Praise the Lord for this news and thank you for all of the prayers! Amos had his MRI this morning at Duke followed by a meeting with his oncology team. The scan shows no recurrence of cancer and we are so grateful!
My initial reaction, after getting the “all-clear” from Will, who is with Amos today, is that of great joy, thanksgiving, and relief- of course. My second reaction is realizing how TIRED I am. No surprise there!! But still, a very real part of this whole journey. Trusting the Lord and praying for strength to face whatever outcome we are given is just plain old exhausting mentally, emotionally, and physically!
I’m extra grateful for the chance to carry on with life as it is now. It’s a strange kind of gift to be forced to realize how easily and quickly all the settled routines, securities, and joys of being together could be snatched away. I hate the bi-annual scan that literally throws our whole world up into the air for a day or so…but I’m also oddly grateful for the chance to recognize that this is all a gift. It is a gift to be at home with all of my children. It’s an UN-guaranteed privilege to break up fights, read stories together, clean up messes, and wrestle through the growing pains of parenting four different kiddos. I could just as easily be spending my days watching a completely different scenario play out in the hospital and I so easily forget that. I forget that all the time. But the Lord is gracious. And so today, even though I dislike all of these realities that surround Amos’s cancer, I’m thankful for the fruit of these trials and pray that I will forget less and trust more.
Thank you to everyone who prayed and reached out with words of encouragement, a meal, childcare, and offers of help! We have been so blessed by the support we’ve received this week! Thank you for showing us Christ’s love.
Kelli, Will, Amos, Luke, Sam and Phoebe
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