Wednesday, November 30, 2011
Lance's sister Julie made him a scrap book recently (we think she made it at scrap book camp!) the whole book is such a great reminder of all God has brought us thru and in it she put one of our blog post written by Lance that we had not read in quite awhile. Here is part of the post for you all to read again.... it seems appropriate to post it again for Lance's One Year Transplant Birthday!! I cannot tell you how blessed we feel... how thankful we are.....It has been amazing watching God work..... Nothing!! absolutely nothing is impossible for God!
It's a Hat Trick
April 22, 2010
After no matches elsewhere the Hall boys shoot, they score! Can you believe Justin came back as a match today for me. The Drs. are all very happy we don't know what they will do now probably just more testing to see which is the the closest match. I must say when Nathan came back as a match I was thinking I wish another of the kids would match just so it would be more obvious Gods hand in all this to people who doubt. And then Cory matched. I thought to myself just think if all of them did. And they did, now after Justin match I am reminded of Gods word in Jeremiah 33:3 where he says: Call to me, and I will answer you, and show you great and mighty things, which you do not know. I was given that verse years ago by my friend Louis Jensen when I was going through some things and it has always been a comfort to me but never more real than now when he abundantly answers our prayers and exceeds my expectations. I am so happy and humbled the way things are playing out, I told my Dr today that I'm thinking I will be healed, and there are much bigger things going on here than medicine........ ----Lance
That blog was written in April of 2010...... it was another 7 months before Doctors decided it was safe to go to transplant.... what a long road it has been since his diagnosis in July 2009. God has truly shown us great and mighty things!! We are so thankful to everyone for praying..... We truly know that God has used you all to literally pray us through..... The comfort we feel from knowing others are praying for us is amazing... Your love and support for our family is truly a testimony to the faithfulness of God and his people.... To God alone be the glory great things He hath done!
Happy 1st Transplant Birthday Lance!! And many more! ---Penny
Sunday, November 27, 2011
In church this morning they were talking about being thankful in all our circumstances and I know for myself this is something that I am constantly working on. Thank goodness that we have a patient God! One of those circumstances that we would like to ask for prayer for though is that Dad came down with a cold on Thursday. It has continued to get a little worse each day and last night he started running a fever. We called down to I.C. this morning and they sent us to the emergency room so dad could get some chest X-Rays. Thankfully the chest X-Rays came back clear but they did find out that Dad has a sinus infection. They put him on some antibiotics, so hopefully that will help clear things up, but we would appreciate some prayer that the infection would go away quickly and that Dad would start feeling better soon. He feels pretty bad today and has spent the day in bed. His stomach has also been bothering him and we're hoping that this is just from the cold and not more GVH starting so we would appreciate some prayer for that also! Thank you so much for all your prayers! We'll write again soon! Elisabeth
Thursday, November 17, 2011
Tuesday, November 15, 2011
Wednesday, November 2, 2011
Sunday, October 30, 2011
Wow where do I begin! Its been awhile since we've posted and lots of stuff has been going on! Well I guess I'll start with the hockey game. A couple of weeks ago there was a game played by our Dubuque hockey team (the Fighting Saints) to benefit cancer and a jersey was donated in my Dad's name. We weren't sure if Dad would be able to go to the game because of the big crowd but he ended up being able to go and had a ton of fun. Nathan, Gavin, Helen, Mom, and I also went along it was a fun night for everyone! Dad was even able to catch up with a few of his old hockey buddies! I'll post of pic below of some of them with Dad! It was so nice to be able to get out and do something normal again and we were so thankful to get to go!
