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Esther Joy Travis
Esther Joy Travis
Not absolutely sure who these "cuties" are with Esther; could the boy be her brother as shown below? Perhaps, I think. November 2007
Adam and Jennifer Travis with Jonathan and Esther
Please note that Mrs. Travis is expecting a baby at this time!.
Many of you know; recently a little girl and her family caught onto our heart-strings. We have shared details about her by emails. As I get news of her health I will post it here and expect this page to continue and grow for some time; her treatment is expected to continue a year; surely she is within the hands of The Great Physician. I will post news below, from current to older updates, so you may check often to see the latest news we have.
Esther Joy Travis
from death unto life eternal
at 4:25pm Saturday, May 9, 2009.
Viewing will be Monday at Freeman & Harris - (918) 749-3333 ,
3333 E. 41st, Tulsa, OK 74135.
1402 S. Memorial Dr. , Tulsa
Here is mid-April 2008 news:
Dear Praying Friends,
News from early April .... Please pray fervently!
Esther finished her chemo and recieved her transplant on Friday.
The last two days have been horrible for her due to the pain caused by the
ulcers in her GI tract. The doctors have been trying to get her pain managed
withe morphine, which only gave her bad dreams. They have switched to dolodid
which seems to be a better fix. This week is supposed to be her hardest week .
Thank you for your prayers.
News from mid-March:
Dear Praying Friends,
Yesterday Esther finished her last round of chemo before her transplant. The pathology report came back with the great news that there were no viable cancer cells present in the tumor. Esther has been in great spirits and has been healing rapidly from her surgery. We would ask that you pray that she doesn't get sick during the next couple of weeks so we won't have to the visit the hospital anymore until her transplant.
We have been able to reunite the rest of the kids with Esther. It has really uplifted her spirits and she has reassumed the job of being big sister gladly. Pray that we will be able to find a way to keep them around her during her transplant. It will be such an encouragement if she can have them around consistently during that time.
The transplant itself will require a mega dose of chemo to kill off her current bone marrow (each cycle of chemo makes it harder for her current bone marrow to do its job) and then an IV infusion of Esther's stem cells that were harvested back in January. She will then be in a closed unit for around a month while her system recovers. She will have essential no immune system during this time so she will be very susceptible to getting sick. This will be the most critical phase of her treatment. For this reason visitors will be restricted to healthy family members and healthy close friends. All of this should begin in about three weeks. Thank you for your continued prayers.
(There was a period of time here when we did not get news; surely the Travis family is in need of prayer.)
A HappyChristmas Update:
Thank you for all the notes you left us. I am so sorry we have not updated till now. Esther finished her third chemo and for the first time had NO serious side affects! Previously she would end up back in the hospital on high morphine doses a couple days after finishing the chemo - Praise the Lord none of that this time! It has been the month for blood transfusions (apx. 2 a week) and we did have a new twist this month, or should I say Esther did. Her abdominal biopsy incision opened on the inside forming a 3 inch hernia. We had to wait a week for her white blood count to recover before they could operate, due to risk of infection and inability to heal. Thursday morning her counts were up, they gave her another blood transfusion, platelets, and took her in to surgery. The surgeon expected to have to put mesh in but he didn't. He said her abdominal muscles were strong and there was no adhesions. Praise the Lord she came through strong. Last night she wasn't feeling to good but today she is feeling much better. Her eardrum also ruptured for no aperent reason this month. Pray that her ear drum and incision will heal with no complications.
What a blessing! We were all able to be together for Christmas. Esther spent the night before excitedly getting costumes together and preparing to direct her siblings in the first Travis children's Christmas play privately put on for mommy and daddy. Christmas evening we hosted a Christmas Party on the oncology floor for the families in the hospital and any others that could come. There was a great turn out. Every one received the Gospel and families were ministered to.
Thanksgiving News and a Picture! Thankful; yes!
Dear Praying Friends,
Received 09 November 2007 - Better news!
