Graduation

Thank you Father for your faithfulness and for walking with us. Thank you all for your continued thoughts and prayers.

It seems that I am getting into blogging every other week instead of weekly, probably the busyness of the days.

We all made it to our third son’s graduation from high school in Seattle, two weeks ago. It was a joyous occasion for sure. We are proud of his accomplishments. It was a tiring day for Theresa and bitter sweet as she couldn’t stop from thinking she wouldn’t be at our daughters graduation in 4 years. At least, that is the view we have currently, as God could do another miracle. She went to bed that night and slept until 3pm the next day, throughly worn out.

With the help of family and friends, our son’s graduation party last Saturday went off well. He had his graduation party with two of his lifelong friends. Theresa and the kids made some of the treats and Theresa directed decorating for an hour and was able to stay at the party for an hour before going home to rest. We are thankful to all who helped put it on and came to the event to make it a success.

Theresa hasn’t had really any good days between chemo any more. She hasn’t been on the treadmill for a few months. She has more abdominal pain and esophageal pain – all side effects from the chemo. In addition she is now off the prednisone for the inflammation around her heart, so she has been experiencing more chest pain. At times when the intensity is high, it is wearing, causing Theresa to tear up. But if she can get it under control, her perseverance returns. She is tired more too, made worse by dehydration. She wasn’t aware that she had gotten herself dehydrated, but this past week she was getting weaker, more tired and lightheaded when she stood up. She was given a bag of IV fluids with her chemo which actually perked her up. The esophageal spasm and pain and resultant abdominal pain when she drinks limits her taking in fluids. Hopefully she will be able to keep up on her fluids so this isn’t a recurring problem.

Despite the struggles there are good times. There are still back rubs, smiles, at times laughing, good conversations, and the comfort of companionship. It is so much nicer and peaceful to have another person in the room with you. Yes the process is painful, yet we learn so much about ourselves, our family, and our God. We are thankful for all the support, thoughts, and prayers from all of you in this time. Our hearts overflow with gratitude for the blessings we have received in our current circumstances. God is faithful, He is true, He is to be counted on, and He does provide Himself. We rely on His peace and comfort, on friends and family, and on the hope realized.

Victor Frankl wrote “Despair is suffering without meaning”. Philip Yancy writes “I begin with the biblical promise that suffering can produce something worthwhile in me…in Romans 5 Paul mentions perseverance, character, hope and confidence. “How does suffering accomplish these?”…It produces perseverance or steadiness, by slowing me down and forcing me to turn to God; it produces character by calling on my reserves of inner strength.” Finishing his thoughts – hope, focusing on the assurance of things to come and confidence in the only rock on which we can stand – the ONLY sure thing.

Thank you for walking with us and for your prayers. May you have a blessed week.

Comments

  1. Debbie O'Connor says

    God bless you all. I’m so glad that Theresa was able to attend graduation. I will continue to pray for her quality of life and the making of many more milestones. Thank you for the updates.

  2. Kathy Spencer says

    Thanks for yet another update Paul. I am so thankful for the answers to prayer for Theresa being able to be present for the graduations and am now praying for the 25th anniversary and beach trip, and for continued miracles of healing. I am so sorry that such a sweet person as Theresa is having to go through so much in the way of physical trauma. I know it is very difficult as a Physician to oversee and try to be sure that she gets the best care, and yet as her husband to see the woman you love go through so much pain. Prayers are there for you too.

  3. Mitch Dietz says

    Paul I’m so thankful Theresa was able to celebrate Matthew’s graduation. I know it meant a lot to her. I’m praying for God’s presence to wash over you and Theresa and your family. That you will experience small miracles everyday from God. Thank you for keeping everyone informed and for your authenticity. Much love and prayers!!

  4. Dan and Nancy Duffy says

    We continue to pray for you and your family at this very stressful time. Though we always don’t understand we can be assured that God is in control and we can count on him for strength, comfort and peace. God’s blessings on your family.

  5. Candace Horch says

    I continue to pray daily for more miracles…our God is able! Theresa and all of you are remain in our prayers.

  6. says

    I continue to keep Theresa, you Paul and all of the family in my prayers. During these difficult times my heartfelt caring, blessings and love pour out just knowing how much this sweet, special person has and is enduring. God’s love for her continues to give her enough strength to keep her going which is overwhelming to me. Our God is so awesome, I pray His presence will continue to bless all of you

  7. Dianna and Rod Samuelson says

    God bless you. You are dear to us, and we keep you in our prayers. We are happy Theresa got to be part of Matthew’s festivities. Prayers continuing. ♡♡

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