Lets see what’s next.....well we had some company yesterday! Ashley, Dillan, and Chayce came up for the day! Jamie, Cory, Hayden, and Camryn also came over in the morning to see everybody, and so Hayden could play with here cousin Dillan! They had so much fun playing together and decorating Halloween cookies! Its hard to believe how fast they are growing up! It was so cute to watch them run around together! I'll post a pic below of the two little partners in crime! :)
Dad went to the doctor again a little over a week ago and everything continues to be going pretty well. Next month will be a BIG appointment with another biopsy, lung, bone, and heart test, and he's also getting all his childhood vaccinations again! It will be a busy day for sure! One thing they were able to tell from all his blood test this time was that his GVH is flaring up again. Its funny how they can tell that even before he has symptoms but sure enough this week he has been having more GVH issues again. It has mainly hit his eyes this time which makes opening them uncomfortable and makes it hard for him to see. This problem started to get worse over the weekend so Mom is going to call the doctors in the morning to see if they can give him any other eye drops to help him. So we would appreciate some prayers that they can get this problem under control and that he won't have to go back on any steroids! Well I better get going! Thanks again for all your prayers! Elisabeth
Thursday, October 13, 2011
Hello again! First off a quick update on dad. He is still doing great! He hasn't had to go back on any of the steroids and is sloooowwwwllllyyy starting to get some of his energy back...well that is the energy he had when he was on the steroids. He was really tired right after they took him off of them. Dad has even been able to go into work part-time again which is a huge blessing and he is really been enjoying being able to go in again! Other than that though things are pretty much the same at our house :)
In other news, last Friday Nicole and the kids had a lemonade stand to raise money for the America Cancer Society! The kids had so much fun and they even raised quite a bit of money! They invited their friends and neighbors to come over and their big slogan was "Kids Against Cancer"! I went over to help in the afternoon and it was so much fun to watch them! They did a great job! Anyways I thought I would post a picture below of them and their friends! Have a great night everybody! Elisabeth
Thursday, September 15, 2011
Hello again! Well its been a little while since we've posted and our favorite tv show (hawaii-five-O) starts in a few minutes but I thought I'd write a quick update! Dad has been off of the steriods for a little over a week now and seems to be doing pretty well! He still has to use his steriod creams and eye drops but so far thankfully, everything seems to be staying under control! This is such a answer to prayer! The last time he tried to go off of his steriods it definitely did not go this well! We are going back down to I.C. on Wednesday so we it will be interesting to hear what the doctors have to say...especially since cold and flu season is going to be starting up again soon.
Well its starting to feel like fall again, colder weather, shorter days, and lets not forget that football has started back up! :) We not only have the Vikings and Hawkeyes to watch this year though...we also have Gavin to watch! Yep, Gavin is old enough to play tackle football this year! Hard to believe how fast he is growing up! He plays for the patriots and so far this year they are 2-0! He is doing soooo good! Even scored a touchdown his firstgame! And not only is he a super football stud now but if you ask me he's also the cutest one on the team to! :D And if you don't believe me I'll post some pics of him below so you can see for yourself :) Have a good night everyone! Elisabeth
Tuesday, September 6, 2011
Well I'm telling you we have one clean garage!! Don't know how long that will last but it looks good today! Funny thing happened... Elisabeth and I were just finishing up out there and decided to scrub his work bench with Lysol... Well we scrubbed and scrubbed and were so proud of how clean we got it! We got off all these old stains...old paint, glue... all sorts of stuff that had been there forever, stuff from all Lance's projects... We brought Lance out to show him and he took one look at it and said it doesn't look like I've ever done anything.... He didn't look happy like we thought he would!! I guess when it comes to a man and his work bench sparkling clean is not a good thing! ---Penny
Monday, August 29, 2011
