"Praise be to the God and Father of our Lord Jesus Christ, the Father of compassion and the God of all comfort, who comforts us in all our troubles, so that we can comfort those in any trouble with the comfort we ourselves receive from God," 2 Corinthians 1:3-4
Friends, at our review of the MRI on December 5, 2013 we learned that Eli has
relapsed. It is early, but nevertheless the cancer is back. As of right now he
is scheduled to begin experimental treatment Wednesday, so with an ice storm
threatening Memphis I came immediately home so that Eli could have a few days
at home before being torn away – again. So, I did not hang around for a lot of
details. The cancer is basically just little dots spread out, it is not a solid
tumor pressing on anything, so he shows no signs and feels really good. He
knows. He asked me later in the car on the way home what the doctor and I were
talking about and I told him that the cancer was back and he would have to do
more chemo. He said “Awh, just gwate!” Unless there has been a new word
created, I am feeling every word anyone at any level of intelligence can think
of that means sad, scared, mad, devastated. But, when you think of a word
within those definitions, just put it in all caps with rows of exclamation points…
and shake an angry fist, too.
Enjoying a Friday night out.
I don’t have time to write a lot now; the house
is a wreck from where we were trying to prepare it to sell, so I need to get it
in order so that our “elves” have an easier time of taking care of my family
while I am gone – again. Plus, I have lots of reading to do about relapse. I
had done some, but the further we got from diagnosis, the less I did and the
less kids I followed.
Eli's class on Superhero Day.
But, before I sign off, I want to make a brief plea that
you share the news of this with your kids carefully. A sad day is coming. Their
hearts are tender and their pleading petitions to our Creator are genuine, but
as children they can’t comprehend the complexity of prayer. So, prepare
yourself to hold the sails steady as we battle through this storm. We want to
gain souls through this trial, not lose any before they can see the whole
picture. I will share details as they develop, but as of right now, Eli will go
to school on Monday, most of Tuesday, and I think we will be admitted on
Wednesday (I’m not yet sure if that means we travel on Tuesday or if we travel
on Wednesday. Traditionally, they check you in at night for fluids, then they
begin chemo the next morning, but he will have to have a port placed, so I have
not heard when that would be done.)
Your prayers are our strength right now.
Thank you for sharing Eli so that we have as many prayers as possible knocking
at the doors of heaven.