Sunday, February 28, 2010

pray for melissa and doug

melissa's count continues to hold steady at 1.4. she is still having issues with nausea, diarrhea, and stomach cramps. she is also still struggling with loss of appetite. continue to pray that the medical team will find a resolution to this situation and that she will begin feeling better and stronger as a result.

my heart has been especially heavy for doug today. any time, i am faced personally with a situation that i feel i cannot handle, i immediately think of melissa and doug. i am reminded of the load that they are carrying and the grace in which they do it. i then realize that there is nothing that i cannot face, especially with the lord at my side.

pray specifically for doug as you think of it throughout this week. he is a husband who dearly misses his wife and wants her at home and healthy again. he is a wonderful father to their three children!!! he loves them so much. this week, he took all three(who are ages six and under) out to eat at a local steakhouse. sounds like they had fun. doug is also in the medical field himself. he is a surgeon. he deals with patients who are ill and sometimes dying on a regular basis. he truly has a lot on his plate. pray that the lord will renew his strength, encourage his heart, and give him a fresh hope!!!

love to each of you.....
michelle

Saturday, February 27, 2010

rough day.....

the good news is that melissa's count has climbed to 1.4!!! this is wonderful and we are celebrating it with every fiber of our being. however, melissa has continued to really struggle with severe nausea. therefore, she is still npot able to eat. please, please pray that the nausea will subside!!!

also, please pray for her spirits and that she will continue to be encouraged. i have said many times that i have never once heard her complain or doubt the lord during this entire battle. her trust has remained in the lord and she has been ever hopeful and positive. however, this week will mark over 40 days in the hospital. that in itself would be difficult for the strongest of individuals. the medical staff believe that she is very near the final stretch of her recovery and closer to going home. please pray that her spirits will remain strengthened.

we cannot never thank you enough for your continued prayers for our sweet melissa!!!
michelle

"every time you cross my mind, i break out in exclamations of thanks to god. each exclamation is a trigger to prayer. i find myself praying for you with a glad heart. i am so pleased that you have continued on in this with us, believing and proclaiming god's message, from the day you heard it right up to the present. there has never been the slightest doubt in my mind that the god who started this great work in you would keep at it and bring it to a flourishing finish on the very day christ jesus appears." philippians 1:3-6(the message)

Friday, February 26, 2010

it's friday!!!

i apologize for not updating yesterday. my laptop had a virus. so, to fill you in.....wonderful family friend, tara, arrived wednesday evening to stay for a few days. we love and appreciate you. tara!!! on thursday, melissa held on to her count of 1.0. she was able to take a shower and a short walk.

today, her count is 1.1!!! we are so thankful to see this progression and her doctors continue to be pleased. as i have said before, she needs two consecutive days at 2.0, or 2,000, before going home. there are other things as well that the medical staff will want to see before releasing her. for instance, she is still struggling with nausea, loss of appetite, and headaches. these will all have to be resolved in order for her to go home. when i spoke with her last night, she asked that i share with you all two specific prayer requests. she asked that you pray her nausea will diminish and she will be able to eat. she also asked that you pray her strength and mobility will improve. as she had the bk virus and catheter for several days, she was unable to get up or walk. she is having to rebuild her endurance. of course, we know that she can and will!!! she is one determined young lady and her faith is out of this world!!!

tara will be leaving tomorrow afternoon. melissa's mother in law, carolyn, will be arriving to stay for a week with her. doug's parents, harold and carolyn, and his siblings, rachael, james, and sarah are all so wonderful!!! god has blessed melissa with such a strong support system within both her circle of friends and also within her circle of family!!!

melissa had hoped to possibly be home by now. however, her doctors feel she is right on course. i encourage you to continue to send her mail if you would. i know that it would really bring encouragement to her as she is in this final stretch of her stay. her mailing address is the following(no room number is needed):

indiana university medical center
550 university boulevard
bmt unit(5th floor)
attn: melissa rex
indianapolis, in 46202

thanks to each one of you for your love and interest in melissa's story. as i have said before, it is one of great hope. she is an inspiration, even to those of us closest to her. thank you, lord, for melissa. we thank you for the beautiful wife, mother, daughter, granddaughter, sister, niece, and friend that she is. we know that she is your child. continue to wrap your arms of love around her. fill her with a peace that passes all understanding and bring healing to her body. in the precious name of jesus, amen.

michelle

Wednesday, February 24, 2010

drum roll please.....

