Friday, January 19, 2007

“Katy can eventually get back to her normal daily life.”

That’s what the doctor in Chapel Hill told us! She was very attentive. She listened to us describe the last six months with all its ups and downs, and calmly stated that Katy should be seeing much better results after six months of treatments. She had already read the records that had been sent to her by Katy’s Roanoke doctors. From there she formulated a plan and told us about the details which will include working with a specialist from the University of Virginia. The plan is to treat Katy with a drug that will help her cells cooperate and stop attacking her digestive system. It is not without risks, but we are all at peace about trying something that could help Katy have a better quality of life.

When we drove into the driveway a few minutes ago Katy said, “God answered all our prayers.” He had. She coped very well with the traveling. With a little pain medication and her favorite blanket and a pillow, she slept most of the way there and back. She was also able to eat something for lunch. This weekend we will increase her steroids back up to their previous level, try to get her GI tract to settle down, and next week begin this new therapy. We thank the HPS family in North Carolina for telling us about your doctor in Chapel Hill. She really is amazing and thorough. We know the knowledge she has of this disease is a result of all you have been through. Our hearts go out to you.

We are again relying on the truth of the word of God. Our hope is in Him. We hope Katy can tolerate the new drug, and that is how we will pray, but we are content to leave the results to Him.

  1. Doris Harriff Says:

    That is fantastic news, Dawn & Katy! I’ll continue to keep you in my prayers.

  2. Heather Kirkwood Says:

    I am so glad the appointment went well!!!! What wonderful news. This has been an all around good news day!

  3. Adam Thompson Says:

    Great. PTL! :)

  4. Jen Larson Says:

    Wonderful news!! Praise the Lord for providing sleep, rest, and answers to prayers.

  5. Jess Lankford Says:

    Yea for the good car trip and the productive visit! There is nothing quite like a good blanket and a pillow for traveling in my book - I would much rather sleep and just appear at my destination than sit for hours - maybe it’s because all I can think about is sleep right now!!

    We are praising God for all the answered prayers!
    Love you!

  6. Sarah Meador Says:

    What beautiful words!! Praise God for the good report and the continued vision and plan for success! Praying for a full and refreshing good night’s sleep tonight after such a long and blessed day.

    Love you much!

  7. Tiffany Allen Says:


    I’m so glad that you got a good report from your doctor yesterday. It’s so wonderful that you will be able to get back to your normal daily life! Praise God!


  8. Sandy Says:

    Great news! Praise God! Prayers continue from here.

  9. Aleah Yunger Says:

    KATY!!! What wonderful news! It literally brought me to tears :) what a beautiful picture of the promise of deliverance from our suffering. Continued prayers for you, dearest!

  10. Karen Tillman Says:

    Good morning Dawn,

    I am so glad to hear that your trip to the doc was so productive, and that she has recommended some things that you are comfortable with. Just to let you know, we are still keeping our fingers crossed, and hope that Katy will continue to improve.
    Take care
    Karen Tillman

  11. LInda Burk Says: this new development sounds great. Jack is in TExas at the home office for a few days. I saw the movie Freedom Writers last night with some teachers. Enjoyed it. LOVED the pictures of your family..the baby is soooo cute..hug everyone for, Linda

  12. Jennifer S. :-) Says:

    I’m so glad to hear that your doctor’s appointment went well!! We’ll be praying for the success of this new treatment!! Hang in there, dear. :-)
    Love and prayers,
    Jen :-)

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