Wednesday, December 22, 2010
Well, what a great year this has been for us! One year ago today was Vince's 13th and final chemo. He was scheduled to have 17, but he decided that he did not want to continue with the last four and it worked out for him. The decision was solely based on the mere fact that emotionally it was unbearable for him. The Oncologist wanted him to continue but couldn't tell us whether or not the statistics showed that there was a difference between 10 & 17 chemos and which one is "the magic number." They just don't know. For Vince it was enough, and the tests all showed great results which made the decision even easier. We, of course, completely trusted that God was giving all of us a peace about it and what a blessing it has been!
Vince and Mikemo have been living in the house that Mikemo bought for about 6 mths now, and Jim and I have been adjusting to the almost "empty nest" syndrome. It hasn't been easy, that's for sure, we just love them so much. Veronica still lives with us as does another wonderful young lady. Jim and I are still working in Real Estate and I took a part time job at Cornerstone Community Church as a Receptionist and I LOVE my job! It's amazing how God will bring blessings to our lives even though we don't really know which direction we are going. I am so glad that He guides us when we completely trust Him and knowing that He cares for us in every way is so remarkable.
A life threatening situation takes so much out of you, both physically and emotionally and the recovery time is very long. Your life is sort of put on hold until things settle down. Your complete attention and focus goes to surviving the situation and everything else becomes secondary. As I look back one year later, I had to read my own posts on this blog to remember what we were going through at the time, not that I forgot, I don't think you ever do, but just to reflect and ponder what has transpired these last few years. Life changes and not always for the better for some. I have been closely connected with the Cancer Community and I know there are many families that don't have the good news like we do to share.
Please keep your prayers going for those families to the right side of this blog. Many of them have lost their precious loved ones, mostly children, from this horrible disease. I am honored to be friends with many of them on Facebook and we are able to comfort one another through this life. Jesus knows their hurts and sorrows and He will not abandon them. I am so grateful. My heart hurts for them beyond measure.
I am so blessed to have another young woman (20 yrs old) that lives just a few miles from me, to walk alongside her as she is battling Lung Cancer. She is beautiful both inside and out and I know that God has big plans for her life. She has been in treatment for 3 mths now and has about 1 1/2 yrs left. It seems so daunting for her at this point, but I just encourage her to take one treatment at a time. God has it all planned out and it's no surprise to Him the outcome. Faith is the key. Vince has been a great comfort for her and I am so happy that he is in contact with her to help her get through this, too.
Veronica had foot surgery for the 4th time, this past Friday. She is doing great! Our Christmas Eve & Christmas Day will be spent with our kids, and we will celebrate without the big family party this year. We felt like it was time to soak up quality time playing games and eating homemade pizza! Haha! We just want to relax and have fun together. I want to laugh (hopefully my kids want to, too!.) Hahaha!
My friends, Tafi, Diane, Maria, & Erin have all finished treatments for Breast Cancer and are all doing great! Pray for Lizzie, she is 19 and just diagnosed with Lymphoma, just 1 week ago. Too many cancer patients to mention, but all are special and important and God knows each one.
Life goes on. Joy comes in the morning. God is still on the throne. I have peace. & joy and I am looking forward to one day being in the very presence of Jesus Christ, my Lord and Savior! Merry Christmas!
Where's The Line To See Jesus?
"Behold, the virgin shall conceive and bear a son, and they shall call his name Immanuel"(which means, God with us). Matthew 1:23