Firstly, how are you all? We think of you often, and of the journeys in life that we have made together which have crafted a special place in our hearts for you and yours. We thank God for your friendship and input into our lives.
Ideally, we would have so loved to have this conversation with you face to face, but either geographical distance, the craziness of life, or time frames beyond our control mean this is our only way for this communication. We value you, and ask for your love and prayers for our family.
Bernadette has been diagnosed with a rare blood cancer called (Multiple) Myeloma. It’s where the white blood cells multiply unusually, releasing too much protein into your bones, and this then crowds out the normal blood cells and their helpful processes. We have known of this for a while, and she has been receiving medical advice and attention, and we have, until now, been able to monitor the condition mostly as is. We have only just recently told our children (July 2018), which had been the major reason for holding it so closely. Without the love and prayers of family and a few friends who have helped us to ‘hold’ this news, it would have been even more difficult. However, it is now time for Bernadette to begin the treatment stage, and this means allowing more people into our journey: not an easy thing to do.
You can imagine we are clinging tightly to the Father God, and have indeed already seen the way He is covering us and providing for us. We pray fervently for Bernadette’s healing and ask that you would join us. We know without a shadow of doubt that there is nothing and no-one that can take even one moment away from her that God has already planned. We wait and worship. We have hope! Our God, and His love for us, is awesome!
Psalm 27: 13-14 says this
“I am still confident of this:
I will see the goodness of the LORD in the land of the living.
Wait for the LORD; be strong and take heart and wait for the LORD.”
Bernadette will be beginning a treatment phase that is likely to span the next 8 months: January 14th sees her start with weekly chemo for 4 months, then after that, Stem Cell collection over a week or 2, then further chemo, and finally a 2-3 week stint in hospital to receive the stem cell transplant. Phew!
This theoretical outline is about to become very real for our family and we ask for your prayers as we walk this new normal for a while. Everything will probably look very different: There are many unknowns: Bernadette’s physical response to this medication; how we do the juggle of Robb having to step into even more in the home/family realm as well as his work; Kahrie starting University; Lachlan, Eliana and Jenna with school, and all the ways we do friends, sports, life events that our whole family is entwined in.
However, this we do know-that none of this comes as a surprise to God, and that His word says that He promises that He will provide a way through for us.
Would you ask God to cover, strengthen and tend to us all, especially our children, as we seek to walk this the way He is asking us. And to believe with us for our Heavenly Father to provide a pathway of healing: whether it be miraculous, medical, moment by moment, or a combination of all of them!
We have joined this PostHope site to help us to facilitate communication and updates as we go along. We LOVE hearing from you all but depending on what is going on we may not be super quick to reply, so this will hopefully give you a way to stay close. This site gives you the option to simply read along and post and/or follow the page with an account and receive updates as you choose. You can also open your web browser and go to the site, press the share button (which looks like a square with an arrow coming out of the top) then select add to home screen and this will give you an icon (link) for your phone screen (like an app).
Here is the link to the site: https://posthope.org/savvy-scenarios
Praying for you all as you go into this new year. With all our love and blessings,
Robb and Bernadette,
Kahrie, Lachlan, Eliana, and Jenna.