Update on Keturah

Dear Friends,

I know many of you are still thinking of and praying for our little Keturah, so I just wanted to send an update and fill you in on how she is doing.

Keturah is actually doing exceptionally well, perhaps even better than anyone could have imagined. She has been officially “cancer-free” for several months now and is now in the “maintenance phase” of taking a milder daily oral chemo and only needing once-a-month in-hospital treatments. So we are happy for that. She has also already gained back most of the muscle she lost from chemo, her hair is coming in nicely, her energy levels are back to normal, and she has started gaining weight again, so we have a LOT to be thankful for!

The other day she came running up to me all excited to tell me that she had jumped 100 times on the trampoline! And another day she was all excited to tell her doctor that she had gone on a 2-1/2 mile walk!

She also had an exciting moment a couple weeks ago when she pulled out some of her old hair clips and was super excited to find that her hair was finally long enough to be able to put some hair clips in. And just last week we had to take her shopping for some bigger size clothes because all of a sudden she started putting on weight and all her old clothes were too tight.

She has also been really happy about our being able to do more regular and structured homeschooling again, especially since she had been growing discouraged about falling behind in school and not being able to read at her grade level yet. But in very little time at all she has been able to catch up and work her way back up to her normal grade level again, almost as if she hadn’t lost any time at all, so that has been a huge encouragement to her of late.

This maintenance phase that she is in now is one that we will continue in for another year and half, so there is still a long road ahead before she can completely stop the chemo treatments and reaches the point where we shouldn’t need to worry about the cancer coming back. But even as we look to another year and a half of treatments we are just really thankful that the chemo she is on right now is very mild and one that she is tolerating really well with very minimal side-effects.

I would say the most difficult part in this phase is the fact that Keturah still needs to be sedated for a lumber puncture every 3 months, which is definitely very difficult for her. She gets really nervous and scared in the days leading up to those, so prayers for peace and extra grace for those difficult appointments would be really appreciated. Her next lumber puncture is scheduled for April 11, so you can be praying for that.

But even for the lumber punctures, we are thankful, because we had originally been told that she would be getting those lumber punctures every month, but when she came through her initial treatments exceptionally well, her doctor decided that she wouldn’t need the lumber punctures as frequently as monthly, so being able to have them only every 3 months is really a huge blessing!

So yes, Keturah is doing very well, and even though it is still a long road ahead for us it has been really nice to be able to start working out a new routine for our family and to essentially be able to get our lives back as we transition out of the “emergency/survival mode” that we were in for most of last year and can actually start working at figuring out what our “new normal” is going to look like now.

And we are just really thankful that God has brought us through the most difficult part of Keturah’s illness, and so thankful for all of you who have been so supportive and faithful in praying for her though it all! Thank you!

19 thoughts on “Update on Keturah”

  1. I am so happy to hear this! She is looking so good and it is great to know that her energy is returning so well. You might have noticed that I left MeWe, so I was especially glad to get an update from another source. Thank you for staying in touch!

    ~Linda Hendrex~

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  2. Knowing where you started with Keturah’s illnes and all the blessings God has bestowed show all of us His love and grace are just a prayer away. Thank you for sharing the wonderful news of Keturah’s progress! Praying for continued health, and your Cameroon families as you all share and teach His word.

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  3. So wonderful to read this good news of Keturah’s progress. Praying that she makes a full recovery. God bless. Pauline.

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  4. Thank you, thank you for this remarkable update!! Praises to the King! Continued prayers for Keyurahs complete return to good health!

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  5. Keturah will always be my little princess. Praising God for her continued progress. The world is a better place with her beautiful smile and her sweet spirit.

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  6. Thank you for the detailed update on your little trooper Keturah– what a girl– God’s girl! We, and the CCF family continue to lift her the the Lord, our Healer in prayer.
    God bless you abundantly,

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  7. Hi Kelsey, Thanks for this update on Keturah. It was such a relief to read how she is doing! What trauma she has gone through and all the heart ache you’ve endured.

    I can’t imagine what it has been like to watch her suffer and how helpless you’ve had to so often feel.

    I’m praying for her and for you and Sammy. Love Mark

    Sent from my iPhone

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  8. Its so good to hear about Keturah’s progress. God’s blessing always As your continue to prepare for the next venture.

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  9. So glad to hear that Keturah is doing well! Here in Summerland, B.C., Canada our prayers have been ascending for her too!!

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  10. Thank you for the update on Keturah’s condition. I am so happy for her progress. Glory and praise to God in the highest!!!
    Will continue to pray daily for her ,the whole family, and your ministry. Thank you for your faithfulness in doing the work for Christ ,our Lord .

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  11. Dear Kelsey,
    Thank you for sharing this update on Keturah💕 I am so thankful to God to hear of her being “cancer-free” for several months and all the other wonderful news about her treatments and gaining strength in her muscles, her hair growing back, her energy levels returning to normal, and gaining her weight back❣️🙏…it makes my heart smile❤️
    It’s such a joy to hear of her 100 jumps on the trampoline and her 2 1/2 mile walk, and how excited she is about school and how well she is doing💕
    I am thankful to hear she does not need a lumbar puncture every month, and I will be praying for the one she has scheduled for April 11th🙏 I can understand how frightening that experience must be for her, Kelsey😢
    I am sure it does feel so good to be back into your routine at home😊
    It’s so nice to hear from you💕
    God bless and keep you in His tender-loving care🌸
    My love to you all, dear family❤️

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  12. So happy that Keturah has progressed to this point! Such a difficult road for her and for her family!! You all have shown your complete trust in God through all of this!! We can all look to your example of trusting God through our weaknesses, because He has shown Himself strong throughout your experience!! Praise God for His faithfulness!! I will look to your example of how to trust God in all things, no matter how difficult! Such an amazing God we serve!! Your family is loved beyond measure! Thanks & praise to our God!!

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