While We Journey On
The trouble with acronyms is that they are many times forgotten or easily mixed up. There is one, however, which we have prayed for, hoped for and worked hard towards – NeD – No evidence of Disease. Today, the doctors gave us the verdict: the latest scans show nothing to indicate the presence of any cancer in her body. This afternoon, Claudette was given the all clear – at least for now.
The past nine months saw her undertake chemotherapy, radical surgery and radio therapy; we have moved house twice, altered my job, weathered various other medical challenges, and the children changed schools; in spite of the unprecedented highs and lows experienced, we aimed for maintaining a sense of perspective. This was only possible with help.
We are grateful to:
We have made it through, with your help and are grateful for the part each one of you played as we travelled this road.
Where to from here?
Well, three things, for now:
Daniel Kahneman, in his ‘Thinking, Fast and Slow’, talks about research which indicates that ‘an effort of will or self-control is tiring; if you have had to force yourself to do something, you are less willing or less able to exert self-control when the next challenge comes …. and therefore succumb more quickly to the urge to quit.’
We shall do everything we can to reduce stress in order to give her body the opportunity to recover and prevent reoccurrence: control the cognitive effort, limit emotional stress, healthy conflict management, etc. Anything to avoid ‘ego depletion’.
This cancer has a reputation of coming back with a vengeance. Living in the shadow of such a reality, is living while knowing that the devil is sitting in the corner of the room (image borrowed from a good friend).
However, while we wait for the eternal reality of NED (No Existence of Disease), we embrace every day granted to us with NeD (No evidence of Disease) and are grateful for the gift. We continue to live with the knowledge that ‘nothing will be able to separate us from the love of God’. In a world of black and white, we rejoice whenever we see colours.
Until then, may you do everything possible to live a healthy life and enjoy it!
May you draw closer to God and others!
May you trust in His love and wisdom, no matter what you are facing!