Thursday, January 1, 2009

Happy New Year!

I hope you all had fun and were safe during your New Year's celebrations! We stayed home and did nothing but recover from the long weekend we had.

I was thinking about everything that has happened this past year and pinpointing specific things I am thankful for or have learned, in spite of the circumstances we went through. I won't bore you with the details as it would be a book, but in general:

1. Okay this one is specific, but it really struck me: a year ago, Chad was not able to do hardly anything because of the pain he was in. Today, he carried the Christmas tree outside over his head with one hand and vacuumed the needles off the floor. To most of you this is no big deal, but it was significant for us.

2. The most recent tests show no cancer activity at all, and Chad has been able to go back to work.

3. The timing of his medical issues finally being diagnosed and taken care of (including the fusion surgery) was nothing short of a miracle.

4. The way our family/friends/church family/complete strangers/online friends supported us and were used of God to be a tremendous help and blessing to us.

5. Chad works for a great company that has great insurance and disability coverage. I figured out he was on disability on and off for about 6 months. We have never missed a bill or a meal.

6. Our little boy is healthy, happy, funny, silly, good - he cracks us up constantly! We are extremely grateful that it was not him that was sick.

7. Most importantly, God's plan for our lives. He has promised to give us the grace to go through what He puts in front of us, even if we don't know the reason for it. I don't know why my 34-year-old-previously-healthy-as-a-horse husband was diagnosed with cancer and then 8 months later had to have his neck fused, but I have seen good things come from it. I had a lot of trouble remembering this through the stress and burden of having to be the strong one/caretaker of everything. It showed me more about myself, and let me tell you, it was pretty ugly sometimes. It was easy to let myself get bitter and worry about the future instead of looking upward. I am still working on this. A LOT.

8. One thing I have been comforted by in all this is that I believe we have gone through this so that we can now comfort and support others who may find themselves in similar situations. I hope no one I know has to go through what we did. Stress does BAD things to you, mentally, physically, and emotionally. Trust me.

So I have no resolutions for the coming year. I simply hope to recover from last year, keep my life simple, and pray that Chad has no more major setbacks on the road to full recovery. If you have read this far, thank you. I was almost in tears writing this, being overwhelmed with emotions. I do appreciate each of you who take the time to stop by and comment. I truly enjoy reading them and try to reciprocate! Happy New Year!

17 comments:

Jackie Pedro said...

You should have posted a warning that this post required a hankie!! I hope this new year brings your family an abundance of health and happiness!!

Bunny-Zoe's Blog said...

Happy New Year to you and your beautiful family Becky. Wishing you health and happiness and that your dear husband chad continues to full recovery, Hugs, Nikki x

Susan Raihala said...

I pray this coming year is full of health, recovery, and joy for you and your family.

Anonymous said...

Thanks for sharing your family's inspiring journey over the past year. I wish a very wonderful and healthy, fun 2009 for you! And many more wonderful years ahead.
Sincerely,
Nancy K in WI

Krystie Lee said...

What a great post! I'm so very happy to hear that Chad is better. Your family is in my thoughts a lot. I think this will be a wonderful year for you guys!

I also wanted to thank you for the beautiful card, I absolutely LOVE it! It's been on my table and has received many oohs and ahhs by my friends and family! :)

Anita Kurtz said...

{{{hugs}}} You're in our prayers! You're definitely much stronger for what you've walked through and have learned to dance in the rain ;-)

Lauren said...

Happy New Year to you and your family Becky. Here's to a happy and healthy 2009!

Lisa H. said...

Oh, Becky! You are an amazing woman and I'm so glad I was blessed to meet you and call you my friend. Hugs to you and your family and Here's to a MUCH better (and healthier) 2009!

AJ said...

Becky- it all gets put into perspective when you say it like that!
;)
it *will* be a good year!

Ellen said...

I just came across your blog and read your story. Wow! May 2009 be full of wonderful memories for you and your family and wishing Chad a complete recovery. May God keep you in His care.

Juanita said...

I hope that God continues to bless your family.

Nancy Riley said...

You and your family have had quite a year. Sounds like things are really turning around and 2009 will be filled with blessings!

Happy New Year!

denise;) said...

Thanks for you post, Becky- it serves as a wonderful reminder to see the good in every stuggle that comes our way. I'm soo glad Chad is back to heavy lifting!!

Connie Carpenter Macko said...

Happy New Year! So glad that health has returned to your home. The lessons learned this year will serve you well I'm certain. Here's to health and happiness in the coming year - and lots of creativity! Hope to see you at some fun Ohio event - I miss chatting with you!

Kristin said...

Hi Becky. I missed this post until now. I'm so glad to hear about Chad's recovery- and smiled picturing him manhandling that Christmas tree! He has a great wife and knows it I'm sure. Best wishes for continuous good reports and good health for 2009!

ChristineCreations said...

Becky, I can relate to so much of what you wrote in this post with my husband's cancer in 2007. Grateful for his recovery...and for yours as you move forward. Take GOOD care of you :) Praying God will continue to bring you hope and restoration, so He can continue His purposes in each of you!

Stephanie said...

Wow, what a touching post! Praise God for all that He does, in ways that we never knew were possible. It has been quite a journey for you this past year. I hope that you and your family have a wonderful 2009. We all have so much to be thankful for!!