Sunday, February 12
I realize this post will be out of sequence as my last one dates back to mid-January when Billy was about to begin Round 2.
My reason for journaling in real-time today is twofold...first, I had the kind of day today that inspires me to run (not walk) to my computer and, two, to ask dear friends and family for a very specific prayer.
Today we stand right in the heart of round 3. Billy was in the hospital from February 3-9, home recovering since early Thursday evening. We have had several
good days in a row here at home...not unlike the six days in the hospital this time around. I plan to give a more detailed account of this round in a future post but am so happy to share that this round looked and felt entirely different for Billy Boy. Still, the level of fatigue we're experiencing is unchartered territory for both of us and I must admit I crashed into this Sunday morning feeling like both my body and spirit would NOT recover for days. Thankfully, I sit here with "my cup" spilling over because this day was filled with things like...
recalling the sound of my mother's supportive voice last night on the phone
a cup of coffee from the machine Kimmie bought me when she was in town
crawling in bed with Billy Boy late morning for a cuddle
the happy sounds of our older sons pouring into the house to spend the day here at home
the lasting embraces from the Johnny, Andrew and Peter...one of which always ends in an affectionate tickle (#peter)
making Johnny his favorite eggs (#feta)
the sun in my eyes as I pull out of my neighborhood with John Mayer on the radio
Melina's bouncing ponytail as she happily runs into her dance studio for her Sunday rehearsals
Pushing PLAY CD and having the one Johnny made for me fill the car with sounds of an all-time favorite song (#Paintmeabirmingham)
Pulling up to the park to watch my husband and our five sons playing baseball on an unseasonably warm afternoon
Spiro's genuine joy for brother Billy as he plays his first hours on his new gaming computer (#Cal's Angels #wishcometrue)
Dancing with my husband in the kitchen to an old favorite for Melina (#Aha)
Visiting with a favorite old friend at Costco
FRENCH SILK PIE (#thevish)
Andrew (#lovememytechguy) uploading fave pics to our Post Hope site
Journaling before heading to bed with my heart filled with joy
It's been a beautiful day and I am feeling so grateful, peaceful and hopeful for what tomorrow will bring.
Billy Boy will be scanned on February 20 to determine the impact of his first three rounds of chemotherapy.
Doctors will be looking for at least 80% shrinkage of his tumors. I know everyone is so unselfishly praying for
Billy and our family. I would like to ask that you please specifically pray for THIS result...80% shrinkage.
We billieve in the powers of prayer and that God will shine his healing light on Billy Boy. We thank you all...
from the depths of our hearts...and will keep you posted in the coming days as Billy's recovery continues.
God Bless us EVERYONE!!