Standby Status

5 Aug

This update is from Adam.

First, let me give a brief update of where things stand with Allie. After being admitted last week Allie’s symptoms changed daily. What started as predominantly a problem with bone pain has morphed into a respiratory issue. Her pain meds have been cut to almost nothing but she is needing oxygen. They are working hard to prepare Allie for transport. While we were initially intending to make it to MD Anderson, they have no space and will not accept a transfer from an ICU. So, now we are working on a transfer to Cleveland Clinic most likely by ambulance. Today they are making calls and trying to communicate between doctors and hospitals. I expect the earliest we would move would be tomorrow. As for specific requests, pray that Clinic will accept Allie, pray that her oxygen needs are low enough to be accepted onto the leukemia floor rather than the ICU at the Clinic, pray for her ears as she is having trouble hearing. This is pretty frustrating for Allie since she loves people and is struggling to be able to communicate.

Second, I wanted to thank everyone for their calls, texts, and prayers. When Allie was resting I would read them and I was incredibly thankful to be reminded of how impactful Allie has been and how much she is loved. She is still fighting and it is still doing things that only Allie does. Despite being in ICU she convinced her nurses to go for a walk. She has an IV pole and an oxygen tank and two nervous nurses and she wants to make it to the next desk. Despite only being here a week and being pretty sick, she has already bonded with her nurses. She always has been an easy one to love.

23 When he was reviled, he did not revile in return; when he suffered, he did not threaten, but continued entrusting himself to him who judges justly.
1st Peter 2:23

66 Responses to “Standby Status”

  1. Abby Sheatzley August 5, 2013 at 12:30 pm #

    Continuing to pray hard for you and your family.

    Always in our thoughts,
    Abby and Tony

  2. Tiffany Toms August 5, 2013 at 12:36 pm #

    Prayers for a quick and safe transfer to receive the care she needs for her body to mend.

  3. Vicki Rhodes August 5, 2013 at 12:49 pm #

    Continuing to pray for all of you as you make plans to have Allie transported to Cleveland. No one who knows Allie is at all surprised that she is still strong and still loving everyone around her even as she is ill. Praying for God’s strength and healing. Please keep reminding her how much she is loved by so many.

  4. Rick Schultz August 5, 2013 at 12:51 pm #

    If you could get an air ambulance we’d be willing to pay for it. Let us know.

  5. Tara Copskey August 5, 2013 at 12:55 pm #

    Praying and hoping she gets the transfer! I continue to admire her fight and strength!

    Thinking of you guys always.


  6. Carlena Knepp August 5, 2013 at 12:58 pm #

    sending our love and prayer’s to you adam,for allie and the entire family. will pray for specific request’s. continued prayer’s for healing, comfort and strength for all of you. much love carlena and cody.

  7. The Johnson Family (Scott, Lisa, Jessica, Lindsay, and Kate August 5, 2013 at 1:10 pm #

    We continue to lift you all up in prayer!

  8. Mykel Campbell (Clelland) August 5, 2013 at 1:26 pm #

    You and I have never had the pleasure in meeting each other. I have known Allie for more than half my life. It does not surprise me to hear that she has already bonded to her nurses after only one week. She is someone who has touched my life probably more than she will ever know. Her strength and faith amazes me everyday. My love and prayers are with her and your whole family.
    Prayers and Love,

  9. megan williams August 5, 2013 at 1:28 pm #

    Allie u have made such a impact on so many. Try to smile today beautiful lady!!!!

  10. Tracey August 5, 2013 at 1:36 pm #

    I’m sorry for this new complication. Praying that Allie can be successfully transferred and begin the treatment she needs. She is indeed an easy person to love, and one who shares her heart so easily, her sweet spirit touches everyone she meets. Hugs to you all. XO

  11. Maribeth August 5, 2013 at 1:50 pm #

    Adam, I read your post with a smile on my face and tears in my eyes as you described Allie pressing on to take a walk with her 2 nervous nurses. What a great lady she is! We continue to pray for you all.

  12. Lynn Bova August 5, 2013 at 2:03 pm #

    Adam, I check daily to read your posts. It helps to know how to pray for all of you. Please know that you are in Mike’s and my prayers constantly. May you feel God’s loving arms around you.

  13. Jeanie August 5, 2013 at 2:04 pm #

    Praying for you all!

    You continue to inspire me! Your faith continues to encourage me and point me to Jesus! Thank you for being such a beautiful example of a Christ follower!

    I love you my friend!

