Wednesday, October 8, 2008

Good News!

If you are a regular reader, you have probably noticed quite a few changes on my blog lately. There's a new layout, a new seasonal background, and a new counter to log the number of visitors. One of the earliest, yet least noticeable, changes in this round was adding some blogs to my Blogs I Read list. One of those was The BIG "C" - which is my dad's blog. It's about "Living and working with cancer. A (sometimes) lighthearted approach to things in life."

If you are a regular reader, you know that my blog is always full of newsy stuff. It's a way to reach out to our family and friends and share news. My dad's diagnosis with lung cancer was some pretty big news, but this is the first time I've blogged about it. Why? Well, there are a hundred reasons why, but mostly fear. Not just fear about what might happen to my dad, but fear that if I put it out there for all to read, it would make it that much more "real." I emailed a few close friends, put Daddy on the prayer list at our church, and said my own prayers whenever I thought about him. I didn't talk about it around the children; in fact, I rarely spoke about it face-to-face with anyone. It was just too hard. And even though he recently got some really good news, I am still tearing up as I type this.

I don't think I was quite ready to share my personal struggles, even with my regular readers, and I'm sorry. Although this is my space to share funny stories and "I wish I'd thought of that!" mom advice, it's also where I share my struggles. This has been one big struggle, and I shouldn't have forgotten that you are all willing to share the burdens, as well as the triumphs, with me.

Daddy - I love you!


Hartley said...

Thank you, "older daughter". Life is tough at times. Sometimes tougher and rougher than we want it to me.
I know with the love and prayers of my family and friends this is a whole lot easier (Huh?) that I thought it would be.
In all reality, my belief is that the more you talk about it the easier it becomes to accept the facts.
I love you too.

daddy said...

Old age is a wonderful time in life....I can misspell the word "be" as "me" and it's not big deal.
Just looks a bit self-centered.

Georgia said...

Ryan Leigh- I had no idea! We will definitely add your Dad to our prayers. Talking about it will hopefully be therapeutic for you and you will find connections with friends that you never knew you had! Please keep us posted and know he is being prayed for as are you in FL!

Heather said...

I'm so glad you've chosen to share this struggle on your blog. You were the one that convinced me to start a blog and I find that it is such an outlet and way to reflect on good and bad times. Keep the updates coming and know that we are here for you. Much love-H

RLR said...

Thanks Georgia! Thanks Heather!