Together in Houston

24 Jul

I have been so thankful for my time with Allie here in Houston. While I would much prefer Allie to be home with her family, I am cherishing our time together and am blessed to be at her side for a few days.

Monday was a long one at MD Anderson. We arrived around 9am and other than leaving for lunch, weren’t finished at the hospital until 1:00 am. It was an exhausting day for Allie. She had lab work, meetings, a biopsy and finished the day receiving the red blood cells and platelets she needed. I had no idea the process of receiving these products could involve a 3 hour wait and then 5 hours to complete the transfusions! She has done all of these things countless times and I am amazed at the strength the Lord is providing in order that she can continue to move through each day.

Tuesday was a shorter day at the hospital. The biopsy results showed no change in the level of cancer present in Allie’s blood. Dr. G-M’s recommended course of action is for Allie to return to Ohio, enjoy vacation with her family, and return to Houston in several weeks to begin a different trial drug. We are both so thankful there was no cause for her to be admitted to the hospital during this visit and that she will be flying home on Wednesday!

The Lord has given Allie such a gift of loving others by taking an interest in their lives, asking questions, and treating them as friends. I believe Allie’s confidence in being completely herself in most all situations draws people to her. I saw this clearly as we made our way through different parts of the hospital over the past couple of days. Allie knows many of the staff members by name and consistently reaches out to other patients by asking them about their stories. It was clear the staff was happy to see her and that patients were encouraged by their interactions with her. The Lord is loving many through Allie and His spirit within her is shining clearly through in the midst of so much suffering.

There are no scheduled appointments at the hospital on Wednesday! Other than picking up a couple of prescriptions, the morning should be restful before flying home in the afternoon – me to Tennessee and Allie to Ohio.

The Lord blessed me tremendously when he brought Allie into my life at Taylor’s orientation 14 years ago. Over the course of time and walking through many different seasons together, Allie has become more of a sister than a friend. I am honored to know her. This chapter of her story has challenged me, changed me and brought me closer to the Lord as I know it has for so many others. I am forever thankful for the gift of Allie’s friendship.


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14 But thanks be to God, who in Christ always leads us in triumphal procession, and through us spreads the fragrance of the knowledge of him everywhere.
2 Corinthians

10 Responses to “Together in Houston”

  1. Lee Ann Smith July 24, 2013 at 10:08 am #

    praying for precious moments on your family vacation

  2. Pam July 24, 2013 at 11:47 am #

    Your comment:

    “I believe Allie‚Äôs confidence in being completely herself in most all situations draws people to her.”

    is really the golden, God-honoring nugget to this situation.

  3. Liz in Austin July 24, 2013 at 11:49 am #

    Dearest Allie, What a wonderful friend you have in Emily and how wonderful that you will be home for your family vacation! Will be thinking about you, Beautiful Friend! Enjoy family time together!

  4. Lynee and Mark Phelps July 24, 2013 at 12:33 pm #

    It’s wonderful that Allie has such amazing friends like Emily.

  5. Shelagh Hughes July 24, 2013 at 3:58 pm #

    Emily, What a treat to read your entry today…the verse you chose is so fitting to what you wrote about! I loved hearing how Allie “is spreading the fragrance of the knowledge of Him everywhere” by being herself and letting the Spirit of Christ shine through her and draw others to God. I have only known Allie as long as this blog has been written, I can’t begin to tell you how my faith and walk with Jesus has been encouraged by her journey with Him through this. Thanks for being such a good friend to your sister in Christ!
    Allie, I am excited and happy for you to reunite with your beautiful family…I hope this vacation is fun, relaxing, and wonderful memories at the cottage are made with your family!

  6. aunt sue July 24, 2013 at 8:54 pm #

    Praying that even as I write this, you are home with your babies. Cant wait to see vacation pictures. Thanks Emily for being there for Allie

  7. Dianna Knapp July 25, 2013 at 11:53 am #

    Thank you Emily for the update! Though I’ve never met Allie, it is really a beautiful thing to hear from those that DO know and love her. I know how much her testimony and strength have lifted me so I can only imagine what that looks and feels like to those who are walking this road directly beside her. I am truly amazed (though I don’t know why….God IS amazing and God DOES provide ALL THE TIME) at not only Allie’s courage and strength, but the beautiful people God has so graciously put in her path to walk this journey! It is my hope to meet Allie one day and thank her for her shining example.

    “Be imitators of God, therefore, as dearly loved children and live a life of love, just as Christ loved us and gave himself up for us..”

    That is a high calling but made easier as we see our fellow brothers and sisters in Christ giving us a beautiful example of how it’s done.

    Prayers continuing…….

  8. Donna Usher July 25, 2013 at 1:30 pm #

    Allie, what a beautiful friend you have in Emily . Thank her for sharing your day at MDA, and allowing it the beauty in words and your walk. Enjoy your family gathering you so cherish. Soak up the laughter , playtime and love of family.
    The picture of you both is beautiful . Love you sweet girl. Donna

  9. Brenda S July 26, 2013 at 5:30 pm #

    Thank You Emily for being there for Allie, and Thank You Allie for being there for Emily. I know you, Allie, well enough to know that you also lifted up your friend, Emily. I thank God daily for you, Allie and for your constant perseverance. Thank You Emily for your great support!
    Love you lots!

  10. Angie July 27, 2013 at 12:54 pm #

    So thankful that you’re able to join in on the fun family vacation this summer! I’m hear in CO this weekend with Jeff and we talked about you last night….how amazing and strong you are, how so many have been blessed by you, your love for Adam, the girls and family! Prayed for you last night (as usual) and woke up thinking of you and Jeff even said he hadn’t stopped thinking of you after I shared your blog with him last night.

    May the memories of this vacation be spectacular! Enjoy the summer sunshine you so love, the smiles and laughters of the girls with their cousins, the coziness of the lake house and the smell of the fresh air as you awaken each day and ease into the day!!

    Love you ALLIE!

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