Anna Marie’s Latest Update

Happy Monday, y’all! I know there are lots of new normals happening, but I hope your week is starting out blessed. Today, Anna Marie is sharing the latest on her health. Sarah

It’s been a while since we posted an update but wanted to, first of all, thank each of you for praying for us. Since I last wrote here, COVID-19 has swept the nation, and I think most families are now finding themselves at home together quite a lot! For us, we haven’t felt many tremendous lifestyle changes as we tend to be home most of the time anyway, but it definitely adds another layer of complexity to figuring out my treatments. None of this complicates anything for God though, and we are excited to see Him leading.

We got some good news a couple days ago! My CTC (circulating tumor cell count) has dropped to 0 (in January it was 2.3; not sure what it had gone up to when surgery was done). While in some cases a 0 could indicate “no cancer,” there is always the possibility that some of the circulating cancer cells that were previously in the blood, while not circulating now, have settled in an organ somewhere (where they can lie dormant). While we are still working toward a chemo plan of some sort it was definitely a praise that there do not appear to be CTCs in my blood.

We have been consulting with various oncologists to decide on the treatment plan we feel is best for me. The Lord used some unlikely circumstances to get us in contact with a medical oncologist in Seattle, with whom we consulted remotely. He does chemotherapy in a different way than is “standard of care” yet with very good clinical success (over the years he is seeing about a 1% recurrence rate vs. 10-15% recurrence rate with standard chemo)—all of this with less toxicity and suppression of the immune system typical with standard chemo. We would love to get the chemo plan administered locally, however, because it is not yet widely used in the medical community we suspect that won’t be possible. Which means I will likely be going to Seattle for three months of treatment. As you can imagine, there are a lot of logistics to that, especially with COVID-19 right now. We are praying that we can find someone to do it locally or that God will make the way clear for me to get treatment in Seattle.

I have a few ideas for upcoming blog posts. I’ll have to work to keep them pretty short (not one of my strengths) since my time is limited, but I’m excited about some special activities we’ve done recently that you might enjoy trying with your own family! A sneak preview is that we did our Scriptorium virtually with a couple other participating families by using Google’s free video-conferencing technology. Another day, we did a solidarity pack from Feed My Starving Children and free activities from Compassion International to have an afternoon/evening focused on children in poverty in other countries. It helps put “quarantine” in perspective when you think about how abundantly blessed most of us are compared to so many in the world! And it’s a good reminder to be praying and looking for ways to bless others instead of focusing solely on what’s happening in our own lives right now.

Love,
Anna Marie

“For there is not a word in my tongue,
but, lo, O Lord, thou knowest it altogether.
Thou hast beset me behind and before,
and laid thine hand upon me.”
Psalm 139:4-5

15 thoughts on “Anna Marie’s Latest Update”

  1. Praise the LORD for those news. I will keep praying for you. Especially with the chemo therapy in Seattle. God bless you!
    Anna from Germany

  2. Praising the Lord that your numbers are good and that you’re doing well! Prayers for you and your family will continue and look forward to seeing Gods hand in this healing!

    Trusting God, Cecile

  3. Praise the Good Lord!
    Good to hear from you and looking forward to your ideas. We have ten children and would like to have some new things to do around our home and keep us all busy.

  4. Praise the Lord for such great news!
    I will continue to pray for you Anna Marie! Especially that you can make it to Seattle for that treatment! Thank you for the update!

    Love in Christ,
    Hannah

  5. Thank you for keeping us updated so we can better pray for you and all involved. What a precious picture of you two. That smile is priceless!!

  6. Thank you so much for taking time to update us! I’ve been praying for you and will continue. I also love the verse you shared!

  7. Thank you for the update date; I have been praying for you and sincerely hope you can get the treatment you desire. Continue to trust in the Lord. His love to you and your family.

  8. Thank you for this update, Anna Marie. I pray daily for you and your precious family, and know the Lord will continue being with you throughout this journey.
    Prayers for all the Maxwells—especially during this health crisis in the world. SO thankful to know that God is still in control!
    Love, Mrs. Patti

  9. Beautiful picture of you and Simon. The joy and love between you is so sweet. Will continue praying for you and your family.

  10. Praise the Lord! Continuous prayers for you and your family. Thank you for the update and please keep us updated. Will you all as a family go to Seattle or just you and Christopher?

    Blessings

  11. Anna Marie, this is such a great reason to rejoice 🙂 🙂 and may you continue to see more good news!

    Seattle would be a huge and difficult task, but we know that God makes us able and He opens the way according to His purposes. May He do so for you, and give you peace and assurance as well as strength each one for these things.

    Doesn’t Simon Peter look super Maxwell-ish! He reminds me so much of Joshua.

    I had your picutre on my computer for a while so I could be reminded to pray very often for you – and one of my friends asked me if you are my sister – the second person to think you and I look a little alike LOL That was nice for me.

    You are much loved
    He is holding your hand always

    God bless all.

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