Welcome to our CaringBridge website in honor of the Russ Man. We've created it to keep family and friends updated about his fight against metastatic Pineoblastoma brain cancer. We are undone by your love, prayers, and support. Keep storming heaven with us! We believe in signs and wonders. We believe in supernatural healings. God is good and he is crazy in love with Rusty...and so are we...and so are you. Thank you! --Adam, Mimi, Rylee Jean, and Rusty
Every time I run with my music blaring I come up with all these amazing posts. And sermons. And revelations. Then I walk through our red front door and it's all gone. I honestly do not enjoy running, and I am seriously slow. But I love how it frees my mind. I cry. I laugh. I cuss (a lot). Oh, if you could just read the posts in my mind. They are crazy awesome. But the reality of what I must accomplish coupled with all that I want to accomplish leaves no room for the actual typing of those posts. And that makes me happy. Because it means I am not in a hospital with my Russ Man. It means I am home. Cooking breakfast. Packing lunches. Reading Nancy Tillman's Wherever You Are My Love Will Find You before I put in Rusty's hearing aids each morning. It means I am dropping my Rylee Jean Bean and my Rusty Bucket off at Liberty Elementary. I am picking them up and hearing all about the amazing things that happened at school. Making snacks. Playing games. Reviewing homework. Preparing dinner. Cuddling. Praying. Kissing. Turning off the lights. And doing it all over again the next day. Loving every second of it.
Every cancer parent will tell you the same thing. We are superheros and our super power is the gift of perspective. We have more than the average human. We understand the value of every minute spent with our child doing the smallest of things. We do not take one moment for granted. This summer is overflowing with cherished moments.
Each time the hospital calls to schedule Rusty's 12 week MRI scans of the brain and spine I cry when I hang up. His next one is Wednesday, October 2. The war between my mind is brutal. Are we living life as though Rusty is truly healed and the cancer will never return? Or are we living life one scan away from relapse? Science says we are living life one scan away from relapse. Inoperable. Metastatic. Pineoblastoma. Brain. Cancer. Find a child today alive with that in their file. You can't. It doesn't exist. YET.
September is Childhood Cancer Awareness month. Feels like a good time for a CURE to me. In honor of Rusty think of someway to support childhood cancer awareness this month. There are plenty of opportunities in your community. If you live nearby, the Northwest Indiana Cancer Kids (NICK) is hosting an event next Saturday, September 14. Click here for more information https://www.signmeup.com/site/online-event-registration/94014. We will be there and would love to see you!
We love you all. Our family wouldn't want to take one step of this journey without you. You bring us great joy and happiness. We are blessed by your love.