  14. Karyn Petty August 5, 2013 at 2:11 pm #

    Allie and I have a great understanding. I miss her bopping her head in my office to say “You doin’ ok?” ……as a personal trainer here at The Natatorium she is still being requested. On Friday of this past week, a new person asked me…. “I heard you had a trainer named Allie who was the best, can I have her?”
    I can hear her bugging the nurse to go to the next desk, why not, she has to push that is who she is and always will be.
    I am sending you my love and support, I miss her here every day.

  15. amy lacina August 5, 2013 at 2:24 pm #

    “an easy one to love” You nailed it with those words. praying continually.

  16. Pam August 5, 2013 at 2:31 pm #

    Adam, thanks so much for the update. It is helpful to know how to pray specifically. Today I saw a facebook post by Anginette Fullerton that called me to pray for Allie. It was with tears in my eyes…you are loved and underneath are the Everlasting Arms.

  17. lori habeck August 5, 2013 at 2:36 pm #

    Allie…..I LOVE how you never give up! I LOVE that even though you are in the ICE you insist on getting up and doing something! I LOVE that you are a fighter and I LOVE that you are continuing to seek His face through all of this. You are one tough girl my dear and I love you!

  18. Tami August 5, 2013 at 3:35 pm #

    I pray daily and wish things were different. This disease is such a terrible one…I ask for God’s help daily with these struggles. All of my love and prayers Armstrongs!

  19. Beth Roseman (Kemelhar) August 5, 2013 at 3:39 pm #


    You are an inspiration! Stay strong, we are ALWAYS thinking of you!!

  20. Brian and Cristina August 5, 2013 at 3:53 pm #

    Keep walking girl! We love you! We keep praying for all of you!

  21. mel b August 5, 2013 at 3:58 pm #

    adam. love what you said about your dear wife, “she has always been an easy one to love.” keep fighting, friend. praying continually.

  22. Denise Mottice (Flasco) August 5, 2013 at 4:06 pm #

    Thank you for taking the time to give all of us this thoughtful update!
    Hearing you say that Allie is up and walking while all of this is going on puts a huge smile on my face….I recall many times while coaching Allie in Junior high….she would never give up even though she was tired…she always gave her all!!! She even smiled while doing it!! Keep that beautiful smile going Allie!!
    Prayers are with all of you!!

  23. Beth O. August 5, 2013 at 4:32 pm #

    Thanks, Adam. You’ve all been front and central in my mind and in my prayers today. I hope SO MUCH that you get to be back on G-111. At least it’s familiar. Keep us updated.

  24. Lori Evans (Neal) August 5, 2013 at 5:06 pm #

    I am praying for you Allie! You are such an inspiration!! Keep fighting! I think about you all the time and am so sorry you are going through this. Stay strong!

  25. Lee Ann August 5, 2013 at 5:08 pm #

    I admire people like you, Allie who must keep moving! How wonderful to be described as one easy to love by the one who knows you best!!! We were pouring out the prayers for you today at a morning prayer meeting at a friends house. Touching the hem of Jesus’ robe and pleading on your behalf.

  26. Jessica August 5, 2013 at 5:26 pm #

    Praying for Allie and your family… I’m not feeling much like working out today, but goodness, how can I not after reading this… Going to get moving right now. Hoping Allie can hear better, breath easier & walk faster very soon.

  27. Jamie Williams August 5, 2013 at 5:32 pm #

    Regardless of her physical appearance, Allie is a vision of strength and inspiration. Continuing to pray and hope for all of you.

    You are all never far from my thoughts..and prayers.


  28. cindy August 5, 2013 at 6:26 pm #

    I pray that I get to meet you, your faith and your fight
    are amazing. I have only known you thru your blog and your aunt sue and you have been a blessing in my life.
    Prayers for a safe trip home.

  29. aunt sue August 5, 2013 at 6:46 pm #

    Precious Allie, SO many have prayed these past days and you continue to challenge us as you walk (literally) by faith. We love you and are honored to pray for you.

  30. Ellen Patrino August 5, 2013 at 7:43 pm #

    We are here when you get back to Ohio. Praying everyday. If we can help in anyway just call.

  31. Julie Koles August 5, 2013 at 8:21 pm #

    Everyone who has been blessed to have been touched by Allie is praying for her………She is one in a million and has changed so many lives by her strength and strong faith…………

  32. Vicki August 5, 2013 at 8:27 pm #

    Praying for your entire family.

  33. Lynee and Mark Phelps August 5, 2013 at 8:43 pm #

    Adam, thanks for the update. Chris and Ellie are keeping us informed, too. And thanks for listing specific prayer requests. That means a lot when we are not able to help in other ways, and just don’t know what to ask anymore.

