September 1, 2010

Miracle

If my blog were a car, it would have to be a stick shift, because I don't know how to drive one.

And you all would have whiplash.

I realize there is no consistency here, that I am always jumping from random post to random post, writing about whatever floats my boat on that particular day. I have never claimed to be suave or obtain any finesse when it comes to writing.

Although for the life of me I have no idea how shampoo and conditioner are involved in all this.

And if you caught that lame joke, I'm so sorry. I don't know what came over me.

This morning had a very Autumn-like feel to it. Overcast and cool, it tends to make one feel all mushy and reflective.

It was my dad's birthday this week. He's in his later fifties, still a young wipper-snapper by all accounts.

If you've been reading my blog for a while, you will remember when I announced back in February that my dad had cancer. And aggressive form of Lymphoma that had already made its way into his bone marrow. It was very sudden, and the news came crashing down on me like Dorothy's house on the wicked witch, minus the snazzy ruby slippers of course.

And I don't really consider myself a wicked witch, I just happen to look like one first thing in the morning.

In March he started chemotherapy. I'm sure only people who have experienced it first-hand can fully appreciate that statement. Yet, through the next three and a half months, he maintained his unfailing sense of humor and positive outlook.

Well, I got the call from my mom, fourth of July weekend. They had just received the result from his second PET scan.

He was in full remission.

After only three and a half months of chemo, the doctors were dumbfounded, marveling at the medical anomoly. We, of course had a different name for it, miracle. And that's the power of the priesthood.
First PET scan. Only the yellow parts should be visable. And do you see the size of his spleen on the right?
A few months later. A normal PET scan.

So happy birthday dad! Thanks for deciding to stick around.

After all, you did promise me a new computer. (inside joke people)

Love you daddy!  XOXOXOXO

30 super cool people speak:

Hil said...

Wow. That is so incredibly amazing and wonderful! So happy for you AND your dad! The priesthood can definitely work miracles.

M-Cat said...

And once more, I get that reminder that the priesthood is real, and miracles can/do happen if they are suppose to.

Congrats and HB to your Dad!

And I got the shampoo/conditioner joke. I am scared for myself

Kristina P. said...

This is amazing, Serene! I am thrilled for your dad and your family.

Kim Coates said...

That's incredible. And I agree, it's definitely a miracle! I'm so happy for your family!

Jess said...

What a huge relief! Yayy for unseen miracles :)
Love from CA,
Jess

Garden of Egan said...

That is fabulous!
Love the PET scan, cuz yes it's a total miracle!!!!!

T said...

the shampoo/conditioner joke actually got a chuckle out of me... I'm tired.

Yay for the Dad - and for miracles!

Natalie said...

I'm so happy for you and your family! This is wonderful news! Congrats!

Saimi said...

So exciting!!! That is excellent news about your father Congratulations!!

One Cluttered Brain said...

i'm happy for you and your family!
What an incredible birthday present!
And i got the Finesse joke too. lol.
I must be tired.

Anne said...

That's so wonderful! I'm so happy for you and your family.

Neisha said...

that's great for your dad!!

Gina said...

That is wonderful news!

And I laughed so hard at the shampoo joke that it distracted my husband from his homework and I read it out loud. And then laughed again. I'm cool like that :)

The Martos Fudge said...

I am soooo glad to hear that your dad is doing so good. A miracle indeed. YAY.

ldsjaneite said...

This was wonderful news when I heard. And it still is. I'm very happy for your family.

Brittney said...

YAYYYYYY!!! I promise, no lie, I was seriously thinking yesterday that I should send you an email asking how your dad is doing.. then look here, you are right in tune with my thoughts. How weird is that!? So happy for you.

Not so Molly Mormon After-All said...

awesome!

Amy said...

Truly, TRULY the Lord does bless us with miracles from time to time. This is wonderful news!! Very happy for your family and for the firm faith you undauntingly hold to!

Scrappy Girl said...

I love hearing about MIRACLES! So happy for your family! {{hugs}}

The Crash Test Dummy said...

That is so awesome, Serene. And I bet you don't look like a wicked witch in the morning either. ;)

Your verifier says resemb. I bet you don't resemb a wicked witch in the morning.

Hey do you think your dad would donate a piece of fabric for the magic quilt? Something he wore during his miracle? Did he write any of his experiences down?

missy said...

Yeah. Happy Belated to your daddy. (Your word verification is "glessin". I wonder if it's the bloggy world version of "great blessing?" ....never mind.

Katie said...

I'm thrilled for you guys. I remember how much I hated the effects Chemo had on Josh until we heard that it was really working. It is worth it if it works, right? Here's hoping all the rest of his treatments get a lot easier and that his remission lasts for several decades!

Polly Blevins said...

That is fantastic news. I hope he continues to get better and better.

Mama Smith said...

I missed the shampoo/conditioner...joke all together! I am so BLONDE! (well, WHITE-headed)!

See Mom Smile said...

So happy for your dad and your family. I love how you love him. I love my dad like that too. And look how beautiful you are! I miss your face. We need to get together!

Charlotte said...

Great news! I've been wondering.

joy said...

That is so wonderful!!! I feel so happy for your family. I'm glad I'm not the only one who believes in miracles and the priesthood. What a blessing! You get your dad for many years to come!!!! Thanks for sharing the news. Love, Joy

Garvin Smith said...

I finally checked your blog again. Thanks for the nice birthday tribute. I love you Scupper!

Bethany said...

Wow, that's amazing! Congratulations to him!

Rachel Sue said...

I so love happy news. That is wonderful. I am so happy for you and your whole family!

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