Welcome to the family

I have heard those words a few times in my life.  At a new church, which is most welcome.  When we entered the world of adoption, amazingly wonderful.  Even dealing with a colicky baby, we were warmly welcomed into that family as well.

This past week we have been welcomed into another family.  One I think I never anticipated being a part of.  The cancer family.  Cancer.  Wow. That is a huge word to me.  And sounds so strange rolling off my tongue.

Our sweet girl, Katie Mei has been diagnosed with stage 2 Hodgkins Lymphoma.  We are are thankful that we found out, thankful that we have an amazingly wonderful family physician who is walking through this with us.  And now, we have a brand new family.  One that includes a doctor who is kind, and knows his stuff- and also treated Katie Mei with kindness, humor and truly listened and answered her every question.  A new family that includes what I perceive to be our lifeline- the sweet nurses.  And the other children and families sharing this road.  How blessed we are.

So, here we are.  On a road we didn’t expect.  Our families life is diverted, changed.  And certainly not in the direction we were headed.  Or so we thought.  We have been comforted and convicted in the fact that this journey is not a surprise for our God.  He knew that we would be walking this road.  He knew that our sweet Katie Mei would be facing this big monster called Cancer.

Above all else, we feel Him.  We feel His overwhelming love and peace and ultimately his healing.  Katie Mei said to me yesterday “Momma, I am scared.  That word, cancer is so scary.  But  Momma, God is bigger then this.  He is bigger, and I want other people to know that.” My sweet girl, indeed God is bigger then this cancer that has invaded your beautiful body.

I wish it was me.  I wish I had those awful cells multiplying inside me.  But, it is my sweet girl.  So while we didn’t expect this path, didn’t see this turn in the road, here we are.  Facing this rough patch.  All the while having the Lord go before us making our path a little smoother.

And a brand new family to face it with.

Welcome to the family.

We are thankful for it.

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9 thoughts on “Welcome to the family

  1. oh Jenny … love your outlook, and of course Katie Mei’s too. Love, love, love & many more prayers for you & your wonderful family.

  2. Jenny, Katie Mei is so blessed to have you. I will be following your journey and praying for you all. I was in kindergarten through all my treatments…I still remember the sweet people who cared for me and you are right–they became a family. I recently wrote a “grown-up” letter to thank my doctor (a pioneer in HER field at the time because she was a woman surgeon!) for saving my life, allowing me to become a mother, teacher, wife, etc. For giving me a future. They know SO much more than they did back then about this disease. Hugs to you all.

  3. Katie Mei, you are not only brave, you are very wise too. God is bigger than cancer, faith is stronger than cancer and hope is more shiney than cancer. You have all of that surrounding you… God, faith and hope and they are all stuck together with a precious glue called love. We love you Katie Mei!! Tassie, Scott, Savannah and Baden

  4. Jenny, I’m praying for you and your sweet family, especially Katie Mei. My life has been so touched watching our Mary Kate overcome great obstacles with such ease and grace, most recently in physical therapy as she is re-learning to walk after another hip surgery. It has shown me a will to live that I’ve never experienced. I think that God has equipped these children with something very special and that he’s going to use your Katie Mei to encourage others, she is truly a gift!

  5. My heart aches for you and your loved ones. I am Ann’s mother. She was just starting Kindergarten when I decided to take over to St. Louis Children’s hospital because she had a lump at the very top inside of her left leg. I first dealt with Doctors here in Alton. To make a long story short. You are lucky for having found it out at this stage. Your daughter and you are very beautiful. She even looks like you. I will be praying for you all knowing full what you will be going through. I hope this little reply will help you a little. Take care and God bless.

  6. Whoa…I think my heart stopped while reading this. So, so thankful that you have God in your lives to hold you all through this. Jenny, you are all in our prayers. We have been praying for another girl, a teen, while she battles this wretched disease, and Katie Mei is covered in our prayers now, too. I hope you keep us posted as you can so we can pray specifically for her. There is another blog on my blog list called Fiskerellibellies, and she is a mom that walked this path with one of her children…and he is doing beautifully now! She is a Christian, too, and offers some great advise on her blog if you’re ever interested.

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