Karmyn's GP and her surgeon had been so encouraging and had prepared her (and us) for a benign result. Instead, we are reeling from the pathology report with disbelief and shock. She now requires additional surgery to remove the remainder of her thyroid. Then she moves on to chemotherapy and thyroid hormone replacement.
Our family has been buffeted by the winds of life's storms the past months. But there have been prayers answered ....
My dentist brother Ron (and his wife Kay) returned from an extended trip to a third world country that suffers a high incident of HIV. During one of the clinics, where my brother donated his skills on the locals teeth, he suffered a needle accident.
*Subsequent blood tests have shown negative results for any contracted virus.
Upon their return to the states, Kay was feeling ragged and run down. She was shortly diagnosed with colon cancer. I cried and prayed long distance with Ron as his wife was prepared for surgery.
*The cancer was encapsulated and she will not have to endure the rigid chemotherapy.
Our middle daughter is going through a litigious divorce following a tumultuous marriage. She and her three little ones arrived in the middle of the night with close to nothing and lived with us for five months. Having a 5, 3, and 1 year old in the house takes many adjustments for two grandparents who have been accustomed to their own space. But those challenges were minimal compared to the emotional turmoil brought on by a vicious custody battle. Unjustified accusations - both written and oral - keep us on guard.
*My grandchildren are still in our daughter's temporary custody. She acquired a great job that she loves - a blessing during a time of high unemployment. An unexpected receipt of funds also provided for a used car and an apartment lease. We continue to pray for peace in their lives.
My husband lost his job. The official term is Reduction in Force (RIF). His employer was the State and the budget cuts effected us very close and personal. Because of some physical limitations I have not worked full time for over two years.
*Shortly before the last day of his contract, my husband was approached to teach a programming class winter quarter at the local community college. It's been hard work to prepare the class, but it has been rewarding for him. Just last week he was contracted by a local business to build and maintain a website. On Friday, the college offered him a second class during Spring quarter. We have been blessed with income and have not been forced to raid our retirement fund.
|Amanda, Jennifer, Karmyn with us on Oregon Coast|
That is exactly what we plan to do. PUSH for Karmyn. Please join us.