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Just thankful things are as well as they are...

Wednesday, February 01, 2012

It's been a while since I posted a blog. Last few months have certainly had a great deal of stress and test of my faith--but I'm still here and thankful that things are as well as they are!

Nov. 25th, one of my older brothers went into renal failure and we were not certain he was going to live. In 3 different hospitals and a nursing home for rehab, and not coming home until 1-19-2012. Dialysis began while in the 2nd hospital and still continues. He lost one kidney to cancer about 3 yrs ago, and the other one is not able to function well enough anymore. BUT, I'm thankful.....

Another sibling diagnosed with kidney cancer 2 days after Christmas---same kidney that our brother lost due to cancer, previously. Genetic? possibly---but it was caught in Stage 1, unlikely that chemo or radiation will be needed, kidney will be removed, leaving one;
But I'm (WE are) thankful---

Let me say that I am NOT writing this blog for sympathy, pity or attention. I'm writing this because we all have some troubles and burdens we must face. We tend to think we cannot make it through some of the things we face, and WE cannot, ALONE! We must have a relationship with the Lord to get us through all things, especially those things that would tear us apart, steal our peace, kill our joy, and make us bitter.

I can still look around and see others who are hurting because they have lost 7 siblings in as many years, I'm thankful things are as well as they are--at least my siblings are still with me.

Never said it was easy, it's not. But with the Lord's help it is EASIER! I realize and know without a doubt, that if He brings me to it--He has already, tested it, tried it and prepared it so that I can GO THROUGH IT!
Yes, I'm thankful things are as well as they are...


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  • SIMPLE_TAILOR
    No pity or sympathy, just prayers. Keep us updated.
    2852 days ago
  • JENNY712
    emoticon emoticon for your pain but i so love your attitude. I praise the Lord that you still have your brothers. God bless and keep you and them. Jenny. emoticon
    2860 days ago
  • LIGHTHOUSE23
    You have a pretty positive attitude on life, and that my dear Sis, is also a blessing.

    You and your family are in my thoughts. emoticon emoticon
    2862 days ago
  • DEBBIE_C
    Way to look up!!! Be strong and of good courage my friend... emoticon
    2869 days ago
  • RUNNINGWOLFOFMI
    I am glad your brother is ok! You are a trooper handling the stresses you have had to. Obviously the Lord knows how strong you are as He would not lay these weights on your shoulders if He thought you could not carry them. I wish I could carry some of that weight for you, but I know you can handle it! Way to stay in a positive mood!!!!!!
    2870 days ago
  • RAINSTORM17
    You have such a positive attitude about everything. I'm glad your brother is doing better and I will keep you and family in prayer. Re emoticon
    2870 days ago
  • ASHAIXIM
    My B-in-L has stage 4 kidney disease. My oldest sister was given 3 years if she didn't go on low carb - paleo diet. She's still eating sugar and carbs all she wants. I inherited all of my dads and moms bad mental and physical health issues, and my other sister got blessed with the best of both. My brother is a recovering drug/alcoholic. We all have our hands and it's just what it is. I think my brother and I, who have been through much worse than either of our sisters (giving a couple years to the one whose eating high carb) are much more grounded in our faith and love than the others. I think it is BECAUSE of the challenges we were given that we are able to give of our selves and be who we are with GOD. I was talking to some friends in a cafe a couple years ago about religion and this guy at a neighboring table broke into our conversation (I know, weird!) and said he wanted to ask a question. He said he had prayed to be made stronger and all the horrid stuff started happening. He didn't understand why all this bad stuff would happen when he had prayed for God to 'make' him stronger. I asked if he got through it, if he felt more confident, if he was better able to handle things now. He said yes to all that. Then I asked if he felt stronger. He sais yeah, I do..... emoticon
    2870 days ago

    Comment edited on: 2/1/2012 9:59:59 PM
  • HDHAWK
    I'm glad you still have your brothers.You have a great attitude. emoticon
    2870 days ago
  • CRYSTLE4HIMTX10
    emoticon So glad your brothers are still with you. Praying for you and your family.
    2870 days ago
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