~~~standing together as Ansley battles non-hodgkins lymphoma~~~

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"...for this reason also, since the day we heard of it, we have not ceased to pray for you..."

Saturday, December 11, 2010

how can we help?

Dearest praying friends,
Your response has been overwhelming and we are so encouraged by you, the hands and feet of Christ. As we talk with Matt and Amy about the best way to help them right now, there are some things they wanted to pass on:
We are so blessed by everyone's response wanting to help. I know that lots of people have asked about bringing food. The oncologists made a few recommendations and we would love your help with this. They recommended that we cook our meals fresh and not eat lots of leftovers when Ansley is on chemo - which will be for the next year. It is really most important when her white blood cell counts are low, but that will be hard to predict, so we are going to be cautious the whole time. There are no food restrictions per se, just that things should be fresh cooked, thus reducing the chance of bacteria or fungus being on the food - things that a normal body can handle could lead to a very bad infection in Ansley.
Ideas for that:
~~ it would be a real blessing if meals could be something like the following: 1) veggies - frozen ones that can be steamed in the microwave, 2) casseroles that can be frozen and then cooked later, 3) no foods fully prepared and needing to be immediately eaten.
Food calendar to be set up when someone is at their home each night to receive the food. (coming soon, pinky promise!)
In the meantime: gift cards for Ansley's wonderful grandparents and extended family who live in the area, who are with the other four blessings most of the time. in this time of transition and visiting various family members and friends, gift cards to fast food places or other restaurants would be such a help.
as the days go by and the plan for the next few weeks and months become clearer, there may be a need to help with driving the kids to and from school after the new year. I know many of you have asked about this. We will keep you posted when we know what the needs are specifically, and we will have a care calendar set up for this purpose.