Brief update

16 Aug

As I have gained some strength I have had the chance to get out more. The sun shining is of course motivation to get off the couch. I have enjoyed the zoo from a wheel chair perspective with friends and taken in the pool, along with trying to see friends. It is good yet still very limiting and frustrating.

You can pray for direction this weekend as my heart has begun to wonder if I need to try this last trial drug that is more specific to my genetics. It would require our family spending a month away again. My heart is torn as to wait until its time is hard to wrap my mind around, yet this trial is still a long shot. But I ponder if it just gives me more time. Please pray for direction. We are grateful.

43 Responses to “Brief update”

  1. Sarah King-Cooey August 16, 2013 at 10:16 pm #

    Continuing to pray for you and your family sweet Allie. Came across the following in my devotional tonight and thought of you.
    “God’s unseen presence comforts me,
    I know He’s always near;
    And when life’s storms besiege our soul,
    He says, “My child, I’m here.”
    —D. De Haan

  2. lori habeck August 16, 2013 at 10:24 pm #

    Love you Allie. You are a doer…so I can see why you think like you do. I can’t imagine how frustrating it is to not be able to “do” something right now about this disease that just isn’t cooperating. I am thinking of you and praying for you tons. Jesus is still shining through you. xoxo

  3. Erin sparks August 16, 2013 at 10:34 pm #

    Love you friend- praying for wisdom and direction and peace that surpasses understanding. xoxo

  4. judy w August 16, 2013 at 10:47 pm #

    Thanks for the update Allie,
    My family will pray that your heart takes comfort in whatever direction you are led. It is always helpful and a privilege to not only pray for you and your family, but to know what to pray for. Again, as so many have said before you continue to inspire and amaze us all through your faith and love of the Lord.

    Philippians 4:13
    I can do all things through Christ which strengtheneth me

    In His Hands,

  5. Mel Barrett August 16, 2013 at 10:50 pm #

    Praying dear friend. Praying that His direction and guidance is clear to you and Adam. You are strong, Allie. You shine Jesus. Miss you and think of you daily.

  6. Jan August 17, 2013 at 1:11 am #

    Here I am at work tonight praying for you! I pray that you have energy to enjoy time with your family and direction about what steps to take.

  7. Lesa and family August 17, 2013 at 5:13 am #

    “Father…please light the way. May Allie feel Your peace and Presence as she decides.”

  8. Vicki Rhodes August 17, 2013 at 7:37 am #

    Praying for you and Adam for clear guidance and strength for whichever choice you make.

  9. Ellen Patrino August 17, 2013 at 8:04 am #

    We continue to keep you and your family in our prayers. We will ask God to show you the path that is right for you. Xoxo

  10. Pam August 17, 2013 at 9:08 am #

    A dear friend of mine was in a very similar situation about a year and a half ago and she said she wanted her girls (she had 3) to know she did everything she could to live; not sure if that is helpful, but she faced a situation so similar that I thought you might find it informative.

    Praying with an aching and hopeful heart.

  11. Jamie Williams August 17, 2013 at 9:09 am #

    Dear Allie,
    I know that the answer will come…and it will be crystal clear. I still remember the day I passed the church sign on Fishcreek Rd. that I told you about. “Trust me-I know what I am doing. –God.” While the path may seem very unnerving at times and uncertain there are markers along the way that point us exactly where we are supposed to be. I’m certain that God will provide your answer.

    Glad you are able to get out and about. I think of you daily.

  12. Kim (Leipold) Lund August 17, 2013 at 9:24 am #

    Prov 3:5,6. “Trust in The Lord with all your heart and lean not on your own understanding. In all your ways acknowledge Him and HE will direct your paths.

    Allie and Adam, I pray that you can very clearly hear His leading and guiding. I pray for wisdom and for pure peace.

    With much love and hope….

  13. Melissa Newman August 17, 2013 at 10:26 am #

    Praying that you find the direction that you need. Sending good thoughts to you and your sweet family. Always thinking about you!

  14. Dave Jividen August 17, 2013 at 10:36 am #

    Will do. Praying for you everyday.

