There was a point this month when I had started a celebratory blog post recognizing the one-year anniversary of Josh’s cancer diagnosis, and all of the events which followed afterwards. Certainly, it is amazing the difference a year can make, something I often thought about last March when I would think about what life had been like just a few months before. Josh has made a lot of progress since those first few weeks, and it is thanks to his hard work and perseverance.
We also owe a lot of thanks to his army of doctors, all of whom worked in earnest to treat him, and guide us along as we made some difficult and unexpected decisions. We were also humbled by how much our friends, family, and community stepped forward to assist us in so many different ways.
Most poignant for me was March’s Shepherd Maple Syrup Festival meeting because around the same time last year I had been attending a meeting while receiving updates via text and phone calls from my wife on the latest developments with Josh. In just a couple of hours, his visit to the ER for a scan turned into “They found a mass,” and “He’s being transferred to Devos Children’s Hospital.” Hours later, I was back home and watching Josh’s icon on my Find my Friends app as he was transported via ambulance to Devos. Theresa and Kayla had left to join Josh, and I could see my wife’s icon in Find my Friends closely following Josh.
This year, I attended the SMSF meeting with lots of questions about how the Coronavirus Pandemic would impact the festival. We hoped for the best case scenario but as we all know a lot has changed since then. This week, the committee made the decision to cancel the festival. It seems as though life has changed a lot this month as everybody do what they can to slow the spread of the coronavirus.
My family has stayed close to home, and we are taking things day-by-day. I am continuing to look for a job, and Kayla has been attending her CMU classes online. Although Josh’s therapy has been cancelled the last few weeks, he has continued to improve.
When we started this blog a year ago, the plan was that it would tell Josh’s story. Now, the story of his recovery continues, but we are all experiencing a situation that is scary and uncertain. If there is anything that I’ve learned from the past year, it is how important it is to keep fighting, and hold on to hope that things will get better.
So, I hope that everybody who reads this blog post are in a place where they are secure and healthy. I also wanted to invite everybody to reach out either in the comments or by email to firstname.lastname@example.org with your thoughts about how this crisis has impacted your life, and how you are coping. Let’s stay connected and try to talk about what’s happening, because we are not alone in this.