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Praise our Lord & Saviour from whom all blessings flow!

on December 29, 2011

We have prayed for great news and we have been hugely blessed! I hope that you have all had a blessed Christmas and that a sense of its real meaning has stirred you to dwell on the greatest gift any of us ever received or deserved that came in the form of Jesus Christ.

Since our last post we have received much great news with regards to Sarah’s condition. On our last visit to the consultant it was explained to us that as a result of Sarahs second MRI it is confirmed that she has an aggressive form of MS called relapsing remitting. This generally means that Sarah would have shorter periods between relapses resulting in the quickening of lasting disability. This is sad news but not suprising as Sarah has had three relapses since this all began. It was during this visit that the first bit of good news came. The consultant went through Sarah’s treatment options once again and when discussing Tysabri (this was our preferred option but came with a considerable risk) he went back over the risk factor of JC virus (carried by around 50% of the population) becoming PML (a usually fatal neurological infection) due to treatment. We believed that if you were JC negative the risk factor would be 1 in a 1000 and if you were positive you would be 1 in 300. For the most part we were right except for one major missing statistic….. The 1 in 1000 was for someone who was not tested but if you were tested and negative your chances were increased to 1 in 10,000 which is negligible!

The more we found out about Tysabri the more impressive it became. With Sarah’s form of MS it can cut relapses by 80%. During the hospital visit we visited two ladies who were having their monthly drips and they again were saying how great it is and how the day to day side effects are minimal. God seemed to be lifting off the darkness that day and giving us a renewed hope! We wanted Sarah to go on to Tysabri and we began to pray for a negative result from her bloodtests for JC.

Goods news two! Sarah attended an eye test requested by the DVLA. The last eye test was the one that showed that she had lost a quarter of her vision which later led to her hospitalisatation. She could only have an error of 10% to pass and retain her licence. She passed! Not only did she pass but she passed with 100%, I can see this as nothing less than a God given miracle.

Good news three! This one is hot off the presses, we had the results of her blood test today………. She is negative for JC! This means we will be going ahead with treatment from mid February. Praise God.

Although we seem to suffer much in His name, should we think that we would be immune from such things? Even during all of this we have seen and been in receipt of rich blessing. God has blessed us, strengthened us and given us great oppotunity to share what He is doing with our family, friends and even those we do not know.

We have had such a fantastic Christmas with family and friends and we hope you all have to. I hope your plans for New Years eve are finalised and your all very much looking forward to them. We shall be spending the evening with our good friends James & Ally Lumgair, Becci Riseley and Esther Wilks. It is friends like these and others which remind you of how rich your blessings are.

I look forward to writing to you all in the New Year.

1 Peter 4v13 But rejoice insofar as you share in Christ sufferings, that you also may rejoice and be glad when His glory is revealed.

God bless,

James & Sarah


3 responses to “Praise our Lord & Saviour from whom all blessings flow!

  1. Chris Wilks says:

    This is such wonderful news, I pray it will signal a good 2012 for you both

  2. Alan Shelley says:

    We rejoice with you and give thanks to our Heavenly Father. We pray that He will continue to bless you through 2012 and beyond. Alan and Angela.

  3. WWs says:

    Fantastic! We rejoice with you – praise God from whom all blessings flow. Love Janice, John, (Tim) and Simon

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