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living in the moment

So, the year 2016 sucked in ways we would have never dreamed of. Who knew that Katy would have to have five surgeries and endure two different rehabs? Three of the surgeries were for a brain tumor and then the discovery of ovarian cancer.

Starting in March of 2016 Katy’s balance got worse and worse and that led to her getting an MRI and discovering that the tumor they had found in 2010 had gotten bigger and required surgery. Fast forward to 2017 and the surgeries are over, rehab is done and Katy is now 70 lbs lighter. Now Katy is facing chemotherapy thanks to the doctors finding a tumor on her right ovary. The tumor is gone, the historectomy has happened and now there are 3 chemo treatments to be had. Two are done and we have one left to go. By the 30th of January 2017 Katy will have had her last chemo treatment. The doctors feel confident that the cancer is gone and she has nothing more to worry about.

In 2015 we started the long and painful process of applying for Social Security Disability benefits. Katy was not able to work and so we engaged in the mountains of paperwork in hopes of Katy getting disability benefits started. When Katy was no longer able to work and bring funds into the household budget it threw our finances into a tailspin. We survived somehow but it certainly was not fun. We had to learn how to do without a lot of things that we had gotten accustomed to. At the end of September of 2016 Katy was approved for her disability benefits. She received a back payment check which was nice and enabled us to get caught up on our bills and do a couple of other things for each other.

Katy has decided that even if she does get to the point where she can work again she will not be going back to being a special education teacher. Doing that sort of thing is just way too stressful on her now. Katy loves working with ED kids but the severe and moderate kids as well as the baggage that their parents bring to the table is just too much for her to handle.

For now, we are enjoying the fact that Katy has endured the surgeries, rehab and is on the road to recovery. There for a while I was wondering if she was going to make it through 2016 and make it into the new year. We had several scares with the surgeries but we are thankful that she made it through ok.

We have been blessed to have our friends and family members who have supported us the best they could. Our church family was very supportive through it all. I am not sure if we could have done it without the love and support they showed us.

When your loved one goes through something like this you are reminded of your mortality. You are reminded of how precious each moment of life really is. You are reminded of what is important and those things that are really not that important. When you have your health and faith you have everything. Money is important and we do love to have our stuff but when it comes down to it those things are very temporal and insignificant.

Living in the moment is something that we both have to learn how to do. Slowing down and appreciating life more. Focusing on what is important and giving up worrying about those things we have no control over. We cannot cling to those things of the past and we have little to no control over what happens in the future. We have to trust in God to take care of those details. We have faith that God is more than capable of bringing us through the storms of life. We look forward to what the future holds for us.

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