Tuesday, November 17, 2009
Miracles...I don't use that term loosely. Pretty much the only time I "regularly" say miracle is when referring to a certain Christmas movie with that word in the title. So, what is a miracle: 1. an effect or extraordinary event in the physical world that surpasses all known human or natural powers and is ascribed to a supernatural cause. or 2. such an effect or event manifesting or considered as a work of God.
Earlier this summer, my husband's grandfather was diagnosed with a rare bile duct cancer, cholangiocarcinoma. He was given his "time frame" and told to enjoy his family. This cancer was often too hard to fight.
Last week he went to the doctor and had a scan. The previous scan he had had a little over month ago showed that the chemo was helping the tumors (he had many small tumors everywhere in his liver too) not grow, but they weren't shrinking either. This scan showed - NO tumors at all...even in his bile duct! Needless to say the doctors (and all of us too) were shocked and thrilled. Our family miracle was celebrated this weekend when the boys got to play with their great-grandfather). William always asked him if he was still sick every time he saw him, but this time grandaddy finally said "all better". :)
I can't wait to finally report Matthew is "all better". We are still waiting on our miracle, but have received SO many. It is so odd that yesterday I was talking to a friend about how all the surgeries/treatments that were supposed to help Matthew - ended up causing some sort of damage either short or long term. But all the surgeries/procedures that were likely to kill him - were the ones that saved his life.
Please God, as we come up to the one year anniversary of hemodialysis (another statistic that most babies do not live to see), I ask that You protect my son and keep the doctors wise. Keep our potential living donor (that finished her phone interview from Emory yesterday!) in Your embrace and protection. I really want to have a New Year's resolution of keeping my boy's gently used kidney healthy. I know things are at Your time, and I am waiting. Waiting both anxiously and patiently for a miracle.