DRUM ROLL PLEASE.....melissa is halfway there!!! her count this morning is 1.0 which is 1,000!!! i am happy and i know it!!! woohoo. thank you, lord!!!

p.s. love these wake up calls from my sister!!!
michelle

Tuesday, February 23, 2010

tuesday

we are still thrilled with the good news we received this morning!!! her count is .6!!! thank the lord!!! .6 is equal to 600. she will need to have two consecutive days at 2,000 before going home.

more good news.....the catheter is out!!! melissa is so happy about that. she is still struggling some with effects from the virus, but feels relieved to be free of the catheter. she is taking less of the pain medication and is starting to feel more alert.

we are so thankful for her wonderful friend, susan, who has been with her these last few days!!! you are a blessing to each of us, susan!!!

things to be praying about.....she is still struggling with loss of appetite. please pray that her appetite will increase. the bk virus is possibly still present. please continue to pray that the virus will leave her body or the catheter will have to be placed again. pray that need for the pain medication will lessen. she so badly wants to be free from it and feel like herself. lastly, pray that her white count will continue to increase.

please remember doug and the children--caleb, lauren, and audrey in your prayers. they long to have melissa back home with them!!! and, she definitely wants to be there with them.

thank you for your love and support!!!
michelle

the best wake up call!!!

melissa called me early this morning. her white blood cell count is now .6!!!!! praise the lord!!!!!

"i lift my eyes unto the hills, where does my strength come from? my help comes from the lord, the maker of heaven and earth." psalms 121: 1&2

Monday, February 22, 2010

even better news!!!

mom and dad just called me.....when the nurses did some additional blood work and testing today, they learned that melissa's white blood cell count had climbed even higher than this morning!!! it is .5!!! woohoo!!! happy dance!!! thank you, lord!!!

good news!!!

oh, i am so happy and thankful!!! melissa is doing better. the bk virus appears to be running its course. her urine is clear and there have been no more blood clots in the last twenty-four hours. thank the lord!!! she is still uncomfortable at times, but the medical staff believes the discomfort is actually being caused by the catheter. if all continues to go well, her catheter will be removed in the next day or so. this means that she can be up and walking again soon!!! happy dance!!!

i actually got to talk to her a couple of times today, which was wonderful. she has been sleeping the majority of the time since friday due to the pain medication. it was so good to have a conversation with her. with the virus dissipating, she will be taking less of the pain meds and in turn, she will be more coherent and active.

she is still struggling with nausea and lack of appetite. continue to pray that the nausea will lessen and that she be able to eat. i am sure that being up and more active will help in this situation.

now, for some good news.....her count is back up to .4!!! i am so excited about this, especially considering that she has been fighting a virus. we trust that she will continue to keep progressing and her count will continue its sweet rise. we must trust and be patient.

your prayers are priceless!!!
michelle

....."but let patience have its perfect work, that you may be perfect and complete, lacking nothing." james 1:4

Sunday, February 21, 2010

sunday evening

melissa has rested just about the entire day. she is sleeping a lot due to the pain medication she is being given. with all the sleeping and the catheter, she is still not able to be up and therefore, she cannot walk those wonderful laps.

please, please pray that the bk virus will run its course quickly!!! then, she can be off the pain meds and back in her normal routine. also, please pray that her nausea will decrease. she really hasn't been eating too much and does not have much of an appetite.

her count is still holding steady at .3. thank the lord!!! we are just eager to see her beat this virus and for the nausea to dissipate. please join us in praying specifically for this!!! her friend susan arrived tonight to stay a few days with her. what a blessing.

thanks to each of you for your continued thoughts and prayers. it is what carries us through. i received a beautiful prayer from a friend tonight and i wanted to share it with you all.....

