Can it possibly be here already? I am nearly in tears just thinking about it! The victory has been ours for quite some time, but the journey has been long and has taken its toll. We are tired. We are ready to get our lives back. But more than anything we are thankful.
On Monday, Caleb was featured on the GHSU Children’s Medical Center web pages, Facebook page, and throughout the TVs in the hospital. This month is Childhood Cancer Awareness Month and GHSU featured Caleb as their survivor of the day! What hit me the hardest was one of our good friends that posted a note on my Facebook page where I linked to his photo. She said, “SURVIVOR is such a beautiful word!!!!!!!!”
That has been my focus these last couple of weeks – my son is a survivor. That is a powerful word! Our words have power. Proverbs 18:21 says, “Death and life are in the power of the tongue. And those who love it will eat its fruit.” If you have followed us for any length of time, you know that I have been adamant about our words. We have been careful of what we say. I was talking to a friend one day and referred to “his (Caleb’s) tumor.” Caleb interrupted me and reminded me that it was not HIS tumor. It was THE tumor. I’m glad he gets it. What the enemy intended for our destruction, God has used to empower us.
I was asked if Caleb was “in remission” this week. I have never liked the word, remission. Even years before we walked this journey, I never liked it. To me, it makes it sound like cancer is just waiting to pounce back on the person. I’m sure it would like to do just that, but Caleb is not in remission – Caleb is healed! The enemy has been defeated! And that disease will not be coming back on my household ever again.
We are done with chemo for this week. We go into the hospital next Tuesday for our last 5 days of chemo! We will go to the clinic weekly after that for a month, and then once a month for counts and to flush his port. After six months, the plan is to have the port removed and then we will go back once every three months for scans and tests for a while.
We still need your prayers. There are still decisions to be made as to how we progress from here. We have been concerned about the medical bills that we have, but we are believing for God to provide – He already has! We are so thankful for the gifts that have been given to help out. When it looks like there is no way, God has provided a way. Somehow, we have not missed a meal or missed a bill. It doesn’t make sense on paper, but our God is able to do more than we can imagine! He has shown His faithfulness in so many ways.
The boys are doing online public school through Georgia Cyber Academy. We are planning on continuing that unless something else opens up, which means I will still not be able to work full time. Last August, Holly and I made the decision for me to stay at home and school the boys. It was not what I wanted to do, but we felt strongly that it was what we were supposed to do after praying about it. Just a few weeks into the school year, we found out about the cancer.
Even though we did not understand it (and I really did not like it), God knew what was ahead for us and was guiding us. He did not bring the disease on Caleb – Jesus Himself said that the thief (satan) comes to kill, steal, and destroy. But He knew what was ahead for us and knew the ending before it ever even began. It worked out perfectly for us; thanks be to God.
Thank you so much for your prayers and support. We can really feel the Lord working through your agreement and standing with us. This next week is going to be a tough one, so we really covet your prayers this week. I am playing with the Augusta Players for “Hairspray” next weekend and have rehearsals every night next week while Caleb is in the hospital. I considered backing out when the last hospital stay was postponed to the week of the gig, but Holly insisted we could work it out. The extra income is really needed right now and I don’t need to be turning away opportunities to work.
I have updated the Mealtrain website for those that have asked about helping. We are going to need some help next week! Holly will be driving to Augusta after school each day and then driving back home later that night when I get done with rehearsal. It is going to be rough on all of us, so we appreciate the offers for help and may take some of you up on those! Thankfully, this will be the last week of these trips with trying to work out meals and spending extra gas money. Like I said before – God is good! We just have to get through this one more time. We are finally about to cross the finish line and it feels wonderful!
Psalm 37:23 “The steps of a good man are ordered by the Lord, and He delights in his way.”