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It is Well

It is well.

Though on these MRI days it may not feel like all is well, The day is usually topped off with heavy traffic as we head home. This adds an extra dose of stress to the day.

People say scan days cause anxiety—they do.

But today, were surrounded by incredible peace. I am sure it was because we were surrounded by abundant prayers.

I looked up to realize there was hardly any traffic as we headed home. It was smooth sailing.

“It is Well” flowed out of the speakers and filled the silent car

The lyrics spoke directly to my heart.

“Grander earth has quaked before
Moved by the sound of His voice
And seas that are shaken and stirred
Can be calmed and broken for my regard

And through it all, through it all
My eyes are on You
And through it all, through it all
It is well
And through it all, through it all
My eyes are on You
And it is well, with me

Far be it from me to not believe
Even when my eyes can’t see
And this mountain that’s in front of me
Will be thrown into the midst of the sea

And through it all, through it all
My eyes are on You
And through it all, through it all
It is well
And through it all, through it all
My eyes are on You
And it is well, it is well

So let go my soul and trust in Him
The waves and wind still know His name
So let go my soul and trust in Him
The waves and wind still know His name” – Bethel Music

When we left our doctor’s visit last month with the news of new tumor progression and a new treatment plan, we were told to be prepared today’s MRI could show growth.

It did.

It’s minimal growth.

It is Well.

I could go into all the worse-case scenarios, medical jargon, and explanations, but that isn’t necessary here at this moment. Besides, there are many parts of this journey Jon wishes to keep private. So, we oblige.

The words “tumor progression” are always hard to read/hear. All things considered, we expected this, and given the alternatives, we left the doctor confident we were on the right track with our treatment.

Our doctor remains positive that we stay the course of our current treatment plan. I am grateful we have options in front of us, and we left the appointment mostly positive.

She is especially pleased with Jon’s progress in healing the effects of his stroke. A few weeks ago, I told Jon and the kids I couldn’t remember what his voice sounded like before the stroke altered both his voice and speech.

Last week, I told Jon I was so happy how much his speech had improved, and after mass on Sunday, I started to hear glimpses of the voice I used to know.

Today the doctor noted how thrilled she was with the improvement in Jon’s speech.

We talked about Jon’s walking—the doctor was impressed by the improvement there too.

Most days at home, Jon walks around without his cane. Sometimes he walks across the room with the KitchenAid mixer in one hand. We aren’t usually happy about this. But he loves to cook and contribute, so keeping this man from doing what he loves is hard. Don’t be surprised if he is found weeding the yard again this week. We miss spending our days outside weeding the garden together. I am grateful for the kids helping to manage this.

At the beach two weeks ago, he walked to and from the beach every day with his long wood walking stick.

There are so many things that I could share that Jon is doing now that he wasn’t doing last month, let alone last September—a longer/different blog post may be a better place for that topic.

But for sure, as we walked off the beach at sunset, we both were in awe that he was on the beach, never mind that he played paddle ball with Ian and won.

I am beyond proud of how hard Jon has worked and the innumerable ways he has been improving since his stroke almost a year ago.

It’s hard to believe we are coming up on a year since Jon’s surgery and stroke.

It’s hard to believe the kids are about to embark on their journey back to school. Oh, and the doctor said Jon is doing well enough to make the drive if need be. That is a huge win.

We talked with our doctor about many things—the kids, our slow summer, and how we have chosen to live life with brain cancer.

She believes we need to continue living the way we are—embracing the moments in front of us and living life one day at a time.

It is well. All will be well.

The easy drive home wasn’t the only grace we were given today.

Despite the many hardships on this journey, there are many bright spots. Our precious and beloved doctor’s word left the most significant imprint on our hearts today.

“In the last two years, you have endured many difficult things, but I can surely say there have been so many graces that I don’t see often. I can only attribute that to your faith.”

“But he said to me, “My grace is sufficient for you, for my power is made perfect in weakness.” Therefore I will boast all the more gladly of my weaknesses, so that the power of Christ may rest upon me.” -2 Corinthians 12:9

Thanks to each of you for your faithful prayers. We truly could not get through this without them. Thanks, Jen, for reminding me of this verse and for your faithful live prayers each day.

It is well, with me.

This is a long journey, a marathon, not a sprint. We are so humbled and grateful for the support we continue to receive in various ways on this difficult journey.

AMDG.

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