"Precious Lord, tonight I am praying for my friend Michelle and her sweet sisters Melissa and Jennifer, sweet Jesus, you know how very much these girls love each other and I do too because I love my baby sisters too, so I am asking that you give them a peace that shortens the distance they feel from one another, grace to face tomorrow and the ability to feel all the love and prayers that are offered for them daily. I claim victory for dear Melissa, cover her with the precious healing blood and allow her to be used by you to help others who suffer, along with the wonderful continued support of her sisters! In the only name we can ask ALL this in, Your Son, Jesus, Amen."

thanks, laura!!! blessings to each of you.....
michelle

Saturday, February 20, 2010

saturday update

well, i left indianapolis today and i so did not want to leave melissa. i will be back soon though. it was just difficult to leave her, but i know that she is in such good hands with the medical staff there. more than that, i know that she is in the mighty arms of a loving heavenly father. i rest in that. our entire family rests in that. melissa rests in that.

okay, now for an update. as you already know, she had a catheter placed to help to relieve her of blood clots that need to be passed. she was also in severe pain and uncomfortable. even with the aid of the catheter, she has episodes of excruciating pain related to this condition.

the medical staff is thinking that this situation is most likely being caused by the bk virus or hemorrhagic cystitis. these are possible complications associated with the bone marrow transplant. just as mouth sores were a risk, this was as well. it is just not seen as often. however, it is just a bump in the road to her recovery. she is being treated for it and like any virus, it will just have to run its course.

her white blood cell count dipped just to .3 from yesterday's .4. this is not alarming at all. in fact, it is something we were told to expect. the recovery process involved in a bone marrow transplant can be a bit of a roller coaster ride. this slight drop could have been caused by the virus she is fighting, but at the same time, it could have happened without it as well. on an extremely positive note, the quality of her count and the neutrophils are looking good!!! praise the lord!!!

with the placement of the catheter, she has not been able to walk her laps. please pray that she will stay strengthened during this time--physically, emotionally, and spiritually. pray also that she will be comfortable and the virus passes quickly. of course, continue to pray for her white blood cell count to continue to rise. she so badly wants to get home to doug and their precious children.

continue to send the mail. it is such an encouragement to her heart and soul. thank you for taking the time to drop her a note. while it may seem small, it is so very meaningful to her. mom is staying the night with her this evening. mom was so excited about it!!! melissa's wonderful friend, susan, arrives for her second stay tomorrow and will leave wednesday. great family friend, tara, arrives wednesday and stays through the weekend with melissa. thank you, lord, for these precious souls we are blessed to call friends. god is so good!!!

i will close now. i miss her so much. i miss holding her hand, laughing with her, praying with her, crying with her, watching movies, eating hospital food, and i even miss my lovely pull-out chair bed. she is simply amazing. her joy and her faith is astounding. i leave her blessed and refreshed spiritually because of her walk during this storm.

thank you beyond words for your continued love and prayers!!!

michelle

"and now, lord, what do i wait for and expect? my hope and expectation are in you." psalms 39:7

Friday, February 19, 2010

friday update

the catheter is in place. it is doing its job and allowing her to pass the blood clots that were bringing her pain. special thanks again to all the staff here for doing such a marvelous job in caring for melissa!!!

an extra special thanks goes to chanda, melissa, pamela, allison, and dr. robertson for the roles each played in getting the catheter for melissa. my own personal shout out to pamela.....love you, pamela, and your special way you cared for my precious sister while i was here!!!

thank you for your prayers. please continue to pray that melissa will be comfortable and rest well. we do not want to overlook our gratitude for her increasing .4 count!!! thank you, lord.

"in peace i will both lie down and sleep, for you, lord, alone make me dwell in safety and in confidence trust." psalms 4:8

michelle

please pray!!!

melissa's white blood cell count increased to .4!!! this is so wonderful!!! praise the lord!!! however, she is in excruciating pain related to her bladder function. the medical staff feels it is best to put in a catheter. she is extremely uncomfortable and very nervous. please pray that the lord will calm all her fears and bring comfort to her body!!!

thanks so much!!!
michelle

Thursday, February 18, 2010

much better day!!!

thank you so much for your prayers!!! today has been a wonderfully better day for melissa. thank you, lord. her headache has subsided and the nausea has lessened. the medical staff was able to find a different drug to treat her headaches. special thanks to the unit pharmacist, patrick!!! thank you!!!

the staff here at indiana university medical center and the simon cancer center are outstanding!!! the doctors, nurses, aides, housekeeping, pharmacists, food services, and anyone else i've missed.....you are each amazing. our family rests easier knowing you are part of the team caring for melissa!!! lance armstrong received his treatment here. so, you know they're definitely doing something right.

as i mentioned in the previous post, she was not able to be up much or eat yesterday. so, no laps yesterday or today, as she is gaining back her strength. that is just fine. she will make up for it later. she did, however, have a wonderful breakfast consisting of french toast, scrambled eggs, and canadian bacon. she wasn't able to eat quite all of it. this evening, she was able to take a shower and later enjoy a good dinner.

