Friday, May 23, 2008


The Dr. from hematology came in about 4:30 or so and said that he is fairly certain that Olivia does have leukemia. He sent the sample to St. Jude's in Memphis. As of right now, he is very confident that she has the Acute Myeloid Leukemia form. I think it branches off into three different kinds from there, but we won't know that for a couple of weeks. St. Jude Memphis should be able to confirm the leukemia on Tuesday.
They have decided to definitely do her heart surgery on Tuesday to get her heart in optimal working order before starting chemotherapy.
I'll write more details later on tonight. I just need to get out of the hospital for awhile and process everything. Once I get all the details in order in my head, I'll sit down and write in more detail. We are doing fine with all of this, it just needs some time to sink in. Please feel free to post any questions at any time. It's going to be a very, very long and bumpy road through all of this and I just want to be sure everyone understands exactly what Olivia is going through.
As always, Thanks for joining us on our journey.


Anonymous said...

If Olivia can smile so can we! God has not only chosen Zac and Julie to be the parents of Olivia, but has chosen our whole family. We will continue to enjoy and love Olivia as we face this new challenge. Love, Grandma C.

Anonymous said...

Mrs. Carlson from preschool shared your blog. We have been praying for all of you. It is always amazing how magnificent moms like you can keep going (even without sleep). You are an inspiration. We wish you all the best and look forward to seeing Olivia beat all of this.

God Bless,

Erica Thurman

Anonymous said... continue to amaze you are able to take all of these setbacks in stride. Olivia, like her mommy, is also an amazing little girl. I think of her smile often. Our prayers are with you all and we are cheering Olivia on to win yet another fight!
Love and Prayers,
Laura Schmidt

George and Janel Dranes said...

We read your blog daily and will continue to pray for your entire family as you face this new obstacle. Please remember that we at Immanuel Lutheran Church are here if you need anything.

Anonymous said...

Hang in there Olivia, you finally have a reason for all those nasty old infections and all the blood transfusions. We know what a little fighter you are and how strong all your family is and know you will meet this new challenge in typical "Olivia Style". Keep that beautiful smile coming as it keeps everyone grounded and optimistic. We will keep the prayers coming for you, your family, and your health care team.
God Bless, Kay and Pat

Anonymous said...

You all continue to amaze us. We are continually thinking and praying for you and your beautiful little Olivia. She is such a strong, magnificent person who's life means so much to so many people. Please know that we will be with you during this new challenge. We are here for you if you need anything!!

the*4*of*us said...

We will continue to pray for all of you. While this is not something that any parent would want to face, i'm glad you finally have some answers and can attack this disease with chemo and LOTS of prayer warriors on your side!
Millicent (friend of Judy)

Judy said...

This is definitely not the news we wanted to hear, but we know that Olivia has some great doctors and I know that we serve a great God! She's got quite a team on her side and she's a strong little girl! We are praying and praying some more for Olivia, her doctors, you and Zac, Jack and Brooklyn, and your extended family! I hope you know that we wish we could be there to help you guys in a more tangible way, but since we're not we'll just pray a lot!
Much Love,
Ryan and Judy

Lynn Lotz said...

I read your blog every day, and have been praying for you and your family during the smooth rides and the bumps in the road. There are many people praying for Olivia, and we will all keep on praying for her. Hang in there to all of you! Olivia is lucky to have you as her family

MommytoAJ2 said...

I know Olivia through Suzanne. My family and I are praying for all of you as you face this new challenge. How wonderful it is to know that this was not a surprise to God and He still sits on His throne! May He wrap His arms of comfort and peace around all of you right now.

Angie Bailey