Monday, October 12, 2009

No Such Thing As Normal

It's that time month since I last wrote! No news is good news, right? We went to UCLA last Friday for another quick and uneventful appointment. My numbers are good, though I don't know why my platelets are hovering lower than normal last 2 months at 130,000. I'd like it to be at least 150,000. The doctor doesn't seem concerned by it at all stating that those numbers fluctuate greatly and it's not that far off, but still...I guess it's the perfectionist in me that wants to be in the normal range!

Life is settling in now that school and soccer are underway. The Fall chill is finally upon us! We've already had one family outing to Lane Farms pumpkin patch which lies a stone's throw from our house (though we have to walk around the one row of houses to get there since going through our neighbor's backyard & secret Lane Farms entrance just isn't cool.) Really looking forward to Christmas when we take nightly walks to enjoy the old-fashioned Christmas ambience & all the joy that is just milling about as people pick out their tree. Enjoy the pics from yesterday's excursion! (See all the pics on Facebook under my photos tab and the album "October 2009.")

While the kids are at Artios Arts Academy today I've been trying to get housework done. I'm so inspired and motivated! I went for it and did quite a bit. I thought it was a lot until I sat down and looked at it--one would never know I did anything! My body feels like I worked for 6 hours straight, but in reality not much got accomplished. Sure I folded and put away 3 loads of laundry, picked up, swept & vacuumed, and wiped down the table, but my mother-in-law could do that in 20 min and still change sheets, pull weeds and trim bushes for another 3 hours! And she's 69 or 70! These are the things I wrestle with the most these days: my limitations, feeling like I don't measure up b/c I can't do it all, as well as the physical stuff of medication side effects, nerve damage (my feet especially hurt with this and also when I look down I get a jolt of buzzing electricty from my neck down to my toes which is really uncomfortable), and GVHD (Graft vs. Host Disease). So those are all things you prayer warriors can be praying about this month!

Today I realized something that might be a cause of the frustration I've had periodically throughout my recovery so far. All this time, I've been treating the bone marrow transplant like it was a temporary inconvenience, as if I'll get this thing done and get back to my normal life. Problem is I didn't take into consideration that life will never be the same. There is no old normal life to get back to...I've been fighting giving up of my old self, my old plans, my old dreams. I really need to focus on the Lord more and let His ways become my own--no more fighting! Living in the now is what's most important. Being present. I may never get back to "normal" (at least that is how it feels to me.) Is suffering my ministry? I think it might be, at least for now. I will try my best not to complain anymore! I gladly receive all of this and give it up for the sake of knowing Christ and the power of His resurrection more.

The following is my life verse and was written in an inscription in the first Bible I was given by a family who was sharing with me when I was not a believer in my need for a savior. Charlie wrote, "My prayer for you is that you may know Christ and the power of his resurrection and the fellowship of sharing in his sufferings, becoming like him in his death, and so, somehow, to attain to the resurrection from the dead." Within 4 months I had moved across the country and God spoke to me in very powerful ways, both supernaturally and through that Bible! I accepted Christ in September of 1992. Who knew at that time how meaningful these verses were to become to me. I've copied the verse in it's context below. So Charlie's prayer for me in 1992 is my prayer for you today!

Philippians 3:7-11

But whatever was to my profit I now consider loss for the sake of Christ. What is more, I consider everything a loss compared to the surpassing greatness of knowing Christ Jesus my Lord, for whose sake I have lost all things. I consider them rubbish, that I may gain Christ and be found in him, not having a righteousness of my own that comes from the law, but that which is through faith in Christ—the righteousness that comes from God and is by faith. I want to know Christ and the power of his resurrection and the fellowship of sharing in his sufferings, becoming like him in his death, and so, somehow, to attain to the resurrection from the dead.