mom and dad were able to visit with her today. they each enjoyed that time together so much. dad shared scripture with her and had prayer. god blessed us with such wonderful parents!!! doug is visiting with her now as i write this in a family room area outside the unit.

her count stays steady at .3, which is wonderful!!! the doctors continue to be pleased with her progress. they are especially pleased with not only her count, but the quality and variety of the white blood cell count. those new stem cells from that precious cord blood are really doing their job. again, thank you lord!!!

i leave this weekend so i can come back when she is able to go home. i want to be able to help as much as i can at that time. however, i dread leaving. she is such a blessing to me. through all of this ordeal, i have never heard her complain once. ever!!! or, ask "why me??" she has truly changed my perspective on life and my own personal battles. she has such joy and a peace that truly passes all understanding. it is a "god thing".....no doubt about it!!!

"you keep him in perfect peace whose mind is stayed on you, because he trusts in you." isaiah 26:3

love and god's peace to each of you.....
michelle

Wednesday, February 17, 2010

special prayer request!!!

please pray for melissa. she has had severe nausea and a recurring headache since yesterday. she has not been able to be up much at all or eat. the medical staff is working diligently to find a medication that will aid in this situation. her count has held steady though at .3 which is good. i love her so much. i would just like to trade places with her right now. thank you for your love and prayers!


michelle

Monday, February 15, 2010

9 laps and a .3 white blood cell count!!!

well, it has certainly been a great day preceded by an even better weekend. i arrived here on saturday and uncle dan said his goodbyes and spent saturday evening at doug and melissa's home. he had a wonderful evening with doug and the children by the fireplace, sharing a book that had been pre recorded with melissa's voice reading the story. the children loved it!!!

as you saw in the previous post, doug brought caleb, lauren, and audrey here to the hospital on saturday to visit melissa. they all had such a wonderful visit. at one point, as the children were preparing to leave, it became impossible for melissa to hold back the tears. four-year old lauren came right over to her in the most gentle and maternal way. she reached for her momma's face and said, "it's okay, momma. don't cry, we're praying for you." wow. out of the mouths of babes!!!

melissa and doug enjoyed some time together alone on valentine's day. i returned later and the three of us watched a movie together. she walked 8 laps with doug on sunday, after having walked 7 laps with uncle dan the day before. and, guess what??!! she walked 9 laps today and let me tag along. 18 laps is the equivalent to one mile. so, today, she walked 1/2 a mile!!! woohoo!!! there is nothing like walking arm in arm with my sister or massaging her feet. we're often asked by the staff about how many siblings we have, do we have any brothers, etc. we reply that there are three of us girls, we are each very close to one another, and we can't imagine it being any other way. as jenn once said, it seems the three of us sisters have always been and the three of us sisters will always be!!! thank god for my sisters.

now, for the really good news.....her white blood cell count was .3 today. praise the lord!!! on saturday, it was .2, which is just where it is able to be measured again after bottoming out. on sunday, it dipped below .2, which is basically zero. but, today, it bounced back up to a high of .3, which means 300. we are often asked what it will have to be before she can go home. it will have to measure 2,000 for two consecutive days. that may seem a long way off, but it can be a faster and steadier climb than one might think. for instance, once she reaches .9, the next increase will be 1,000!!! of course, there will be some bumps along the way. the doctors continue to be pleased with her progress. we just thank the lord for carrying her this far through the process.

melissa is just falling asleep now as i write this, but she wanted me to share about the childrens' day. there was no school as it was presidents' day. caleb and lauren got to go to work with their daddy. the office staff just loves them and, of course, the children love being there. little audrey spent the day with our parents, where she put on a "small" concert. mom said that she reached the highest note at the ending of each song at which point mom and dad would know to applaud. she would then say, "one more." mom said there were probably about 30 songs!!! haha. oh, the love of grandparents.

i will close now and hope to give you an update tomorrow of another increase in her counts. always remember that god is faithful no matter what mountain you are facing, he will see you through!!!

love each one of you.....
michelle

Saturday, February 13, 2010

Little Visitors Bring Big Love

I wanted to share my wonderful blessing that I received today. I have three beautiful children whom I love and adore with all of my heart, mind, and soul. I have been missing them terribly. Skyping with the web cam has been so fun, but I longed to hold them, kiss them, and just look into their young and captivating eyes. If you haven't guessed, they came for a much anticipated visit today! I was like a little girl waiting to open up her Christmas gifts....only this moment almost took my breath away....the smile on my face will show you the love that filled my room. (More updates on me will be written later, but tonight, this is so much more important.)











