She was admitted to George Washington Hospital in Washington, DC yesterday (9/3) and will be staying there for at the next four to six weeks as she receives treatment for this rare and aggressive form of cancer.
We have all been in shock as all of this has unfolded over the past three weeks but our families have shown immeasurable amounts of support already, for which I am grateful! As the news has been shared, most of you are wondering what you can do to help Christine and her family through this trying time.
“Christine’s Crew” is in the early stages, so we are starting with this GoFundMe page as a way to help provide Christine and her family with the items they will need in the coming days, like gas cards, groceries and maybe some help paying some of the medical bills.
We will continue to update you as we know more information and we cannot express how much your love and support means to all of us and to Christine!
Christine is an amazingly beautiful soul whom we all love and cherish. Please continue your postive thoughts and prayers as we all help her fight and win against ALL.
Here's an update from her sister:
Happy New Year, friends and family! We want to extend many, many thanks and tons of appreciation for your faithfulness in prayer, and in love and encouragement, throughout 2016. However, as Christine and Andrew head into 2017, there are even more prayer requests piling up. Christine has been hospitalized this time for 34 days with at least another 10 days or so to come.
She and Andrew, while never giving up the fight, have been tired and discouraged today. It was one of those days when nothing seemed to go right. Christine was to have received 2 units of blood early in the day, but with one delay and another, they are just starting the first transfusion now. Because they were waiting on the blood, she was unable to participate in any of her three therapy sessions, so it seemed like a totally non-productive day in a week where every hour should count toward her getting stronger and more mobile so that she can return home as soon as possible. These delays have been hard to take.
Please continue to keep Christine and Andrew lifted up in prayer for a real breakthrough in her therapy and treatment so that she can stand and walk, and regain control of all her muscles. Please pray for them in the area of finances. Commuting and parking costs eat a huge hole in their budget which has been based on one income for almost 17 months. Please pray for increased energy and strength for both of them. Their faith in God is strong and unshaken, but the body does grow weak occasionally. ❤️❤️❤️
Hi guys! I'm sorry Andrew and I have been MIA....we've been exhausted since coming home and also taking the time to process the possibility of being done with treatment! It's been such a weight off our shoulders to know that I will NOT be going back to the hospital for chemo in 3 weeks. Andrew and I will finally be getting some rest and relaxation after 8 months!
Even though we are done with this part of treatment, we still have a journey ahead of us. The two most important prayer requests for this week are NO INFECTION/FEVER will come to my body and that I will not need to have a blood transfusion. I was able to escape the ER/hospital last B round and we hope my body will stay strong this weekend. However, I have been 3 for 3 with blood transfusions after B round, so I am hoping we can break the cycle this time...?!?
Next up - finding a Bone Marrow match. Winwood Children's Center is hosting a Be The Match drive on April 28th. As part of "Christine's Crew" you are invite to join us to be added to the national registry in hopes of not just helping Christine, but the thousand's of other people in the US needing help. You could save a life!
Donations for Christine and her family are still being accepted. We know how appreciative she has been for all of the help she has received. Thank you!
My platelet levels have fully recovered and ready for chemo!
Please start praying that everything goes smoothly for the entire hospital stay. The typical agenda is getting the port accessed, getting an injection, intrathecal chemo, and of course about 96 hours of IV chemo. I had a rough time with nausea last round (including vomiting), so we are praying that stays away this time! I am absolutely SO OVER hospital food that it's hard to have an appetite on a normal day---throw in the nausea and forget about it!
We do have another sensitive request that we are asking prayer for--we are applying for social security disability, as financially, this is becoming a burden. I qualify for funds and could potentially get my claim expedited since I have a serious illness that is keeping me out of work. We really need to have this claim get into the right hands and have this processed as quickly as possible. We've been so blessed to not have to worry about the financial burden of cancer treatments and procedures during the first 7 months, but we still have a long road ahead of us without having a 40 hour a week paycheck!
On a lighter note, I wanted to do something nice for my amazing nurses since I am (hopefully) nearing the end of my hospital stays. Thanks to Sadie Downing ( Missy Downing) and her donation, I am bringing Girl Scout cookies to the 5th floor and hopefully brightening up their Monday afternoon :)
I can't believe this could be my last time heading into the hospital for round A of chemo. The thought of being almost done with treatment is equally exciting and terrifying! Gearing up for a transplant is a whole new can of worms and unknown to me---as much as I can't wait to leave treatment far behind, it's what I know! But I am sure I will be ready to wave chemo goodbye as soon as I get the chance!
Thanks for the prayers and thoughts as always and I'll will update throughout the week to let you know how things are progressing.
Her last chemo treatment went smoothly and was shorter than the other visits. She received great news that her scans look good and the doctors are pleased with her progress, unfortunately this morning she received the news that she would need a transfusion tomorrow.
Here is her latest FB post:
We just got a call from our local oncologist and it turns out that I will need a blood transfusion after all. My levels have dropped down to 7 which is why I'm still so tired. I went shopping at Target yesterday and needed to take a break and sit in their clinic for awhile---couldn't even make it through a shopping trip! Andrew and I will go to the outpatient clinic in Lansdowne to get more blood taken (3rd time this week!) so they can find a match. We will go back tomorrow at 8:30 am for the 5 hour transfusion.
Please pray that everything goes smoothly--blood work, blood match, transfusion, etc. We want everything to be like clockwork (or better!). Also, pray that this gives me the strength and energy I need so I can stay out of the hospital for Christmas!!!!!!!
Please keep Christine and her family in your prayers this Christmas! Let's continue to help them in any way that we can! Prayers, donations, gift cards ...whatever your heart is telling you to do.
Thank you all so much for your support! I know they appreciate it more that we know!