Thanks for the Prayers – Merry Christmas
After a long morning of radiation appointments in West Michigan, the doctors finally released my brother to travel yesterday. It took 25 hours of driving and some heart-wrenching pit stops – through Michigan, Ohio, Pennsylvania, Maryland – through snow, sleet, rain, car wrecks, Starbucks, Taco Bell, Starbucks, McDonalds, Starbucks, Burger King, Rockstar, Starbucks – but at 8 AM this morning I pulled my brother's truck into my Mom's house in Virginia. I'm beyond exhausted (and bloated) but my family WILL be together on Christmas morning and I'm sure a lot of that is thanks to your Christmas prayers, wishes and positive vibes. More than a few times over the past week, between packing and doctor's appointments I stopped, opened up my laptop and read my brother some of the kind words folks have written. He can't always say what he's feeling, but more times than not tears rolled down his cheeks. Those wishes and prayers have given him renewed resolve to keep fighting this thing. Hell, he even walked into the house this morning on his own two legs – no wheelchair, no walker, no cane – so maybe that Christmas miracle has begun.
Thank you all so much.