In the last few months, Dave has been making great progress and having some really good days. He has been out and about driving on his own, he has been able to teach at church, and he has been thoroughly enjoying those grandbabies. God provided a standing frame from a family in Texas (miracle story), and Dave had even been able to take some first steps with the aide of a walking frame at Project Walk. We were greatly encouraged and looking forward to the progress he would continue to make.

So it is with a heavy heart that we must tell you that the leukemia has returned. The doctors ran some tests last week to figure out why Dave was having headaches as well as hearing and equilibrium issues. Sadly, over the weekend, we received news that the leukemia has returned to Dave’s brain. This, of course, is very difficult news for our family. We are informing you of this news right away so that you can begin praying for him.

Dave is determined to fight this cancer and is fully confident that God’s still got this. God is our hope. He is our strength. We know He holds us in the palm of His strong and loving hand. Although the treatments are limited this time around, the doctors feel optimistic that we discovered it early. Dave has already begun chemotherapy treatments and will continue to do so a few times per week. We will keep you updated on the treatment plan and progress.

Thank you for being such amazing friends over these last few years. We need your continued love, support, and prayers. We will continue to turn to God and we know that your prayers for Dave touch the heart of God and make a huge difference.

Here’s how you can pray:

  • Pray that the chemo quickly destroys the leukemia cells and puts Dave back into remission.
  • Pray that his body is protected from the side effects.
  • Pray that Dave is increasingly encouraged by God’s faithfulness and strength.
  • Pray for healing and wholeness.

 Here’s why we can have full confidence in prayer:

“Understand, therefore, that the Lord your God is indeed God. He is the faithful God who keeps his covenant for a thousand generations and lavishes his unfailing love on those who love him and obey his commands.” Deuteronomy 7:9

God’s got this!

The Stoecklein Family

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Hey Friends, 

The doctors were pleased with Jet’s progress this week and determined that he was ready to come home to Chino-land. The air has never smelled so good. The heat has never felt so refreshing. The sight of rain in the middle of summer has never felt more appropriate (sarcasm?). That’s right folks, we are home! 

Eat, sleep, poop… that is the new rhythm. Our world revolves around those three words. In fact, I would like to ask you to pray over those three things. First, please pray that Jet continues to eat well. As a premie, he needs to eat more frequent and gain more weight. Second, please pray that we all get enough sleep and rest each day. And lastly, please pray that Jet’s little intestines continue to work properly. What goes in, must come out. Parents understand what I’m saying :) 

We have been overwhelmed by all of your love and support. Thank you for the meals, gifts, diapers, and prayers! We love you much. 

Andrew 

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We are very excited to share some positive updates with you for both Dave and Jet. Here’s the latest:

JET

Little Jet sure does take after his grandpa; he’s a fighter. The doctors and nurses have been impressed with his progress this week. Jet is now off all ventilators and oxygen support. This means that his lungs have matured to the point where he is now breathing on his own. His blood pressure is stable and he no longer needs a drug called dopamine. We could bore you with the other facts, but the bottom line is that he’s hooked up to fewer tubes and medications. This is very encouraging! 

The only downfall of Jet’s fast progression is that he is experiencing withdrawals from not being on all the medications. This is very difficult to watch, but the doctors have a good process to help him get through the withdrawals. We could still use your prayers for little Jet. Pray that he pushes through the withdrawals and is able to be completely free of all medications. Pray that he continues to grow and mature so that he can come home soon. Lastly, please pray that there are no major or longterm complications in Jet’s future. Thanks!

DAVE

Today was another Cedars day for Dave. His doctor is thrilled with the progress he is making. In fact, today she thanked him for doing so well. It was a special moment. I’ve never heard a doctor genuinely thank a patient for doing well, but then I started thinking about how it must feel for an oncologist. It must be very rewarding when one of the “difficult cases” is doing well after all the hard decisions and judgement calls that they must make. Dave’s doctor is with all of us in being happy, relieved and thankful that he is doing as well as he is. This is not where she expected him to be a year and a half after brain relapse, and she would agree that it is definitely a “God thing.” Every day is a precious gift. Yesterday was spent taking Smith to the car wash to watch the cars get a bubble bath, and then to Costco where Smith pushed Papa’s wheelchair around the whole store. So fun! 

We appreciate your continued prayer and support for our two fighters, Jet and Dave! We are looking forward to the day very soon when grandpa is able to hold our new, little Jet! 

The Stoeckleins

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