While We Journey On
What a great present this week: the biopsies taken a month ago during Claudette’s op revealed no lymph node involvement (phew!), and while there are some areas of concern, the doctor was optimistic. All this will mark the beginning of phase 3: a joint attack with chemo (once a week), radio therapy (5 days a week), as well as brachytherapy (1 off); all over a period of 5 consecutive weeks. The cumulative effect of all this will be felt towards the end of the period when very likely complications will be involved. And it all shall start in the middle of July. That should make for a summer holiday with a difference?! How a small thing can change so much and force one to learn to live with a different reality, albeit, a profound one!
Not forgetting the above present, we continue to be grateful for our little ones who are settling nicely in Muthill. Jason visited the primary school this morning and is excited to join in August, while Joshua continues to enjoy the small setting of composite classes, trading Pokemon cards, jumping over one fence to play with his mate Hugo most days and going to Aunty Dorothy (the other neighbour) to play with his good friend Finlay on Saturday evening. Oh, the innocence of youth.
Which brings me to the small things, which force us to adapt every now and again. As some of you will remember, I looooved riding my bike in my youth, which will explain why I found this video so compelling: https://www.youtube.com/watch?v=MFzDaBzBlL0 (go ahead and watch it!).
While all this may apply differently to a number of situations, we are grateful for your prayers and encouragement, as we learn to ride a different bike. Thank you for rejoicing with us, for laughing with us and understanding our struggle.
May you learn and unlearn, as necessary, on your own journey to a greater maturity in life and mastery of this life’s challenges!
May you never underestimate the struggles involved in other people’s efforts to adapt and change, and rather than rush to conclusions, support and encourage them!
May you accept that whatever our understanding on this side of heaven, it shall remain tentative, at best! But His presence by our side makes all the difference.
And may you keep riding your bike! As for us, we shall continue riding this backwards bike per ardua ad astra!