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.