**Update as of April 28, 2016**
Radiation went well. Selah was a champ and did not experience much of the short term side effects. Once we got home she did begin to feel the fatigue. The first phase of treatment is behind us. We have had a month at home to rest and now we are heading back to Memphis for four months of chemotherapy.
Money donated through this link will help relieve financial stress so that the family can focus on Selah's health and care during this time. Thank you!
We've been home for almost 3 weeks. It has been everything we hoped, but at the same time it hasn't. The crisp mountain air has been like a balm to our weary souls.
As time passes, it's easy to minimize what we recently went through. As we get back in the swing of things, it is tempting to say... you know... that really wasn't that bad. It's tempting to tell people that we are fine and that we don't need anything.
But you know what... it was that bad. It actually was a hellish experience that I would never wish on anyone. We actually are still in need... of prayer, of patience, of help. We are experiencing a lot of emotional fall out as we try to transition back into life. Just when we think things are going well, someone wakes up with nightmares or Selah wakes up throwing up. Or I find Selah crying because she misheard one of her sisters and it caused a fight. Or I find myself awake for hours in the middle of the night fighting to turn off my thoughts.
We have overcome much. We are, hopefully, through the most intense part of this journey... but we certainly have a long way to go. I think I have fooled myself into thinking that all is well and life is back to normal.
We are praising God that Selah is getting stronger every day. We are praising him that her eye lashes have started to grow back. We are praising him that Brian has been building his practice, gaining new clients, making solid contacts around town. We are praising God that Selah's weeks aren't centered on appointments at St. Jude.
Brian is gaining clients. Things do seem to be coming together for his practice. However, it will take time before we see the fruit of his labor.
We have been overwhelmed and so grateful by the money raised through Go Fund Me and other avenues. It sustained us over the last 8 months.
We are home now and the needs are still there. Our biggest need today is our mortgage. It is due and we just aren't able to cover it.
Looking ahead to the next 4- 6 weeks. If we could complete this $20,000 goal that we initially set, I think we would be in a good place. I hope it would carry us to the point where we see steady income once again.
Would you please consider giving and/ or sharing our story.
While we are very excited to be heading home to the mountains soon, we are also well aware that much needs to be done before Selah will be cleared to make the trip home.
Her numbers need to recover and her body needs to be strong and not dependent on transfusions. It is our hope to be home for her birthday on the 29th.
Once we get home, we will be setting up housekeeping once again in Hendersonville. Please prayerfully consider helping us make the transition home with a financial gift. Please also consider sharing this link and our story.
We are heading to Memphis on Saturday. We have been overwhelmingly cared for with our housing. We have been donated a furnished, four bedroom house for the summer! The house will be about 25 minutes from Saint Jude.
We have also been gifted by an organization who has agreed to pay our mortgage in North Carolina for the summer. We are thanking the Lord for his provision in this way and so many other ways.
We are all going to Memphis to rally around Selah as she begins chemotherapy in about a week and a half. Next week, she will be going through tests and scans to see how her body is holding up after the 6 weeks of radiation.
1. Praying for our family during this journey.
2. Giving financially through this Go Fund Me Link. Even with our housing taken care of, we will still have expenses through the summer.
3. Purchasing an item from our Amazon Wish List (message me for the link)
4. Writing letters to the kids while we are away (message me for the address).
Thank you so much to all who have joined us on this journey with your gifts, encouragement, prayers, and friendship.