Monday, May 4, 2015

Sometimes no post title will do.

On June 30th, 2014, my mother in law was diagnosed with stage 3 colon cancer.

To say it caught us all off guard is a bit of an understatement but we kept optimistic and we prayed a ton.

On April 30th, 2015, my mother in law had her last chemo treatment.

It has been a long road for us and an even longer road for her.

It was hard not to worry when she had those really bad days but often enough she would have good days which would remind us that she was not in this fight alone.

It felt really, really good to watch her ring the bell. It is a honor as we were later told that for the 10 months that my mother in law was receiving treatment only two other individuals were able to ring that bell.

So when you think of blessings it is hard not to add this one to it.

After she rung the bell we took my mother & father in law out for a celebratory dinner on the lake.

It was a bit chilly so we sat inside but had an amazing view.

A view that reminds you how great it is to be alive and how blessed you are to be able to see and take in all the beauty that life offers.
The gold plaque reads, "Ring this bell three times well, it's tolled to clearly say, "My treatment's done, its course is run, and I am on my way..."

The nurses who helped and encouraged my mother in law throughout her treatment.
Then we were off for our celebratory dinner!
We were so darn full that we had to get our desserts to go!
Admiring the view.
That's one thing I really, really miss about Upstate NY.
PA just does not have lakes, let around restaurants on a lake.
Sean doing whatever he can to make his mom laugh. He is just too much :).
Mama, we love you and are looking forward to many, many more years of celebrating life together.


Ashley R said...

Oh Faith, this is so sweet. You guys have the sweetest hearts and hoping for all only good things. <3 <3

Ashley Porter said...

Congratulations to your mother in law! So happy for all of you!

Cece said...

Oh, I'm soooooo happy to hear that!! What a fighter she is and I'm glad she made it through. What a relief for all of you and especially her. : )

Joy B. E. said...

So happy to read this! Congrats to you and your family.

Joy B. E. said...

So happy to read this! Congrats to you and your family.

Sharon said...

I'm so happy for you and your family. God is good.

Desiree Macke said...

Tears of joy! So happy that your mother-in-law is through with the chemo.
Tomorrow is my mother-in-laws last day of chemo (for breast cancer), and Scott is on a flight home right now to surprise her and be there for her.
Cancer sure does suck, but it's so rewarding when our loved ones are able to kick its butt.

Law_Fal said...

Amen! Such wonderful news and a wonderful reason to celebrate. So happy for you all!

EmilyJane said...

I am so happy for her and her continued health and recovery!

Ayesha Charlton said...

Amazing news! I'm so happy that she is past it. Cancer can suck it!

You're continually in my prayers hun.


Crystal said...

Such a wonderful reason to celebrate. I'm glad she's finished with treatments and now, can officially let her body rest! God is good! Praying her road to recovery is smooth sailing :)

The Mrs./The Mom said...

I'm so glad this was a happy post. For a moment I was dreading reading bad news. Congrats to your mother in law!!! This is wonderful. I too wish you all many many years of celebrating life together.

PS: Upstate misses you too ;)

Maureen S. said...

Congratulations to your mother in law! This was a wonderful post. I'm glad you all have each other. :)

Kristen said...

I love love love this! So happy for your family! :)

Melissa @ i carry your heart said...

Love love love this post. You know this is near and dear to my heart!

Heather said...

Such wonderful news! I am so thrilled for your mother-in-law and family. Sending many happy hugs!

Kimberly Brown said...

Gosh - I'm all teary eyed over here! Wishing the family well. xo

Pegster said...

This is such great news, I smiled from ear to ear reading this. I am so happy for you guys