Monday, March 12, 2007

We have had a fantastic flood of support for Izzy and our family that we deeply appreciate; and to show that appreciation we want to keep everyone abreast of the latest news. Hopefully this will accomplish that. Thank you.

Izzy was diagnosed with lymphoma on March 9 of 2007. There are two main types of lymphoma--Hodgkin's and non-Hodgkin. We'll be meeting with the physicians this week to find out what type she has and what stage the cancer is in after more testing. The cure rates on both types of cancer are 80% or higher. The oncologist projected that she will need to be treated with chemotherapy for about 6 months. Of course this could change dramatically depending on the results of the tests to be run this week.

Right now she doesn't have any pain or discomfort except for the Doctors visits where she gets poked and prodded. At least three of the reasons that she'll make it through this are: 1. "That's cuz I'm Superman!" was her reply when thanked for watching Ryan; 2. She wants to grow up and be Sleeping Beauty; and 3. The day she was diagnosed we heard her singing Mom's favorite primary song: "I am like a start shining brightly, smiling for the whole world to see!...for I know Heavenly Father loves me."

16 comments:

Megan Maynor said...

This blog is a great idea--the picture of Izzy is just darling and I find the three reasons you posted completely convincing :) We'll be thinking of you tomorrow.
Megan, Jeremy and the Maynor Gang.

Sara said...

Thank you so much for keeping us all updated. We are keeping all of you in our thoughts and prayers. Please tell Izzy we can't wait to see her and her new pink cowboy boots again real soon! :)
Sara, Steve, Evan, & Brandon

Tiffany said...

We love each of you!

Grandpa and Grandma Costley said...

May you have a sliver of peace amidst the mountains of angst.

All our love,

Grandpa and Grandma Costley

Jenny Ludlow said...

Izzy, David says he can't wait to see you roar like a lion again soon. We love you!!!
Jenny and David

joanne ludlow said...

We haven't met little Izzy but Dan and Jessica say she is adorable. Our Failth and prayers go with your family. joanne and paul ludlow

John said...

What a cute child! Great idea to keep us at distances up to speed. We will pray for a positive outcome.

Karyn Hoopes said...

Our thoughts and prayers are with you. We are so thankful for the Gospel and our testimonies of Jesus Christ and Heavenly Father. Of Their plan for us and the Atonement. We know that He is watching over you and pray that He will inspire the Doctors and all of those who are taking care of Izzy. We have also contacted many of our friends here in Wyoming, in the Guard, school, Phone Directories Company and many of different faiths. Already we have had numerous people say that they will pray for you. Our hearts are sad. I think we are all being guided to our knees. We love you all and will be actively looking for ways we can help you besides our faith and prayers.
All our love,
The Hoopes Family

LMcClellan said...

What a great idea.The picture of Izzy brings tears to my eyes.I can picture her in church now.Our prayers are with you.
Laurie and Don McClellan

monniaux family said...

dear little izzy

we send you tons of thoughts and love

axelle roxane gilles and aurelie

Tricia said...

It is fun to see Izzy all grown up. She is beautiful! We love you guys and please know that our prayers and love are with you.

Love,
Kirsten and Steve Burningham

Kirsten and Steve said...

Sorry, I am not tricia. :)

reid said...

Thank you very much for sharing with us. My thoughts are with you all.

Smita Nikhil said...

Smita -Nikhil

Izzy ,u r such a sweet girl.Get well Soon & come out in this beautiful weather & enjoy .
Izzy Dont worry you r there in our thoughts & our wishes r with u !
We love u all.
Smita,Nikhil & Nakshatr

Tamara LEntz said...

you are in our prayers little Izzy, you are amazing and Heavenly father loves you greatly. Hang in the Supergirl. Keep in touch.

Wendel Family said...

Izzy, you don't know us but we are friends of your grandma & grandpa Costley. We have seen your beautiful smile at our church. Thank you for sharing your story with us. You have given us strength. Your little spirit is as big and beautiful as your smile. You are like a star shining brightly, smiling for the whole world to see. It is our prayer that angels will hold your hand, comfort your family and help the doctors cure your body. With love from the Wendel family.