Body Under Construction. Over the next several months, Paige's body will undergo major renovations. Once admitted for transplant in early December, she will face several days of conditioning that will involve more high-dose chemo as well as full-body radiation. White blood cells, platelets--basically everything in her immune system--will be wiped out to clear space for the stem cells of the donor marrow. After the infusion of cells, better known as transplant, we wait. And wait. And wait. Once the marrow engrafts, Paige will have a brand new immune system. We will have to take all kinds of precautions to keep her healthy and safe while her body adjusts to this 'extreme makeover.'
Reinforcing the Foundation. Our faith and trust in God has given this family a solid foundation. The work He is doing in Paige--in all of us, for that matter---has strengthened us in ways we never could have imagined. We may struggle with the 'whys' and wrestle with fears over the unknown, but those things will not overtake us. We will not be shaken. I keep going back to something from our pastor's message last Sunday:
"If it's good, blessed be the name of the Lord.
If it's not so good, blessed be the name of the Lord--
Because in the end, God wins."
God is at work here. As we prepare for this time of 'reconstruction,' He is here. Providing the hardhats and safety equipment. Giving us strength and unexplainable peace. He is here, and we are incredibly thankful. Blessed be the name of the Lord.
Blessed is the man who trusts in the Lord, whose trust is the Lord.