Full Recovery

28 Mar




It’s good to be together. The days are full and tiring, but exactly as mom would want them to be. We have much to be thankful for. My wait time at MD has been minimal, which has opened up my days to be with my favorite people. Along with that we have a place to lay our heads, kids have been sleeping, mollie has been napping, and did I mention we are together! I believe we have fully recovered from our Monday Funday mishap.

Tuesday we did make it to the museum, and it was a hit. I totally misunderstood that there aren’t many families that have time for the museum because the place was packed to the gills. The most liked area was the kidtroiplous where the kids can pretend to work jobs and shop. That afternoon I met with Dr. Garcia-Manera. We have been blessed by our friends the Wilkes family, as they watched kiddos allowing adam to go to visit with me. They did more than watch, in fact the kids asked if they could come back and play again soon. It’s fun to see how the kids enjoy and welcome some change.

Our visit to the dr was basic, but I had a lot of questions. I feel as though I am continually learning more about this disease, and I am reminded that if we understood how it all worked I wouldn’t have it. Basic things I learned that might make sense to you: my cancer is still AML with the MLL genetics. This is what makes it more resistant and tricky. They don’t know much about this mutation for AML. We have seen some change in my blast cells in my peripheral blood which implies the drug is doing something. It’s all overwhelming a bit over your head but when you leave you realize you have little control over any of it. We keep trusting knowing that someone far more powerful than any doctor is caring for me and working His plan for His glory.

Yesterday was a beautiful day here. After my shot we ventured to the Houston zoo. It’s very close to where we are staying so we walked. We enjoyed a mini train ride along with many adventures at the zoo. It was a lot of fun. The sun shone bright and we took in a lot of animals. Highlights were the sea lions for Mollie, the merry-go-round for Hayleigh and the elephants for Paige. Mom and dad loved the time together outside in the warmth of the bright sun. Last night we cooked and played. And again the Wilkes wanted to help one last time before they return to Ohio tomorrow. (I plan to update you on Shan tomorrow as prayers are still needed). Adam and I enjoyed a romantic walk to town and enjoyed time just us. We are grateful for uninterrupted talks and time to process all that is going on around us as we continue to push through each day. Although at times when we are apart it feels as though we are alone, we are reminded that our promise made almost 9 years ago has depth and meaning and that our relationship with Christ at the center pushes us towards each other and draws us to truth even on the days that seem long and unfair. Our marriage is a gift and a privilege, thank you for today.

Yesterday felt like an Armstrong day. We functioned a bit better shed less tears and had fun. We will embark on a new day today.





6 Responses to “Full Recovery”

  1. ace rocke March 28, 2013 at 9:35 am #

    Glad for you to have this time together, Allie.

  2. Beth O. March 28, 2013 at 2:06 pm #

    HI Allie, This post is so heartening. Thanks. I don’t even remember what genetics were attached to John’s AML. I do wish that I knew more about it all…but we have to trust that the Doctors know and that God is in charge!

    So wonderful to see your pictures.

  3. Tera March 28, 2013 at 2:29 pm #

    Enjoy your time together and the ” shorts ” weather. We are still wearing winter clothes so make sure the girls are soaking in the rays:)

  4. Vince Scott March 28, 2013 at 4:42 pm #


    This article was sent to me by a dentist friend that had, and beat, cancer. He is not a quack and was quite impressed with this. At any rate, it can’t hurt and might help. God Bless
    My friend emailed me this- I just have to share.

    Subject: Asparagus

    My Mom had been taking the full-stalk canned style
    asparagus, pureed it and took 4 tablespoons in
    the morning and 4 tablespoons later in the day. She did
    this for over a month. She is on chemo pills for Stage 3
    lung cancer in the pleural area and her cancer cell
    count went from 386 down to 125 as of this past week.
    Her oncologist said she will not need to see him for 3

    Several years ago I met a man seeking asparagus for a
    friend who had cancer. He gave me a copy of an article,
    entitled “Asparagus For Cancer” printed in the
    Cancer News Journal, December 1979. I will share it
    here, just as it was shared with me: I am a
    biochemist, and have specialized in the relation of diet
    to health or over 50 years. Several years ago, I learned
    of the discovery of Richard R. Vensal, D.D.S. that
    asparagus might cure cancer. Since then, I have worked
    with him on his project. We have accumulated a number
    of favorable case histories. Here are a few examples:

    Case No. 1, A man with an almost hopeless case
    of Hodgkin’s disease (cancer of the lymph glands) who
    was completely incapacitated. Within 1 year of starting
    the asparagus therapy, his doctors were unable to
    detect any signs of cancer, and he was back on a
    schedule of strenuous exercise.