  15. Tracey August 17, 2013 at 1:53 pm #

    Praying for wisdom for you this weekend. Love you. XO

  16. Shelagh Hughes August 17, 2013 at 2:21 pm #

    Psalm 31:3
    Since you are my rock and my fortress, for the sake of your name lead and guide me.

    Psalm 48:14
    For this God is our God for ever and ever; he will be our guide even to the end.

    Psalm 25:9
    He guides the humble in what is right and teaches them his way.

    Allie & family,
    These verses offer much encouragement that God cares about all aspects of our lives and is our best teacher, leader and guide. I know you are coming before Him with a humble and willing heart to do His will. You have the Holy Spirit inside of you, our helper, and He will lead you to a decision.

    ~Heavenly Father, Thank you for telling us in your word that you will guide us. Thank you for leading and teaching us, and for the gift of your living Spirit inside us. I pray that you would give Allie and Adam wisdom, direction, and peace about the choices they face. I pray that no matter what the outcome, you would be glorified. I pray for the Armstrongs to be able to spend abundant quality time together as a family, whether here in Ohio or in Texas. We count on you Jesus! We love you Lord!

  17. Carol Warner August 17, 2013 at 2:40 pm #

    AMEN to what Shelagh just posted! Praise God for His promises to lead and guide us. We continue to pray for you and your family and are especially asking for God’s direction as well as for His healing touch.

  18. megan williams August 17, 2013 at 3:18 pm #

    Allie, I hope you are able to find what direction you want to take and what will work best for you and the beautiful family of yours. Time is precious and many forget until we are aware that our time is limited.

  19. Kathleen Tomayko August 17, 2013 at 3:55 pm #

    Dear Allie, my niece had you for her personal trainer. As I read your story, I’m more than convinced you should give this trial a shot. I pray for you and your adorable family and know that God has everything under His care. Even the geniuses that come up with options to control diseases. Peace be with you and yours. Even though we are all terminal, we all have eternity to look forward to. God grants us peace when our minds dwell on Him. Prayers and much hope, kathleen

  20. Aunt Sue August 17, 2013 at 4:14 pm #

    Allie, I know what I think and I’m sure everyone has a thought or two. Only you can assess the level of peace that God gives to you and Adam. Try to listen to only one voice – that of your Heavenly Father who loves you even more than any of us do :) Praying for peace in an incredibly uncertain time. Love you so much.

  21. cindy August 17, 2013 at 5:24 pm #

    I pray that you hear the voice of God and His alone.

  22. Chuck Gough August 17, 2013 at 5:48 pm #


    My thoughts and prayers for you and your families and friends has been in over-drive. I believe that regardless of what you decide it will be the right direction. It will be the choice that your heart follows.

    The cancer may win the battle of the body someday but it can never take away your heart and soul.

    One night after I worked out at the Nat one of the guys I know said that he can’t believe he comes down and works out each day so he may live a few more days. I told him it isn’t about living longer. We could get in an accident that could take us at any time. It’s all about the quality of life with what days we do have left.

    In the beginning of my journey you helped me improve my physical abilities. Now through your blog you have helped me solidify my faith.

    You are a true testament to the faith and the love of our savior.

  23. Ellie August 17, 2013 at 7:38 pm #

    Live each day to the fullest that you can at that given moment. All are special. The decision will become clear – my soul knows that Christ is with you on this journey, whichever path you choose to take. I continue to pray for you and your family. Lots of love!

  24. Cathy August 17, 2013 at 7:56 pm #

    We do not know each other, our husbands were fraternity brothers at UA. I have followed your life by blog since we found out about your diagnosis. It has stopped me in my tracks and hit me hard as we too have three young children! I cannot imagine the hard decision you have in front of you today. I will pray for direction and pray for peace for you and your family! We have recently moved from Ohio to Dallas, TX. I know it is not close to Houston, but it is closer then Ohio, and should you choose to move forward with the experimental drug I would like to offer anything…ANYTHING I can do from here….I can come down and sit with you, bring you a vegan meal or two…I know I am not family(a complete stranger if you really think about it!! :) but I am willing if you need anything!! I know you have a strong support system already, but just wanted to offer up another supporter!!! I wish I had some words of wisdom for you, but I do not!! All I can offer is prayers…prayers for you, for Adam, and for your beautiful girls!!!
    Love to you all!!


