Our Christmas Miracle

christmas-nativity-scene-1I’m a little late posting this but I want to share it with all of you.  So many people around the world joined us in fasting and prayer on behalf of Stephen.  This is a letter that we sent to our ward members last week.  Rather than retelling the situation I decided I would just post this.
Dearest friends,
As a family we want to  express our most sincere gratitude to you for your fasting and prayers  on behalf of Stephen.  It is such a blessing to be able to ask for that  kind of support and help when you feel that it is needed.  It is like  the father of a sick child who said to Christ “Lord, I believe; help  thou mine unbelief.”  You have helped build our faith and our belief.   We have truely been lifted and I want you to know that your prayers have been heard and answered in a miraculous way.
Stephen showed multiple tumors in his chest and one  in is abdomen just 3 weeks ago.  The last line of treatment that offers  hope of a cure is to have another Stem Cell Transplant using a donor’s  stem cells.  We had all of our children tested to see if they were a  match to be a donor.    We were getting discouraged as they each came  back without matching.  At last our youngest son Josh’s results came  back and he is a match!  We are so blessed and happy about this.  Josh  has mixed feelings, as he is only 10 years old, but he is excited and  going to be brave.   Stephen was given one treatment of chemotherapy to  help keep the cancer at bay while our kids were tested.  If the tumors  were reduced in size and activity from the chemo, they were going to  give Stephen another treatment, then do the transplant in January.  If  he didn’t respond, they were going to move forward with the transplant  before the situation got out of hand.
We received his results from his chemotherapy on  Wednesday and miraculously, all active cancer is gone!  It is in  complete remission!  The doctors are astounded and so are we. Even the  doctors say, with out hesitation, that it is a miracle.  We are beyond  overjoyed and are certain it is a gift from God.  This is the first time in 21 months of constant treatment that his cancer hasn’t been active.  We met with the doctors Thursday and given this unusual, and unexpected turn of events, they want to proceed into the transplant as quickly as  possible.  The odds of a good result from the transplant are much higher if you begin the transplant with your cancer in remission.  We feel  that the Lord has blessed us with this perfect situation.  Our precious  Josh as a match and Stephen’s cancer in remission.  Stephen reminded us  that faith without works is dead .  Now it is our turn to do more of  ‘the works’ part of the formula.  Stephen will be admitted to LDS  Hospital on the 18th of December.  His stay will be anywhere from 3 1/2  to 6 weeks long. Josh, will begin getting the necessary daily shots on  December 22nd and will be admitted to Primary Children’s Hospital on  December 26th to collect the stem cells.  They are collected from the  blood stream. It should only take a day or two. On the 28th Stephen will receive Josh’s cells.  Over time, Josh’s cells will completely replace  Stephen’s blood cells.  If all goes well, Stephen’s new immune system,  grown from Josh’s cells, will recognize the cancer cells and kill them  if any try to grow again.
We feel so blessed to be living here among friends.   You are angels to us.  We do not understand why prayers are answered  differently at different times, but we do testify that God loves us, is  aware of us, and will sustain us to the end.
With love,
The Griener Family
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About Jane Griener

I am from SLC, UT. I grew up in a wonderful family in the south part of the Salt Lake valley. I have 4 sisters and 2 brothers. I married my best friend, Jeff Griener when we were 21 years old. We have 6 children. 4 boys and 2 girls. I've had many adventures in business and life. Too many to tell about in a simple 'about you' spot. My life is centered around my family and they are the most important factor in my life. I like gardening, photography, cooking, knitting, graphic design and lots of other things. I speak a little spanish. Fall is my favorite season of the year, but I think having all 4 seasons is what makes me love fall so much. Religion plays a big roll in my life. I belong to The Church of Jesus Christ of Latter-Day Saints. Striving to follow the teachings of Jesus Christ and become a better person each day is my goal. Well, that is a bit 'about me!'
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One Response to Our Christmas Miracle

  1. Doris Rasmussen says:

    We are thrilled beyond words, but also know that Heavenly Father answers prayers..

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