Posted on October 24, 2017
It wasn’t that long ago that our prayer was, as opposed to a future of endless chemo cocktail treatments, the doctors would craft a plan that gave Samantha a chance for a long and healthy life. Now, not only have the medical professionals at Memorial Sloan Kettering crafted that plan, the plan is working.
On this Friday, October 27th, my beautiful, courageous wife alongside her dedicated medical team at MSK, will mount another offensive in this war with Cancer. This surgery represents a significant milestone for Samantha, and for all who love her.
It was less than 6 months ago, on a Sunday morning in May when our Discovery Church family laid hands on Sam and I and prayed for Sam’s healing and protection a couple hours before boarding a plane for NYC. Sam was scheduled for her first surgery since diagnosis.
We all, who love you, laughed with hopeful hearts as you and your BFF ‘footloosed’ into the operating room, singing Hope & Joy in the face of fear.
We all, who love you, shed many tears that night. We waited in anguish as you sacrificed your organs, muscle, flesh and blood at the altar of medicine in a war with this disease. In the early morning hours, you came into consciousness in a dimly lit corner of the MSK’s PACU room. Just hearing your whisper was enough to send our hearts soaring with gratitude and praise.
Samantha Jo, your unwavering faith, strength, and perseverance has touched the hearts, minds and souls of so many. Whose light shines brightest in their darkest hour? Yours does.Quite extraordinary in this fallen world.
We all, who love you, are witnesses to your story. You have fought through so much adversity, so much heartache. My love, you have endured so, so much just to get here.
In-between championship rounds, in the biggest fight of your life - fighting with everything - for everything - Samantha Jo, took Cancer for a little walk down the runway in New York City Fashion Week… You did that.
AND we know that God is weaving His story, working through you, in us and for us. Using his children to bless us. The presence of the Holy Spirit in our lives is irrefutable. Through the darkest times we seek Him. In the midst of torturous suffering – He meets us. His love, peace, hope, grace and wisdom always within reach. Have you noticed? This year we have experienced so many life-giving moments of pure joy – more than all our other years combined – in the worst year of our lives.
We are so humbled and grateful for your financial support, cards, care packages, dinners and to everyone who has reached out with love, encouragement and hope. To watch our baby Knox take his first steps and leap into Sam’s embrace…To place him into his mother’s arms at night so they can rest in each other… To be able to do life with Sam, one day at a time, suddenly aware of all the blessings, in a river of selfless and unconditional love. These are the moments that have been made possible by you all. Your continued love, encouragement and support sustain us. On behalf of my family, thank you.
We leave for NYC in a few hours, Wednesday and Thursday will consist of pre-op tests, surgeon consults & consents, paperwork etc. On Friday October 27th, a very dedicated team of Memorial Sloan Kettering medical professionals will spearhead TEAM #SAMSTRONG’s offensive against this ‘Emperor of All Maladies’.
So, on that day, on behalf of my Queen Samantha Jo and our miracle baby Knox, I humbly and gratefully ask all that read this to pray for Samantha, pray for our family, pray for the Doctors and Nurses at MSK. But mostly, pray for the kind of healing that only HE can bestow.
My prayer is that 10 years from now, Knox will learn life’s greatest lessons: about love and courage, selflessness, kindness, compassion and faith through afternoon talks with his Mama.
We'll be in NYC for 3-4 weeks - eclipsing the 100-hospital nights mark for the year. We’ll miss Knox's first birthday – on 11/4/17. Samantha’s recovery will be a long, painful, arduous, physically, mentally and emotionally taxing process - again…
But we may just get a few more decades together as a family.
And that's all that really matters.
A Note from Samantha:
"What do you mean, 'If I can'?" Jesus asked. "Anything is possible if a person believes." Mark 9:23
Looking back, at this point in May my mind was stuck on a loop of endless terrifying thoughts about the upcoming surgery. Fear & anxiety ran wild through my thoughts. I was enslaved to this deep, frightening voice that only left the day I went under the knife. This time, God has blessed me with an overwhelming sense of peace... or maybe He's just kept me so busy this week I haven't had time to think about it. Either way - I'm thankful.
As the 27th quickly approaches, I ask for your continued prayers for these specific things:
- D'Angelica is able to remove ALL the cancerous areas of my liver
- Paty is able to reverse the ileostomy
- Wisdom, patience and stamina for both Dr. D'Angelica, & Dr. Paty and their teams
- All pre-surgical testing goes smoothly
- Gigi & Judy as they care for Knox... and Cassius
- Peace in the Chaos
Fred and I appreciate all the love and support more than you'll ever know. I will continue to fight and be the light as God continues to bless us.
This little light of mine, I'm gonna let it shine...