    You wrote that Allie is easy to love. You are so right! I remember meeting her at Ellie and Chris’ wedding almost 10 years ago. It was easy to see how much both of you were smitten with each other. So cute!

    We love all of you, and are praying that each of you gets what they need from the Lord. Sending many hugs via email. Safe travels, too!

  34. Tom Price August 5, 2013 at 9:25 pm #

    Adam, every prayer offered up for Allie has included you as well. you are an incredible person, husband and dad. Thank you for taking the time to share with us.
    Blessings, Tom and Carol

  35. Lindsey Ritsema August 5, 2013 at 10:01 pm #

    Adam, Allie, and family—

    My heart is praying fervently for each of you! I’m so glad you were able to be together in Michigan as a family. I know that what kept me going during my cancer battle was being with my kids and family!!! Praying for peace, hope, and strength for the moment!!!


  36. julie orris kosker August 5, 2013 at 10:02 pm #

    Definitely an easy one to love…as are you! Praying for you all.

  37. Shelley Colbert August 5, 2013 at 10:19 pm #

    Keep walking and fighting Allie! Thinking about you constantly and praying for you, Adam and your girls! Hugs and love to you all tonight!

  38. Anne (McCartney) Tucker August 5, 2013 at 10:44 pm #

    You are absolutely right Adam…Allie is an easy one to love. Prayers to you and the rest of the family.

  39. Tina Wilson August 5, 2013 at 10:59 pm #

    Thank you so much for letting us know what has been happening Adam! I pray that Allie continues to fight hard!

  40. Marie & Vin DeFilippo August 5, 2013 at 11:15 pm #

    Standing in prayer for Allie, you Adam and the whole family.
    May the resurrecting power of our Lord Jesus Christ flow like a river throughout Allie’s body restoring her body, mind and spirit.
    “Jesus we trust in YOU”.
    In HIS love and Ours, Vin & Marie DeFilippo

  41. Sarah August 5, 2013 at 11:28 pm #

    Praying every min! Love you Allie stay strong love Sarah

  42. Natalie W. August 6, 2013 at 1:30 am #

    Keep fighting, Allie! So many people love you and are praying for you

  43. Kelly Weatherwax August 6, 2013 at 2:37 am #

    I’ve never been more encouraged by someone in my life. Keep on fighting Allie! Praying for God’s plan & healing. You are so strong!!!

  44. Anonymous August 6, 2013 at 6:45 am #

    Dear Adam and Allie and family,
    I represent one of the many who have never met you personally, but who love you and are praying for you; grieving heavily with you in your sorrows and rejoicing with you in the glimpses of joy in the middle of all of this pain. We all will keep praying, hoping, and entrusting you all continually to God.

  45. Maggie Johns August 6, 2013 at 8:00 am #

    Thank you for updating us Adam. It is indeed good to know more specifically how to pray. We love you and are talking out loud to God in Heaven with you. You are constantly on our prayers.

  46. Tracy August 6, 2013 at 8:07 am #

    I’m continuing my prayers for Allie and asking everyone I know to join me in pray.

  47. Lois Ann August 6, 2013 at 8:35 am #

    Adam, the messages that you and Allie share are so welcomed and hopefully it is providing some strength and comfort to know how many of us are following your journey. Our the prayers, love and concern continue to be extended to both of you and the family. After speaking with Tara last night I found comfort knowing that the Kura/Clark families are all still in Michigan together and that the girls are continuing to share memorable times with their cousins through this part of Allie’s journey. I’m sure you and Allie are comforted knowing that they are surrounded with so much love and support from the family. Love and prayers to both of you as you face each decision involved in the next steps in your journey.

  48. Emily Holody :) August 6, 2013 at 8:49 am #

    You are in our continued thoughts Allie. I can picture your bright smile and you asking the nurse to go for a walk! We wish you strength and peace. And of course we sends lots of HUGS! Love, The Holody Family :)

  49. Brad August 6, 2013 at 9:14 am #

    Adam, thank you for this update. Every time I read one of Allie’s blog, all I keep thinking of is Jimmy Valvano speech many years ago where he stated; “I urge all of you, all of you to enjoy your life. To spend each day with some laughter and thought and to get your emotions going.”

    Allie is a reflection of his foundations motto ” don’t ever give up, don’t ever give up.”

    Adam, praying for your family and your requests and if you get a chance, tell Allie I say Hello!

    Peace and God Bless.

