Dearest Family and Friends,
Today the sun is shining after a beautiful snow shower at our house, Emma is feeling better-in fact is acting just like her usual sweet, perky 10 year old self, and I feel like we are finding our brains again and are able to breath a little. These last 9 days have been a whirlwind of information, fear, sadness, fatigue, peace, blessings and grace. I speak for Jon, myself, Joseph, Emma and Ben when I write these words to you, our cheering and supportive circle.
Thank you-how can these two words ever be said in a way to convey what a blessing and overwhelming system of support you have all been to us? After learning that Emma indeed had the diagnosis of Lymphoma, within hours we had people jumping into action in thoughts, prayers and deeds for us. The four days at the hospital were spent cocooned in our hospital room, but we were far from alone. You were sending emails of support, suggestions, offers to help, prayer and love. Know that this carried us out of a very dark and scary time.
It is beyond humbling to be on the receiving end of so much love and support, and quite frankly feels awkward at times. I would hope that if any of you were ever in a similar situation, and I know that many of you have already been, that I would be as selfless and grace-filled as you all have been to us.
As you read of opportunities to support Emma Kait and her journey through Lymphoma, please do not feel obligated in any way to participate in anything. I see, especially in this time, how God gifts people in so many different ways with talents and those talents are different for everyone. So many people are offering to use their unique talents or associations to show support for Emma. What a huge blessing this is to us. Please see these as choices and never an expectation. We are humbled by it all. We are overwhelmed by it all, and will be forever grateful.
I plan to update this blog as often as I can, and it is where I share her journey, her story, in as much honesty as I can. I pray you can follow her journey through and out of this disease, and that it will forever point to the glory, power, and unimaginable LOVE of our God for each of us.
Forever praising Him,
Rebecca, Emma's mom
For the entire Stanphill Family