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March 16, 2012 / Ingrid

A Day of Victory!

Today we celebrated for several reasons…

Jesse’s bone marrow test came back & he is still in REMISSION!  The leukemic cells are still gone & the Philadelphia chromosome results should be back next week.

After 3 times, Jesse’s throat finally healed enough to pass the swallow study.  So at this time he can have all the liquids & soft foods he desires.  It’s not the Red Robin Bonzai Burger he has been dreaming about, but it is food.  Once he is able to consume the recommended daily calories the feeding tube will be removed.

Jesse’s chest IV port was surgically removed yesterday and he is recovering well.  Oh, all IV’s have been removed too!  He is almost a free bird :-).  A new Neurostar 3-pronged IV port will be implanted into his jugular vein prior to his bone marrow transplant.

Finally, we have been told Jesse could come home at the end of the month, if he continues to work hard and get stronger.  Our goal is to get him walking again & gaining  his independence.  Once he is in peak condition, his Bone Marrow Transplant doctors will initiate the steps for the bone marrow transplant, which will mean more chemo.

Thank you Lord for the many blessings this week. I continue to praise you in this storm.

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  1. Tianna / Mar 16 2012 9:55 pm

    I knew you could do it! So happy for you Jesse! I can’t wait to come back and see you soon. Love you kid 🙂

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  2. eviego / Mar 16 2012 10:02 pm

    Praises and blessings for our loving Lord. You are blessed, Jesse.

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  3. Jennifer Swayne Wiser / Mar 16 2012 10:04 pm

    We are friends of the Strygulecs who have been faithfully praying and following Jesse’s story. Our son, Alex, is a survivor of JMML and a bone marrow transplant. Jesse has become dear to our family through his story and the way we see God working in Him and the faith you have. We are so blessed to serve the Great Physician. Tonight, when I stopped by to read the update, I saw your words “praise You in this storm” and I couldn’t help but write. It was that very song by Casting Crowns, that was released close to the time of his dx, that became our family’s “theme song” through the most difficult valley we’ve ever walked. Even to this day, almost 6 years later, when I hear the song, it reminds me of the incredible promises of our Savior and the peace He gives – peace that only comes from Him – in the STORM. So thankful you are “choosing” praise – and that God is being glorified. I wait with great anticipation to see how God writes the rest of Jesse’s story, to see the plans He has for you all – to prosper you and give you ABUNDANT LIFE. We will continue to diligently pray for Jesse, for the doctors involved in his care, your family and the upcoming days leading to BMT. We’ve been there, and we know the trials, and we have lived the Victory. We look forward to hearing that Jesse is soon cancer free, and playing baseball again!

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  4. Leilani Schleuning / Mar 17 2012 12:02 am

    Praise you Jesus for your faithfulness! We love you and praise you Lord for the progress Jesse is making! Btw, that’s a wonderful picture! It made me smile. Love you all.

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  5. Karla LaFreniere / Mar 17 2012 7:48 am

    I am so happy to hear this great news, all of our prayers are being answered. Keep up the hard work I know coming home and sleeping in your new house and in your own bed is an awesome goal to work towards. We will continue to pray for all of you and know you are in all of our thoughts. Love ya!

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  6. Diane Snellenberger / Mar 17 2012 8:28 am

    What a beautiful picture! Awesome what prayers can do.

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  7. Dee Dee Rauscher / Mar 17 2012 9:32 am

    So thankful for this good news! Westwood continues to pray!

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  8. MacBeth / Mar 17 2012 11:44 am

    Oh may what a wonderful post….my eyes are over flowing with joy. Thank you Jesus.

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  9. Laurie Bridges / Mar 17 2012 2:54 pm

    Our God is an awesome God! Jesse, you are in great hands!

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  10. Sharon Delap / Mar 17 2012 5:44 pm

    Praise God!!!!!

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  11. Tom & Joanne Jachimiak / Mar 18 2012 7:49 am

    God is good. He answers our prayers. He loves us and is concerned for us. We expect a complete healing for Jesse. Thank you Jesus. We love you Jesse.

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  12. Makenzie sanford / Mar 18 2012 8:08 pm

    Such good news!!!! He passed his swallowing test! Yay. I knew he would. Things are looking up and I continue to pray. GOD BLESS love you guys!

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  13. Michelle Dodson / Mar 18 2012 9:02 pm

    Love, love, love this picture! It brought happy tears to my eyes! We love y’all!

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  14. Huff / Mar 21 2012 4:47 pm

    What great news to come home and read!!!

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  15. camden winstead / Mar 21 2012 7:36 pm

    That is so awasomee still praying for you Jesse and every body at RCS is thinking about you keep fighting strong

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  16. Kelsey Gentry / Mar 21 2012 8:21 pm

    I like this picture:) i love you & Savannah!!

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    • savannah / Mar 24 2012 6:14 pm

      love you to Kels

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  17. Acacia Cavness / Mar 22 2012 9:03 pm

    Praise God!!! Continuing to pray for strength and healing. 45 WILL SURVIVE!!!!

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