|Day Zero with my best friend!|
Today is the day! Another birthday. I will not bore everyone with the complete medical process. You can google it. STEM CELL TRANSPLANT DAY! DAY ZERO!
Throughout this journey, Chris and I have prayed for "hope." Hope in Christ, a future, hope to be back with my students, hope in a treatment plan..............HOPE!
Family is here for this day. I was wide awake at 3:45. Not worrying; just anxious. Pre-game jitters. I know the opponent, but it's a new, unknown path.
"start moving. Follow it. Make sure you keep a proper distance between you and it, about half a mile—be sure now to keep your distance!—and you'll see clearly the route to take. You've never been on this road before." Joshua 3:3-4 (The Message)
In The Fellowship of the Ring, the first movie of the Lord of the Rings, Frodo and Sam are leaving their beloved shire, a land of streams and valleys and meadows and forests. They are on a journey that will take them to the very ends of the earth, only they don't realize that yet. They think they are simply traveling to the next country.
As they cross a field, Sam stops. Frodo stops also. "What's the matter, Sam?" Frodo asks.
"If I take one more step, " Sam says, "I'll have gone further than I've been before."
Frodo smiles, walks back to him, puts his arm around him and answers, "Come on, Sam! As Gandalf says, 'It's a dangerous thing, just going out the door.'" (The Fellowship of the Ring)
|Mom and Dad 2|
Today I take a new step. My world will not be the same for a while. Tough days ahead, but it seems a dangerous thing just going out the door. But I do not go alone.
|Dr. Bhushan, God's blessing for my new birthday!|
|Lilian, one of my angel nurses|
|Chris decorated my room with family and scripture|
|Ryan's new tribute to Dad|