It’s been a bittersweet few days. If you read my previous post, you know that life as my family knows it has changed, quite dramatically. My sister is facing a battle with cancer, and we are all in “gear-up” mode right now. Allan and I are heading to CA tomorrow to be with the rest of the family, so we can all gear up together.
I spoke to my sister on Monday morning. She was getting ready to head out the door with her bestest friend from childhood. They were heading to Trader Joes to do some “healthy, nutritional, tofu” kind of grocery shopping, since the doctors have recommended she make some changes to her diet. We laughed as we talked about how she was being thrust a little unwillingly back into a diet like that of our childhood, because everything she eats from now on is going to be HEALTHY. (Our mom was a health-food nut back before it was COOL to be a health-food nut). No more sugar. No fatty foods. Lots of fruits and veggies. Yeah, she’s in for a bit of a change, and that’s putting it mildly. (If you don’t know my sister, you wouldn’t know that she is the QUEEN of chocolate covered strawberries, yummy deserts, and delish casseroles… and she loves her candy!) But thanks to friends like Stacie, she is facing the new dietary changes with strength, a little laughter, and lots of support.
Sarah and I talked for a minute about the new hairstyles we’ll be getting on Friday. It was recommended that she get her hair cut so it’s less traumatic later if and when chemo starts to take effect. Just as she had someone to go shopping with, she won’t be going alone to that hair appointment either. Other friends have offered to go along, and get their hair trimmed too, and I jumped at the chance to go along. More support. Sarah signed up for a website where you can upload your picture and see your face with hundreds of hairstyles. She asked me to upload my picture too, so we could decide on my new hairstyle. More laughter.
I’ve been getting email from the most unexpected places. Phone calls from friends who have heard and wanted me to let Sarah know they are praying. More support. More encouragement. More love.
It’s hard NOT to be thankful today. God is GOOD, and by his grace, Sarah will be victorious.
May God Bless You And Yours…
And if you have something you are thankful for today, please think about leaving a comment here or at Laura’s blog… or write a blog post and link up so we can read and comment right back.