Friday, November 6th Update

Hi Folks,

Thank you for praying. Amos is HOME and we are so very thankful for that. It was quite a ride but we finally feel like we’ve moved past chemo round 1 and all of it’s complications. Truth be told, these last few weeks have been brutal and we are still reeling from all that has happened since we moved back to Cambridge, moved back to California, and started chemotherapy. I can’t think of anything to say other than that it’s taken a huge toll on my heart. I feel the weight of the pain and suffering of Amos and our whole family in this process and it is not light. Thank you for praying.

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No more hair! And a moment of cheer while still in the hospital.

A few details from these past few days – Amos came home from the hospital Tuesday night. We never really discovered what was causing his fevers but the good news is that ALL of the tests came back negative for any significant infections. They tapped his inter-cranial shunt to check his brain fluid for infection and that came back negative as well. We praise the Lord for all of these things. Amos has enjoyed being home but it’s slow going for him to get back on his feet and regain the energy and stamina he had before spending nearly 3 and a half weeks in the hospital, much of that in bed. He’s in pretty good spirits but please pray for Amos to be encouraged and to enjoy his time at home before chemo round #2, which starts on Nov 10th (my birthday).

Another difficulty this past week has been Luke’s sickness. He caught some sort of flu virus and has been vomiting, etc. for about 8 days now. While we are so very thankful that he’s being well taken care of by Gigi and Grandpa, it’s been very sad for us to not see Lukey during these rare days of Amos being home from the hospital. We were so looking forward to having the boys together again, and for Mommy and Daddy to have some time with Lukey since we’ve been at the hospital so much with Amos, that it’s been very sad to be apart. Because of Amos’ compromised immune system, we can’t even think of reuniting the boys until Luke goes 48 hours without any symptoms. Please pray that he would be well soon. In the meantime, we are grateful to have Zazzy, Will’s mom, out in CA to lend a helping hand around our apartment.

Many of you have remarked in person, in messages, and phone calls how amazed you are by our strength. Today especially, I want to just say that any strength you see is not us, but the Lord holding us up and sustaining us even in the most simple ways. This is all so very painful and hard but the Lord allows us to carry on and He continues to show His presence with us even as we struggle to understand why things have been so difficult recently. Our hearts are sore from all the disappointments but we know the same things as before: that the Lord is good, a stronghold in the day of trouble. These are our days of trouble and we ask you to pray for us to know the Lord’s goodness in them even when it is very hard to see.

“Why, my soul, are you downcast? Why so disturbed within me? Put your hope in God, for I will yet praise him, my Savior and my God.” Psalm 42:11

Thank you for praying! Much love from the Ross Family to yours.

-Kelli, Will, Amos, and Luke.

Ps: here’s a fun little story about the Anaheim mounted police visit to CHOC- Amos is famous! http://behindthebadgeoc.com/cities/apd/anaheim-pd-officers-saddle-visit-choc-cheer-young-patients/

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12 thoughts on “Friday, November 6th Update

  1. Dear Kelli

    I know it can’t be of much consolation, but all you’re going through takes its toll even on my heart, and I’m sure all the more for those who are closer to you as a family. It truly is God’s strength that I see in your weakness and his grace in all your suffering and it’s beautiful to see. Thank you for being so honest about how ‘brutal’ it’s been – that’s fuel for my prayers. Even my kids pray for you and they don’t know you! But they care very much for Amos! And he actually looks pretty cool with no hair bizarrely!

    With love in Him,

    Katherine xx

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  2. Kelli and Will, the Mcnallys continue to pray for your family thru these very difficult days. Please give Linda a hug from me. I know her from Chelten days

    Love, Lynn Mcnally.

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  3. I gotta stop reading your updates at my office, tears always come streaming down my face! Loved the Anaheim Mounted Police article and all your updates – praying daily for you all, especially Amos. May God continue to hold you close and heal Amos.

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  4. Dearest Kelli, Will and family….our thoughts and prayers reach out to you daily for continued success in Amos’s treatment and recovery. Such a brave little boy! Grandma Patty keeps us up to date as well as we read all your posts as you continue on this most challenging journey. Please know that you are always in our prayers and we send our love to you. God speed Luke to be well soon, too….

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  5. Dear Kelli, Will and family,
    I am praying for the Lord to continue to give you His powerful strength and unending perseverance, for quick healing for Luke and for complete and soon healing for Amos. May the Lord continue to shower you with His unfathomable love and all encompassing comfort to bear these very difficult and demanding trials.
    Lean on the everlasting arms!
    Gwen

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  6. Hi Kelli and Will,

    Continuing to pray often for Amos, who is front and center in our fridge, and for both of you and Luke. Our hearts fill with sadness of this harrowing earthly journey and with hope for the eternal glory that is to come. Praising God that you have leaned heavily on Him and his strength in this time of extreme pain and hardship.

    Heartfelt love to all of you,

    Laura & Ben Psalm 46

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  7. Dear Kelli, Will, Amos, & Lucas (and Zazzy, Gigi, and Grandpa),

    In these days of turmoil and the wearing on of care, the anxieties of separation, and the weight of wondering “What’s next?”, may your hearts find peace and calm, may you on great wings be upborne, and may you know that he who has promised is faithful, and that you are never, never alone.

    Our hearts, our thoughts, and our prayers are with you all.

    Much love in Christ,

    fred (for our household)

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  8. Dear Kelly and Will, Thinking of you guys so much. Sorry to hear first round of chemo has been so tough and that Luke has been unwell too. So glad you have family round you. I’m so glad Steve and Beth got to see you all. I just wish your church family could be being your church family (in terms of proximity and practicality) at the moment- part of the body (you guys) are hurting so we all are. I’m also really thankful that Rachel got to see you when you were back. She so enjoyed her Amos cuddles. Big hug Kelli, Love and prayers, Yvonne

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