Here is the last letter from brother Adam, things are looking very good. They are in Oklahoma. God is answering PRAYER! Thank you for all you have done!
Dear Praying Friends,
Received 29 October 2007
Dear Praying Friends,
Today is Esther's 20th day in the hospital, and Lord willing this will be the last week she has to stay here in Cleveland. This morning showed that her white blood cell count was rising, which is a good sign that she will be allowed to be released in the near future. The side effects of the chemotherapy are very evident. She lost all of her hair this last week. We will not have any news of the effectiveness of her first treatment until we get back home.
Many have asked us if we have any needs and we can honestly say that our greatest need right now is prayer, not only for Esther, but for the changes that are going to have to take place in the lives of our children, family and our deputation. We do have a need for selling our rv and purchasing a smaller vehicle that I can complete deputation in.
Once again thank you for the outpouring of love and gifts, and just like Moses had to restrain the children of Israel from giving as they brought more supplies than were needed for the building of the tabernacle, so I have to say, Thank you but we just can't receive anymore toys or gifts, our cup runneth over! If you do desire to send a monetary gift or card please contact our home church,
Southeast Baptist Church
1402 S. Memorial Drive
The Lord bless you all, and I will keep you updated.
Sustained By His Mercy and Grace,
Adam and Jennifer Travis
Received 21 October 2007: (A note from her daddy and another update)
Dear Praying Friends,
I want to start out by conveying my family's appreciation for the great outpouring of love that you have shown toward my Daughter and Family. We have received countless calls, emails, cards and gifts, each one representing prayers of intercession on Esther's behalf. Thank you so very much.
Esther is now in what they call the 'maintenance' part of her first treatment. This is when the negative effects of the Chemotherapy begin to manifest themselves. The doctors expect a dramatic decline in her immune system along with other physical side effects such as losing hair, nausea, and sores in the mouth. Chemotherapy targets the fast replicating cells in the body, so along with the cancer cells; the hair follicles, and the lining of the digestive system are also effected.
As of this morning Esther's white blood count was at a zero which means she has no immune system to speak of. It will most likely take around two weeks for that count to come back to normal. Esther has very little appetite. If this persists she may have to be placed on a feeding tube. We don't want that to happen. She also has the signs of what they call mucictitus, which is where the mouth and digestive track begin to produce mucus that can make her very nauseated. Please pray specifically that her white blood count will rise quickly and that she will regain her appetite and that she will not develop mucictitus.
We will continue to keep you posted on Esther's Condition. God's Grace is very tangible.
In His Mighty Hands,
Adam and Jennifer Travis & Family
Another update 21 October 2007
I would like thank all of you that are calling and writing; it speaks of your concern for Esther Joy. We have been getting quite a bit of mail--the mailman commented to me about it today--and I thank you for it. We are receiving cards and letters from all around the USA and from around the world as well. KEEP IT UP PLEASE!
Esther Joy is still in OHIO. She will be in Ohio for at least a couple more weeks. Remember that her birthday is one week from today, October 26. So, please continue to send the cards, letters, and gifts to our address listed below. We take the pile of stuff up to the hospital every couple of days. It is a blessing to see your outpouring of love and mercy for this little girl and her family.
..... and this too:
Things are stable right now. Esther Joy gets tired and cranky from all of this at times. I would, too, if it were me. Esther Joy is moving around some, but she is weak from all the procedures. Jennifer has been able to hold her little girl which was a great blessing. They have done some tests and scans on her but there is not news on the results except that they found that she able to receive another treatment if the chemo does not work. Not every one is able to receive this treatment, so praise the Lord that she will be able if need be.
Her white-blood-cell count is almost down to nothing, and so the Travis family is not seeing visitors right now. A common cold could do great harm to Esther Joy. Adam & Jennifer are trying to stay healthy as well. This is a bad time as colds and bronchitis are common around here right now. Esther Joy has to be healthy before she can go back to Tulsa. She started to run a slight fever last night but, praise the Lord, her temperature was normal this morning and she did not have to have all of the antibiotics.
