So, you want to hear the updates??? Get ready - it is a long story. Well, as most of you know, Terry was diagnosed with Stage III melanoma in March. He has went through three surgeries and 6 months of chemo. He still has 8 months of chemo to go. As a prayer request, I would ask that you keep Terry in your constant prayers over the next week. Last week the doctors found another lump. They are doing a biopsy next week to determine if it is the cancer again. We have went through some difficult days lately.
Now an update on me. You know how people say never to ask "what else could happen"... well, they were right. One Sunday morning in late September I was sitting in church and my feet went numb. I thought I had just sat wrong. By that evening, both of my feet were totally numb. Within three days I had numbness in 70% of my body and was admitted to the hospital. A first, they thought it was a stroke. After an exhaustive round of MRIs and blood work, it was determined that I have Multiple Sclerosis. Yep MS - who could have ever imagined. I spent the next 12 days in the hospital, going through lots of different treatment programs. The doctors hoped to help me regain some of my feeling and coordination. The MS left me with partial paralysis on the left side and lots of numbness. Since then, I have been fighting very hard to get my strength back.
To say that this all caught us by surprise is an understatement. My life changed overnight. I have learned not to take things for granted. My children have been amazing through all of this. Their lives changed overnight too. This was not how I imagined Tia's first year in our family. I wanted it to be a happy time for all of us. But through it all, we have grown in our love for one another. I am crazy about these people!!!
Now, lets talk about happy things. Tia is doing great!!! We just celebrated our one year anniversary of gotcha day. It is hard to believe this is the same tiny little baby we met in China just one year ago. She has grown into an energetic, adorable little toddler. Her laugh is so infectious!! You can't help but smile when you are around her. I am posting a fun picture from Halloween. She was dressed as our little Mulan. She learned very quickly that the candy was the best part of the day.
I will post some more updates soon. Not making any promises of when I will post - but I will post.
Please keep us in your prayers.