Thursday, February 18, 2010

Thankful Thursday

Today I'm thankful for fortitude, that second strength that props us, propels us forward when all seems lost. I'm thankful for that blind conviction to carry on, to endure long-suffering. It isn't fair, necessarily to be "blessed" with fortitude, as if somehow your burdens get to be more severe or more frequent because you are able to "handle" it. (And we know how I feel about that terrible platitude: "God doesn't give you anything you can't handle.") But it is a small comfort to be buoyed by something more than that other terrible platitude: "That which doesn't kill you makes you stronger."

Today I urge to you continue praying for Kate McRae and her family. Yesterday she received her own stem cells back into her body in an effort to fight the same kind of brain cancer Kyrie suffered. For Kyrie, this kind of treatment wasn't even an option. The cancer was just too fast, and she was too young for us to even get to this kind of opportunity.

If you read a few days back on Kate's mom's posts, you'll learn of some of the complications that come with the mere attempt to treat pediatric brain cancer. ***That's one of the things that makes brain cancer more devastating than others: the treatment alone could kill or permanently handicap your child because you're dealing with the brain.*** Growth, cognitive skills, coordination, organ function, motor skills—it's all up for grabs with this cancer. Plus, as in Kate's situation, she would normally be in kindergarten, learning, growing, playing, socializing. Those things, too, are never taken for granted in this situation.

Fortitude to face this kind of day. Fortitude to continue on this journey. Fortitude to see it through. Fortitude to keep working for a cure.

What are you thankful for today?


Melissa said...

I'm thankful that God has allowed doctors to research and create ways to find possible cures. I'm thankful that He guides the hands of a surgeon. I'm thankful for a way that the Kyrie Foundation has supplied to everyone to be a part of the cure. I'm thankful for people like you, Lacie and Jordan and the McCrae family who choose to fight this monster we call cancer. I'm thankful, as well, for the fortitude that allows that fight to continue. I'm thankful that the source of our fortitude is that even when we don't see it, God is at work. Faith that even in the face of immeasurable grief, we also have unfathomable hope...
Faith and fortitude go hand in hand. I'm thankful for the source of that faith...Jesus Christ.


amynelsonmom said...

Thankful for my family, faith and our health. Been thinking about Kate's Mom all day. They are in our prayers daily as they go through this uphill battle. Keep fighting Kate!

Go Kyrie Go!