After speaking with the doctors, I realized once again that Time is Alice's greatest tool. Alice's body has come a long way and has made huge improvements thus far, yet unwanted cells (her original plasma cells) still linger and cause trouble. Over time these unwanted cells will have to part their ways and we should see the new marrow begin to preform as it should under a less hostile environment.
When this will happen is unsure and less predictable. The concept of Time is relative...which it seems to always be that way with anything in life, however, in Alice's situation I sometimes wish it were definite. I would love to know exactly how long it will take her body to fully accept the new marrow as her own and ensure that it will be 100% successful. I suppose we need to pave our path with patience in order to become friends with time.
In the meantime, we will continue to look upward and recognize each step of improvement along the way...for there are many.
We have a great deal of hope, which we cannot take credit for, because of others coming to our rescue.
Some weeks ago Tyler and I discussed hope. What is it? How is it understood?
We tried to define it according to our experience...this is the best we knew how.
"One might resist to hope, for they fear disappointment. If so, this is not hope...it's cheating yourself of what is already true. Yet what needs to be learned is that hope is the gate that opens our faith to believe without fear or doubt that what we righteously desire will become our possession."
We feel like hope has been the beginnings of our faith in this journey we travel with the girls. Hope is given sometimes...and for us it has been received....people are innately good.
My friend Allyson called me yesterday to see if I had plans to attend the up coming Zumba Fest this Saturday. I am...I have been looking forward to it. I have to admit, I've never done Zumba...it may be more of a comic show for others. Natalie was very disappointed that she couldn't go to the recent Fish 5k so I promised her I would take her to the Zumba party. She loves to exercise. We are excited for a fun evening. Thank you to everyone who has been working hard to put this together.