First off let me wish you all A Merry Christmas and A Happy New Year
I’ve spent wonderful Christmas time with my family. We spent Christmas Eve here at home just the two of us with the girls. After we had eaten dinner and opened our presents my parents and two of my brothers came over for some hot chocolate and cookies as they always do. We had a quiet and relaxed evening. On Christmas Day my parents had invited us all to dinner. We met there with my parents and my three brothers and my sister in law. We spent lovely time there and it was nice spending time together – a cherised moment which had a different meaning this year – but I’ll tell you all about it a bit later in this post. Rúnar had to work yesterday but we had been invited to a Potluck Christmas Party with his family. I decided to go with the girls and it was a great decision as we had a lot of fun meeting everybody. I am a bit saddened that Christmas is over once again. I don’t have to go to work tomorrow as I have the day off but I have all sorts of things to do so I will be busy all the same. I am looking forward to wednesday though as I also have that day off and I plan to do nothing then but to either stitch or knit.
All my plans for the Advent and Christmas went out the window and the last 1 and half month has been like a roller coaster ride for me. It is the most difficult time in my life but I feel like I must write about it here just to let you know in a way why I did disappear and why I might disappear from my blog again.
It all started on my father’s 80th birthday which was on November 9th. We were invited for dinner with my family and during the dinner I had noticed that my brother was sort of under the weather healthwise. I didn’t think more of it until later in the month when I found out he wasn’t eating well (he is single and lives with my parents) and could hardly keep anything down. At first we thought this was a stomach bug that had been going around. But after two weeks it had become a bit suspicious and I kept telling him to go and see the doctor. He had then made an appointment to go an see the GP but had to wait for another week for that appointment. Shortly before my daughters birthday on November 28th, he had come for a visit and I could tell that he was in agony with pain so I insisted that he would go to the ER and get checked out there. Luckily he decided to finally do as I said and he wasn’t allowed back home after the check-up but was sent to the hospital for a better check-up. After a various tests the doctor found a big tumor in the stomach. He was then admitted to the hospital for more tests and stayed there for more than 2 weeks. The type of the cancer is lymphoma wich will be treated by chemo-thearpy. He has finished the first cycle and things are going pretty well and we are trying to be optimystic about the future. 🙂
But it didn’t end there. While we are all dealing with the fact that my brother is sick and waiting for the diagnose for him my father gets sick with what we thought at first was the flu that was going around. He got a bad cough and wheezing which the doctor thought was pneumonia and put him on a doze of penicillin. He finished that doze but didn’t feel any better. When he contacted the doctor again she called him in and wanted to do some tests on him. She draw some blood and put him in a lung x-ray scan. They found something suspicious there so he had a MRI scan where they found a tumor in each lung. He was admitted to the hospital a few days later for additional tests. When the results were back it turned out to be a Small Cell Lung Cancer and he has one big tumor in the right lung, another smaller in the left lung and two tumors in the abdomen. He has started chemo-therapy, started last week. He won’t be getting a full force chemo-therapy as he health (age, etc.) would’t permit it. So, he has been put on smaller dosages to keep the cancer down but it is not enough to cure the cancer. This came as a big blow to us all and we are still processing the information. I’ve been the one who has been taking him to see the doctors and I will be following him though with the chemo-therapy. I find it very difficult most of the time but I wouldn’t want to have it any other way.
So, I would like to ask you – if you do pray please add us to your prayers as we really need this right now. I am trying to stay optimystic about it all and trying to be the one who cheers everybody else along but I have my moments where I just break down.
I hope you will have a good year ahead of you and I wish you all the best of good health, love and happiness for the new year.
All the best to you all,