Loree and her family have been through tremendous struggle, the fight against cancer has taken a toll on Steve’s body and on the physical and emotional state of the family, as it would anyone. Imagine the roller coaster ride. I encourage you to pray constantly for this family. For Steve’s health and miraculous change, for Loree and Lane’s health and their ability to stay strong together through this.
Loree has been keeping up with their caring bridge site, and she has been transparently sharing their world. I found this one to be particularly powerful, AND very timely when considering that Monday is Martin Luther King Jr. day. I advise you to NOT ignore the reason this day is celebrated. Just like President’s day, there is value to stopping and considering what it is we are showing gratitude for.
In addition, as a Christian, I consider that Christ and His efforts are more important than any individual man’s efforts, but at the same time, the value of what man has done is rooted in his belief in Christ. Each of the president’s we celebrate as well as Dr. King built their ambition and motivation on the teachings of Christ. Pretty awesome. Read through Loree’s latest post.
I am trying to make an effort to post every other day. I may have more to tell you some days other than others. We are taking an hour at a time each day. A lot of people have asked me did I have a good day? How am I getting through the days? Do I have any support system in place for me? Imagine waking up everyday and being uncertain whether the day is going to end with continued life or death. Imagine watching the man you married fight for his life everyday but you are also seeing him deteriorating before your eyes. Imagine your companion of 26 years waking up and not speaking clearly, making no sense, having no feeling except pain, no emotion anymore. Pretty much this has been my everyday since January 8 when we came home under hospice care. I tell you this not for you to feel sorry for me or us but for you to get up everyday and make a conscious decision to appreciate the life you have to spend everyday thankful for the family you have, the conversations, the affection you get from your kids and your spouse and every breath you take. This earthly life we have is sometimes taken for granted- we think we are in-disposable - we procrastinate on completing legal items, taking vacations, doing something risky that you have always wanted to do just because we have our whole life to do it. Guess what-we don’t have all the time in the world. My husband is 51 years old and has been fighting for his life for almost a year now. Life is scary right now and our future is scary. Watching your kid get up everyday and not wanting to eat or go to school feeling like he has nothing to look forward to. This life were living right now really STINKS and we are Christians-can’t imagine doing this without GOD.
Your probably thinking man this is depressing. I am sharing my heart with you today and it helps me to write about what I am feeling because sometimes it is hard to verbalize.
Live life like everyday is your last, be thankful and pray hard! We love you! Loree
At 39 years of age, Martin Luther King Jr. died. This after attending Morehouse College at age 15, after helping to establish the Southern Christian Leadership Conference, after giving one of the most profound public addresses in all of history… the “I have a dream speech“. His death came after he won a Nobel Peace Prize. At 39 he died, but he died after living so much.
I see Loree’s words and I think about how many of us have so much more to give. So much more to live for and so much more of the world to change.
On this Martin Luther King Jr day, I ask that you stop and consider the reason why we are celebrating. I will always take this day off, at least part of it, because I feel it is so very important to stop, and re-assess your life on this day. I recall a number of years ago on this day, I was in Aspen Colorado riding up a ski lift, and I had taken on the “Fireproof Love Dare“. On this day I was challenged to consider my attitude towards my wife more than anything, and I was thinking about my direction in life. It was this day that I took my first step towards putting all of my career ambitions second to my families needs. And to put my families needs directly in the path of my career. Basically, to mold family and career around one another so that together we would be impacting the world’s view of health, and that the lines of home life and career would be blurred so that they could be directly involved with anything and everything I did in my career. I have succeeded and failed.
I decided to live boldly and openly, pursuing truth in health, and taking on whatever criticism or resentment that might follow, and to keep them right in the midst of it. It is with great boldness that I want to re-affirm that commitment after reading Loree’s post. Take her words and be encouraged and be emboldened to the task ahead of you, whatever it might be.
God Bless you and may you be blessed with purpose. Be well. - Dr. E