  50. Karen Smith August 6, 2013 at 9:32 am #

    Praying for healing, for peace and for a miracle! You have touch so many lives, mine included! Keep walking!

  51. Angie August 6, 2013 at 10:13 am #

    Allie, you amaze me! Love that you are still walking around with your extra equipment and showing those nurses that it’s GOOD to get up and walk, even if it’s just to the door and back!
    Hoping you’re pain is less and your oxygenation improves. I wish I could come and be your personal transporter!
    I would say stay strong, but you already have that part perfected! May you feel God’s comfort surrounding you and his hand in yours. Love you Allie

  52. Tracy August 6, 2013 at 10:59 am #

    I’m spreading the word and getting as many people as I can to pray for Allie. May many voices become shouts lifted up to god in prayers.

  53. Julie August 6, 2013 at 10:10 pm #

    We praise God when your days are good and lift you up to him when you aren’t feeling so well. You are a beautiful family, we pray for healing and understanding as you fight this cancer. Hope your transport goes smooth and you get to the best doctors who can help heal. We continue to ask the ultimate healer to hold you in his arms and bring you comfort and strength! Sending love from our family to yours!

  54. Krista New August 6, 2013 at 11:09 pm #

    Allie, Adam, girls and extended family,
    I do not know your family personally, but I heard Allie speak at the women’s tea at the Northfield Presbyterian Church last December. I was moved by her story since my mom had just finished chemo that July and many things Allie said hit home. I can’t tell you how much Allie has impacted my own prayer time since I started following the blog in December. All of you have been true inspirations and Allie’s strength and faith have been incredible testimonies to so many. She has been a true light throughout this journey and I know God has used Allie to shine this light and touch so many of us that she doesn’t even know. Thank you! My prayers continue to be constant as Allie and the entire family are always on my mind. My prayer is for God’s healing power to flow through Allie and continue to give clarity and strength in every step. Always in my heart, Krista New

  55. Janeanne August 7, 2013 at 1:28 am #

    Thinking of you and your family daily. You and Adam are so inspiring. I pray for your health and strength.

    Peace and Love,
    Janeanne and Family

  56. Allison Rockwell August 7, 2013 at 8:13 am #

    Praying for all you have asked for and much more. Thinking of you all and loving you every day and ALL day…

  57. Adrianne Hays August 7, 2013 at 9:39 am #

    Praying for you and your family. Allie, your faith has impacted so many! My faith has been strengthened by reading your words.
    Adrianne Hays

  58. Valerie August 7, 2013 at 10:30 am #

    Still praying for all of you. God’s mercy and grace upon you for peace and comfort. Allie, what a light for Jesus you are among those who meet you and know you. Sending much love and many prayers.

  59. Jan Sparrow August 7, 2013 at 10:40 am #

    Dear Adam and family,

    Tom and I are grief-stricken with all the pain Allie is going through, yet inspired and encouraged by her testimony. All of you are in our daily prayers pleading for mercy & healing. We have shared our hearts and this specific prayer request with many.

  60. Sarah K August 7, 2013 at 11:45 am #

    Praying daily for love, strength, courage, and peace for you & your family. You guys are so deeply loved.

  61. Valerie Schmidt August 7, 2013 at 2:25 pm #

    Adam and Allison,
    You haven’t heard much from me but I wanted to let you know how much my family and I care about you and your family and have been praying over these last few months. We see Allison’s parents from time to time and think so much of them as well.
    So sorry for all you’ve had to endure and thankful for your inspiration to us and so many others. We are continuing to pray.
    Love from our family.

  62. Liz in Austin August 7, 2013 at 3:11 pm #

    Thank you, Adam for your update! Please give Alie lots of air hugs and know that prayers are coming your way constantly! Much Love to my Beautiful Friend!

  63. Chanda and Josh Davies August 7, 2013 at 3:34 pm #

    We continue to think and pray for you everyday! We love you all!

  64. Jan August 7, 2013 at 5:43 pm #

    Praying for you right now Allie- praying that your pain is less and that your trip to Ohio is good- and for your hearing.

  65. Tim Mc August 7, 2013 at 9:18 pm #

    Allie, we are saying prayers for you, Adam, your girls and your whole family. We love you guys!

  66. Gina Y August 7, 2013 at 10:23 pm #

    Even before you were married, i remember Allie standing in the kitchen and quoting the verse in Jeremiah that says ” I know the plans I have for you” Even then, I could see a very strong Christian young lady who was trusting God for her future. We continue to pray that His plan is for healing . You have a beautiful family in oh so may ways. Love you all. Praying lots.

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