Chemo Starting Tonight

From James:

We got the pills today, and in a couple of hours, So Young will start chemotherapy for her brain tumor.

I want to thank everyone for your notes on the blog, tweets, emails, phone calls, personal visits, etc. The encouragement is tremendous. I read every note to So Young. I’m not always able to respond because things are crazy, but I want you to know she is blessed by each and every one of your words and especially your prayers.

A couple of nights ago, So Young was extremely tired, as she has often been of late, lying on her bed and crying quietly, heartbroken and afraid about the progress of her illness. Without any context she said, “I want someone to run the race for me.” I knew she was talking about the half marathon we signed up for in October that we won’t be able to run. Part of her wants me to run it alone, but we both know I need to be here and can’t. She wishes I could run it in her name, like she ran her first marathon with my name emblazoned with a Sharpie across the back of her shirt.

That random, out-of-context statement, so typical of So Young if you know her well, is an apt metaphor for what’s happening right now. So many of us are “running the race” for her when she can’t. Praying and fasting on her behalf. Providing words of encouragement. Bringing meals. Visiting just to talk. Cleaning. Keeping an eye on her to make sure she’s well. Making sure she takes her medication.

Thanks for running the race for So Young. We’re at mile 20 with an incredible number of great people supporting us as we go. I would ask you to pray that the chemo will do its job, but I know you already are.

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7 Responses

  1. Rubes, I will run the Runner’s World Half here in PA for you. I will run every step for you from now until the day you are healed. Just be well. I love you and James so very, very much.

  2. We want that chemo to run the race into her body and gobble up that brain tumor and make it disappear quickly. When I did my chemo, as they hooked me up to the iv, I imagined little Christian soldiers eating my cancer cells and healing me. I will be praying for you So Young and James..and children. I know God CAN..

  3. Jim, Thank you so much for the updates. I haven’t written in a long time, but I have continued to pray. So Young, although I have never met her, is such an inspiration to me. There is no doubt that the Trinity are with her. Prayers for God’s will, always, but hope and pray for miraculous healing by the Divine Physician. Prayers for comfort and peace from the Holy Spirit, like only He can provide. Prayers for friends and family as they journey with you all – that the Holy Spirit sends them your way at just the right moments. Prayers for you and So Young, that you get rest and nourishment to keep battling this with everything He gives you. Love in Christ, Cheryl

  4. James & So Young,

    You are always in my thoughts. I will be praying for you daily and asking that God’s perfect peace and comfort be over you at this time.

    “‘Though the mountains be shaken and the hills be removed, yet my unfailing love for you will not be shaken nor my covenant of peace be removed,’ says the Lord, who has compassion on you.” – Isaiah 54:10

    Love,
    Sung Han Park

  5. Hello, James, So Young, Shannon, Lindsay, and Audrey!!!

    The Lord brought this to mind for me to share with you:

    Psalm 121

    A song of ascents.

    1 I lift up my eyes to the mountains—
    where does my help come from?
    2 My help comes from the Lord,
    the Maker of heaven and earth.
    3 He will not let your foot slip—
    he who watches over you will not slumber;
    4 indeed, he who watches over Israel
    will neither slumber nor sleep.
    5 The Lord watches over you—
    the Lord is your shade at your right hand;
    6 the sun will not harm you by day,
    nor the moon by night.
    7 The Lord will keep you from all harm—
    he will watch over your life;
    8 the Lord will watch over your coming and going
    both now and forevermore.

    Love you all —
    Kim

  6. Continued prayers…please let me know if I can help in any way including just visiting and sitting with So Young. I’m not too far away…

  7. We love you both so much and pray the best for So Young. Take care of yourselves and the girls. Lots of love, Grandma & Norval

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