I'm so thankful for my husband's insight and perspective throughout our journey. This is what he posted on Facebook marking the anniversary of the beginning...
been a year. One year ago today in fact. Christmas Eve 2012. It started
out as just another Christmas Eve, but ended with a sense of worry and
One year ago today is when Terri's mom noticed the strange bump on Terri's neck.
The next couple of months were filled with what seemed like unending
trips to Tulsa for doctor's visits, scans, biopsies, and surgeries. Days
of waiting for results, and then finding out the news we were hoping not to hear…Terri has cancer...non-Hodgkin lymphoma.
We've learned a lot this past year. We've truly learned to cherish each
moment we have with each other, our kids, our family and friends.
Things like that happen when you're faced with your own mortality.
We've learned we don't know what the future holds…none of us do.
A verse I posted a few weeks ago has never been more "real"... more "alive" to us.
And He has said to me, “My grace is sufficient for you, for power is
perfected in weakness.” Most gladly, therefore, I will rather boast
about my weaknesses, so that the power of Christ may dwell in me.
Therefore I am well content with weaknesses, with insults, with
distresses, with persecutions, with difficulties, for Christ’s sake; for
when I am weak, then I am strong.
—2 Corinthians 12:9,10 (NASB)
We've also learned from friends who modeled how to handle a battle lost
to cancer with faith, dignity, strength, and grace. It seems strange
dealing with what we were dealing with and still feel like you don't
know the words to say to others. Thank God we have His Spirit to confide
in when the the words fail us.
We've grown closer as a family.
Our trust in God has been stretched like never before, but never
broken. We have been blessed like never before.
Thanks to all
of you who have prayed with us and for us. Thanks to friends for
providing meals and for shuttling our kids to and fro when we couldn't
be there. Thanks for the hugs!
In a week (Monday Dec. 30) Terri
goes back for another CT scan. A week after that (Tuesday Jan 7) we go
back to Terri's oncologist for the results. Would you shower us with
your prayers once more?
May God bless you all. Merry Christmas and Happy New Year!
I have been crucified with Christ; and it is no longer I who live, but
Christ lives in me; and the life which I now live in the flesh I live by
faith in the Son of God, who loved me and gave Himself up for me.
—Galatians 2:20 (NASB)