Sunday, May 9, 2010

Happy Mother's Day!! (and the latest on Levi...)

Hi everyone,

It's been a few days (sorry about that), so I want to start out by saying HAPPY MOTHER'S DAY to all you moms, grandmas, and expectant moms!

Stephanie and I thank God everyday for our families, and love our moms. They diligently provide daily support and prayers for their children and children's children, and are great examples of how to raise their children.

I also thank God for my beautiful wife; she has been so strong throughout this trial, and loves her children more than anything else in this world. I am truly blessed to have her as a wife and a mommy to my little kids!

So, now for an update on our little guy...

The doctor called last Thursday and said that they changed the diagnosis of the subtype of AML from M5 to M4. It really doesn't change anything, and from what I understand it is pretty much the same. He also said that the prelim genetics test came back good, and didn't indicate that Levi is a carrier of MLL gene, which can cause the leukemia to be more aggressive and more complicated. That was great news, and provided another little win for Levi. He is doing so well, he's starting to smile, talk a little, and loves to be wide awake and look out the windows. We are so thankful that this disease is not causing him pain or discomfort.

The doctor also said that he would rather have Levi come down to Riley for his weekly blood tests rather than having them performed in Warsaw. This means a trip to Indy every week, but Stephanie and I are actually much more comfortable with this arrangement, since the same doctor will be examining him every week and will be able to check him over. We are headed down there on Tuesday for the first of these visits, and are praying that his results continue to come back ok. We are continuing to pray expectantly for his healing.

In closing, I wanted to offer a couple verses that Stephanie and I have found comfort in over the past week; it helps when those emotional moments sneak up on you...

Psalm 34:17-19
17 The righteous cry out, and the LORD hears them;
he delivers them from all their troubles.

18 The LORD is close to the brokenhearted
and saves those who are crushed in spirit.

19 A righteous man may have many troubles,
but the LORD delivers him from them all;

Love you all, and thank you for your continued prayers!

Michael and Stephanie


  1. Thanks for the update. I was wondering how things were going. Hope you have had a restful and happy Mother's Day! Please tell Caylee hi for me and the kids, we miss her!


  2. Thanks for the update. We will continue to pray. Such a blessing to see the little guy this morning and for the kids the face of the little guy we are praying for.

  3. Glad to get your update. Levi and Caylee are truly blessed to have you as parents. We are praying for all of you. God bless and keep you in His care.

    G. and G. Gordanier

  4. Hi Michael and Stephanie, this is cousin Ashly and I have put in a prayer request for Levi's healing. I work for Hospice and every week we have a candle lighting vigil for those in need
    of special prayers.I truly believe Levi will make a full recovery! Love you all! Ashly