We made it through the weekend without Lance having to go up on steroids!! I would say the rash is pretty much the same.....but it hasn't got any worse. Lance spent most of the time this weekend lying on his stomach or side as the rash is the worse on his back and if it gets warm it flares up more. So between steroid cream, benydryl, sleeping pills, baking soda baths and aloe gel with Lidocaine he made it through the weekend! By last night he thought the itching is maybe a little better, comes and goes instead of constant so that is an improvement! Rashes are hard they can change so quickly and with GVH it can happen really quick. I know itching and rash might not seem like much after what all Lance has been through but with GVH it can turn serious so the doctors don't take any of it lightly. Thank you so much for your prayers
Elisabeth and I have been working in the garage..... Nothing we were just doing for fun.... it was a must! We ended up with mold growing on the foundation walls in the garage... we have a gopher (chipmunk thing!) that has tunneled toward the garage foundation... and with all the rain a few weeks ago and all the humidity.... well I guess that it was just the right conditions... Any way the last couple weeks Elisabeth and I have been cleaning out and throwing away moldy things, bleaching and power washing the walls and now painting with this water/mold blocking paint! The sad part is that working in the garage is like one of Lance's favorite things to do and he can't be in there...Doctors orders! Mold and dust spores are really dangerous for him! All these years we have Never had any mold issues.....well anyway we will get a clean garage out of it! NOTE!! Lance has always kept an organized garage (we tease him about all his lables!) but since Lance hasn't been able to work out there much in the last two years things pile up. So .... thought I'd post a couple pictures of my AWESOME worker! We both worked but Elisabeth did all the hard parts!! Like all those shelf on the one side of the garage can't be moved so she had to climb in and paint around all of them!! She never once complained! We would run in and put lotions on Lance.... and then paint.... that was our weekend! The bright side was it kept me too busy to bug Lance by looking at his rash every few minutes!! Elisabeth and I listened to the Christian Radio and were encouraged by all the messages and songs reminding us to Praise and Trust God!! It is so hard for Lance not to be able to help.... but that time is getting closer.... look at all that God has brought him through... God is so Faithful.....Thanks again for all your prayers! ---Penny
P.S. I wrote the blog this morning but after Lance being up and more active today he's itching pretty good tonight and his rash has spread some.... please continue to pray that it heals with the topical stuff.... soon! Thanks!!
Friday, August 26, 2011
Cory had knee surgery on Thursday he had a torn Meniscus. On Saturday before his surgery he ran 10 miles out to our house and back he really likes to run and we are hoping he will heal well. They had to take out quite a bit more than anticipated but he should be okay ,he had the other knee done in high school and that healed nicely so praying this one will heal just as quickly. Thanks again for your prayers! --Penny
Thursday, August 25, 2011
Saturday, August 13, 2011
Well it happened again....time got away from us and unfortunately we haven't posted in awhile....anyways here is the latest update from our family! :) First of all I guess I'll start with dad, he has been doing pretty well coming off all the steroids. Mostly just tired especially the few days right after his steroid dosage changes but he is doing well with it. Please continue to pray that everything stays on track so that we won't have to go down for a surprise visit to I.C! We really are enjoying the month off of not having to go down there! :) Ok ,lets see whats next.... well a couple of weeks ago was my grandpa's 75th birthday and almost all of the family was able to come down to celebrate with him! It was a lot of fun getting to see everyone again! Lots of laughing and stories were going around which is always something to look forward to! I'll post some pictures from the party below. I'll also post some pictures of a 5k that Cory and I did! Well I think thats pretty much everything from here! Have a good weekend everybody! Elisabeth
P.S. If you click on the pictures they get bigger so you can see them better :)
Cory's in the black
You can't see me very well but I'm in the black t-shirt.
Cory ended up getting 2nd in his age devision!
A picture after we ran. Were kind of wet if you can't tell, it decided to start pouring down rain about half way through the race.
Wednesday, July 27, 2011
Monday, July 25, 2011
July 9th was our 32nd anniversary!! It was also two years since we found out about the Luekemia.... We really have so much to be thankful for....just having another year together is amazing! I personally want to thank Lance for his great attitude...... He has held me up and helped our whole family with his great attitude and smile! Yes even his teasing has been a blessing but don't tell him I said that! We both want to thank you all once again for being God's hands and feet to us.... praying for us... encouraging us.... Thank you!
