When Jim’s brother was diagnosed with cancer he posted on his wall “You never know how strong you are until being strong is the only choice you have.” I thought the post was powerful and I put it on my refrigerator, never knowing that within my more immediate family I would soon learn just how strong I would have to be.
One of our cherished sons is sick but not with the kind of sickness that elicits immediate understanding and empathy. He is sick nonetheless and so we will circle the wagons, educate ourselves, and help him to get well. And we will pray like we have never prayed before because that’s what you do when the outcome is out of your hands.
My new reality will be to learn to live one day at a time but today I simply learned to live one moment at a time. And while most of those moments were heart wrenching some of them were hopeful.