Several of Michelle’s students and colleagues from Mt. Washington Middle School participated as a team in the 2012 Komen Louisville Race for the Cure this past Saturday. Only our 14 year old daughter was up for the run but thankfully the event included a 1 mile “Family Walk” for those of us with bad knees (me), short legs (Cai), or who prefer to use our energy in other ways (Daniel). After a tough week recovering from her second chemo treatment, Michelle was feeling well enough to join us. As you can see, she earned her medal!
I told her last night how proud she had made me during this battle. We are only about three months past her diagnosis. In those three months, she has endured the shocking news of her illness, two surgeries, the grueling days spent recovering from her first two treatments, her husband shaving her head, and the tangible uncertainty of whether anything she is undergoing will, in the end, make a difference. And yet, she has embraced every piece of news, life altering treatment, and miserable moment with the unquestioned assurance that Jesus is not only the author and finisher of finisher of her faith, he is the author and finisher of her life. In her words, “If God knows the number of hairs on my head, He surely knew they were going to come out.”
Indeed, as Scripture teaches us, “Is it not from the mouth of the Most High that both calamities and good things come?” (Lam 3:37). When coupled with Romans 8:28, “And we know that in all things God works for the good of those who love him, who have been called according to his purpose,” God’s sovereignty over the calamity of cancer is something we have chosen to embrace. That decision has yielded Michelle (and her husband) a comfort that my words cannot begin to express.
So how’s she doing? Physically, some days are better than others. Emotionally, stronger than I even knew. Spiritually, I stand amazed.
I would be remiss if I did not add that the prayers and support we have received from our brothers and sisters in Christ continue to be wonderfully overwhelming. Truly, our burden rests on so many shoulders that at times we even forget we carry it. We testify that the Law of Christ is being fulfilled (Gal 6:2).