Four words that I never thought I’d ever type. Yet that is the new reality my family and I face today. Just a few hours ago we learned after my wife, Cheryl’s, faithful persistence and concern over a couple of swollen lymph nodes in my son’s neck (which grew and then another appeared) that he in all likelihood has lymphoma.
The oncologist we saw today after looking at the CT scan was 99.5% certain that is what we’re facing. They’re doing a biopsy tomorrow which will tell them what kind of lymphoma and what the course of treatment should be. They’re also getting a bone marrow sample so they can rule out leukemia as some of his blood tests gave enough concern they wanted to rule that out.
And so we wait to see what exactly we’re dealing with.
My wife and I have obviously been concerned. Morgan has been incredibly brave through all of this and I’m certain will be throughout his entire battle. He’s a strong kid and he’s got a strong faith. I asked him how he was doing and he said, “why should I worry? I have Jesus.”
Absolutely true. In the Psalms, King David cries out and says, “Whom have I in heaven but you? And there is nothing on earth that I desire besides you. My flesh and my heart may fail, but God is the strength of my heart and my portion forever,” (Psalm 73:25-26, ESV). That was true for David, and true for Morgan and true for anyone who has Christ as their Lord and Savior.
God is our strength. God is our portion – and that is eternal and will never, ever be taken away! Cancer may be a big, scary disease, but God is bigger than cancer. And the Vander Hart family is going to trust Him as we go through this together.
We have also been blessed by all of the Facebook messages, Tweets, emails, text messages and phone calls. It’s good to know that not only do we have Jesus, but we have brothers and sisters in Christ who will go through this battle with us.