What’s Brewing – Waking up from Vacation

Vacation has a way of taking brilliant minds and turning them into pudding. Vanilla. With Tapioca. And, though I would not consider myself to have a brilliant mind, (feel free to argue this point with if you wish), I feel a certain kinship to those who do.

Since my last post my mind been on a much needed mental break. But, now fall is here and I feel the need to press in, calendar up, and get back into plans, and schedules, and all those things that feel like the weight of the world and the survival of all mankind is hinging on them. Still, it has been good to wake up in the mornings without a list of to do’s waiting to greet me with a kick in the backside.

And, so now I remember that one thing I forgot to do before my blog went missing for the summer. I forgot that I never finished the story of our journey through cancer and maybe it’s because Bud’s cancer went on its own vacation without us.

In June we had our final appointment with Dr. Orwoll, who, with a broad and very satisfied grin, informed us that our presence was no longer needed in the infusion room. The cancer had lost its footing. Because, there’s no cure for Lymphoma, the best we can hope for is that it continues to “behave itself.” And in Bud’s case – it has. So, for now, we are free to live our lives without it until it finds a way to sneak back in.

This was more than great news! It was news that required celebration! Which is what we’ve been doing all summer; celebrating each day for the gift that it is. We immediately took a three day trip to Bremerton, stayed in a lovely hotel on the Sound, took a ferry to Seattle, and just smiled at life. We’ve had dinners in the screen house next to the pond and smiled. We Space A’d our way to Belfast, Crete, Sicily and Spain. And smiled. Because, that’s what you do when you realize that the biggest thing you have to do is to learn how to live without cancer. For a while.

And, so I’ve chosen, in this first blog of the fall, to wrap up this story by thanking each and every one of you for joining us in this amazing journey. Your continued interest, encouragement and faithful prayers, have meant so very much to us.  And, though we know Bud’s Lymphoma may  return to fight again, nevertheless, for now – we are free to not to think about cancer. Our cancer. Nevertheless, our hearts are tied with hope to Carole U, Patty, Carol C, Barbara, and precious Ruth, who are in the thick of the battle while cancer remains the best friend we never wanted to have. It comes when we least expect it. It stays longer than we want it to. It can take our hair, turn our stomachs, and steal our time. But, it can’t steal our joy, or crush our faith, or limit the unifying impact it has on others. For as long as God reigns, cancer loses.

But thanks be to God, who always leads us in triumph in Christ, and manifests through us the sweet aroma of the knowledge of Him in every place. 2 Corinthians 2:14

Love and joy, Bud and Sandy


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