Tuesday, January 05, 2010
Ten months ago, my dad was diagnosed with mantle cell lymphoma. For his two children, this seemed so frightening and worrysome. But he and my mom handled the diagnosis and coming treatments with ease and comfort. They displayed little concern, and I worried that they were either putting on a brave face for us, or just not really understanding the gravity of the diagnosis.
I was glad he was pursuing some great treatment options, as well as dealing with all of this in a way that honors God. John Piper's Don't Waste Your Cancer was helpful to us.
His treatment is progressing well, but we really have no idea what the future holds. He did several rounds of chemo over the summer and that went pretty smoothly. The month of December 2009 was spent at UCLA Medical Center where he underwent an autologous bone marrow transplant and INTENSE chemotherapy. He left the hospital on Dec 28, to stay at Tiverton House, a nearby convalescent-type facility. Yesteray, January 4, he was given the go-ahead to return home and resume his normal activities. He'll leave tomorrow (1/6) to do that. What a praise that all has gone so well! He was very sick for a couple of weeks, but He has kept faith that God is in control of it all. Even spending Christmas Day in the hospital, feeling nauseated, couldn't dampen their spirits.
And now, the good check-up meant that yesterday was a day that should have been filled with joy. However, it was also the day my mom received the results of her biopsy done last week. After 2 abnormal mammograms, the biopsy was ordered, and her cancer was detected.
I can't help but cry out to the Lord. This isn't how it was supposed to go. One cancer at a time, God! And yet, I know that I must trust! My mom told me the news this morning. I missed her call last night, so I called her on her way to work this morning. She said, "My body may be falling apart, but my soul and spirit are well."
I am stunned by my lack of faith. I may think that I trust God for the details of life, but how quickly I doubt His plan. I am focused on the temporal and not on the eternal. I worry over not being there to help my parents, but they are living daily with The Helper inside of them. We are not left alone by our Savior, and in that I take comfort today - for myself and for my two cancer-stricken parents.
Tuesday, September 08, 2009
Alison couldn't have been more anxious to start school! So, it's just a 2-day a week Pre-K class, but for Ali, it's the much-anticipated SCHOOL!
She posed for me with her princess backpack and new dress, courtesy of Grandma T! Then Luke and I dropped her off, where she eagerly sat down next to her good friend, Kendall, and got right to work on her peg board.
Friday, July 24, 2009
Monday, June 22, 2009
We were so glad to celebrate this special day with Dad!
I love my dad because... he helps me, he plays with me.
My dad teaches me... how to play video games.
What my dad likes to do with me: play exbox and play games.
Silly things about my dad: he makes silly faces.
I love my dad because... he takes me to dance.
My dad teaches me... to obey God.
What my dad likes to do with me: go to the pool with me.
Silly things about my dad: nothing. :)
We Love You, Daddy!
Sunday, June 21, 2009
Caleb experienced another food ingestion challenge last week. (We've already challenged his body with eggs and been completely successful! So eggs are now fully acceptable in his diet.)
This challenge was for peanuts! When the nurse brought in this whopping spoonful of peanut butter, I almost panicked. But then she dipped in the tongue depressor and pulled out a tiny bite, and I felt much better.
We did small bites like this every 10-20 minutes for almost an hour and a 1/2. The team closely monitored Caleb's responses. Within a couple of minutes of eating each bite, Caleb said his tongue was itchy and his throat felt funny, like it was tight. Not an extreme reaction, and they weren't too worried. We still don't want to have him eat peanut products, but we found out that he would be totally fine eating items that "may contain traces..." or that are "processed in a plant that also processes peanuts..."
SO MANY MORE FOOD OPTIONS! Yay!
And we'll repeat the test in a few weeks to see if peanut butter might even be okay.
As you can see, the process didn't seem to bother Caleb. He brought a book and was so engrossed, it was hard to interrupt him long enough to see how he felt every few minutes.
The result of a great test was a small bag of mini M&Ms for an after-dinner treat! Can you believe that's his first bag of M&Ms? What a deprived child!
Friday, June 12, 2009
Thursday, May 21, 2009
We headed out to "the country" last weekend for Tony's cousin, Daniel's, high school graduation party. The kids thought it was so cool to be going out where Grandpa grew up, and kept asking if we were "in the country" yet.
So, when you take the city kids out to the country, they love to swing from ropes. Little monkeys!