I desire to depart and be with Christ, which is far better

Nevertheless to remain in the flesh is more needful for you.  Philippians 1

At the risk of making you dizzy on the roller coaster of my health updates, I am pleased to report that over the past two weeks a) my white blood cell count has dropped from 265,000 to 16,000.  (normal is around 10,000); b) I have been completely free of pain; c) my appetite has steadily increased; d) I am able to spend 6+ hours a day thinking, writing, consulting.

And, we’re going to New York (early Feb).  The doctor there is mystified by my new improvements and wants to see me in person before officially signing me on to the Prime study –part of the evaluation will include another bone marrow biopsy which may reveal that the system is starting to work again (only attributable to a miracle).  It may not, but, I can’t imagine why I feel better today than I have for eight months.

So, pray with thanksgiving today!

J Dan Small


  1. Dan, Rebecca and family, You don’t know me though we have shared smiles at church. Reading this post has pushed me make comment having kept up with your posts as this life experience has unfolded for you and your family. I herald your bravery in keeping this up. I look forward to each posting.

    > I’ve no doubt we are watching some pretty amazing miracles through your sharing. I pray you find writing these posts cathartic. I’m well aware of the enormous amount of effort it takes to have to think some days let alone to need to gather thoughts together so they will make sense when they hit the page. And so I give praise to The Lord for giving you that strength. I feel strongly that you are God’s vehicle for teaching us to look up, especially during the rough periods of life, to keep strong or stronger in our faith in Him. > I am so very elated at your latest set of miracles. Less than a month and you will be in New York. Bless you!

    In His light, Deb Norberg



  2. Praying with thanksgiving!
    There is none like You among the gods, O Lord, nor are there any works like Yours.
    All the nations You have made shall come and worship before You, O Lord, and shall glorify Your name.
    For You are great and do wondrous things;
    You alone are God.
    ~ Psalms 86:8-9 ESV ~


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