In Our Story
The story on how Ryan and I met, fell in love, and got married is something straight out of a Nicholas Sparks novel. It’s a great love story, one I’m sure I’ll tell you about one of these days. Both our early to mid 20’s were, well, let’s just say turbulent years, ha. Individually, we have walked through a lot of life in a very short time and when we started dating it felt like we were each other’s safe havens from day one. I say all of this because we are strong and know God has written our story more beautifully than we could ever have dreamt, so this next season is just a chapter in an extraordinary story that is only ours to walk.
A few weeks ago you may remember me saying that I had to cut my Nantucket girl’s trip short because of a family emergency. Three weeks before my trip, Ryan had his tonsil’s removed. They had been bothering him for over a year and interfering with his sleep. He originally saw an ENT about his allergies and testing showed he is severely allergic to all things grass which was making his sinuses swollen… That made perfect sense, he LOVES working on our yard and had been outside more than normal over the past few years. In addition to starting allergy drops, his ENT thought it would be best to remove his extremely swollen tonsils in hopes to improve his breathing and overall life. No tonsils, no problem!
The ENT told me several times not to worry about his tonsils, that there was nothing notable there and that in a few weeks we would be back up in running. So I headed to Nantucket. That Thursday Ryan called me from the parking lot, in the pouring rain, after his 2 week post-op appointment and through tears told me they had found cancer in both his tonsils. I lost my breath. The pathology report came back showing as Classic Hodgkin’s Lymphoma and the doctor was just as shocked as we were. Needless to say, I was on the first plane out of Nantucket. My sweet friend Carly was with me and made sure I ate something and drank a bottle of water before putting me in an Uber and sending me to the tiny airport to get home to Ryan. That was the longest flight of my life.
From minute-one of finding out about the cancer, Ryan has been a pillar of strength and grace. It has already been my greatest honor to walk alongside him as we together face cancer and fight it head on. The past few weeks have a been a whirlwind of appointments, needles, IVs, and scans. Each step of the way he has been a bright light in every office he has walked into. We’ve locked arms with one another in a way only cancer can could make us. Even though there are more unknowns than knowns, we feel stronger than ever.
We are so thankful for a hope-filled prognosis, Hodgkin’s reacts extremely well to treatment. Yesterday we were notified that his PET scan indicated Stage 1e. We couldn’t have been more thrilled and relieved, or more thankful for that tonsillectomy!
So fast forward to today. I’m currently typing out this post out as I sit in a freezing surgical waiting room. I am counting every minute while Ryan is in surgery to have a port placed in his chest before his first chemo treatment tomorrow. Are we nervous? Yes. Are we scared? Sometimes. But mostly hopeful. We are excited to see what God does with this beautiful story of ours. We know first hand that He is the king of making lemonade out of lemons and we are here for it. All of it.
I wanted to fill you all in because you are like family to me, and selfishly, I want your prayers. 😉 But also our biggest hope in sharing is to shine light on the good in the every day. I’m constantly on the lookout for the “rosy” side of things (old habits die hard). That’s what this blog is all about, so that’s what we will continue to do! I have no idea what to expect in the next few months and have ZERO clue what our life will look like, but what I do know is that it is always good and that we will continue to search for it and share it.
So, nothing will really change around here… I will still be sharing my favorite drugstore beauty finds, stories, and latest obsessions because those are things worth noting, am I right!? But I do hope to keep sharing a little behind the scenes peek into our life as we lace up our hiking boots and take on this next mountain together.
Ecclesiastes 3:11 “He has made everything beautiful in its time.”