David Burge Updates

David Burge updates his journey with leukemia

A Set Back

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The consultant rang us: there was some sort of muck up because we were never told about the appointment. I knew it was bad news because he asked if I was there and whether we have a speaker phone, which we do.

The results of the bone marrow biopsy showed cancer cells, this means that Dave is no longer in remission. An earlier bone marrow biopsy after some treatment in December showed David in remission. There are no cancer cells in Dave’s blood yet.

The consultant has made a treatment change: Dave will go in this week for aggressive chemotherapy. The bone marrow transplant has been delayed until they can Dave into remission. This particular variety of acute leukemia is very hard to treat and is usually harder to get back into remission.


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March 29, 2010 at 3:34 pm

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  1. Will be praying for you all through the chemo. Thank you for keeping us up to date, I don’t often post but I do follow.


    March 29, 2010 at 3:40 pm

  2. Just after I got this news this song played on my iTunes:
    (an expansion on Romans 8:28)

    ‘For the Good’
    by Shane & Shane.

    When darkness is surrounding me
    by Your Spirit, Lord help me sing
    that You are working all things out
    Lord, I really need to hear you speak
    Remind me in the waiting
    that You are working all things out

    For the good of those
    who are called by You
    for the good of those
    who are in Love with You
    That’s why we sing

    Holy God of light
    I lay down my life
    Holy is the Lord
    Even in the storm be glorified

    We like to take the blessing from You
    Shall we not take the trouble too
    You are working all things out
    We like to take prosperity
    Shall we not take the suffering
    You are working all things out

    Holy are you Lord
    even in the storm
    be glorified
    Worthy of affection



    March 29, 2010 at 4:09 pm

  3. So sorry to hear this. All our love to you. Thinking of you at this difficult time and praying for you.

    Much love,
    Aunty Linda, Uncle John, Ann, Adam and the kids.

    Auntry Linda and Uncle John

    March 29, 2010 at 4:10 pm

  4. Hi Tarnya and Family, Sorry to hear about the setback We are all thinking of and praying for you all
    Pete and i are only to happy to help you, please tell Dave we are especially thinking of him.
    Keep up the good work Taryna we admire you. You have such a gracious family. Love to all Pete, Raewyn, Brian & Sarah.


    March 29, 2010 at 5:27 pm

  5. So sorry to hear this news.



    March 29, 2010 at 8:07 pm

  6. Hey David and Tarnya,
    We too just want to you to know that you guys are constantly on our prayer list. We have no comprehension of what you are going through but we do care. Thanks for keeping us up to date.

    With love from Herbert and Jane

    Herbert and Jane McMullan

    March 29, 2010 at 10:24 pm

  7. Not being a Biblical Scholar this is the only relervant passage I could find to help you both at this time . Dad
    Isaiah 53:4-5
    Surely He has borne our griefs And carried our sorrows; Yet we esteemed Him stricken, Smitten by God, and afflicted. But He was wounded for our transgressions, He was bruised for our iniquities; The chastisement for our peace was upon Him, And by His stripes we are healed.

    Tarnya's Dad

    March 30, 2010 at 6:44 am

    • Amen!!! He healed our eldest son of A.L.L. in answer to the prayer of God’s people and because of His awesome Grace/unmerited favour!! – using medical science.

      Kathryn Boyd

      April 24, 2010 at 3:34 am

  8. We worship a God of miracles and we are praying for one for you!
    James (10) has prayed every night for 10 weeks that more survivors would be found after the Haiti earthquake. A couple of weeks ago i told him (shame on me) that he should stop that noone could survive this long. He kept praying each night- said he had to before he could go to sleep. Yesterday a man was pulled out of the rubble ALIVE! Yay! We need to have faith like a child!
    You are in our thoughts and prayers…
    Love and BIG HUGS

    nicky waddell

    March 30, 2010 at 6:53 am

  9. Though the rope be slippery and it’s hard to hang in there. Tie a love knot to JESUS at the end….it really helps then to hold on, as did for me a long time ago. Am away for Easter at my cottage in Pauanui with some senior local ladies, and we will especially make a point of praying for you. I loved the song based on Romans 8, “For the good”. May you be strengthened by “The Word of God” daily.

    Juliette Urquhart

    March 30, 2010 at 12:19 pm

  10. So sorry to hear this news.

    Thinking of you guys, praying for healing.

    God bless, Vanessa


    March 30, 2010 at 3:24 pm

  11. Continuing to think of and pray for you all. Will pray especially at early am prayer meeting tomorrow and put another message through the prayer chain.Ps 18, Ex15:26, Ps 6, Ps 30:1&2, Ps 103:1-4, Isa 53:5 Jer17:7, 8&14, 1Peter 2:24b.

    Kathryn Boyd

    March 31, 2010 at 12:17 am

    • Thank you for all your prayers and encouragement to us
      Love Tarnya


      April 26, 2010 at 12:32 pm

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