Friday, February 12, 2010

the kids are coming!!!

great news!!! melissa gets to see the kids!!! caleb, lauren, and audrey will be coming to see melissa sometime tomorrow. happy dance!!! she is so excited and i know they are too. they will be coming to the hospital with doug. what a sweet reunion that will be.

i arrive at the hospital tomorrow for a one week stay. i cannot wait to see her!!! uncle dan will be headed back to columbus. he and melissa have enjoyed their time together so much.

thanks for your continued prayers!!! she is still enjoying the mail. i will give an update after i see her tomorrow.

michelle

p.s. in case you're wondering, yes, she did walk six laps today!!! woohoo!!! six laps!!! she laughed with me on the phone today and said that she is feeling pressure now to do better than the day before since i am posting it on the blog. haha. i told her there is no pressure whatsoever, but she'll need to start jogging when i arrive. wink, wink. seriously, it's just such an encouragement for all of us to see her strength increasing. god is so good!!!

Thursday, February 11, 2010

five laps!!!

well, things were so much better today than last night. i want to thank each you for your prayers. the severe restlessness that melissa experienced in her legs and throughout her body was replaced with god's peace and a restful night's sleep. thank you, lord!!!(it was later found to be a reaction to a drug she was given.)

she woke this morning feeling much better. yesterday she received platelets and today she received blood. i know that she felt strengthened by that. she enjoyed a visit with mom and later with her former "roomie", our cousin charlene, and her husband, greg.

today, she walked five laps. that's right.....five laps!!! woohoo, little miss, we are so proud of you!!! i know her three biggest inspirations aid her in that walk.....caleb james, lauren grace, and little audrey jane. they definitely inspire her and give her the will to push for that fifth lap, i just know.

last night, when she was feeling so restless and was literally in tears, what did she want to bring her comfort?? god's word. there is nothing better to calm and soothe a weary soul. i would've loved to have been there to share in that moment when uncle dan read selected scriptures that have been mailed to her and have meant so much during this time. the three of us girls have been so incredibly blessed to have uncle dan in our lives. i know that he was an extra special blessing last night.

a wonderful friend messaged me a portion of her beth moore bible study yesterday. it was so fitting for melissa and she wanted to share it with me. i will close with it and i hope it touches you in the way that it touched me. thanks, joanne!!!

"hebrews 4:12 tells us god's word is alive and powerful and so sharp that it divides soul and spirit, joints and marrow. the most dramatic "cure" for certain cancers is a bone marrow transplant. god's word is meant to get all the way into our bones, curing our character sicknesses with the most dramatic of all marrow transplants. christ is our donor. a perfect match for all infirmed."

blessings.....
michelle

Wednesday, February 10, 2010

wednesday.....another four laps!!!

well, she did it again!!! she walked four laps around the unit floor again today!!! we are so proud of her and so excited about her continued progress. we give all the praise to god!!! he is so good. no matter the circumstance, he is faithful to see us through.

i just called the hospital and uncle dan said she was having difficulty with what can best be described as "restless leg syndrome." it is a side effect of one of the medications used and it happened with her first transplant as well. it would be uncomfortable for anyone, but imagine being weak and pretty much bedridden and feeling that way. please pray specifically about this sensation in her legs. pray that any discomfort or anxiety will be eased and that she will have an evening of peace and rest. she asked that uncle dan read some scriptures to her that she had taped on her wall. what a blessing!!!

she and uncle dan have truly enjoyed this time together. i don't think he is looking forward to leaving on saturday. i will be taking his place. i am so excited!!! i will update again tomorrow. thank you for your continued prayers.

michelle

Tuesday, February 9, 2010

woohoo!!!

melissa just walked four laps around the transplant unit floor this morning!!! not one, not two, not three, but FOUR LAPS!!! praise the lord!!! woohoo!!! what a great start to the day.

thank you, lord. you do give power to the faint and weary, and to melissa who has no might- you increase her strength causing it to multiply and making it to abound. (taken from yesterday's verse isaiah 40:29)

Monday, February 8, 2010

monday update

i must first send out a congrats to the saints, even though we so badly wanted to see the colts win. drew brees was truly amazing!!!

speaking of amazing, melissa has had a pretty amazing day herself. she walked three laps today through the unit floor with Mom and Uncle Dan alongside her!!! woohoo!!! she was even then able to take a quick shower. after which, she was exhausted. but, we praise the lord as he is increasing her strength slowly each day. thank you, lord.

she wanted me to give a big shout out to all the nursing staff in the bone marrow transplant unit!!! you are each so wonderfully good to her. she thanks you for your love and care. our entire family thanks you!!!

continue to pray for her strength to increase. we are still waiting to see her white blood cell count begin to rise. with the type of transplant she had, it takes a bit longer to see that initial increase, but it will happen. as i mentioned before, her doctor is pleased with her progress.