    Case No. 2, A successful businessman, 68 years old,
    suffered from cancer of the bladder for 16 years.
    After years of medical treatments, including radiation
    without improvement, he began taking asparagus. Within 3
    months, examinations revealed that his bladder tumor
    had disappeared and that his kidneys were normal.

    Case No. 3, On March 5th 1971, a man who had lung
    cancer was put on the operating table where they found
    lung cancer so widely spread that it was inoperable.
    The surgeon sewed him up and declared his case
    hopeless. On April 5th he heard about the Asparagus
    therapy and immediately started taking it. By August,
    x-ray pictures revealed that all signs of the cancer had
    disappeared. He is now back at his regular business

    Case No. 4, A woman had been troubled for a number of
    years with skin cancer. She developed different skin cancers
    which were diagnosed by the acting specialist as advanced.
    Within 3 months after beginning asparagus therapy, the skin specialist
    said her skin looked fine with no more skin lesions. This woman
    reported that the asparagus therapy also cured her
    kidney disease, which had started in 1949. She had over 10
    operations for kidney stones, and was receiving government disability
    payments for an inoperable, terminal, kidney condition.
    She attributes the cure of this kidney trouble entirely to the
    asparagus treatment.

    I was not surprised at this result as `The elements of
    materia medica’, edited in1854 by a Professor at the
    University of Pennsylvania , stated that asparagus was
    used as a popular remedy for kidney stones. He even
    referred to experiments, in 1739, on the power of
    asparagus in dissolving stones. Note the dates!
    We would have other case histories but the medical
    establishment has interfered with our obtaining some
    of the records. I am therefore appealing to readers to
    spread this good news and help us to gather a large
    number of case histories that will overwhelm the
    medical skeptics about this unbelievably simple and
    natural remedy.

    For the treatment, asparagus should be cooked
    before using. Fresh or canned asparagus can be
    used. I have corresponded with the two leading caners of asparagus,
    Giant and Stokely, and I am satisfied that these brands contain no
    pesticides or preservatives. Place the cooked asparagus in a blender
    and liquefy to make a puree. Store in the refrigerator. Give the
    patient 4 full tablespoons twice daily, morning and evening. Patients
    usually show some improvement in 2-4 weeks. It can be diluted with
    water and used as a cold or hot drink. This suggested dosage is based
    on present experience, but certainly larger amounts can do no harm and
    may be needed in some cases.

    As a biochemist I am convinced of the old saying that `what
    cures can prevent.’ Based on this theory, my wife and I
    have been using asparagus puree as a beverage with
    our meals. We take 2 tablespoons diluted in water to
    suit our taste with breakfast and with dinner. I take
    mine hot and my wife prefers hers cold. For years we
    have made it a practice to have blood surveys taken as
    part of our regular checkups. The last blood survey,
    taken by a medical doctor who specializes in the
    nutritional approach to health, showed substantial
    improvements in all categories over the last one, and
    we can attribute these improvements to nothing but
    the asparagus drink. As a biochemist, I have made an extensive study
    of all aspects of cancer, and all of the proposed cures. As a
    result, I am convinced that asparagus fits in better
    with the latest theories about cancer.

    Asparagus contains a good supply of protein called
    histones, which are believed to be active in controlling
    cell growth. For that reason, I believe asparagus can
    be said to contain a substance that I call cell growth
    normalizer. That accounts for its action on cancer and
    in acting as a general body tonic. In any event,
    regardless of theory, asparagus used as we suggest, is
    a harmless substance. The FDA cannot prevent you
    from using it and it may do you much good. It has
    been reported by the US National Cancer Institute, that
    asparagus is the highest tested food containing
    glutathione, which is considered one of the body’s
    most potent anticarcinogens and antioxidants.

    Just a side note… In case you are wondering why this has
    not been made public, there is no profit in curing cancer!

    Please send this article to everyone in your Address Book.
    The most unselfish act one can ever do is paying forward
    all the kindness one has received.

  5. Lee Ann March 28, 2013 at 4:54 pm #

    Glad you enjoyed the day. It took Kyra to notice all the girls pointing to their own ages very cute!!!

  6. Kate Detweiler March 29, 2013 at 10:13 pm #

    So… what’s your advice for the rest of us? “If you didn’t have cancer”… would you be doing more days like this all the time? Would you quit your job? Have more kids? Travel? Just curious…

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