Each of us has much to be thankful for, and a health scare certainly reminds us of those things for which we are grateful. Even though this is not how we thought Elizabeth would be spending her semester, we are thankful that the stress of a new experience and the long flight triggered the seizure. Who knows how much longer the tumor would have grown before it impaired her faculties? We are also thankful for the kindness of people who know us well, not well, and not at all. We are thankful, also, for teachers, coaches, and family friends for making sure Lucas' life remains somewhat normal and that he has people to whom he can turn if he needs to talk. Brian and I chose to stay and raise our family in this small community because of the support group, but we didn't realize we would need to lean on it in this way. That, our friends, is humbling.
The greatest attribute of humanity is the ability to show grace and compassion towards others. We have felt this every step of the way. While we will use this blog to keep you updated, we also hope it helps others going through difficult or challenging times.
Thank you for continuing to send us your positive thoughts, prayers, and emails. We ask one more thing of you. At some point in the next few days, do something kind for someone else whether that is a family member, friend, colleague, or complete stranger. Paying it forward is a remarkable act that can change the world. Peace.