I remember getting to the end of 2016 feeling exhausted by all the drama that’s comes with trauma. As a family we were hopeful that 2017 would usher in a reprieve from the challenges we were all facing in 2016.
My wife Cally was struggling diabetes and severe epilepsy. The intensity of her symptoms created an atmosphere of constant fear in our home. As much as we muster an atmosphere of hope and faith, it was offset by one medical crisis after another.
The fear and the anxiety of seeing my wife suffer the way she did was almost unbearable. Holding a family together through all that may have been one of my greatest challenges in life. I feel like I am still in the middle of that journey.
Intense stress can have an unforeseen ripple effect on your family. It happened in our family.
For example, my two daughters had a front row seat to all of this. They have had the courage to speak to me about the burden they’ve carried. It’s been a huge responsibility assisting Dad in looking out for the well-being of their Mom. It’s a responsibility neither Cally or I ever intended for them. They have been courageous kids.
We’ve fought hard to prevent her from dying. Facing that reality can put a lot of pressure on two teenage girls.
2017 hasn’t been any easier than 2016 was, but we’ve gotten a lot of answers after transferring Cally’s healthcare to the Mayo Clinic. We’re hopeful that can Cally find the courage to keep fighting for the health we know is possible. She has more courage than anyone I know.
Just to be clear, we understand that suffering visits all of us at one time or another, we don’t feel sorry for ourselves, nor do we desire any pity. On the contrary, we’ve been truly blessed by the overwhelming show of love and support.
For those who’ve been following our journey, Cally is working with her doctors at the Mayo Clinic in Rochester on a long term plan to further stabilize her health. There are residual diagnoses to follow up on, so we graciously ask you to keep us in prayer.
Please pray for the safety and security of our family. Pray for peace. Pray that the work of the enemy would thwarted by the power of God. Pray that we’d have strength in the days ahead.
Thank you for loving us. Being a part of the Body of Christ is true blessing.
May our Lord be eternally glorified. Amen.
Pastor and Friend Jeremy E.