I was also reminded of something that I am not sure I have shared with all of you (I would look back on my first few posts if I could, but honestly, it's just too painful). When Aaron and I were first at the hospital with Hazel, it was an extremely dark and fearful time. We still have many hard days, but it has been no where near as intense as I thought it would be. God has truly been so faithful to us! That being said, those first days are something I would never wish upon anyone. We were trying to find hope anywhere that we could, but everywhere we turned was just full of hopelessness. We kept receiving bad news after bad news, and we had no idea what this world of Cancer was going to be like; so we felt incredibly hopeless. But one of the very first signs of hope, that I firmly believe God orchestrated for us right when we needed it, appeared in the form of a five-year-old girl. As we were being taken to one of the countless first tests Hazel was having, we were wheeled in our wheelchair into an elevator. In this wonderful elevator, we were joined by this young lady, who had obviously been through the treatment we were fearing so much. This bald beauty was the most chipper and bubbly young thing I have ever seen walking through a hospital. She was bouncing up and down, singing and making conversations with everyone around her. We were able to talk with her during our short elevator ride together, and this interaction is something I will never forget. She gave us hope that the world we were thrust into was not all dark and depressing, but could be full of energy and joy. I longed to have a moment like that with Hazel, but it just felt so far off.
During this last hospital stay, Hazel and I were roaming the halls as usual. We had just stopped to play a quick pick-up game of Hide-And-Seek when I saw a young family in the exact same place as we were only a short two months ago. Their young, beautiful daughter was being wheeled in her wheel-chair, looking like Hazel did in those first weeks, and Mom and Dad looked as though they had just been in a car-wreck. Hazel smiled, ran over to them and chatted them up as they walked by, and I saw a smile come to their faces. As I settled into bed, I broke down in tears because I realized that Hazel might be to that family, what that little girl in the elevator was to us. I felt their despair, their hopelessness and confusion, and spent many tears praying for them.
The next morning I went to find that family so I could reach out a friendly hand and to offer some hope and encouragement. I can see how God has used Hazel's story so much already, and I felt He was leading me to do that for this family. We spoke through tears and shared one another's burdens in a way that I have never experienced. And it soon became clear to me, through many of the things being said, that God wanted to bring us together. For example, they live in Moorpark (which is the next town over from where we live, for those of you who don't know), they have 3 young children and were also diagnosed in a matter of days (which hardly ever happens!). Their beautiful daughter who Hazel and I had the pleasure of seeing is named Hannah. She is 3 years old and has been diagnosed with Leukemia. This family needs your prayers! Please rally around them as you have around us, so they may feel the power of His hope!
Since coming home, Hazel has been doing fairly well. The first few days were fantastic, and we even spent one of them swimming! However, her counts have dropped pretty quickly and she's feeling a bit nauseous and run down. I also think I see some small mouth sores beginning to form. PLEASE PRAY FOR HER!!! We are scheduled for a blood transfusion on Friday, which should definitely help, but please pray for quick healing!
There is a verse that continues to encourage me, and if I have written it before, I'm sorry for repeating myself. It is Psalm 34:17-18: "The righteous cry, and the Lord hears and delivers them out of all their troubles. The Lord is near to the brokenhearted and saves those who are crushed in spirit". Please pray that our family continues to seek Him and allow Him to be near us. If we let Him lead us and put our faith and trust in Him, I am confident He will carry us through this time. And continue to pray that we works a miracle in our little Hazelnut's body and that He uses our story to show His glory!
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