The Travis's have a plane to take Esther Joy back to Tulsa when it is time for her to go back. Thank you for all your concern and help in this area.
Please remember to pray about these things for Esther Joy:
1. She is in stage four of neuroblastoma cancer
2. She is still given 20% chance of survival
3. She is going to go through this process for at least a year.
Received 17 October 2007:
Please continue to pray for Esther Joy.
Here is a quick update concerning Esther Joy: she has been off chemo for a few days now and she is responding well. Tomorrow, she will go for a scan to see where the cancer is and how it is responding. She is moving around a little and she was even able to sit in her mother's lap. Her hair has not fallen out yet, but she has lost a little of it. The hospital wanted her to cut it off to make it easier, but that was very bothersome to Esther Joy as she "did not want to look like a boy." She is still nauseated and does not want to eat yet. One of the side effects of the chemo is dry skin, so they have been rubbing her down with lotion. Also, on the positive side, the fluid in her body is draining and her weight is only two to three pounds above normal. However, her white-blood-cell count, on a one-five scale (with 5 being normal), is now only two and is expected to bottom out soon. At that point, even a common cold would be dangerous to her as she will basically have no immune system. Also, please pray about her transportation back to Oklahoma when the time is right. The cost of medevac is extremely high, but there is one group that has offered to fly her back at cost. However, there are still complications that will need to be worked out.
I am including a picture of Adam and Jennifer Travis with Esther Joy and Jonathan that was taken while they were at our Missions Conference nine days ago.
PS Please help send birthday cards to Esther Joy. She will be five years old on October 26. Please do not wait until that day, the sooner the better. We will take them up every couple of days as they come in. We received a box with cards in it this morning and she will receive them tonight. She is a little girl and likes things that little girls like, but especially ponies and horses.
15 October 2007, I got this:
Esther Joy has been undergoing her chemo treatment for about 42 hours now. The treatment is running its course right now. Her stomach is upset and she does not feel like eating much as the chemo is making her nauseated. The doctors have said she will feel more like eating around the middle of next week.
Esther Joy has been having a problem with fluid retention, though she is now starting to lose some fluid. When she went into the hospital on Sunday she weighed 41 pounds; now, she is up to 50 pounds.
Please continue to pray for Jennifer as she is about 8 weeks pregnant and is concerned about the baby.
One more thing:
The Travis family uses an RV to travel on deputation to raise support to go to the mission field. Due to the current situation and the time and change of lifestyle associated with the recovery of Esther Joy, they need to sell the RV and purchase another vehicle. If you are interested or know someone that might be interested in this vehicle, please pass along these details.
The RV is a 1998 Ford Class C type
It has 45,000 miles, a v10 Triton motor, and is 31 feet long.
They would like it to continue to be used in the ministry.
They would like to sell for what they still owe on the vehicle, which is $21,000.00
PS Do not forget that we want to flood Esther Joy with birthday cards for her birthday. She will be five years old on October 26. Please send as many as you can. Please send them to our address:
Lighthouse Baptist Church
2222 Cleveland Rd.
Sandusky, Ohio 44870
The first word I had of this came on the 12th October 2007:
I am asking for you all to pray for a 4 yr. old girl, Esther Joy Travis. She and her family are raising support to serve the Lord in India. Last week we were with them in a missions conference, she became ill and they have found out that she is in stage 4 of cancer. It is in her bone marrow, has wrapped around her kidney, and also her aorta's going to the legs which has paralyzed her. She is in the Cleveland Children's Hospital.
The family and sending church is in OK. so they are far from family as well. This family needs pray. Dr's have given her only a 20% chance of survival. Mrs. Travis is also expecting at this time.
If it was your 4 yr. old, how hard would you pray? I will try to keep you updated as we know things.
Thank you so much.
Have a great day with the Lord!