This is Justin pressing on, working hard at physical therapy, and being rewarded with an intense Jenga or Candyland match.
Justin is very competitive, which always makes his therapist laugh. And, much to my approval, she does NOT let him win. She often pushes him by making therapy into a race or competition with her. We want to nurture that fighting spirit and channel it against cancer.
This coming week, Justin will be fitted for “boots” to be worn while he is sleeping to stretch his legs. He is experiencing what is known as chemotherapy-induced peripheral neuropathy, which causes foot and ankle weakness, heel cord tightening and lack of reflexes.
Sports are important to Justin. He’s already looking forward to baseball season and hopefully being able to play “in every game, mom!” I’m doing everything I can to push that outcome, but knowing it all rests in the hands of our Sovereign God.
Although we have passed day 365, we learned from his doctors that the one year mark of Justin’s treatment is considered to be this March. Someone remind me to ask again. I forget the reason.
We press on in the strength and grace of our Lord. Grace be with you, my friends.
Since you are my rock and my fortress,
for the sake of your name lead and guide me. Keep me free from the trap that is set for me, for you are my refuge. Into your hands I commit my spirit; deliver me, Lord, my faithful God. Psalm 31:3-5