Saturday, December 1, 2012

Storytelling Sunday: Four Little Words

Sian of From High in the Sky hosts a monthly meme called Storytelling Sunday, in which she invites people to share stories in words and/or pictures. You can check them out at this link.  Here's my offering:
Friday afternoon, I scurried into the High School gym. Late for the game because of the visitors I brought with me.  I had stopped by my daughter's old school to pick up some of her friends.  They wanted to go see her play basketball for her new school. I told them not to worry if we were a little late because Clara didn't usually get into the game until the second quarter. To our surprise, Clara was already on the floor. She had been moved up to a starting position, and she flashed us a quick smile as we settled into our seats.  The girls were excited and giggling, sitting a few rows in front of me. Although I was happy for Clara, I was distracted. 
Paul was in the hospital - again.  He had been hospitalized on Tuesday with a fever.  He was on the mend from the infection, but we were waiting on test results. He had a scan to see if he has any active cancer cells left in his body.  Even with a good test result, he's probably still  looking at a bone marrow transplant to complete his treatment. But still.  Still.  A good test result would mean no more chemo and a chance to move forward.
My phone vibrated. I looked down and read the text: 
Tumor in complete remission. No activity on the pet scan. :)
I started crying after reading the first four words.
The girls asked me what was wrong, but I couldn't answer.

36 comments:

Amy said...

My eyes are stinging with relief - I can only imagine how that moment felt for you! Oh gosh, that is just wonderful news, I have been thinking of you a lot this week and I am so pleased to hear those words.
Fantastic!

boysmum2 said...

So glad you could share this with us. Here's hoping for a great Christmas and a hapy New Year to you all. Best news ever just what you need at this joyous time of the year x x

helena said...

fabulous news

Karen said...

Oh Rinda, I cannot put into words how thrilled I am for you and your family. What a lovely to start a Sunday with news like this I am positive it is going to be just as good all day.

Ladkyis said...

oh thank goodness! Now you can both begin to look forward again.
I just did the happy dance down the hall!

debs14 said...

Rinda, you always manage to be bright and cheery in your blog and it is obvious that no matter what else is going on, your children's daily routine is continuing as normal with you supporting them in every way. But it must be hard for you when you have such worrying things on your mind and I was so thrilled to read this post. What better Christmas present than news like that? Brilliant!

Jane said...

I'm so happy for you both, what a wonderful Christmas you are going to have xx

Jennie said...

Oh that is wonderful news - What a magnificent Christmas present.

Bernice Hopper said...

Fabulous news.

Anne said...

You have such a beautiful way of telling stories that you often bring me to tears, Rinda. Such fantastic news. I guess you both couldn't get a better Xmas gift. You and Paul are such an inspiration ! xxx

Sian said...

The very best Storytelling Sunday story ever. I think we are all agreed on that. That you chose to share it with us today feels like an immense privilege. Thank you - with love from us all here to all of you there. Happy Sunday x

Jimjams said...

Wonderful, wonderful news!
Off to grab a tissue!

Elizabeth said...

What good news! I could almost feel your relief and joy. Sometimes tears are the only way we can express our true feelings. Good for Clara making starting position.

Cheri said...

Hooray for remission! What a wonderful early Christmas gift!

Anonymous said...

The best news to hear for a Sunday morning! Blessings to you and the family. Tears of joy. Good for Clara for starting the game.
Cousin Rose

Abi said...

Thank you for sharing with us Rinda. The best news. Praying you have a blessed Advent as a family. xxx

Alison said...

Wonderful news Rinda..what a great start to your Christmas season!
Hugs
Alison xx

Becky said...

How wonderful Rinda! This brought tears of relief to my eyes for you. Good for Clara starting the game too! Love to you all xx

Ginger said...

Wonderful Rinda!! I am so very relieved to hear of this good news for you and your family :)

ComfyMom~Stacey said...

oh yay! such wonderful news about Paul!

Jo Murray said...

Oh Rinda...I felt your trepidation as you read the text. Thank heavens for a good result. Your relief is palpable.

Anonymous said...

OH wow!! Glad to hear that Clara is doing so well and that Paul is doing AMAZING!!!

Sending good thoughts!

Mariana

alexa said...

Oh, I am so relieved to read this, and thinking of you all ... What a lot you are carrying right now, Rinda. Heart-wrenchingly and simply told - and I am sure you will be glad to see him come home.

Louise said...

wonderful new Rhinda - have a fantastic christmas x

Melissa said...

Praise the Lord! Rinda, this is fantastic news & you did a wonderful job telling this story - I was holding my breath waiting for the results! YIPPEE!!!!

humel said...

Oh Rinda, I'm crying too - so, so thankful for this news xx

Mary B said...

Oh Rinda that is wonderful wonderful news the best Christmas present ever.
God Bless you and all your family

Love from Mary

scrappyjacky said...

What wonderful news,Rinda....so very,very pleased to hear this.

Jo.C said...

That is such great news. So happy for you all x

Beverly said...

{{{RINDA}}} My tears flowed first but I immediately lifted a praise. I am so happy that Paul is in a good place.

Carrie Rosalind said...

Yay!! Such good news! I am so happy for your whole family. Hope Clara won her game to make it all even more sweet! :)

Karen said...

I'm just catching up here, and was so thrilled to read this post!!! I'll be praying for a good match to be found quickly.

Linda said...

so, so pleased to read those 4 words:) Sending cyber (((HUGS))) to all of you from the UK:)

Deb @ Paper Turtle said...

Oh my gosh, Rinda, I am crying as I type. This is such WONDERFUL news - oh what a blessing. Yes!Yes!Yes!

Oh man I'm so glad to read this - best story ever! xo

S said...

Oh I cannot even imagine the emotions that such a text would bring, relief only being the first of them. Thanks for sharing and blessings to you all.

Gail said...

Absolutely wonderful news Rinda. I've got a lump in my throat and tears of happiness for you in my eyes. Contineued prayers for you all.