Last weekend, my dad (Grampa Jack to you all) was on the golf course and collapsed. He was doing great and playing a good round one minute and the next he was out cold. His regular golf group was with him and performed CPR and called 911. Dad spent the night in the hospital and this last week has gone through a number of tests to which they have found nada. A little frustrating to not know what this was caused from but thankful to know that there wasn't anything life threatening that's come from the tests.
Then on Tuesday we were hit with a second blow. Steve (Grandy) went in for his regular three month brain scan and the tumor that we've known all along would return has finally done just that. Steve has been in remission for the last 4 1/2 years from glioblastoma multiforme, an aggressive brain tumor. Google it all you want but know that Steve's case is one that defies all medical odds and is proof of God's amazing faithfulness. I would love to write to tell you all about it but why do that when I have a mother (Honey for those of you that know her best through this lil ol' blog) who writes so beautifully? Mom has had a Caring Bridge page for Steve that hasn't had to be used in the last two years but thanks to GBM's grand reappearance on the main stage, she's warming up her typing fingers again. I will keep you all updated briefly on any news but please feel free to follow Steve through my mom and the Caring Bridge page. She amazes me with her outlook and her depth. And Steve....well, there are simply no words to describe how much I love my stepdad.
And excuse me but I need to get deep for a second. While this week has been one for the record books in terms of heartache for me, I have a sense of peace that I can only attribute to my God. Given ALL of the medical hoopla that we've endured over the past 5 years with Steve, my brother, Harper, my mom and my dad, my faith and trust in the Lord has been strengthened beyond imagine. I don't believe that God tests us or wants us to struggle but He lets life happen and our sin has given us the fear, the challenge and the reality of death. We are human and we will face death whether it comes in two hours, in two weeks or in two decades. I am thankful that I know Jesus Christ and I know His death saves me from my humanity. And yes, I am sad at all of this news and yes, I have cried BIG tears this past week but I know that the Lord's will steers my ship and I am comfortable with that. Regardless of the outcome of all of this medical blah, blah, blah that we will start to hear again, I am at peace with His will in regards to my family.
Okay, you may return to your regularly scheduled programming. Thank you for your prayers, thoughts and concerns. They are felt and appreciated.