Tuesday, December 8, 2009

Waiting For Tomorrow No More...

*I LOVE this picture done by Marissa Noe of Jordan and Tim! She did such a wonderful job! Thank you so much , Marissa!

I suppose that by now you know tomorrow has come and gone!

My last post, Waiting For Tomorrow, was the day before Tim was going for his CT scan. Tim did indeed have his scan on Tuesday, December 1st.
From first peeks at the scan it appeared that all was well and yesterday that was doubly confirmed by Tim's oncologist, Dr. Arnold. Can we ever begin to explain the joy and thankfulness that we feel? What a way to start "the most wonderful time of the year"!

The time leading up to the scan is like holding your breath...for a long time. It's a squeezing feeling of your heart and mind as you wait. When the news comes it's like being able to inhale deeply to restore your life. Indeed, in many ways, it has restored our life.

Tim will have another CT scan in 4 months. Then, providing all looks good, he will have a CT every 4 months for the next year. After that it is every 6 months for two more years, then once a year till year 5. With cancer 5 years is the magic number. At year 5, if all is well, they give you the boot! That is our dream right now.

We go into this Christmas season with a much different circumstance than last year. Almost a year ago now (on December 23) I sat in the waiting room of the hospital while Tim was having a biopsy that, in the end, confirmed he had cancer. In that waiting room I passed the time by writing out Christmas cards that were uncharacteristically late in being sent. Life as we knew it was turned upside down and Christmas cards were the last thing on my mind. And given our pending news, I didn't know what to write to people that hear from us each year with a cheerful update of the previous months.
But this year there is renewed hope and appreciation for our life, our family, and each other. Trials tend to show you what you are made of and I am here to tell you that Tim is made of some pretty hardy stuff! He continues to be a knight, as tough as they come and armed with the right amour -- faith, hope, a desire to do whatever is necessary to stand steadfast, firm and immovable.
Ephesians 6:13
"Wherefore take unto you the whole armour of God, that ye may be able to withstand in the evil day, and having done all, to stand."

Romans 8:31
"What shall we then say to these things? If God be for us, who can be against us?"

6 comments:

Dotti said...

You've said it all!!!!!

Vest Family said...

Wonderful news. What a relief!
Merry Christmas,
Heather

the Strong's said...

Yeah!!! I am glad to hear the good news.

John and Erin said...

YAY!!!! I'm so incredibly happy for you guys!!! I wanted to say Hi to Tim at conference on Saturday night. That was the first time I had seen him in a while, and he looked SO good! I hope this Christmas will be WAY better than last for you guys!!!

Debbi said...

That is wonderful new Loretta!!!!! We will keep you in our thoughts and prayers.
Have a tremendous Holiday...you guys really deserve it.

Natalie.Rob.Branson said...

So glad that this Christmas season is a little brighter! We are so happy for the good news and continue to hope and pray that the cancer will not return. Love and miss you guys!