Thank you for taking time to follow Meaghan's journey of healing as she battles Medulloblastoma, a form of brain cancer.

Meaghan, our five year old daughter, was diagnosed early November 2009 after an MRI revealed she had a 4 cm solid tumor in her cerebellum. The tumor resection, while successful, resulted in serious complications.

Cancer is a family affair and here I try to chronicle not only Meg's journey, but our whole family's as well.

Thursday, November 26, 2009

A Happy and Healing Thanksgiving

Happy Thanksgiving Everyone! It has been 21 days since Meg was admitted to the hospital. It has been 19 days since her surgery, hence 19 days since we've heard her say "Mom" or "Dad;" 19 days since she's walked, sat up on her own, or fed herself. Yet, we are thankful.

We are thankful for the complete resection of the tumor, for her clean lumbar puncture, for her smiles and occasional laughter, for lack of blood clots, infection, fever... Certainly, there are a great many things we grieve, but to dwell there is of no service to Meaghan.

Many people have been touched by Meaghan's situation. Our church family is uniting in a powerful way. We have received correspondence and prayers from many people we have never met. Distant family members are reaching out and reconnecting. The outreach is powerful, amazing and humbling.

Tragedies and crises are great mobilizers. They force us to look at our mortality, force us to reassess priorities and, hopefully, they force us to heal. The unfortunate byproduct of these crises is the cooperative, loving spirit is transitory. As a society we have short attention spans, other newer tragedies will come to the foreground and people will move on. And that's okay.

But Meaghan's journey of healing is a shared one. Her journey is of medical and physical healing. Your journey may lead you to a spiritual healing. Others may need emotional healing. Regardless, we are all on this journey of healing with Meaghan.

No matter the outcome, we pray that you share this journey of healing with Meaghan in your own personal way long after you stop reading our blog. Please help us ensure the focus of healing continues; shapes our interactions with one another; gives us pause before we speak.

On this Thanksgiving, November 26, 2009, we will be saddened that we aren't all together for a beautiful meal. However, if just for today, there is no room in our hearts for anger, hurt, or regret.

May the God of grace bless you and your loved ones abundantly. May your hearts be full of thanksgiving and the joy of loving fellowship.


  1. Amy, you have inspired me time and time again with your strength. I know you still have your moments, but today I am thankful that Meaghan has a mom like you and a dad like Ed and sibs like Ethan and Madison to love her and care for her. You are an amazing woman, Amy. Blessings to you today, miss you and love you!

  2. Meaghan has amazing parents, and amazing siblings. Madison the bracets are beautiful.

    Amy, I am inspired at your strength...

    Ed and Ethan, I don't know how you're doing it, but somehow you are managing to keep going. This amazes me.

    May G-d bless you now and always.

  3. Amy - We continue to pray for you, Meaghan, Ed, Madison and Ethan. Your strength is truly inspiring, and I'm so glad that you can find much to be thankful for today in the midst of what you are going through. May God continue to bless all of you with strength, love and courage throughout Meaghan's healing process.

    You know I work just up Woodward. Let me know if there is anything I can do for you -- even if it's just to get you out for hour to meet for lunch.

  4. Amy ~ Karla put it best, you are an amazing inspiring woman that I am so Thankful to call my friend. As I cherish my family today, we will be thinking and praying for you and your family. God Bless you, Ed, Madison, Ethan and Meaghan.
    All our Love,
    The Clark Family

  5. Amy - your strength and fortitude is absolutely amazing! Not only are Ed, Madison, Ethan & Meaghan blessed but so are all of us that know and love you. Have a Blessed Thanksgiving,
    Kim, Mac, Emily & Natalie


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