Well, here we are. The end of our trip. There is so much to be grateful for, so much to still chew on and think about. We are coming home at the end of the week, and it’s not a moment too soon. We miss home so much and are in need of the comfort and company it brings. Cancer treatment brings so many unknowns, sometimes familiarity can be therapeutical as well.
Here’s the scoop on where we are at with Daisy and her health; we are now in a waiting phase. Daisy’s treatment has gone according to plan, and so we wait. Our doctor in Israel has recommended that we wait 1-2 months to scan, as if you scan too early you could miss something. Most likely we will scan in early January. After spending 3-5 days a week in the clinic, this break from treatment is extremely exciting to us. Britt and I have decided to use this time to be peaceful, enjoying “normalcy”, the holidays, and seeing Daisy grow stronger. We will choose to relax our minds and souls and move ahead when it is time. Her doctors are unsure as to whether she will need more treatment or not, as there are still options for her. So for now, we wait.
Daisy is cheerful, and a total trooper as usual. She had been doing so well with her little workouts until, unfortunately, she had a little camel accident. We had the luxury of seeing our dear friends from the Mission (a church on the North Shore of Oahu) and were at a really cool place near Jerusalem riding camels and eating lunch. The camel behind Daisy’s came loping up to her and bumped into her camel, pinning her leg between a metal bar on the saddle and said camel. Poor Daisy got really hurt and couldn’t walk for two days. We took her in for x-rays but thankfully she just has bruised muscles, no broken legs. She had a setback in her strength building which is a disappointment, as I watched her little legs shrink even further. Right now she has “gotten back on the camel”, so to speak, (using her hurt leg) although I don’t think she ever wants to get back on a real one.
Please join us in prayer as we get back home and find a balance between continuing some of her treatments from home, waiting with peace, and being okay with yet more unknowns. We continue to hold tightly to each day we get with her, enjoying her wit and creativity, continuing to care for her body as well as her mind and spirit, enjoying the gift of all she is to us and remembering that today is all any of us have.
We count each of you as a blessing to us, and highly value your prayers. God has reminded us of that in funny ways. A couple of weeks ago we were on a hiking trail near the Dead Sea when a girl on the trail stopped us. ”Is that Daisy?” she says with a German accent. It turns out she had been praying along with her church in Germany, and we were so happy to meet more from her church on the trail. We laughed and hugged and thanked God that even in a tiny country in the Middle East on a hiking trail with Ibex and Hyrax and date palms He sees us and uses other to encourage us. So thank you, friends. In a rugged and intense time in our life you have been an agent of a sort of healing to us. Thank you to all of you who pray and love and encourage.
We are grateful to the doctors, and the incredible minds they have chosen to use for the good of people. We are grateful to be able to get a chance at healing with new methods that show promising results. We are grateful to have met amazing caregivers we consider our friends. We are grateful that as a family of four still we have grown as tightly connected as possible. We are grateful also, to be coming home.
Thanksgiving is coming. There is much pain in all our lives, much to lament over. But this time is set aside for thanksgiving. What perfect timing. Now is the time to give thanks. Now is the time to name and walk in the blessings we have, from your favorite sweats, to the sound of your favorite song; from freshly made salsa and chips to the love of family and the fact that we are all living free. Not all will be perfect in this earthly life, ever, but much is to be enjoyed; and all that is to be enjoyed is a gift from God.
Unless the Lord had helped me, I would soon have settled in the silence of the grave. I cried out, “I am slipping!” but your unfailing love, O Lord, supported me. When doubts filled my mind, your comfort gave me renewed hope and cheer.