Saturday, October 29, 2011

Infusion #2 and a Grandchild!

The biggest and most joyous news this week is that Scott and Abby have had their home study approved and are now awaiting the adoption of a child from Taiwan!  I read the scripture below, this summer, with new understanding and hope.  
Scott and Abby

  Psalm 113:9 (The Message)
He gives childless couples a family,
      gives them joy as the parents of children.

We arrived early for the second infusion on October 25th.  Although I had been the only one last week, there were two other patients scheduled for treatments this day.  Producer Christopher Cain had flown in from California for his infusion.  We soon realized that this would not be your “typical” day of stem cell infusion.

Donna, from Celltex, arrived and explained that there was a cinematographer and television producer from Hollywood there to record the events of the day.  She asked if I would be willing to be interviewed for a documentary they will produce about stem cell transplants and banking that is being performed in Houston.  So, I had the first hour of the infusion in a room being filmed and interviewed.  I have prayed that God would use me to offer hope for His glory during this process, but I hadn’t quite expected this!

Larry prayed for all of us before the procedure and filming began.  John Ross, the producer, and Hiroki Miyano, the cinematographer, work for Associated Television.  The interview lasted about an hour, with John interviewing and Hiroki filming.   There is no guarantee that any of this will make the “Cut”, but it was a special time for me to reflect and be grateful for God’s continued provision and blessings during this process.

Dr. Matthew preparing the IV

When we went back to the main room for the rest of the infusion, they were interviewing Dr. Lotfi, the neurologist, and Donna Lee from Celltex.  It is so exciting to hear and see results that are happening in other patients with stem cell transplants.  So much for thinking I had figured out this infusion routine.  I can hardly wait for the 3rd and final infusion next Tuesday.  
Hollywood Producer Christopher Cain

Hiroki Miyano                                                John Ross

Christopher Cain and Debbie
Even though the interview was given without previous notice or preparation, I was reminded, once again, of how important it is for me to always be prepared to speak for Christ…with or without notice.

I Peter 3:15a
15 But in your hearts set apart Christ as Lord. Always be prepared to give an answer to everyone who asks you to give the reason for the hope that you have.

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