Thursday, July 7, 2011
Hey everybody! We have some very exciting news! Cory and Jamie had their baby! Camryn Cory Hall was born on July 4th, 7lbs 14oz. 20in. Everyone is doing great and very excited about the baby. Especially new big sister Hayden who has already been a big help with new little sister Cammy! Hayden came over for a little while yesterday while Cory and Jamie brought the new baby home so along with some pics of Cammy I'll post some pics of that to! We'll post again soon! Elisabeth
Proud Daddy :)
Having fun reading with Grandpa
Having fun in the pool!
Thursday, June 30, 2011
Thursday, June 16, 2011
There are a few other things that we would really appreciate some prayer for. Dad's liver counts are still too high so we would appreciate some continued prayer that his counts would come down to a normal level. Also the results of this biopsy still showed that dad's immune system is very low, so we would appreciate some prayer that he and the rest of the family would not get sick. He has also been trying to get off the steroids again and the last time he got off of them his GVH flared up so we would appreciate prayers that the doctors could keep his GVH under control. (he started to get a little more of a rash again this week).
Ok now for some other news. So Dad has been telling Mom and I that we need to get out of the house for a little bit and have some fun, so we decided to take a cake decorating class! We just finished taking the first course and we start the second one up again in a couple weeks but I thought I would share a couple pictures of the finished cakes that we made this week! Keep in mind we are defiantly not professionals but I think for only taking four classes so far they look pretty good! Well thats all from our house! Thank you again for all your thoughts and prayers! Have a good day! Elisabeth
Sunday, June 12, 2011
Sunday, June 5, 2011
Well Summer is here, Mom's flowers are blooming, and the kids came to visit. I don't really have anything else to say so without further explanation here is a bunch of random pictures of what we have been up to! Enjoy ;D -Elisabeth
Mom's pretty flowers
Stuart wanted to get in on this post to!
Working hard helping Grandpa
Wednesday, June 1, 2011
Friday, May 20, 2011
PS We would appreciate prayer for protection for Lance's body (especially his liver) from all the meds he is having to take again. That he'll be able to get off the meds soon without the GVH flaring up again! He will have blood work this week in Dubuque to keep a close eye on things and then another bone marrow biopsy June 1st. Praise that the GVH is responding to meds and for the wisdom of the doctors who treat him! Thank you!--Penny
Sunday, May 15, 2011
Friday, May 13, 2011
Sunday, May 8, 2011
Friday, April 29, 2011
Friday, April 22, 2011
If you think about it today we'd really appreciate some prayers for my parents. They are going to Iowa City today to find out the test results from my dad's last bone marrow biopsy. Were hoping that they will not find anymore cancer. Well have a good day everyone! Elisabeth
Wednesday, April 20, 2011
Friday, April 15, 2011
Sunday, April 3, 2011
Thursday, March 31, 2011
Saturday, March 26, 2011
Saturday, March 19, 2011
Hello again! So as we were looking back through some of the old blogs the other day we realized that we never offically announced something that is coming up here very quick! Most of you probably already know but we thought we post about it anyway just in case! So we announced that Cory and Jamie are going to have a baby in June but we didn't announce that Justin and Ashley are going to have a baby also!! At the end of this month!!! Pretty exciting stuff! As you can see from the picture of Dillan that I posted she's pretty excited to! :) Well nothing else really going on so I guess I'll end this here! Have a good day everyone!
