Treatment Going Well

Hello friends:

Thank you for your continued prayers and support. May the Lord Jesus bless you and may our God’s face shine upon you this day!

I am now entering week two in my hospital stay, however, most of the chemo I was scheduled to receive I have received already. So, I am in the hospital simply recovering and my doctor wants my blood count up before I am able to leave. This means, Lord willing, that this won’t be as long a stay in the hospital as we thought.

Hopefully once I am home we can begin discussing the plan and schedule for the transplant process.

Please continue to pray for our growth in knowledge and love for our Lord Jesus. That He will continue to sustain us and that we grow and greater desire to obey Him through this difficult trial. We are thankful for the obedience of Christ on our behalf! No hope without it! Please pray that the Lord, if it be His will, to heal me completely and provide a suitable donor for the process that will be successful. However, we have to remind ourselves and others, that our hope is not in full bodily healing in this life, but that our sins our forgiven for those who are in Christ. That is the real hope and blessing! Please continue to pray for my wife, and we are so grateful for all the help and encouragement we are receiving from the saints at our church, friends, and family. Several of you have written words of encouragement to me and I greatly appreciate it. Thank you!

SDG.

-Jorge

Cancer is Back

Hello friends:

Thank you all for praying with us and for us! Thank you for your financial support, and most importantly, for your love and friendship.

Yesterday I received the results of my latest bone-marrow biopsy and leukemia cells were detected. Its presence is very miniscule and was caught very early, but it means I am no longer in remission. I will have to check into the hospital this Friday for additional treatment for the next couple of weeks.

The protocol from my oncologist and NP is to move forward with a half-match stem cell transplant (also called haploidentical stem cell transplant). This comes with some greater risks but COH has a great record of making successful transplants of this kind, and I believe pioneered them. We are still searching for a full-match donor, so please pray that someone can be found through bethematch.org . Also, if you are of Latino descent (or any background really!) please consider signing up for the registry. It is simple and easy and more info concerning the process can be found here in this video.

Please pray for my wife and I to continue to trust the Lord completely and to continue to point each other to Christ. We know He cares for us. What a Savior and High Priest we have that can sympathize with our weaknesses (Heb. 4:15). Pray that we will continue to be in His Word; that we would not neglect the means of grace that the Lord has given to His church to strengthen and increase our faith.

If you would like to donate financially to help cover medical expenses, please visit this GoFundMe page some dear friends set up for us.

SDG.

-Jorge

 

Be the Match

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Hello everyone!

Just wanted to make a quick update and share the fantastic support that Be the Match has given to my wife and I. We are working closely with some of their liaisons to get the word out of the need for more in the Latino community to get on the marrow registry.

We are so grateful to the Lord for all of the encouragement and love we are receiving from friends and family. May the Lord continue to bless you all and thank you!

SDG.

-Jorge

 

Continuing Chemo and Donor Search

Hello everyone!

Thank you for still following our updates even though they have been few and far between this year. We know many of you are praying for us and give to us financially, and we are so grateful to the Lord for His grace, love, and blessing through you! May the Lord continue to sustain you all in health and faith in our Lord Jesus Christ.

I am currently still on a chemo maintenance schedule that consists of mostly oral medication and a trip to COH every couple of weeks to receive chemo infusions. The amount of driving and commuting to COH has dropped significantly and for that we are thankful. I continue to have a good relationship with my oncologist and NP and their team and we are grateful that I am still in remission.

However, we are still looking for a stem-cell donor. We are so blessed to receive word from many of you who have gone to bethematch.org and have registered. Please continue to pray that the Lord will supply a donor so that we can start the stem-cell transplant process, and with God’s grace be on the road to full-recovery!

Physically I am doing great. Aside from the nausea every once in a while, I am able to be active around our home and help my wife as best as I can. Please pray for her as her job can be stressful and aside from having to care for me, she is still recovering from some minor tendinitis that flares up once in a while. But we are thankful it has gotten better!

Please pray that we can continue to serve our church, show hospitality, and serve others while preaching the gospel and being obedient to His word. We are in a trial and difficult season, but pray that the Lord would continue to sustain our faith in the gospel of His Son.

SDG.

Your servant,
Jorge

New Cycle of Maintenance

Hello everyone!

Thank you for following our updates, for your many prayers, and loads of support. So thankful to my Lord Jesus Christ for the love and care shown to me through His people and through His providence.

This past Tuesday (2/19/2019) I started a new cycle of maintenance chemotherapy. So far so good, and we rejoice that I am still in remission (as of the last bone marrow biopsy done two weeks ago). Still praying for a donor to begin the transplant process, so please continue to partner with us and go before the Lord. I am thankful for the quality of life I am able to still live while on this treatment: to be a help and support for my beautiful and lovely wife, a teacher and shepherd at my church, and as a support, in person or online, to those who are also suffering.

May the Lord bless you and keep you!

  • Please pray for my wife and I to continue in our love and obedience to the Lord. He is our everything! Cancer is but a refining and purifying fire delivered by His gracious, righteous, wise hands. May He continue to sanctify and mold us into Him.
  • Please pray that I will be able to apply and appeal successfully to the State for long-term disability.
  • Please pray for a donor and full recovery from my leukemia (ALL).

SDG.

-Jorge

Delayed

Hello all,

Once again, thank you for your prayers and support. May the Lord bless you!

My blood count has dropped below the minimum requirement to start my next cycle of maintenance chemotherapy. I will have to wait one more week (with a blood test this Friday) to give sufficient time for my body to recover and resume treatment.

My full-results from my bone-marrow biopsy are in: no trace of leukemia! I am still in remission and my wife and I are so thankful to the Lord and for your prayers that have sustained us. Still searching for a donor, but in the meantime it is a comfort to know my treatment is effective.

Please pray for a full donor and pray that the Lord will continue to grow us in His grace, in knowledge and love for our Lord Jesus.

SDG.

-Jorge