Monday, May 21, 2012

Things that Make Spencer Smile....

The closer we get to the end of Spencer's treatment, the more our anxiety about the future seems to overtake our thoughts.  While we're trying to stay focused on the lovely gift it will be to have our entire family under the same roof again, we find ourselves increasingly worried about post-leukemia life.  Things like the chance of Spencer's leukemia recurring (a likelihood of almost 50%), the chance of other health issues he may face resulting from his treatment, and Glen getting serious about finding a job (hopefully with as excellent of insurance plan as he currently has through his former employer).  All that and the other normal worries of parenting and post-leukemia life isn't looking like all the roses and posies we originally envisioned. 

But instead of dwelling on all that, today's post is dedicated to one of my favorite sights in the world....Spencer's smile! 

Here are a few things that are making Spencer smile right now....

Feeling good enough to get outside and enjoy some sunshine in the hospital courtyard....


The priest quorum from church coming to visit, share a lesson, and administer the sacrament each Sunday afternoon....

Finding a cute new screensaver for his iPad...

Putting the bed on its highest setting and freaking out the nurses as they yell about his low platelet counts....

Butterfingers...

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UPDATE:

His counts are still around zero, but other counts in his blood are showing the beginning signs of recovery.

Spencer's peach fuzz hair is falling out one last time. 

The light at the end of the tunnel is getting closer and closer.  Docs are saying that going home by Memorial Day is a definite possibility. 


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I need a good dose of Annie's optimism right now....


The sun'll come out
Tomorrow
Bet your bottom dollar
That tomorrow
There'll be sun!

Just thinkin' about

Tomorrow
Clears away the cobwebs,
And the sorrow
'Til there's none!

When I'm stuck a day

That's gray,
And lonely,
I just stick out my chin
And Grin,
And Say,
Oh!

The sun'll come out

Tomorrow
So ya gotta hang on
'Til tomorrow
Come what may
Tomorrow! Tomorrow!
I love ya Tomorrow!
You're always
A day
A way!




7 comments:

patty said...

Just remember: the Lord didn't lead the children of Israel out of the desert only to fail. The Goolds WILL make it.(we love you!)

shannon said...

It is a great smile, and I love his shirt! Hoping and praying the transition from treatment phase to post-treatment goes well as you find a new "normal."

Laurie Turner said...

I love these photos. They make me smile! You and your family are such an inspiration. Remember you have an army of people praying for all of you!

R said...

It is so good to see pictures of Spencer smiling. Still doing lots of praying for him.

K said...

I am almost giddy with excitement that Spence's treatment is almost over. WOO-HOO! I love seeing Spence smile. We pray for you guys every single time we pray!

JP said...

It is great to see Spencer smiling!

Kim B. said...

Hi Lara! Thought of this verse for you:
Matthew 6:34 So don’t worry about tomorrow, for tomorrow will bring its own worries. Today's trouble is enough for today"
Praying you'll be filled with God's peace & truly take one day at a time. Remember, God only gives you enough strength for today as He hasn't met you yet for tomorrow :)

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