Healing – More Ways than One

2 Aug

OH what a difference a week makes when it comes to the body’s healing ability.  It was one week ago yesterday when I was feeling like we just couldn’t face another day of pain and yuck and then out of the blue, a couple days later, there was visible healing. Cora’s skin turned from this unnatural PINK to this muted down, healing pink.  Today, just a few days after that, her skin is healing and all that is left are a few small scabs mainly in the hardest hit areas and discolored skin where she was treated.  The body is amazing, isn’t it?

And because of this, she is FEELING better! And happy!

She was spoiled by so many caring, wonderful people while she was in sun seclusion, too. Your kindness was such a blessing to her and our family as she got her mind off of things for awhile. XOXO! You know who you are!

And just today, I was thinking about our path to date and what a whirlwind it has been.

April: United…and all of the AHHH! that goes along with bringing a new child into your life.
May: More AHHH! (Much more AHH!) and the beginning of our medical diagnosis path
June:  biopsies, cancer diagnosis, SO.MUCH.BASEBALL
July: Fighting insurance, 100+ weather days, first laser treatment, healing…

HOLY MOLY!

It was so much. These past few months have been SO much.

BUT

Like the body, the heart heals.
WE are healing. Life is getting easier. Things are feeling normal.

For the first couple of months or so, it was as if we were “on” all of the time. There was never an “off” time. And let me tell you how physically, mentally and emotionally draining it is to be “on” all of the time.

We had to cocoon, which meant not even getting a minute break for a very long time.  I couldn’t leave the room w/o her, couldn’t go to the bathroom w/o her, couldn’t take a shower w/o her right on the other side of the curtain. She slept next to us, lived basically on top of me and I sort of lost focus on anything outside of these four walls and that one beating heart.

But lately, it’s not so hard.

Cora’s not needing so much reassurance in every moment. I can shower, she can sleep in the bottom bunk, I can even run to the store…sometimes….rarely, but sometimes! I even worked at the coffee shop 2 weekends ago.  All huge progress!

They boys are doing well. Miles is finding his new spot as middle, though this wasn’t always easy. It took some admitting failure from mom and dad and intentional focusing on things that we had already outgrown with Miles.  He reverted a bit and reminded us that he still enjoys things like bedtime songs and silly time right along side of Cora.

Logan is enjoying still being  the top dog and has enjoyed new-found freedom in multiple areas of his life.  Cora isn’t so happy to be the littlest little and would much prefer to be MOM.

Or should I say, boss.
I’ll give you one guess what Miles thinks of that. 😉

It’s like, we’ve all of a sudden gone from a family who has adopted recently to a family of 5.  A family with 3 kids. Just kids. Just normal life. (almost) And just like families with 3 kids, our kids argue! And what sweet noise that is because even just a month ago, things were too new to voice such “sibling” behavior. But the fighting is minimal and the love is huge. The boys take care of her. She is so lucky to have these oppas.

So here we are, August 1st, and we’re feeling so optimistic for this month.  While we need to practice major sun safety, we’re no longer stuck indoors 100%.  Cora’s wounds are healing and today we even went to the pool.  It’s about this time of the summer when parents are saying, “WHEN is school?”  But for us, we’re saying, “We may be late, but we’re finally here summer! Please don’t rush by yet!”

And in these few weeks when I am seeing and feeling the turn-around in our life and normal taking over the hard, I look back in awe of where we were, where we are now and what we’ve walked through to get here, though we’ve just started. (I didn’t even wind up in a padded room, though I probably could have! 😉 )

When you pass through the waters, I will be with you; and when you pass through the rivers, they will not sweep over you. When you walk through the fire, you will not be burned; the flames will not set you ablaze. Isaiah 43:2

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7 Responses to “Healing – More Ways than One”

  1. Dena August 2, 2012 at 3:17 am #

    Wonderful post. Thanks for the update. 🙂

  2. stephanie August 2, 2012 at 3:20 am #

    Yay! Glad to hear things are looking up and settling in a bit. She looks awesome!

  3. nancy August 2, 2012 at 5:20 am #

    She is healing fast! now she looks so wonderful
    yeah I am Minna’s mother. cora always call me emo(aunt)when I
    visit to Korea! haha

  4. Wendi August 2, 2012 at 12:38 pm #

    So happy she is healing so nicely!!!
    Loving her bangs!!! That first picture is sooo cute!! But second picture is hilarious!!!!! Look like she is saying, ” Oh yea mom… Just try and make me!” tooooo funny!!
    She is just gorgeous!! I can’t wait to meet her tomorrow!!!! And Sarah and you and Grace!!! Yay!!

  5. Shelley August 2, 2012 at 2:36 pm #

    I am so glad things are turning to normal for you! People take normal for granted, lol! Your life has certainly been a whirlwind this year! Here is to normal and good health for all of you! Hugs

  6. amy August 3, 2012 at 3:18 pm #

    WOOHOO!!!! So glad “the load” is a little lighter!

  7. Mirande Bissell August 5, 2012 at 12:18 am #

    The photo of the three kids together is wonderful. I am so glad to hear that Cora is healing in so many ways and that life as a family of five is a happy life!

    Mandy

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