Topsy Turvy

Sometimes things flow along rather smoothly. Sure, there are a few bumps along the way (we have six kids after all) but nothing too out of the ordinary. And then things get turned upside down and inside out.

Last week I received a bit of news.

A rough bit.

I found out my father has brain cancer – lymphoma – though now they aren’t too sure what it is and are doing more tests. What they do know for sure is that he has lesions on the front and back of his brain – and it came on fast in the last month and a half (or at least, that’s when the symptoms showed up).

My dad is an amazing man. Has always been active and healthy. He taught me to love hiking and nature. He taught me to be and do my best.  He has the wackiest sense of humor – the kind where some people  can’t tell if he’s joking, but there’s a twinkle in his eye, and he makes the craziest goofy faces.

I never thought about how old he was getting (he’s 74, after all) and how he was slowing down. He always seemed invincible to me, like he would live forever. But I feel my time with him here on earth slipping away between my grasping fingers.

Maybe I have many years yet to come, I choose to hope for the best. But, in case the time is short, I am going to visit. I’ve only seen him one day in these past 3 1/2 years – because of their mission and our move – and it’s been too long. I am so blessed to have such a supportive husband and family to allow me to take off for a while to be with my parents.

I’ll try my best to blog while I’m gone, but I might not have much time. I’ll be hanging with my most amazing parents and visiting amazing old friends too. I plan on having a blast.

But, all while I’m having a grand time, I’ll be praying. Praying for my dad. If you don’t mind sending a prayer our way, it would be so appreciated. And if you aren’t the praying type, good thoughts and wishes work well too. We can feel the support from everyone around us.

And I believe in miracles.

12 Comments

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12 responses to “Topsy Turvy

  1. Wendy

    I, too, believe in miracles. Have a wonderful visit. Prayers coming your way.

  2. Janelle

    Does your parents’ freezer still stay stocked with a dozen (or more!) varieties of ice cream on any given day? You’re all in my prayers.

  3. I was in Newberg on Sunday and I heard about your dad at church. You and your family are in my thoughts. I hope things turn out for the best!

  4. Praying!! You’re dad is a very loved man. I’m sure the prayers are pouring in/out …up? Have a great trip!!

  5. I am so sorry to hear this Julia, what a difficult diagnosis! You are definitely in our prayers and in our hearts.

  6. I am so sorry to hear the news. We are dealing a health scare with my dad recently (and things are not totally resolved yet), so I understand the emotions involved. I believe in miracles too. Good thoughts, hugs and prayers for your family!

  7. snagglewordz

    I am sending good vibes your way and praying for a positive outcome for your family.

  8. Will definately be praying for your Dad. Will also be praying for safe travels and a wonderful visit for you. I’ve struggled this past year with both my parents having some health scares and aging, it shook me to come to the realization that they won’t live forever. I knew that of course but refused to let myself to think it. Lyphoma was a scare of my own 2 years ago – I was relieived to find out I was dealing with MS and not cancer. Again… I’ll be praying…

  9. So sorry to hear about your dad. Prayers coming your way!

  10. I was going through blogs and just read this. I hope your dad is doing better now and I will surely keep him in my thoughts and prayers.

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