Getting through the Christmas Clean Up and back in the saddle at work and school felt like swimming through quick sand in some ways. While we look forward to 2019 and have so much hope for miracles, success and lots of fun we felt a little weighed down by the enormity of what the new year could bring. We have a lot going on over here and fighting cancer on top of it takes a few deep breaths to take the next step into a new year.
We made time for lots of friends and family during the holidays and still didn’t get to see everyone. Brad dazzled everyone with his positive attitude, funny “but I have cancer” jokes and for a guy with cancer he is looking pretty darn good. With only one treatment in about 6 weeks he definitely felt the cancer creeping back in which equates to him feeling like crap. He is bright eyed and bushy tailed in the morning always but about 1pm he starts to wear down and if we have a busy day he’s headed for the chair or bed by 7-8pm at night. If you ask him he says he feels totally fine, isn’t tired and all is good. We know better but you’d never hear him say it unless it is a particularly yucky day.
Video 1: Brad loves making up silly songs about his symptoms and other cancer stuff.
Video 2: We all love spontaneous dance parties!
We have an appointment scheduled with the Nurse Practitioner on Wed 1/9 and treatment following. We don’t expect anything major and hope it is the smooth start to routine treatments as prescribed on 11/28 after his good scan. I saw someone mention a book about “being in limbo” and that is exactly what this is. You just take every day, new symptoms and tackle them. We continue to count every single blessing and are thankful for all of the prayers, meals, watch parties, holiday invitations, gift cards and food deliveries! I know when I make a good meal for him or even my newly famous Vitamin C smoothies I feel empowered to be helping heal him in some way.
We have started to fill up the calendar with kid activities and have several trips to St. Louis on the calendar. We pray he will be strong enough to do all of it and well enough to enjoy it. My biggest prayer always is for the kids…they have such a burden on their little hearts and minds it makes me worry endlessly. I pray hard and often about it and God tells me all will be ok. They are resilient and they are fighters and will succeed no matter what this life throws at them. People ask how I am doing and I feel like things are going pretty well, all the balls are in the air and I’m working as hard and fast as I can at work to keep the ship afloat. I can’t express how thankful I am for my awesome company, EccoSelect for supporting me without question–firstname.lastname@example.org (for IT job hunters). Brad’s company, BNC Mortgage has been so incredible to let him work from home when he can. I hope when Spring comes and people are buying or refinancing he will have a busy season of his own. He’s kept busy talking with customers and keeping his workload up to date. Here is the link to apply with him if you know anyone needing help with a mortgage loan: Apply with Brad Woods for a Home Loan Having the usual slow mortgage lending over the holiday season hasn’t been such a bad thing so he could rest, spend time with family and he especially enjoyed being the Christmas Elf getting everything put together.
I’m all over the place today, just feeling thankful, determined and hopeful. I see God’s hand and where he has maneuvered us through his plan over the last 12-24 months and while I always had faith it is pretty cool to see the wonderful re-directing he gave us. Even on the hard days I know he will guide us in places we couldn’t imagine with better blessings than our minds could dream. I’ll keep this blog updated as we move through the next few months and while we hope for a boring ride (no downturns) we certainly hope for some excitement too.
For those who have asked to help here is a link to our food calendar, I set aside Mon/Wed as designated sign up days but we are flexible. A text works too. https://my.lotsahelpinghands.com/community/teamwoods
*For the kids to stay strong, prosper, focused on school and enjoy each day right where they are in their lives.
*For all of us to stay healthy mind, body and spirit. Please no more injuries, they need to be rockstars.
*For Brad to stay strong, positive and funny as he fuels our strength.
*For God’s hand to continue to guide us through this treatment and bless us with the miracles of medicine and healing.
*For 2019 to be an inspiring year of growth and happiness for all we care about.
God Bless You all and Cheers to an incredible year ahead!