As most of you know, in late November, Laura was diagnosed with Hodgkin’s Lymphoma - a form of blood cancer. After some follow up tests, she began chemotherapy on December 21 at Northwestern Hospital here in Chicago.
The treatment routine will include a series of out-patient IV treatments and oral medications and will last for several months. The side effects of the treatment are not insignificant and the road ahead is not an easy one. We are comforted that others have walked this road before Laura and have thrived. We are confident she will do the same.
There is a great temptation to look at this situation and to be filled with shock and sadness; and without a doubt, they are part of the story. But to see them as the whole story, I think is to miss what is really going on. You see, this is really … a love story.
It’s the love between two parents and their daughter -- parents who loved their daughter before they met her and a three-way bond that can never be broken.
It’s the love between siblings who ache for one another.
It’s the love between a girlfriend and a boyfriend who find their lives thrown upside down and still find a way to smile.
It’s the love and support from family and countless friends who take this journey with Laura.
It’s the love and compassion of doctors and nurses who have trained long and now work hard to heal Laura.
And most of all, it is the love of the Creator for his creation- a Creator who has planned a future full of Hope for all of us. A Creator who promises us that if we look for Him, we will find Him with us.