Tuesday, August 20, 2019

Still in the Fight: Mom's One Year Breast Cancer Update

My Mom, Grandma, and Aunt Estelle

Over a year ago, on August 2nd, 2018 my Mom, Carol, was diagnosed with Invasive Ductal Carcinoma, Stage 3c Breast Cancer. This past year, Mom’s been fighting for her life as she has gone through surgery, radiation, and almost two rounds of chemo therapy. After months of treatment, she's weary and tired with still no end in sight.

On top of everything else, my Mom has continued to be my Grandma’s full-time caregiver. With each passing year, my Grandma gets worse and worse as her Alzheimer’s condition advances. In the past few months, it’s become very apparent that my Mom needs to begin to transition my Grandma’s care to someone else. We’re so thankful for God’s provision in this area, because my Mom and her sister were able to find a nursing home for my Grandma. In a little over one week, my Grandma will move into her new home. As you can imagine, my Mom is busy making all the necessary arrangements as Grandma gets ready to transition to her new home.

When Grandma transitions to a nursing home, Mom will lose her main source of income as a caregiver. With her living alone, she will be responsible for paying all of her medical and household expenses. In the coming weeks, Mom is going to need financial help.

If you are able, please donate to Mom’s GoFund Me to help with her extra expenses. Thank you for trying to help relieve some of this current burden. Click here to donate now.

Don’t forget!! Look below to check out the list of other ways you can help my Mom during this time.

Ways You Can Help

 - Donate to my Mom’s GoFund Me she has a lot of expenses without her normal income, it would be a blessing if you could help relieve some of that burden for her right now. 

- Bring my Mom a meal, especially if you’re in the area. You can even bring something that she can easily put in her freezer and heat up when she’s hungry. 

 - Order groceries from Safeway or Walmart and have them delivered to my Mom’s house. 

 - Send my Mom a card to let her know you were thinking of her. 

 - Send my Mom encouragement through text message or give her a call. 

 - Pray for my Mom that God would be a constant source of peace and strength to her during this time. Pray for complete healing from this disease.

Ladies, don’t forget… 
 Do your self breast exams! Get your mammograms! Be proactive! Save the TATAS!

Wednesday, August 7, 2019

Leaving Hong Kong

Sorry I've been a little quiet recently, it's been a crazy few months. Due to some complications with my husband's job, my family was forced to move from Hong Kong, back to the United States. You heard me right, we've moved back to the United States. Honestly, it seems too soon for us to be coming home. The whole time I was in Hong Kong packing up our stuff, I just kept thinking,

"I'm not ready. I'm not ready to go."

However, less than one year ago, I was thinking the same thing as we prepared to move to Hong Kong,

"I'm just not ready." 

My how the tables have turned. God sure did a miraculous work in our hearts in a very short time.

With reluctant hearts, on Friday, June 21st, we woke up very early in the morning and made our way to the airport. Everything felt so surreal. How could we already be leaving Hong Kong? Nevertheless, we go into our Uber and headed to Hong Kong International Airport. Our friends met us at the airport and helped with our luggage as we checked in for our flight. These men even prayed for us, before leaving. We already miss them so much!!

Our initial flights took us from Hong Kong to Beijing, China to Houston, Texas. We stayed in Houston for a few days with some close friends. Then, we flew from Houston, Texas to Portland, Oregon. Where we spent time with family and friends before my brother's wedding at the end of June.

We're currently living at my other brother's house where will we live for the next several months. At first, it was a very hard transition for all of us. However, the girls finally seemed settled and are doing so much better. Additionally, I've been working on homeschool with the big girls, to make the most of our time here.

What's Next?
My husband's spent the past few months looking for a new job. He's has traveled all over the country for interviews and meetings trying to determine what the best job would be for him at this time. After much prayer and deliberation, he has decided to fly for a regional airline. After my husband completes his training, our entire family will move to Colorado to be closer to our family and friends. We are excited for how God is going to work in our lives throughout this new adventure.

Please Pray

  • Praise God for His provision, poured out through our family and friends during this time. 
  • Praise for Jon's new job. 
  • Pray for our girls during this time of transition.
  • Pray for Jon to pass all of his training.
  • Pray for Hong Kong during this time of tension and division. Protection for our friends who still live in Hong Kong and for The Bridge Church to be a force for peace and love during this time.


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