In January of 2014, our family was rocked to its core when our beautiful daughter was diagnosed with leukemia. Eighteen months later, we are still standing on the firm foundation of God's promises. He has given us strength when we had none, hope on the gloomiest of days, and peace that really does surpass all understanding.
With just under a year remaining in treatment, Paige continues to follow her maintenance regimen--nightly and weekly oral chemo, monthly chemo infusions at clinic, monthly steroid pulses, and spinal taps every three months. Though maintenance is much less harsh on the body than the intense chemo in frontline treatment, Paige still experiences side effects from time to time. Neuropathy, presenting as 'shaky hands' from time to time. Spinal headaches lasting up to a week. Fatigue and nausea. Thankfully, she has more good days than bad--which is definitely an improvement over last year!
This journey has been an incredible learning experience. We realize how important it is to find the joy in every day. Some days that joy is so evident, we can reach out and touch it. Other days, we must seek it out. We have discovered the many ways hope presents itself--whether through kindness shown by others or in our daughter's beautiful smile. We have witnessed first-hand what it means to be patient in affliction (Romans 12:12). Paige is getting physically, mentally, and spiritually stronger every day, and I thank God for the healing He has done in her--and the healing yet to come.
I leave you with a few photos from our summer adventures that say more than I could ever attempt to write. Incredible. Beautiful. Abundantly blessed.
But they who wait for the Lord shall renew their strength... Isaiah 40:31
But if we hope for what we do not see, we wait for it with patience.