Friday, April 10, 2009

I'm not doing a very good job keeping the blog updated. :(

We got home late Monday night.....we were exhausted so it took a couple of days to get back in the groove!

Savannah is feeling pretty good except the surgery's still pretty tender.
We have an appointment today with the oncologist so he can keep up with her case and offer services if needed. While we are waiting for the till cells to grow, we are trying to get her on a treatment that she could take here at home. It's called Interleukin 2. It is the strongest treatment available right now with the least major side effects. She would have to be hospitalized for about a week while getting the treatment then released for a few weeks til the next round. This drug has the potential to shrink the tumors and possibly wipe out the cancer.
If the Interleukin 2 works there would be no need for the till therapy. They would then freeze the till cells to keep in case she ever needed them again. They can keep them for years.
This is where my prayer request comes in..... hospitals won't give the drug because so few insurance companies will pay for it. It's extremely expensive and they don't even offer it as a possible free drug from the drug company.
We need another miracle. I say - miracle - because dealing with insurance companies that don't care about human life......only money, are almost impossible to work with. Actually, I'm just praying for total healing so we don't even have to deal with insurance companies!!!!! :)

We would still appreciate your continued prayers. God has blessed us so much and we know He will continue.

We have been so touched and thrilled with all the phone calls, messages, emails, gifts, food and prayers from all of you wonderful family and friends and friends of's truly amazing! We're SO thankful for ALL of you. I'm just sorry I can't get back with everyone of you and tell you personally what you mean to our whole family. We love you!


  1. Hey family, we are praying for you all every single day.

    Also wanted to share this interesting link on Interleukin to share:
    Looks like it super-boosts the immune system so it will attack the cancer cells. That would be great!!

    Again, lots of love and prayers from all of us in Kansas City: David, Shelley and Drew.

  2. Patti, you have our understanding, sympathy, and prayers. We've all dealt with insurance companies. It is what it is. That's all I can offer on that note.

    Your faith is amazing and uplifting and inspiring.

    Our prayers continue daily for Savannah, Danny, you, Shelly, Bo, extended family, and doctors treating Savannah.

    Blessings heaped with love and many prayers for all of you.


  3. Patti,
    Just want you to know we are always thinking and praying for Savannah and all of
    you. I know this is very hard but you know God
    is with all of you and he heards all of our prayers. We love you guys very much!!!! And if there is anything we can do you know all you have to do is call. Your family is here for you. Love ya,

  4. Praying daily for the Dutton Darlings is a joy, I will continue. I love it that we are kept informed of the exact prayer request.Savannah is so blessed to have such a caring and loving family that is so positive and God based! Miracles happen every day! We will continue to be specific in our request. Lot's of love, Tanya

  5. God has blessed us with being your friends and I know if He loves us in that much detail how much more He cares when His children hurt and so many of us are touched by the Darling Duttons and the hurt you are going through that He will respond to the prayers with a positive answer. Glad you are home safe.

  6. Savannah and Family-
    You and your family are in our prayers daily and on every prayer list I know of.
    God is good...and He loves us so much!
    If there is anything you all need, please, please let us know! It would be an honor and blessing to do something for you!
    Love & Prayers, Joyce & Alton

  7. Patti and Family,
    After reading the above comments the most I can say is Ditto to all of them and add my support to you with my conviction that God does hear our prayers and answers them in ways that help us grow and reach out to Him. Stay strong and He will continue to carry you. If you need a helping hand, feel free to call Yvonne