Monday, April 30, 2012

Bone Marrow Update & IT IS FINISHED!

Marty & my Favorite Prez
GREAT NEWS! Kim is finally done with her last chemo treatment and was discharged from the hospital today! After 42 nights in the is FINISHED! I'm so proud of her and thankful to God. It's been an amazingly difficult but blessed four months. Unfortunately, I was not even in town for this momentous occasion because I'm in Washington D.C. right now attending a GE Leadership Conference (with Kim's blessing). Normally, I wouldn't have even considered going, but there are things happening at GE with the bone marrow initiative and telling our story was the best way to keep the momentum going. Believe it or not, the theme of the conference this year is "Leading With Courage: Share Your Story". How appropriate.

When the cancer hit in January my company supported me in every way possible. They graciously granted me an extended medical leave so I could focus on taking care of Kim and our kids. And soon after, when I asked some senior leaders at GE for their help on raising awareness for the bone marrow issue they stepped up BIG. In just two short months they have managed to run four separate bone marrow drives in each of our Chicago area offices, and they are about to roll out bone marrow drives in all of our major offices across the country! I was surprised to find out that they had also included a flyer at the conference for each of the 700 attendees telling our story and informing them of the process. I even got to share our story with our CEO and it was great to hear from so many leaders from all over the country who are eager to help. I'm so thankful to work for a company that doesn't just care about the bottom line, but cares deeply about it's employees. It's exciting to see how quickly things are moving and by the end of this, hopefully, there will be thousands of new registrants - and if even one life is saved it will be worth it.

I flew in late on Saturday night and got to worship on Sunday with the good folks at ChristReformed Presbyterian Church. I have known the pastor and his wife (Skip & Bonnie) since they were in seminary in St. Louis, back when I was in high school, and they and their church (especially a couple named John & Charlene) have been so faithful in praying for us. Charlene was diagnosed with breast cancer about 3 years ago and had to undergo her treatment despite being 24 weeks pregnant. Amazingly, by the grace of God, none of the chemo drugs went through the placenta and the baby was completely fine and by the way, he is the cutest and brightest three year old you will ever meet. After their service I had the privilege (along with Charlene) of sharing our testimony with them and was so blessed to see old friends and make new ones.

God has been so good and we are so thankful to have a story to share of His goodness and even our struggles in our darkest moments. As I've said before, being a "witness" does not mean just sharing the gospel with non-believers. I think it means sharing with others what the Lord has done and is doing in your lives - good and bad. Psalm 105 has been on my heart a lot lately and I'm trying to be faithful to it's call...

Oh give thanks to the Lord; call upon his name; make known his deeds among the peoples! Sing to him, sing praises to him; tell of all his wondrous works! -Psalm 105:1-2

In His Grace,

Peter & Kim


  1. Rejoicing alongside you and so thankful for all of the ways God has showered His love on you over the past 4 months!

  2. Awesome Peter! God is good.

  3. YAY for Kim who is done!! What an amazing opportunity to go share your story! Totally can see God's hand through this all!

  4. So happy to know chemo is done! Praying for renewed strength as your body recovers.

  5. Praise God for his wonderful work in others. Hope you planted some seeds in fellow APA members at the National Meeting.
    Praying for strength and healing for Kim this week.
    Let me know the outcome of the donor drive at the National Meeting.

    Take Care,

  6. Rejoicing and praising God with a thankful heart!!

  7. God had a plan for you and your family. Thanks for all your work and the blessing you continue to share. Praise the Lord for Kim and continuing to pray for her to get stronger!

  8. Hi, Peter,

    Glad to hear you share at the APAF meeting this weekend. Cancer is really tough. I shared about my nephew, Tyler, on a GE Works video and how we was blessed by GE equipment even though he eventually lost his battle to cancer at the age of 5. His parents ended up coming to know Jesus, though, through all of this and for that, we are grateful amidst the sadness.

    Really glad the Chicago hub stepped up to help you and Kim in time of need. The APAF team at GE can be so wonderful . I am always amazed at how they pull together with such a great desire to serve and make life better!

    Sorry I couldn't meet you live while in DC but perhaps the Lord will allow our paths to cross in the future.

    Blessings to you,

    Rich Eng
    GE Healthcare