Could it be true....is this it.....are we done? These are questions we have been asking ourselves alot these past few days. Earl completed his chemotherapy on January 08th, received 2 units of blood on January 09th and left St. Boniface Hospital on January 10th for what we hope is the last time. Dr. Wong wants to see us in 3 months for follow up and will continue to see Earl after that on a follow-up basis. I have to admit that I feel this is very surreal and I am not sure if I have taken it all in. Time will tell and as the days go on we will adjust to life outside of the hospital. I am exhausted and need some time to process the events of this last year and Earl needs time to rebuild and strengthen his leg, and body and get back to living life.
We have so much to be thankful for and really want to take time to thank all of our friends and family who have been there for us, praying and supporting us throughout this past year. A very special thank-you is due to the Staff on 5B and Cancercare at St. Boniface Hospital who cared for Earl and me at times. You are a special bunch of people and we know that you love what you do because you showed it in so many ways. Going into hospital for each treatment felt like having a sleepover at a friends....Earl was never frightened or worried about being admitted, because he knew "his friends" would be there. As well, I think Earl brought a lot of joy to your lives and he has this ability to burn a hole in your heart.....You will have a hard time forgetting Earl Cook, if you had a chance to get to know him over this past year.
We are thankful for the many answered prayers and that Our God is an awesome God.
PSALM 48: 14
” For this God is our God for ever and ever; he will be our guide even to the end. “
This is a verse that we became aware of recently and reflects how we feel today.
Praise God.....Earl was granted a WISH trip and we are travelling as a family to Hawaii at the end of March. We will post some pictures, so you can see the joy on Earl's face.
Take care and please keep in touch....
Debbie, Earl and Darby