When Bryan was in the hospital, on one of those few blessed days where he was well enough to be himself, his phone rang. It was the Leukemia Lymphoma Society asking if he'd like to renew his yearly donation to fund blood cancer research. Bryan laughed. "Funny you should mention that. I'm sitting on a hospital bed and I've just been diagnosed with blood cancer."
The lady on the phone offered condolences, encouragement, and a promise to offer whatever help they could.
And they did.
|June 6, 2012|
Daddy in the hospital with all his little people.
One of the toughest parts of being in the hospital and being diagnosed with a life-threatening illness is the sheer amount of information that you have to sift through. Bryan's team of doctors was fantastic, and they did exactly what they needed to do: They focused on the clinical side of his care. The overworked nurses did their best to care for all of the patients on the ward. But sifting through the treatment options, the new vocabulary, the side effects, the tests, the precautions, the prognosis- that whole process is overwhelming.
|June 18, 2012|
Daddy at home with his little sunshine.
And it wasn't too long ago that the treatment "options" for blood cancers were few and the prognosis was grim. Organizations like the Leukemia Lymphoma Society by coming alongside patients and their families to educate and support, and by funding research to extend life and search for cures and treatments, have made a tremendous amount of headway in fighting blood cancer.
Shortly after Bryan died, I saw that the Leukemia Lymphoma Society raised money through the Team in Training. I knew immediately that I wanted to join. I wanted my kids to see that their are people fighting back against cancer. That we can use something as devastating as their dad's death to motivate us to do something for others.
In December, Lord willing, I'll be running my first half marathon- the San Antonio Rock n Roll Half- with the Leukemia Lymphoma Society Team in Training. I need your help, please support me and my kiddos in this quest in Bryan's honor. Every little donation will help move me closer to the finish line (okay, my legs might have a little to do with that too) and, I pray, will one day conquer leukemia.
|June 26, 2012|
Still holding on.
You can give by clicking this link. Thank you to all of you who have already donated, and please forward this to your friends and family. I'm blessed to have each one of you in my life.
I posted this verse when Bryan had been in the hospital for two weeks, and quite possibly several times since then. It's become a theme for me.
"They that wait upon the LORD
shall renew their strength;
they shall mount up with wings as eagles;
they shall run, and not be weary;
and they shall walk, and not faint."