In fact, I went shopping yesterday and today---just looking. I was totally amazed at what is out there! Then I realized that I really haven't been out browsing for several years! No wonder I am behind the times.
We had our appt with the oncologist/surgeon this afternoon. Things are looking very nice from his point of view. He did tell us that Pilot Dad's recovery will take up to a year for completion. What that means, for example, is his taste buds will continue to change/improve but when May rolls around what taste buds he has and how well they are working is what they will be from then on. At the end of a year will be what his "new" normal will be. Because of the type of cancer he was diagnosed with (it is a very fast growing cancer [squamous cell carcinoma]), and the fact it had entered the lymph nodes this doctor will be very aggressive in his picture taking for the first two years. Then, if nothing has reoccurred he will back off slightly on the number of pictures he will take. Pilot Dad has a 45% chance of the cancer recurring. Now, I know that my God is far and away much greater than any percentage. It's another one of those times when you hear what the doctor says, you acknowledge what he has told you, and then you turn immediately to the Lord and lay it all on the altar for Him to do with as He sees fit.
"Waiting in hope means that we rest our faith and expectation, not in what God will do for us, but on God who is our hope and expectation." ~Jan Frank, author
It means choosing to live out the truth of Micah 7:7: "But as for me, I watch in hope for the LORD, I wait for God my Savior; my God will hear me."
I believe we find our true self in the midst of suffering,
pain, and sorrow, not in the absence of it. Don't ask me why this is so; it just
is. Maybe it's because trials reveal the shallowness in us or teach us to depend
on a power greater than ourselves. Or because it dims the attractions the world
has to offer and casts a bright light onto spiritual realities. I tend to think
it's because we find in our suffering a point of identity with Jesus the Christ,
the One who suffered in our place. There is no closer fellowship with our Lord
than "the fellowship of His sufferings." It's a place of "knowing" more
intimate, more precious than any human connection. In this place, He reveals
Himself and open up spiritual truth. ~A New Kind of Normal, pg. 78