April 21, 2009

We Can Feel Your Prayers

This is Joe writing on April 21. This round of treatment Kris was given new drugs, more stem cells than before, and stronger doses of chemo drugs that she received last time. The infusion of stem cells make it possible for her to receive doses that are up to 10 times greater than a regular dose of chemo. There have been some tough side effects this time around and Kris is in alot of pain. She was admitted to the Bone Marrow Transplant Unit at the University Hospital today. What she needs more than anything right now is all of your prayers and faith. You are all so wonderful and have been so kind to Kris and our family. When I say we can feel your prayers we do. I know its a hard thing to understand unless you have had so many people at once praying for you, but it is a very powerful experience. We really do feel your faith and prayers. Kris is doing better tonight and has the pain under control. We will keep everyone updated on the blog. She loves the comments you write. This means the world to her and they really are her contact with the outside so please continue to post comments. Thank you so much and God Bless. Joe Kelly


Donna said...

We are praying for you also. Keep your spirits up, one day this trial will be over and you will be free again.

Karron j said...

Kris, our prayers truly are with you and your family. The strength of a "Kelly" is amazing in so many ways. We all know you are going to get through this next round. I love your blog and the opportunity you give all of us to truly see the strength that is within you. We always thought you were great-now we Know! Keep going, your going to make it:)!

Brower6 said...

Oh, Joe and Kris, my heart, thoughts, and prayers are constantly with you. I wish there was more I could do. I can not imagine going through anything especially as tough as this without the knowledge of the gospel. You are a very strong family, and we love you all.

Beth said...

Hang in there you guys! This is the last round, right? Once you get through this part, you'll be coasting! We love you and pray for you every day. You WILL get though this, I know it.

Amera said...

Love you guys so much! Your family is in our prayers.
-Amera Jarvis

Mel and Angus said...

I am so sorry that Kris is in pain. You and your family have such great faith and are a blessing to all those around you. We continually pray for you guys. I hope the worst is coming to an end and the best is yet to be!

Daun said...

Kris, you don't know me, but I also work at the Landmark building. I have been following your blog for a few months and have debated on commenting or not. But I just want you to know that you are in my family's prayers and my thoughts continually. Reading your posts make me strive to be a better mom and wife and person. Your positive attitude, strength and faith is blessing people's lives that you have never even met. You have forever touched mine and I truly look up to you. I wish you and your family comfort during your "climb".

Rochelle said...

I was thinking about you this morning as I was reading a book to my son Joe. He has Tourette Syndrome and we have been reading a book about dealing with Obsessive compulsive disorder. In the chapter entitled Keep Climbing, it said, "Hang out for awhile on whatever step you're on. When you're climbing a mountain, you don't return to the bottom when you need a rest, you stop where you are. Then, when you're ready, you stand up and take a step. Just one step. Step by step, you will make it to the top."

We know that you are well are you way and our prayers are with you!

Saedi Oldham said...

We are so happy that our prayers help you in any way! We love you guys so much, please please, let us know if there is anything more that we can do!!! We'll keep the prayers coming!!!

Monica said...

You have given birth to how many children and you are saying there is pain!!!??? Come on, you can do this - I know you can! Its nothing like childbirth!

And you have taught preschool for how may years??? You can escape any predicament!

And you are really good at cookie dough (that's what I call the Korean martial are you are so good at!) You are one tough hombre, lady. This is not going to take you out of the finals.

Now buck, up. Breath. Breath some more. Say your prayers. And I'll say some more for you. Keep going. Keep moving. We're not leaving you behind - but you need to do your part.

That was my best internet drill seargent impression. I hope it made you laugh.

Keep an eye to God. As a Catholic, we belive that the saints in heaven finish our prayers when we are unable to do so. So while you may not be able to finish your own prayers right now, I've got some friends, family and famous people on the job for you.

I am going to shop for a patron saint for you later. I'll find a good one, and put 'em to work. (Patron saints are those who have gone before that have special fields of empathy/responsibility.) Their job is to pray on our behalf when we can't. I think some of the lesser ones have more time on their hands - so I'll do some checking and get back to you! St. Francis of Assis, Mother Theresa...all busy. Hmmm...

Monica said...

Ah-ha! I have found you a great patron saint! His name is St. Peregrine. His name means, "the pilgrim," which I think is appropo because you are on a long journey.

He is also the patron saint of cancer patients - a bonus!

If you want to know more, you can click here:


He is a very cool patron saint. People usually pick their own, but this is an emergency case! (You can always upgrade later...);)-M.

Tonya said...

Kris and Joe,
Every mountain trail has it's difficult area's. I am so sorry you have encountered another rough spot after all the climbs you have already made. Our prayers are with you.

smccourt said...

KRIS, Just wanted you to know I was thinking of you and sure love ya! Brighter days are ahead. My prayers are with you and your family.
Keep smiling! Shauna

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