Wednesday, December 31, 2014


So, here we are.  At the hospital.  It's been a fitful night, my wife in a hospital bed that never seems comfortable enough.  Me, on a hospital couch that I wish were a foot longer. 

Sleep comes in small increments, interrupted by machinery that only beeps because it's supposed to.  Machines don't care that we can't sleep.  Nurses and doctors come through, each with their own important part to play.  X-rays, vital signs, medications, and promises to be back.

Recently, my wife was diagnosed with stage 3 breast cancer.  So now, we embark on yet another journey.  This is certainly not the one we would have chosen, but it is the one for which we have been selected.  Breast cancer is one of the most treatable types of cancer so we are full of hope.  Moreover, we believe in the sovereign will and healing power of God, so we are full of faith.  We hold hands and we walk together.

Which brings me back to the present.  Sometimes the routine becomes less so. The common gives way to the rare and the rare suddenly becomes real.  Procedures that are supposed to be simple turn into complications and a short outpatient office appointment turns into a third day in the hospital.

It's a clear reminder that each case is different and nothing can be taken for granted.  We don't know what the future has in store.  We know it will involve a fight, so we are gearing up.  Again.

Sometimes, it's easy to get tired.  Unemployment, destruction of a business partnership, (almost) loss of a house, going from two vehicles to none.   There's never a good time, but this seems to be the worst time, but this is when cars break down, I miss days at my new job, and we have to give up activities we love.  

But it is a process.  One that we will walk together.  Discouragement can be a quick companion.  But then, life gets serious and we get mad.

You see, this thing ... this we will fight.


Graybeard said...

I'm terribly sorry to hear this, and offer prayers for you.

I hope it's encouraging that my wife is a survivor of breast cancer going on 18 years. It was advanced stage 2, not that different than your wife's, but it sounds like you have immediate problems not caused so much by the cancer but the treatments.

All our best to you two.

dorfer21 said...

I hope and pray for a full recovery.

This should be a reminder to all who read the comments that we are not promised anything. Everything is a gift from above and should be given thanks and cherished, especially once you find your soul mate.

Reg T said...

Love will make every moment as important and as valuable as the next. It sounds as if you both already know that. My best wishes for you both.

Bob S. said...


Our thoughts and prayers are with your wife and yourself at this time.
Please do not hesitate to contact me ( I'll give you my cell number.

Been through that with my beautiful bride nearly 5 years ago. I wish I could tell you this will be easy but I can't. I can tell you that God will see you though and make all things come out for His good.

Bob S.

Daddy Hawk said...

Prayers your way.

Jennifer said...

Prayers for strength on your journey.

Old NFO said...

Thoughts and prayers for y'all.