First of all thank you to everyone for your thoughts and prayers over the last year. We have decided to create a blog to have an outlet for anyone who is interested in updates on Lances condition a place to come and be informed. The title of the blog "A future and a hope" comes from Jeremiah 29:11, which is a verse that has given our family alot of comfort through these challenging times. Because as my Dad has said, no matter what happens we have already won! I would encourage you to pass on the location of this site to anyone that you may believe would be interested in updates. -Justin

Thursday, September 30, 2010


Just a update from todays labs... The platelets are holding so the doctors are happy they haven't dropped anymore! So Lance will go in Monday to have them checked again, as they are still lower than they should be, so they have to keep a close eye on them. Thank you for all your prayers!! Please pray they start going up to where they need to be and like Lance mentioned before wisdom for the doctors. We take comfort in realizing it is GOD!!! who is really in control not the disease, us ,or the doctors! Having said that, we are thankful for such good, caring doctors! ---Penny

Monday, September 27, 2010

Fun Pictures

Hey everyone! Just thought I'd share a few pics of what we've been up to lately! These pictures are a few weeks old now but we still thought it would be fun to post some!!

Elisabeth posted the pictures this morning while we were in Iowa City and I thought I'd just add to her post what happened today. I saw Dr. Jamieson and they are kind of unsure what to do with me, after the transplant was delayed due to the infections, (which are getting better) they are now concerned with moving ahead with the transplant because I have some risk factors that they are scared of. Apparently my having a three way translocation of cells is very rare and they do not have enough experience with it to feel comfortable moving ahead at this time, It is also the reason they want to move ahead. (Thats a very simplified version of what they call a very complicated problem)They are going to wait another month and then do another Bone Marrow biopsy to see where I am at. They may very well change there minds in a month basically they are afraid to go ahead and afraid to wait so the safer thing is to wait and just get me healthier so if they go ahead I will have the best chance for success. If you would pray for the Drs. I would appreciate it they are a little stumped, In addition my platlet count has fallen and in my Drs. words "I think ITP is rearing its ugly head again" so I will be going in for many blood tests I'll go back Thursday and Monday and then at least weekly until it gets better, ITP is what I was hospitalized for last time it is when your immune system attacks your platlets (which clot your blood). So you could also pray that won't happen. On the bright side Elisabeth had her best swim meet of the year last week she had good times and it was fun for her (it has been a struggle for her to relax with all that is going on at our house) she has a meet tomorow night in Cedar Rapids so we are hoping she will do well again. She works Very Hard and its good to be rewarded with time drops. We are hoping Rex can get Linda out of the house to come and watch that is always a treat for all of us. (Love ya Linda) Have a good day.


Filling up my car tire! :)

Getting the bikes ready for us to ride

My team is wearing the blue

Thursday, September 16, 2010

Dragon Boats

We haven't posted in a while mainly just because there isn't much to write about. I go in for blood work every week and nothing has changed . We had fun last weekend Elisabeths swim team had a Dragon boat race on the Mississippi her boat made up of the Varsity won 1st place. It was a beautiful day to sit by the river and watch what was going on. Dragon Boats are like giant canoes with a dragon figure carved on the front, there are (I think) 18 paddlers and they have to synchronize their paddling while one person drums a cadance and another lays across the bow and pulls a flag out of a platform to stop the clock. They race about a quarter mile down the river, It was fun and the girls really have a good time together. Teams come from all over Canada etc. and they are in different divisions elite, high school etc. Elisabeth will post some pictures when she has a chance she is really busy right now swimming many hours every day, she is battling a bad cold and it wears her out but doesn't slow her down. Penny has been working hard around the house trying to get things done before I go in the hospital, I sit around and watch (lifes good) Saturday morning we are going to watch Gavin (our Grandson) play football for the YMCA he is 7 and runs like Adrian Peterson. We will write more soon.

Thursday, September 2, 2010

God's Timing

Today was suppose to be the day Lance was to go to the hospital to start Chemo for the transplant...... After our appointment Monday, I realized even more how God's timing isn't ours(or the doctors) and He knows what is best. During this time of delay because of the fungal infection, they have noticed more unusual things about Lance's case, Which makes them very cautious in going forward to transplant and also nervous about waiting........ not a really good option either way right now. But even though things SEEM uncertain and no one knows for sure the right answer we trust that God does. ----Penny

Be still, and know that I am God; I will be exalted among the nations, I will be exalted in the earth! --Psalm 46:10