I assume you have already concluded that we made it safely to Rochester seeing as I am typing this update, but in case you had not yet made that deduction, Mom and I are here and safe! We are in the room for the night and now that I have some time to actually give God the credit He deserves, please, allow me to do so!
Wow, wow, wow. What a day! To start, I woke up this morning, knew I was going to be flying later in the day, and I did NOT have to do my well rehearsed routine of no food and travel anxiety. What a mental change to go through! I am so so used to having to plan every single detail of my life around Crohns that being able to get up and get ready with nothing to think about was so foreign to me. It’s gonna take some time but boy could I get used to this! So no, having an ileostomy isn’t the most fun, but freedom… yeah, it’s a heck of a lot better!
Before we set off for the airport this morning, I had to go see my oncologist for my monthly appointment and, as you know, I got some of the best news I’ve ever heard! REMISSION!! In case you couldn’t tell, it hasn’t exactly sunken in yet 🙂 I don’t think I even reacted when he told us because part of me was thinking, “Well of course it’s in remission. I’ve been asking God and He said it would happen.” But then as we were making the calls to tell family and friends and I heard the words coming out of my mouth, I became more and more grateful that I am able to say those words. Praise God!
And thank you to everyone who took a moment to celebrate with Bryan and I, and my whole family, as we celebrated the good news today. Some cousins were telling everyone they met that their cousin was in remission! Other friends tweeted and even tweeted again to share the news! One aunt even pulled my cousin out of class for a second to tell her! And when my brother, Jarrod, announced the news to the Georgetown College football team, they gave a standing ovation…!!!! That makes me cry just thinking about it! And even though I have probably romanticized it in my head with slow motion, emotional music, and maybe a few fist pumps of joy… still, how cool is that?!
I am so thankful and grateful to God that He gave us this boost of encouragement at just the right time. Just when we needed it most, He has once again been faithful to sustain us! And for all who have been praying for Bryan, he can finally see the light at the end of the tunnel and only has one more final left before he is done with his second year of Pharmacy School! AND his finals have gone fairly spectacular so far if ya know what I mean. 🙂 I am so so proud of him though for working his butt off day after day, locked away in his office when that was the last place he wanted to be in the midst of all my trials. And I am so proud of him for balancing school and still finding time to be there for me. He has been my words when I had none and my strength when I couldn’t take another step. What a man! I am truly blessed. Thank you all for remembering to keep him in your prayers as well.
Ok, I am off to bed now and will keep you posted tomorrow as things progress. Look for updates! We are believing only good news from here out. That’s the prayer, only good news from here on out!
One last thing, my mom and I are having the best time. And what a blessing too in the midst of all this to get to have some much needed mother daughter time outside of a hospital room! I have missed this kind of relationship with my mama. Our quirky, laughing, nonsensical, crazy selves are back! 🙂 Goodnight!