Wednesday, July 04, 2012

anniversaries

this week marks several anniversaries
for our family.

on july 5
chloe went for her well-child check
and dr. worpel felt something on
the left side of her abdomen.

on july 7
chloe had an early morning ultrasound.
dr. worpel called by 11 with the results,
there was a relatively large mass
on chloe's left kidney.
we were to head to devos children's hospital
immediately.

on july 8
chloe went into surgery
to have the tumors
and her left kidney removed.
a port was placed at that time.

thus began the whirlwind,
radiation,
chemo,
visits to the clinic,
checking counts,
taking medicine.

in the chaos
we felt god's presence.
it was so tangible.
the e-mails,
cards,
gifts,
gas cards,
chloe's crew,
team chloe,
meals,
treats,
prayers.

life will never
be the same again.
we are new people.
our emotions
run deeper.

while i would never
wish cancer upon chloe,
i feel thankful
for what it has taught us,
i feel thankful
for the wide net of support
which surrounds us.
i feel thankful
to have experienced
the grace of god.

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