Thursday, March 4, 2010

Mad Dash for Minnesota

It’s amazing how quickly things can change. One day you’re searching for seashells, the next day you’re making a mad dash to Minnesota. Cancer has a way of changing things – quickly. Unfortunately, that has been our reality the last few weeks.

On February 16th, my mom called with her test results: lung cancer.

We left Naples, FL on February 18th stopping at North Trail RV in Fort Myers to get the fluids and tires checked before the long journey north. What a blessing we got in on short notice because we were 9 quarts low on oil (out of 26). Then our water pump died. After two days in the shop, we finally hit the road on Saturday, February 20th for the four day drive back to MN.

If you know anything about Minnesota in March, you know it’s cold, snowy, and living in an RV is next to impossible. Thus, our house is now parked safely at my aunt and uncles house in Oklahoma. We’ll pick it up when the snow melts and the campground opens. For now, we have an opportunity to take minimalist living to the next level:  four people, one dog, and whatever fits in a minivan.

In all honesty, we’re living very comfortably here at the extended stay hotel. It is weird to have so much space though. Two bedrooms, two bathrooms, a small living room, and a tiny kitchen - must be at least 600 square feet – double what we’re used to.

My mom had an x-ray, a CAT scan, and a biopsy – and next week she has a PET scan and an MRI. We’re meeting with the oncologist again next week to talk about treatment options. I’m really grateful to be here, along with my sister, to walk through this with my mom. She is strong and feels good right now.

Today is a gift from God. I will rejoice and be glad in it.