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Rusty is still very much Rusty. We know now we made the right choice Sunday afternoon on November 9. The shunt is doing exactly what it is supposed to do. Rusty hasn’t had a single headache. No pain. He smiles. He laughs. He teases. He jokes. He plays Xbox. He plays his Imaginex guys. He wields his light sabers. He is a professional athlete, marries Elayna and has triplets (Elizabeth, Rose, and Troy) and twins (Luke and Leia) in the board game LIFE. He still doesn’t like to brush his teeth. He still wants me to read to him instead of him reading tome. He still has December 9 marked on the calendar as the day Guardians of the Galaxy comes out on DVD. He still talks about winning the Little League World Series and being on ESPN at age 10. He still talks about being taller than me by the time he is in fourth grade. He still talks about going to Avengers 2 in May and is excited for the new Star Wars movies coming out next year. He still talks about when he goes to CHS and dada will be his teacher. And then he remembers.
That is what hurts the most. You can see it on his face. He remembers that he has cancer. And it has progressed. Then he just smiles and elbows my ribs and says, “I sure will miss you mama. Can’t wait till you get there.” And off he goes to play.
So we take a deep breath and thank God that Rusty isn’t afraid. He has hope to be fully healed here on earth today. He has peace to be fully healed in heaven today. He lives each moment covered in love. That is what hurts the least. Russell Lynn Schultz knows that he is fiercely loved by God. By us. By you.
Let HOPE arise.
--Adam, Mimi, Rylee Jean Bean, and The Russ Man