It is so easy to lose hope. It takes courage not to let the grief of the loss that has not yet come steal the hope of what still can be. There is a dark, warm and inviting room that beckons the tormented to come and sit and forget; to close our eyes to the gnawing pain of a loved one in harm's way.
But, when we hole up too soon, we also close our eyes to the beauty, the wonder that it is before us. Hope opens your eyes. Yes. We see suffering more clearly. We also see miracles: the power of love when family comes together.
I ask you to hold tight to hope with me. Your hope gives my hope strength.
Mom's condition has progressed with great speed. She is returning home today from a brief hospital visit after her digestive system was not able to process food due to the spread of the cancer to her intestinal area, her stomach and her lungs. After consulting with the doctor's and talking with mom, we have decided to bring her home with hospice care.
I know many of you want to know how to help and the only thing I know to tell you is:
Do not lose hope. Our family may reach out to you for some practical needs and if you have anything you'd like to share or bring, you are welcome. Joshua came home last night and I know he'll need your support now too. We all do.
Thank you for joining us on this journey and know, the journey is not over...