  25. Deb Peteya August 17, 2013 at 9:37 pm #

    Allie, I don’t think we ever really met, but I remember your smiling face as you walked down the nursery hallway to take Mollie to the nursery. When I heard of your diagnosis, I started to pray for you. And then I started to read your blog. You have opened my eyes to a lot – mostly in walking in faith with our Lord and God. You have been an inspiration of strength and trust to me and, I am sure, very many others.

    I know that you will face this decision with the same strength, faith and trust that you have walked with throughout this difficult journey. Listen for that sweet, soft gentle voice of the Lord, for He will guide you. I know that you trust in that. I will continue to
    pray and ask for a miracle for you and for guidance in every step you and your family take. Godspeed.

  26. Tina Wilson August 17, 2013 at 11:26 pm #

    Praying that He will make the answer clear to you. Love you!

  27. Brian and Cristina August 18, 2013 at 8:44 am #

    Praying for divine wisdom and continued strength! Love the Armstrongs!

  28. Vicki August 18, 2013 at 10:02 am #

    I will keeping praying for you. Love you

  29. Meghan Mathews August 18, 2013 at 11:10 am #

    My favorite prayer:
    God grant me the serenity to accept the things I cannot change, the courage to change the things I can, and the wisdom to know the difference. Praying for you, Allie!

  30. Lee Ann August 18, 2013 at 7:12 pm #

    Isaiah 40:11 He gathers the lambs in His arms and carries them close to His heart. He gently leads those with young.
    Praying for you and your family

  31. Mark and Lynee Phelps August 18, 2013 at 9:51 pm #

    We are praying for you and Adam as you search for guidance. Your strong faith is such a blessing to everyone who loves you, and we know God holds you in the palm of his hand.

  32. Jodi Tucker August 18, 2013 at 10:24 pm #

    Praying for you, Allie….letting the Spirit intercede with my words.

  33. Janeanne August 18, 2013 at 11:01 pm #

    Praying for you Allie. Sending Love and Hope.


  34. ruth koptis August 19, 2013 at 10:24 am #

    I was awakened in the middle of the night to pray specifically for you and your precious family. I guess our Lord wants my heart to be completely yours at certain times. My prayers throughout the day will be your requests.
    Also may you have the rest you need to build strength for whatever decisions you make.
    Special Love Ruth

  35. Cousin Pat Shepard August 19, 2013 at 10:34 am #

    Allie, We’re still praying that the Lord will give you His decision in this situation. I know He is the great physician and can do great things. Praying your spirit remains firm in Him. We love you! Cousins Pat & Bud Shepard

  36. Megan Dawson August 19, 2013 at 1:55 pm #

    Dear Allie & Adam-
    praying, praying, praying!!!

    Meg + Jason

  37. Danielle (G110 RN) August 20, 2013 at 7:43 am #

    Allie and family,

    Keeping all of you in my thoughts and prayers. Your faith is amazing! You are an inspiration


  38. Becca Hebrank August 20, 2013 at 12:09 pm #

    So many people are praying for you and your loved ones. You are an inspiration of faith and strength to me and are continually in my prayers.

  39. Miranda August 20, 2013 at 9:23 pm #

    Praying for you and your family nightly! You are in my thoughts often! Praying for direction for you and your family tonight! <3

    • Jeanie August 21, 2013 at 7:42 am #

      Praying for clear wisdom, discernment, and peace for you all!

      Love you, my friend!

  40. Tiffany Toms August 21, 2013 at 12:15 pm #

    It has been several days since your last post. I am praying your physical strength has continued to increase and that you have been shown a clear path. Many thoughts of your family; the girls returning to school and the normalcy that continues around such ‘abnormal’ circumstances. You are contagious- you spread hope, love, faith and courage to those around you and miles away. Do not be discouraged, your battle has not been in vain.With hope & faith, Tiffany (Winters) Toms

  41. Lindsey Ritsema August 21, 2013 at 9:40 pm #

    Praying for peace and clarity as you make decisions and move forward each day!

  42. Deno Lorenzo September 6, 2013 at 3:00 pm #

    My heartfelt sympathies go to the entire family. What a beautiful looking family! God bless all of you!

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