"he gives power to the faint and weary, and to him who has no might he increases strength causing it to multiply and making it to abound." isaiah 40:29

Sunday, February 7, 2010

super bowl sunday!!!

as i write this, uncle dan and melissa are watching the super bowl. i would never forgive myself if i didn't say, "GO COLTS!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!"

she has had a good day. she ate a good breakfast and then walked two, not just one, laps around the unit floor. doug was able to visit this afternoon. caleb and audrey are feeling better. so, hopefully, the children will get to visit her soon. woohoo!!!

she is loving the mail and is being uplifted by all of your encouraging words. thank you so much. her doctor is pleased with her progress. he told her that she was a "treasure." of course, we already knew that!!! continue to pray that her strength will increase and her white blood cell count will begin its rise.

she found a song she just loved by jj heller. however, we were unable to locate it on the playlist here on the blog. i wanted to at least share the wonderful lyrics with you. the following was her latest update on facebook: "I just heard this song. I love the words. These last few weeks have been a physical and emotional rollercoaster, but one thing remains the same...He is All I Need."

ALL I NEED

I don't need a thing
My good shepherd brings me all
You are all I need
You let me catch my breath
Even in the valley of death
You are all I need
All I need to be complete is your love
Your blood that covers me

You lift up my head
You provide the wine and bread
You are all I need
There's no need to fear
Even with my enemies here
You are all I need
All I need to be complete is your love
Your blood that covers me

Goodness and mercy are following me
You are all that I need

You make a home for me
With pastures of green as far as I see
You are all I need
All I need to be complete is your love
Your blood that covers me

we cannot thank you enough for your continued prayers, love and support!!!

michelle

Thursday, February 4, 2010

thursday evening update

i haven't been able to really talk to melissa today. she has been resting alot. when i finally did call, the nurse was in the room and she was unable to talk at that time.

her good friend, tara, has been her roomie in the hospital this week. the following was her status update on facebook and i thought i'd share it with you.....

"Nonalcoholic Pina Colada's on Bone Marrow Transplant floor- crazy but true. Better evening for Melissa, the new meds have helped that horrible headache- Praise the Lord!!! Keep praying and sending cards, it's truly amazing to see the wonderful cards and letters that encourage her."

thank the lord and thanks to each one of you for your prayers!!!

Wednesday, February 3, 2010

special prayer request

melissa has been suffering from a severe headache, something like a migraine, since last night. if you read this post, please pray for her!!! she is extremely uncomfortable and nauseated. the doctors have tried a few meds, but none have worked so far. she just was given a different one in the last hour or so to try to treat it.

pray that the headache will ease and that she will be able to rest. thanks so much!!!

Tuesday, February 2, 2010

one week post transplant.....

good day for melissa. we are ONE WEEK POST TRANSPLANT. she received platelets and blood today. she is extremely weak so hopefully this will strengthen her. she did take a walk through her unit this evening. her spirits are good and gastrointestinal issues are improving some.

melissa asks that you pray for caleb, lauren and audrey. caleb has an ear infection. audrey has an ear infection AND strep. they need to get well so they can visit their momma. she misses them so much and of course, they miss her!!! so far, lauren is not sick and we need to pray that it continues that way.

big shout out to shawna hamilton's first grade class at kirksville elementary, where i work here in kentucky!!! they each made cards for melissa. you cannot even begin to imagine how precious they are. love you, shawna!!!

keep the mail coming!!! it means so much to her and is basically, her only contact with the outside world.

indiana university medical center
550 university boulevard
bmt unit(5th floor)
attn:melissa rex
indianapolis, in 46202

keep praying. keep the faith!!!

"let us hold unswervingly to the hope we profess, for he who promised is faithful." hebrews 10:23

we love each one of you!!!
michelle