Update Thirty-Nine

Dear Friends,

We have finished this stay in Seattle!  On our last weekend, we attended the Nutcracker and had a most wonderful backstage tour.  Thank you, Jessika!!!  We’ll try to post a few videos on the website.

And, most importantly, Christina had her last radiation on Tuesday!!!  There were many goodbyes, pictures, and hugs.  There was a tongue in cheek suggestion that she should make a commercial for UW radiation department.  “Come have radiation here.  It’s a breeze.”  I feel strongly that the “It’s a breeze” part is directly related to your fervent prayer on behalf of Christina.

In our last meeting with Dr. Rockhill, I asked under what circumstances we might see him again.  So—-we talked through, once more, all the future possibilities.  (I just want to make sure I have all my facts straight.)  On my way home, I pondered the possibilities–chemo, surgery, gamma knife, radiation implants, etc.  My prayer went something like this.  “Lord, I am very tired.  I don’t think I can walk through any of those things.  Could we just be done now?  Could Christina just be well?”  I then reviewed in my heart the sense of God’s presence at every moment, the strength He gave to walk through every challenge, the friends to help carry the load, and every need generously met.  My heart rested again in the adequacy and care of our incredible God.  If He was so present at every turn in the last 3 months, then He will be present at every other challenge in the next phase of life. I’m back to that great verse in Isaiah, “You will keep in perfect peace him whose mind is steadfast, because he trusts in you.  Trust in the LORD forever, for the LORD, the LORD, is the Rock eternal.”

As the mom, I have to say that it was a little hard to part ways as she drove to Portland and Doug and I headed to Port Angeles.  We have been together for 3 1/2 months and I wasn’t at all sure I could cope with the regular demands of every day life and not know how she was doing every minute of every hour.  So far, I think I have only called once a day to see how she’s doing.  Christina, on the other hand, was so ready to get home and feel normal–to not be a cancer patient at the hospital.  She wanted to wake up in her own bed, have more time with Linsey, with Ryan, with all the great friends in Portland.  I long for her to enjoy many, many days, weeks, months, years, of normalcy.  Well, it’s normalcy with a twist.  She has a story to tell, a story to live, a message of life and hope and strength and power.  She has a story of the adequacy of Jesus in the midst of trial.

So, what’s next?  She has an MRI on December 27th and then a meeting with Dr. Chamberlain in Seattle on January 4th.  He will try to interpret the MRI (apparently post radiation MRI’s are hard to interpret) and determine the next course of action.  What we want to hear is “You look great.  See you in two months for another MRI.”

Thank you so much for walking with us as we journey through this long, unfamiliar territory.

Much love,
Jo Dee