October 16, 2012

Update on Daron & Taylor

I know that lately all of my posts have been about what I am going through. So, I decided to update you on how Daron & Taylor are doing. If you have any specific questions on either of them, please feel free to leave them in the comment section & I will try to answer them.

Update on Daron
Daron is enjoying his time at Laurels of Kent. He has a new roommate now & they are two peas in a pod. They have the same crazy sense of humor, they enjoy watching the same shows, they are interested in the same things. His roommate makes sure that Daron goes to the dining room for lunch & supper. Most days Daron has breakfast in bed & then relaxes until the nurses get him out of bed & dressed. The administrator of the nursing room turned one of the day rooms into a man cave for the guys at the nursing home. Daron & his roommate got to help with some insight & some decorating. They enjoy hanging out down there as well.

Daron had an MRI done at the end of August. We met with his neurologist on October 11 to go over the results. So far, there are no changes to the MS. Physically he is still declining - his legs are the biggest issue for him. No changes are being made to his medication right now & he will continue to receive the infusion every 4 weeks. I am currently trying to get those moved to Grand Rapids so that he won't have to travel so far each month. Once they are moved, he will only have to see the neurologist every 6 months, unless there are changes to his health.

Prayer Requests for Daron
Please pray that we will be able to get the infusions moved to Grand Rapids soon. It will be easier on Daron & he won't loose an entire day for them.

Please pray that he will feel God's peace in his life each day. He is struggling with being so young & having to be in a nursing home.

Update on Taylor
Taylor is now in 3rd grade - that's crazy to think about. He will be turning 9 in a few months & is looking forward to that. He is having some behavior issues, but we are working through them as best we can. He was diagnosed with an anxiety disorder a few months ago. They just changed his medication to treat that, so we are in a limbo period right now. I am hoping & praying that this medication will help. It breaks my heart to see him struggling so much at such a young age.

Taylor is a very active young man & he loves being outside as much as possible. I don't know what he is going to do when it is to cold to go outside this winter. I am so thankful each day that I have my son. He is the greatest gift God could have given me.

Prayer Requests for Taylor
Please pray that his medication will sort itself out soon. Seeing him struggle breaks my heart.

Please pray that he will feel God's peace & comfort each day of his life. There is a lot going on with him that I don't feel comfortable sharing, but God knows.

Thank you again for your prayers, support & compassion. We are so blessed to have wonderful people in our lives who truly care about us!

October 13, 2012

True Friendship Along My Journey

I have a question for you...... What is your definition of a true friend?

"What is a friend? A single soul in two bodies."  -- Aristotle

I had never thought of it that way before. But if you really stop to think about it, there is one friendship that comes to mind that fits that description.......David & Jonathon in the Bible (1 Samuel 19 & 20). They had a true, deep kindred spirit friendship. King David said that Jonathon was closer to him then a brother. That speaks of a deep commitment to each other. It was such a deep commitment that Jonathon put his own life on the line to protect David from his father King Saul. Wow!! What a picture of true friendship. (If you've never read the story of King David & Jonathon, I highly recommend you read it.)

But what does that look like today? Are there really people who would be willing to suffer pain for someone who is not their spouse, child, sibling, parent? I would think there are. I have a few people in my own life that I hope would do that for me.

The reason I have been thinking about this lately is the journey I am on right now. I feel as though I have lost people in my life because they aren't comfortable with the journey. Maybe the road is to bumpy. Maybe there are to many obstacles. I don't know why, but there are people who have left me to continue this journey alone. A true friend won't leave when times get tough.

I am not pointing any fingers or calling anyone out. Please understand that. I am just voicing my concern over the loss of friendships in my life. I am forever grateful to the ones who have remained constant in my life through everything. I am grateful that they have chosen to continue to walk beside me through this difficult journey. They know who they are & I hope they know how much they mean to me.

To those who have had to leave the journey, I am praying for you. I don't know where God has led you & I don't know what has caused you to leave this journey. But I do know that God always has a reason for things that happen in life. He also has a reason for bringing people in & out of my life. I hope that God will bless you as you travel along the journey that God has you on. If our paths are to cross in the future, I will be blessed to have you back in my life.

To those who are still in my life, but are on the sidelines of this journey, please know that I am praying for you as well. I know that this journey I'm on is a difficult one & that it scares some of those in my life. I don't hold that against you anymore. I am thankful for your prayers & support. I hope that you will always be open to allowing God to work in your life. You never know, He may lead you to join me on this journey at some point.

I will continue to walk this journey that God has me on - even if I am only walking next to my Heavenly Father. I know that He will always be the One who will be closer to me than a brother. He has already promised that He will never leave me or forsake me. He is the One that I can always count on to be constant in my life. Thank You Heavenly Father for You unfailing love in my life!!!

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