This time of year, we Christians wait and watch for the coming of our savior, the birth of the baby Jesus. For many of us mere mortals we also wait and watch for a myriad of other things. For some it is the opportunity to spend time with family and those we love. For others, it is the chance to take some well-deserved vacations to exciting new places. For our family, this year, it has been waiting on PET and CT scans and blood work.
Our grandson Lucas was diagnosed with stage 4 Hodgkin’s Lymphoma the week of his fourteenth birthday. That was almost nine months ago. Since that time he has had five cycles of chemotherapy; started his freshman year in high school; lost his hair, eyebrows and eyelashes included; watched his body shape change because of the drugs he was prescribed; and underwent weeks of radiation. During that time our St. Andrew’s family has prayed weekly for Lucas, his father and his family and we are incredibly grateful. Our sincere thanks to everyone.
I wanted to share with you all the news we received today. As of testing yesterday, Lucas only has inflammation in the lymph nodes around his neck, which his oncologist believes could be the result of a viral infection he had this week. We continue to hope and pray she is right. He goes back next month for more scans and bloodwork and if, by God’s grace, that is good they will begin follow-up every two months for two years and a less demanding schedule for the next three.
All of that being said, we have learned, once again, that we must wait and watch, but with that waiting and watching there is the same hope that we all feel as we have moved through the Advent season this 2022. “There will be tidings of great joy, which shall be for all people. For unto you is born this day in the city of David, a Savior, which is Christ the Lord.”
Thank you all for your prayers and support. The Murray family is eternally grateful.
Happy New Year wishes and safe travels to you and yours.
With love and blessings,