Monday, July 27, 2009

Well, we made it to Little Rock last night and got settled into the hotel.

We went to the Myeloma Clinic bright and early this morning and no one seems to have any problems locating Tanner in the waiting room since it seems that all the other patients are over the age of sixty. Everywhere we go they keep telling Tanner he's the youngest patient they have worked with. He's getting lots of attention and care from everyone we meet. They did another bone marrow aspiration today and Tanner did really well; it was his mom that shed the tears (since I was actually in the room this time and saw what they were doing).

They had to go in three times to take marrow and bone so that they could have some for his diagnosis and extra for research. He was doing lots of deep breathing - but I was really proud of how strong he was.

Tanner's step-mom Janet is here with us and it's been wonderful to have the help, support and extra set of ears. Sometime's all of this information is more than one set of ears can absorb.

We went to lunch today and started talking about all the support Tanner has been receiving -even from people he hasn't even met yet- and he started crying. I can't tell you how much all of your support has meant to us.

We are about to head out to New Patient Orientation so I will be back to update again tomorrow.


  1. Tanner,
    You don't know me but I've known Janet since we were children. I want you to know that you are in my thoughts and prayers.
    We don't know God's plan but rest assured that he has one. I am asking him to comfort you, strengthen you and heal you but also to give you peace and knowledge that he is in control.
    Jill Whittington
    New Boston, TX

  2. Hi Angie,

    I've never had the pleasure of meeting your family but Tanner looks a lot like you and he's probably a fine chip off the old block. This is certainly terrifying but I've done the research and it's going to be fine. For one: Multiple myeloma, a cancer of the plasma cell, is an incurable but treatable disease. While a myeloma diagnosis can be overwhelming, it is important to remember that there are several promising new therapies that are helping patients live longer, healthier lives. IS treatable and great progress is being made.

    Just be aware that we're all out here praying for you and the whole family and I feel confident that things will seem much better soon. You have a lot of good people out here who have your back and care about you. I'm but one of them.

    It's brilliant to have a blog so that we all can share the progress and to know how you're feeling and doing. God (and the rest of us) is with you.

    Howard Aultman

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  4. Tanner, it was great seeing you via Skype from Little Rock. Pretty cool technology that lets you see and hear us, and vice versa, while you are in Arkansas and we are back in Texas.

    I pray for God to encourage you and take away all fear and you sure seem to be handling everything that has been thrown at you with great maturity and peace.

  5. Tanner & Angie - Neither of you know me, but I received a prayer request from a friend at church and she had received it from one of your friends. I will be praying for you daily. I have saved your blog site as a favorite so I can go in and read your updates and be aware of how our prayers are being answered. There are many many prayers being said for all of you (as well as the doctors)!
    Gwen Jones

  6. Tanner - This is Chris (Debbie's husband) and I was "sittin here standin" reading the post from all the people that care so much about you... We too will be praying for you daily! Sometimes things in life are hard to understand and if we did understand everything our brains would probably bust... GOD is asking for your faith now... Just turn all of this over to HIM and "hang in there"... I just wish I could take part of your load. We love you bud...

    Chris & Debbie Jones

  7. Tanner and Angela and Tim and Janet - You all know how much we love you. I know that God has a plan even though it seems really hard right now. Keep your Faith, Love and Hope alive in your hearts. We are praying every minute of every day for you. Tanner, what a joy you are and I admire your strength. You are just a chip off the old block I guess. Granny and Jerry

  8. I can't imagine how hard it is for you right now but I hope you are getting some rest, and eating all you can.
    The prayer chain is going strong on your behalf and I want you to know God is listening.

    Isn't it great to be sooooooooooo loved.

    Love ya,

  9. Angie & Tanner, there are no words that can express the sorrow we feel for you both. I believe in pray and have seen God's healing power personally. Angie,in the short time I've known and spoken with you, I felt your caring and sincere attitude. We pray that Tanner's recovery will come soon and Heavenly Father give you the strength to endure.
    AC & Shari Cavazos

  10. Tanner, Stay strong, and have faith in Christ.
    (Keep an eye on your Mom too. Make her get some rest. I know she will be doing all she can for you. She loves you so much.) I love you both and will be praying for you.

  11. This is just a speed bump in life Angie. I've read now that, besides being quite treatable, it's less taxing on such a young, cool, and otherwise STRONG guy. I'll be reading daily and keeping up with the progress that I KNOW will be coming. I'm thinking about y'all all the time. Powerful good feelings and prayers coming your way!

    Keep the faith!
    Howard Aultman

  12. Angie and Tanner - I know what you are going through (my son went through 14 serious operations years ago.) Be assured that I will be one of those praying for you, and that I will ask everyone I know to join me in storming heaven with a request for healing and strength. You are not alone in this journey. Not only is God with you, but He is sending an army of angels in the guise of doctors, nurses, friends, and, sometimes, complete strangers, to lift you up when you are low. You are surrounded by love and support. Please ask if you need something specific. It would be a privilege to help you. Lovingly, Linda Miller