Naomi contacted me when she saw my post on facebook during breast cancer awareness month about doing a session for her family. It was not her that had cancer but her husband Ian was recently diagnosed with a rare form of Leukemia. He is 34. After many scheduling conflicts we finally found a date that would work around Ian’s chemo schedule. I am more than blessed to have met this family. I know God has a plan for them and he is doing great things. Here is their story in their own words. Pray for Ian that The Lord will bring quick healing to his body.
We are the Butlers! Ian, Naomi, Madelyn (10), Claire (2), and Baby Butler who is due to arrive mid-April 2014! Ian is a CPA (accountant) for a company in Bethesda MD. Naomi is an RN at INOVA Fairfax Hospital working just one nightshift a week. Madelyn is in 4th grade at Providence Elementary in Fairfax. She loves geography and art class, and she also takes jazz dance classes. She’s a talkative, bubbly girl, and is an awesome big sister. Claire is almost 2 and is a bright little girl – she can already say her ABC’s, count to 12, and sing 5 or 6 songs! She amazes us every day!
Ian was diagnosed with a rare form of leukemia called Acute Biphenotypic Leukemia (both AML and ALL) on September 21, 2013. This came as a complete shock to everyone who knows Ian – 34 years old, in great physical shape doing Cross-Fit heavily over the summer, never sick a day in his life, and no past medical history besides mild hypothyroidism. He had routine blood work done for a physical and immediately they found concerns and 2 days later instructed him to go to the hospital to be worked up for acute leukemia. There’s much that has happened since his initial diagnosis, but he is currently on round 3 of chemotherapy and due to the aggressive nature of this type of leukemia, he is looking to get a bone marrow transplant in early January. The transplant provides the only long-term chance of survival, chemotherapy alone is not enough.
We are graciously supported by our church family, Sojourn Church, and many friends and family who are constantly lifting us up in prayer. While this surprise diagnosis is scary and makes the future for us so uncertain, God has given us a peace that this is where He wants our family at this point in time and somehow He is working this out for our good and His glory! God is glorified when we are most satisfied in Him, and the Gospel is MORE than enough and MORE than we ever deserve, even when other things are taken from us. It’s all of grace, every good thing that we have, and through this we want to learn to take joy in God despite whatever we experience through this journey, and prove that we can live in the Spirit with true contentment despite whatever physical hardships that present themselves.
Even through everything they remember to have fun together. 🙂 I will be praying for you guys. Thank you so much for letting me be a part of your story.