Saturday, March 12, 2011
Hey everyone! Just wanted to write a quick update about dad's appointment yesterday. The bone marrow biopsy went a lot smoother this time which was a HUGE blessing! They gave dad a little more medicine then they usually do because in the past the medicine hasn't really worked that great. Well this time it really worked!! Dad pretty much slept the entire day! We're just so thankful that the biopsy went better this time! Thanks so much for your prayers!!!! As far as the rest of the doctors appointment that also went pretty well. Dad's counts are off a bit though so he has to go and get blood work done here in Dubuque next week just make sure everything is ok. The graph vs. host is also flaring up a little this week so if you could pray that the doctors are able to keep that under control we'd really appreciate it!! In other news dad is very happy to announce that his hair has begun to grow back!!! He's pretty excited about this because he was a little worried that it wouldn't be coming back! Its kind of funny though because its coming in a couple different colors! Mostly really dark right now, which is a change since his hair has always been blond. We'll just have to wait and see what color it ends up being I guess! Well nothing else exciting to report, so I guess I'll end here! Have a good night everyone! Oh and don't forget to set your clocks ahead tonight! Spring is almost here!!!!! :)
Tuesday, March 8, 2011
Monday, February 28, 2011
Lance had his appointment in Iowa City on Friday. He has been really tired this week and just didn't feel to good, so I was glad we were going so they could check him out. His doctor is so funny and keeps things light. Told her how tired Lance was (he slept a huge part of the week). She just crossed her arms and smiled....saying....What do you expect you just had a transplant not quite three months ago. You are doing just great! So obviously they are happy with his progress but he is ready to be all better now.... They are going to try and lower his steroids a little more and see how the GVH does.... after this last week I'm a little concerned but they told us they can always up them again if needed. He will go back in two weeks for lots of blood work, DNA testing, and another bone marrow biopsy, all to see how the new stem cells are growing and hopefully NOT the cancer!! He will have another lung test pretty soon also to see if there is any damage. We had thought after the last one that he worked so hard to pass with flying colors that he was out of danger from anymore damage but that is not the case yet. So we would appreciate prayer for continued healing, and protection from all the dangers that he still faces for awhile yet. His liver counts were up a bit (from all the meds) but the doctor didn't seem to concerned at this point. We so appreciate all the prayers! So all in all things went well and like Lance would say... Life is Good! God is Good!
Congratulations to Elisabeth!! She just finished her senior year!! She started all her classes during the summer because she knew Lance would be going in the hospital and we weren't sure how much she would get done during that time. She is celebrating her first day of no school by going snowboarding for the first time with her cousins. (pray for us)!! :)
We stand in awe of our God.... Who loves us and cares about every detail of our lives... ---Penny
Tuesday, February 22, 2011
Hello again! Well I have been asigned the task of writting a blog about my dad's benefit but I guess I haven't done a very good job considering the benefit was on a Saturday and it is now Tuesday! Sorry! Anyways here it goes! On Saturday the guys from my dad's hockey team had a benefit for my dad. What started out as something we thought was just even a nice idea, ended up being so much bigger than we could have ever imagined! There were I think around 44 people that skated and so many more in the stands. (over 200) They had announcers, a national anthem singer, and even a silent auction! So many people were there for my dad and it really left me wondering why they like him so much! :) No I'm just kidding! My dad may like to tease everyone and everything in sight but we love him all the more for it! Anyways back to the game..... there were so many people there! Family, friends, and even people that we had never met before! It was truely amazing to watch everything that was going on! There was so much work that went into this event and I'm not sure how we are ever going to thank everyone! From the people who thought of and organized the event, and designed t-shirts, to those who donated stuff for the silent auction, and even to the people who I'm sure were doing things behind the scenes that we don't even know about! We would like to say a special thanks to Steve Gassman, Jack McCullough, and Joe Frayne the Lace 'em up for Lance committee, who actually came up with the idea and worked so very hard!!! THANK YOU! It was truely an amazing day! Did I mention that a news reporter even came and interveiwed my dad and he was on the 10 o'clock news??? Yeah it just kept going on and on! So thank you, thank you, thank you again to everyone who helped, donated, and even came to the benifit this weekend!!!! It means more to our family than you could ever know!! I could keep going on and on about all the amazing stuff that happened this weekend and all the fun that we had but believe me I don't think there is enough space to fill it in! So I'll end it here! I"m going to post a few pictures below of what went on this weekend, and a link to the news cast if you want to see my dad in his 15min. of fame :) Well have a good day everyone! Elisabeth http://www.kwwl.com/global/video/flash/popupplayer.asp?vt1=v&clipFormat=flv&clipId1=5586601&at1&rnd=88128058
Justin getting used to being on skates again
Cory, Justin, and Nathan ready to hit the ice!
Even Hayden got to go on the ice!
Everyone who skated!