Recently Peanut had a cancer scare. We didn’t share this info with very many people, because we were praying it wasn’t a very big deal. After attending the Down Syndrome clinic this past May, one of the specialist wanted to run blood work. Remember I mentioned they tested her for Celiac Disease? Well that came back clear and normal, however at the time her thyroid hormone levels were very low. This could mean something simple as hypothyroidism, where medication is helpful. To something more extreme as thyroid cancer. Our doctor wanted to run testing again to make sure that Jana just wasn’t fighting an infection at the time.
We waited two weeks to re-take the test, and then another week to get the results back. To tell you our stress level was through the roof is an understatement. We were so terrified of the possibility of cancer. I broke down completely instantly when I pictured my beautiful girl going through treatment, loosing her hair, having to fight non stop. I’ve witness other families go through the same thing. My heart as always broke for them. Suddenly we were facing our biggest fear. Thank the Lord, all the test came back clear! They are going to be testing her again in 6 months to insure, but as of right now she is healthy!
So what is the point of sharing this? During this very stressful time, I gained some clarity. Already we have had people look at our lives and somehow pity us. They see the stress, the doctors appointments, the sleepless lights and think we somehow regret bringing Jana home. During this cancer scare I thought “Would you go back and change it?” My answer was no. I feel like God brought Jana to us. He had a plan and purpose for her being in our lives. And even if my time with her is cut short, even if the worst happens, having her is still worth it! We would never even consider going back and telling our social worker no. Jana has brought so much joy and happiness into our lives and honestly, we wouldn’t change anything about who she is or the experiences we’ve had.
Life can change in an instant. None of us are guaranteed another day. I know as Jana gets older even more scary events will come our way. This coming August we have to hand her over to a surgeon for her tonsillectomy/adnoid removal. My point is, don’t judge a family by the struggles they are facing. See past the pain and see the determination, the love and the faith that is getting them through it.