Tonight's post will be a little different, I would like to focus on some of the people that we have met here at Jacksonville. For privacy purposes I will not use their name rather an initial, and I would like to tell you some of their story.
1: J and her son J: J is a great mom to an incredibly strong boy J, J has tumors, there are only about 5% of the world population that have the same disease as this young boy. He had to have the tumor cut out of his brain and now he is recieving proton therapy. If you were to see J on the street you would not even be able to tell he is sick or that it will be a life long process with him, he is happy, joyful, funny, and most of all he loves life. What an amazing spirit this young boy has.
2: S is a young teenage girl who has a disease that causes tumors to grow in her body, she told me the name but I forgot, please forgive me. She gets a little down because of the pain in her body and that she has some facial weakness but again she is happy. She has had 5 surgeries in the last 4 years. She has a sense of humor and at her school she is apart of the academics team for her school, last year they placed 4th out of 80 schools, pretty impressive and she told me that she did not even study.
3: D is an older woman who had a stroke around the beginning of this year, she is so happy though and ready to go home, she had to have part of her skull taken out because her brain had swelling and she has to wear a helmet in case she were to fall but she laughs it off and says she cannot wait to throw it away.
4: J is a young teenage boy who was in a horrific ATV accident, he is paralyized and his parents will not know for about 12 months how J will fare. I have had prayer with them and they are some of the nicest, most attentive parents I have ever met. I think in another lifetime we could have been friends, they remind me so much of myself and Sean. Who knows? We might still be able to be friends, only God knows. Please pray for this young boy and for his parents to have the strength to endure this trial set before them. They have a long road to recovery ahead of them.
5: Sharon is one of the nurses that we have and by far the best nurse we have here. She has two sets of multiples, twin boys and twin girls. Can you imagine? I can't! I have one of each and that is enough to keep me busy, she calls her children her busy blessing. She is one of the nicest people I have met and she loves that Sean and I are always with Georgia. Sharon says that she is glad that Georgia has us because that means she does not have to worry whether Georgia will be taken care of when we get home.
6:Ashley is our physical therapist and we love her. We were talking yesterday about why she became a physical therapist and she says she just knew as soon as she shadowed one that this was made for her. She believes this is the job that God intended her to have. She has a quiet, reserved way but we love her and I can see Christ's love shining through her.
There have been so many amazing people that we have met that we otherwise would have never met. I believe that God puts people in your path to lift your spirits, to inspire you to keep believing in miracles, and while they are only in your path for a moment in time, they leave a lasting impression in your heart. "The most beautiful people we have known are those who have known defeat, known suffering, known struggle, known loss, and have found their way out of the depths. These persons have an appreciation, a sensitivity, and an understanding of life that fills them with compassion, gentleness, and a deep loving concern. Beautiful people do not just happen.”
― Elisabeth Kübler-Ross
* Today Georgia did well, she passed her swallow study so now she gets to drink whatever liquids she wants, no more nectar thick :) She is getting stronger on her legs, more walking and less throwing a fit. We also get a weekend pass, we can take Georgia out of Brooks as long as we stay close, so no we won't be going home but we are pleased just the same. The discharge date we were given is still a go for now, I do not forsee why we won't get to go home that day. Please keep the prayers going we still need them. Thank you!