Yesterday, the last Sunday of the month, slipped away before I realized I should have written a Spiritual Sunday, 05.2018 post. But didn’t want to wait until the last Sunday of June to share with you all I am grateful for. So, here I am writing this Spiritual Sunday 05.2018 post on Monday.
Spiritual Sunday, 05.2018
Last month, in this post, I wrote about my work toward seeking peace, in addition to all I was grateful for in April. My life continues to be tumultuous. Many would suggest that is just the way of life. Full of ups and downs. There were a few evenings in May, that I struggled to think of something to write in my Simple Abundance Journal of Gratitude. Always grateful for my life, my family, my home. But not gonna lie, there were a few tough days this month. Especially with worry and concern over my daughter Lauren’s health.
This past week, I have been with her in Cleveland where she obtained a second opinion for her recent diagnosis of vasculitis/microscopic polyangiitis. Here’s what we learned.
Our Trip to Cleveland
In April, Lauren was diagnosed by a rheumatologist with microscopic polyangiitis (MPA), a very rare immunologic disease. She began a course of steroids and chemotherapy to treat the disease early in May. While there is no cure, steroids and chemo can provide periods of remission in patients which may keep the disease from progressing and affecting their organs.
Lauren sought a second opinion at the Cleveland Clinic to confirm this diagnosis and treatment plan. So, Lucia and I flew to Cleveland with Lauren on Tuesday and met with Dr. Alexandra Villa-Forte bright and early Wednesday morning.
The doctor took a thorough history of Lauren’s life-long health issues, then requested more testing. Additional blood work to confirm MPA. It took 48 hours to get the results back so in the meantime, we drove to Lexington, Kentucky to visit my mom and brother.
The test results came back indicating that Lauren does not have MPA but has something called inflammatory bowel disease (IBD), either Crohn’s or ulcerative colitis. While both of these diseases are also uncurable, they are less serious and life-threatening than MPA. Lauren still doesn’t have a treatment plan as Dr. Villa-Forte told her to discontinue the steroids, chemo and a drug called Plaquenil. Now to find out where she goes from here.
We sure appreciate the many prayers and good thoughts sent up in Lauren’s behalf. And welcome continued prayers for a clear path for treatment.
This Month’s Little Miracles and Gratefuls
Some of the things I was grateful for this month:
- Brennyn and Mustafa are happily, officially married
- Great workouts at the gym for longer periods of time
- Finished spring cleaning upstairs
- Air conditioning for unseasonably hot nights
- Sweet message from my Prince on our DIM message board
- Lauren was granted an appointment at Cleveland Clinic
- Beautiful summer-like days at the ball park
- Mother’s Day wishes from my daughters
- Smell of lavender
- We have the means to pay for the repair of all the appliances and house issues cropping up this spring
- PC went with me to the court hearing about the pool
- Safe travels to and from Albuquerque-Cleveland-Lexington-Cleveland-Albuquerque-home
- Batting video PC made for Cadence to help with her swing
- Remembering our fallen soldiers
As I am writing this, we still have a few days left in the month. Hope to finish May on an upturn. Looking forward to a shiny new month.
What are some of the things you are most grateful for this month? Do you have any little miracles you can share? Would love to have you leave them in a comment below.
Wishing you a good end of the month!
Hugs and kisses,