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Oct 13, 2019
As we welcomed 2019, we had no idea that our lives hovered on the brink of big changes! We knew that M. Sue had recently been diagnosed with breast cancer and would be undergoing radiation therapy in January. Beth had driven in, from Wisconsin, for a visit that included Christmas. Kim had spent much of her Winter Break in San Angelo and was spending a couple of days in Hollis, Oklahoma, with Chip and Sue before heading back to Stephenville. John fell twice, in the course of one night, and the fire department (Lift Assist) had to be called in, both times, to get him back up. The second time he was taken to the hospital where he fell again. Kim came back to town and together we made the difficult, but hopeful, decision to send Dad to a residential rehabilitation center, where he could improve his strength and mobility while Sue waged war on cancer. Beth deferred her return to Wisconsin to stay in Texas to support both parents. 3 weeks later, after a frustrating lack of communication, and a definite lack of basic care, John had fallen 4 more times and was in worse shape than he had been in when he entered the Rehab Center. Upon another hospital admission (driven by family members not the Rehab program or their staff), we realized just how severe the situation had become. John, who had walked into the Rehab Center has been bed confined since his most recent fall. It's difficult some days to resist a temptation to be bitter but we choose to believe that God will use this too for our good and/or His glory!
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