It's been over four months since Elizabeth had her surgery on February 14. As a family, we have had to learn a new way of living. Recently, we returned to Minnesota for a follow up with her neurologist and surgeon. We made sure this time we fit a little fun in between appointments. Life, as we have been reminded, is too short to not love what we do and surround ourselves with important people- people who accept us for who we are and support us.
The MRI went well, and while we knew the surgeon had to leave a small part located in her memory section, it was a bit unnerving to see it sitting there - a white smudge mark we all wanted to erase de the screen. The neurologist said to Elizabeth, "You have to live your life," and I remember thinking that sounded easier said than done. However, Elizabeth has done a remarkable job at learning to focus on her family and friends. She is planning for the future, and she knows that no matter what, life happens. It is the way you deal with that life that makes the difference.
While we were in Minnesota, we had the chance to connect with two of her college friends. These friendships were important before this journey, and they have been crucial since.
Last week, our family hosted a party for family and friends who have surrounded us with support - food, errands, dog and home care, etc. It was a chance to thank our support group, and it felt good to give back.
This summer is quickly slipping by. Elizabeth is taking two classes this first summer session, and she will take a few more in July. These courses will allow her to graduate on time with her class at Denison. The first few weeks were not easy, but Brian and I have seen an improvement in her thinking and writing. The old Elizabeth is returning, and yet, we know this old Elizabeth is not the same. She brings with her a new way of thinking about life and about her purpose on this planet.