Thursday, July 6, 2017

Thoughts for Thursday

Hey friends! Is anyone else having a hard time figuring out what day of the week it is? With Fourth of July falling on a Tuesday I feel all kinds of messed up. I don't hate that it's already Thursday and almost the weekend!


So I'm going to get real with ya'll and tell you about some stuff that has been going on with our family. I know that I have been a little MIA on the blog and my posts have been lackluster.

Ya'll have heard me talk more than once about my in-laws and just how wonderful and special they are. My MIL will drop anything to help with the boys and they have always been more than willing to keep the boys whenever needed. I have said it time and time again we would be lost without them.

Two weeks ago our entire world was rocked when we got the worst news. We found out that my sweet, precious mother in law was diagnosed with pancreatic cancer. To say that the wind got knocked out of us with this news is an understatement. None of us were expecting this and it has been so hard to process and wrap our minds around it.

The first week I was a hot mess. I literally cried pretty much all day every day. Just as soon as my tears would dry up I would talk about it or think about it and they would start falling. I cried to my mom on the phone more than I've ever cried to her before. Having never been faced with something like this before I really didn't know how to react. Of course Patrick has been amazing from day one. In true Patrick form he has remained a constant rock. It would be completely understandable for him to crumble at this news but he has remained steadfast and strong and powering through.

After the first week the shock wore off, we (I) were able to get our emotions in check and really get to helping her fight this nasty beast. She is under the best care with the best doctors. She has had a second and third opinion and everyone agrees that starting chemo right away is the best decision.

Of course my MIL has been amazing throughout all of this. She is the strongest woman I know. She has not let this get her down and despite some pain and exhaustion has not let that stop her from being with our boys and generally being the wonderful woman she is!

We are prayerful that chemo will shrink this beast and surgery will follow. We find comfort in the Lord and knowing that he has a plan for this. He already knows how each one of our stories will go and this was not a surprise to him.

I have seen multiple rainbows since that day of the diagnosis and I truly believe that it is Gods way of telling us everything is going to be okay.



Please continue to keep our family in your prayers!

18 comments:

  1. Oh, Emily, my heart goes out to you and your family!!! Such tough news. Prayer that the chemo works and your MIL can kick cancers butt!

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  2. Oh friend. I wish I could give you a big ol' hug right now. We will certainly be lifting her up in prayer.

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  3. Ohhhh Emily :( there will soon come a day where no one ANYWHERE will hear the word cancer. Cling to the belief - cancer is a word. Cancer cannot beat her or steal her spirit. It is a word, and she is stronger than any word. And with Him, through whom all blessings flow, miracles can happen. God is good ALL the time! Thinking of you and praying!

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  4. Praying for your family. God's bigger than this!

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  5. Oh Emily, I am so, so sorry your family is going through this! Cancer is a beast and there is no rhyme or reason to who it strikes. Your mother in law sounds like she has the absolute best support system, and I will be praying for you all!

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  6. Praying fervently for your sweet mother-in-law and I'm so thankful that she is such a blessing to you and your precious family. You know how much we love y'all and like I said, I'll fly my butt up there to help if I need to!!

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  7. Emily, I am so sorry to hear this news and I know directly how the cancer can affect families, my brother recently died of brain cancer. It is an ugly disease, but amazing how it can bring families together and fight like hell! You all are in my prayers everyday!

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  8. Oh Emily, I am so sorry. I saw some things that alluded to this and I am sad to hear this is what is going on. She is in my thoughts and prayers along with your family. If you need anything, please call or text me. Even just to say hi. Love you friend.

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  9. Emily, I have been praying for your family since I saw on FB this past week. I'm so glad that she has such an amazing family to rally around her. That is exactly what she needs right now! I will continue to pray for her and all of you until this nasty thing is GONE.

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  10. Oh I'm so so sorry! I'll be keeping your entire family in my thoughts.

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  11. This is such hard news to receive and I'm so sorry it's happening to your mother-in-law.

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  12. Your post had me in tears! Memories flooding back of loved ones who have received that scary diagnosis. I'm praying for your MIL and your family during this scary time.

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  13. There are no words to express how sorry I am that your family is having to go through this. The Lord has you guys in the palm of His hand and He is the ultimate physician. Praying for your MIL as she fights this battle!

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  14. Prayers friend. I hate that this is something your family is having to deal with. Hugs!

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  15. Praying for your MIL and for your family too!
    Sarah at MeetTheShaneyfelts

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  16. Oh emily, I am so sorry. I will be sending positive thoughts and prayers to you and your family. Big hugs sweet friend.

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  17. I've dealt with cancer of a loved one too many times to count. You definitely have a right to your emotions. Your MIL and family will be in my thoughts and prayers.

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