

    Praying for miraculous healing tonight.

  38. The Mack Family August 2, 2013 at 10:18 pm #

    Praying for you! Prayers for the pain and fever to be controlled so you can travel. Prayers for your family too.

  39. Jamie Williams August 3, 2013 at 8:36 am #

    Regardless of whether or not you can get real physical hugs…you are getting hugs from every direction imaginable. I know that when you close your eyes, you feel them. We are praying for your healing. You are a pillar of strength.
    XOXO
    Jamie

  40. Molly August 3, 2013 at 7:14 pm #

    I continue to think of you and your family and how blessed I was to to have the chance to serve you for a short time….you are truly a beautiful person both inside and out…..I work on Monday evening so if you haven’t flown off to Texas yet I will try to pop in and say, “hi”

  41. Allison August 3, 2013 at 9:58 pm #

    You are in our prayers tonight. You are such an amazing and courageous person!

  42. Brian and Cristina August 4, 2013 at 2:02 pm #

    We can’t stop praying for and thinking of the Armstrong family!

  43. Judy W August 4, 2013 at 8:27 pm #

    Allie, I am in awe of the love and trust that you have for The Lord. Whenever I hear or think of the verse “well done good and faithful servant” Matt 25:23a I think of you. You have made me examine my walk and trust in Him. Every time I read your posts, I am humbled by your courage and grace. You, your postings, your love for Christ has drawn me closer to Him My family will continue to pray for you and your beautiful family. Thank you for sharing your life and faith with all of us
    In His hands,
    Judy Watkins

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