Tuesday, July 26, 2011

Family Trials

This has been a tough week for our family. As many of you know we are visiting my mom in WA this week. I try to make a trip out at least once a year to catch up with my family and smell wonderful Seattle, the salt water the rain all that great stuff. We have been catching up on a few of the sites (to be posted later) but mainly hanging with Grandma and Grandpa.

Well we had quite a scare earlier this week. I was out on my uncle's deck with the kids, talking with my 2 uncles and my aunt when all of the sudden one of the beams on the deck that Elizabeth was holding broke loose and she fell 12 ft onto the cement. I think she actually spun around because she scraped her side on the remaining rail and then landed on her bum. Talk about a mom's worst nightmare. I ran down and found her trying to stand up so I picked her up and brought her in the house where I laid her down on the floor and tried not to move her. The ambulance came and took her to Mary Bridge children's hospital. They x-rayed her, gave her a CT of her belly, and checked her over from head to toe. The only problem they could find were a few minor abrasions on her side and her arm. Other than that completely healthy. They did keep her in the hospital over night for observation (which I was so happy about for safety) and made her wear a c collar until they had a pediatric radiologist check out the x-ray.

She was so brave. Talking the whole time, crying a little, but mainly just listening to the doctors and following their instructions. She was the best patient. Everyone that saw her fell in love with her in the hospital. By the next day she was walking around the hospital wing back to her old self and riding on a toy car they gave her to play with. It is a miracle.

The other issue that we are facing this week is my mom undergoing her first stage of treatment for breast cancer. She found out about it about a month ago and had a mastectomy today to remove her right breast and some of her lymph nodes on her right side. The cancer seems to be localized to those areas so hopefully they cleaned out all of the cancer cells today. Next she will undergo chemo in a few weeks and eventually she will receive an implant to replace her missing breast. It is going to be a tough year but I know she will get through it. Honestly the hardest part will be quitting smoking. What a relief to me, finally she will have to quit smoking. Probably the only good thing about this whole ordeal. I plan on blogging about her struggles and triumphs over the next year to tell you the story of a real breast cancer survivor.

If you are reading this I just ask that you please pray for our family and keep us in your thoughts. Another trial for the Miller family.

Every time we face a trial in our lives I am reminded of my favorite scripture:
I have fought
the good fight, I have finished the course, I have kept the faith 2 Timothy 4:7


Mark, Shannon, Trey & Boston said...

Oh Jess I am so sorry about both situations!!! I am so glad Elizabeth is ok but how scary!!!! And I will for sure keep your mom in my prayers!!
I wish you still lived here so we all could help out!

Courtney from The Beauty Mark said...

Oh Jess I am so sad to hear about your mom. That is devastating news. We will definitely be praying for you and your sweet family. Give Sarah a hug for me.

Glad Lizzie is okay!!