We would like to invite any who can, to join with us in fasting for Stephen this Sunday. Stephen’s Hodgkin Lymphoma is very aggressive and very resistant to treatment. We received the results from the scans following his tandem stem cell transplant and while the cancer was gone from most of his body, there was still significant cancer in his chest. The next step is to try a transplant using cells that are not his own. Our older kids have been tested and are not a match for him. We are waiting to see if Nate or Josh will be a match to donate cells. We will know in a few days. If they are not, he will have the transplant using umbilical chord cells. While waiting for these tests, they gave Stephen a round of chemo therapy to keep the cancer from spreading. We will know if this is working in 2 weeks. If it is working, he will receive another round of chemo so that he can be home for Christmas. He will go in the hospital the first week of January to start the transplant treatment. If the chemo therapy is not working, he will go immediately in for the transplant procedure around December 15th. Although the odds are small, there is still a chance of a cure. We know that regardless of statistics, God is able to do all things. When I asked Stephen what he would like to ask people to fast for he said, that the Doctors will be guided to make the right choices in his treatment, that the treatments will work, and that he can be tough. Stephen is currently at LDS hospital being treated for what they think is an infection. We are hopeful that he will come home on Sunday. We want to thank all of you for your love and support and continual prayers. We know that the Lord is aware of Stephen and our family as he is aware of all of you and your families. We are so blessed the have you as part of our lives. We know that through this process we can feel the peace and love of our Savior and can be strengthened to endure all that is necessary.
Love, The Griener Family