Wednesday, March 14, 2012

The Donor Search IS ON!

We went to the play "The Secret Garden" today! I was so happy to be able to go since I was originally supposed to be at the hospital with Mr Luke.
(BTW the Drs made a good choice. He is continuing to have an even deeper cough, runny nose and low grad fever- we will be going to the DR tomorrow, so they can listen to his lungs!)

The play was fantastic! We had previously read the book (abridged version) and saw the movie!
The children were able to follow along because they knew the story!

Abby has done so well for the last 2 1/2 weeks!
She is making great strides with learning and attitude since her dental work has been done(no more rotting teeth) AND since the parasite is gone (she was on 3 different antibiotics in order to get rid of it)!
She is like a new person and it has been such a blessing!
This little girl is such a great little girl- her true self is beginning to emerge and OH MY- do we love what we are seeing!

About 2-3 days ago she started to say-
"Momma, I'm tired"
"Momma, I'm tired"

Before that she was keeping up with everyone and was not missing a beat!

There has been a dramatic drop off in her energy level.
I'm not sure if it is her hemoglobin or if she is coming down with the family cold... or both.

Hubby is with her now at the hospital. She is getting a transfusion overnight and then a port put in - in the morning.
They will return home around lunch time and then a nurse will come to our house and begin the chelation process through the port.

We are so thankful to be able to start doing this at 

It will be best for ALL the children!

Thank you Jesus!!

As you can see in the pic our little Abby is completely out of gas...
She declined gymnastics today and sat with Mom instead...

AND now for the most important part of this post-
 They have started to search for a bone marrow donor for ABBY!!


At this time there are enough caucasian people on the list...





Thank you to the many families that have offered!
The problem is-

The donor must be 18 years or older.

PLEASE encourage the Asian (especially the Chinese) population near you to volunteer to donate!

They will put them on the 


Whether or not they will be called to donate- only God knows...

BUT please please encourage them!

ABBY'S life depends on it!

They are truly giving the gift of life!

I have sent a letter and photo album of Abby with her forever family to her orphanage.
In the letter we asked IF by chance they know of any family members...
 I know it's a huge "shot in the dark" but we had to try...

Miracles DO happen with GOD!

We also encouraged others in China that knew Abby to get on the 




Cari said...

praying for your sweet Abby girl!

i have a friend that also read the book, watched the movie and was going to the play with her kids that she is homeschooling this year....maybe you both were there at the same time!! if i ever get a chance to visit her i'll be sure to look you up!! :)

Elissa said...

Just posted a plea on fb for people to register!

Susan A said...

praying for the Lord to bring along a perfect person/match.

paula said...

my niece is a Junior at U of Iowa and her roomate is Chinese - I will forward your blog on and see if she would be interested in becoming a donor - I am assuming she has several Chinese friends at Iowa too. I'll be praying.

Chad and Kristy said...

Praying Jean!! I contacted the Chinese Churches in Huntsville and Birmingham to see if they would be interested in a bone marrow drive. Praying they will be responsive to this... this could help your precious girl and so many others!

Lifting you and your family up in prayer!

Sarah said...

Thank you so much for calling the other day. I wanted to let you know where things stand at the moment. The agency we are with has requested Zhong's file to be transferred to them as of last night. This morning I learned that there is another family who requested to see his file earlier than we did so they get first "dibbs" so to speak. Please, continue to pray that God will make a way for this little man to become ours.
Yes, we will pray for a donor and for the word to spread. "He is able!"
Sarah Risley

barb Holmberg said...


I have followed your blog for a long time. I am an adoptive mom also:)

I have a Chinese friend who would be willing to register as a donor for your little girl. BUT, we don't know how to proceed. Could you email me and let me know!


Nancy said...

Jean, I posted on FB and I'm trying to figure out a way to somehow get the word to the staff at Rose's school.
The Secret Garden is popular, Rose got to see it too!

Janet and Kevin said...

Jean - will be praying for a donor to be found for your sweet Abby. Also praying that Luke gets over his yucky cold.

Hugs to you,
janet and gang

Annie said...

Oh dear Jean!!!! I just shared on my FB. I am praying for your precious girl and have faith that the Lord will move hearts for her!!!!!

Ann said...

Hello...I learned of your blog from a post on Karin's blog "Our Treasures From Afar" Karin is the adoptive mother of Zoey, who slept in the crib next to my Abby for 2 years. We were able to meet in Boston this past summer.

At any rate, I wanted to offer some encouragement as you continue on your cancer journey. In short, our older bio daughter, Jenna, has two brain tumors secondary to a genetic disorder (NF-1). She remains in partial remission with good prognosis. Jenna has some visual impairment from her tumors and this led us to adopt our Abby (then 2, now almost 6). We adopted Abby with a malformed eye. We didn't know how much vision she had overall, but we knew the visual impairment resources we have in our area and felt God calling us to adopt her. We could never have voluntarily walked into cancer again...we are not that brave nor are we that strong. However, we are God's servants and heard His call. Five months after we brought Abby home (from Nanyang, Henan) she was diagnosed with a highly malignant and aggressive Extraocular Retinoblastoma (eye cancer). It had spread beyond the eye itself and Abby was given a 40% chance of surivival. She underwent high dose chemo and proton beam radiation. Abby remains in full remission 3 years later. We are so very thankful. Only God knows how much time a person has to live. Thinking of you and praying for you all. Abby's website it: and Jenna's is