Thursday, November 19, 2009

Hope: A Haiku

Four years to the week
Since Daddy's melanoma
Lump, nodes are swollen

Daddy's special day
Brought news we'd hoped not to hear
Scans do not look good

Hope springs eternal
Our doctors are fantastic
Friends and family, too

Could be something new
Yet surgery is a must
Husband is so brave

Whether an adult
or frightened eight-year-old child
Anxiety stinks

Haiku to announce
May seem a very poor choice
Gets my mind off it

Greedily I ask
If you are a praying kind
Please remember us.

We DO have all good reason for optimism...namely my husband's sense of humor, his sense of fight, his love of his children and me, and the knowledge that we're never alone, and have such reason for thankfulness. Treasuring each day...and know we'll have many, many more to come.
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32 comments:

Mary said...

Ok sweetness, another moment where you can really make me teary. Love you all. Mary

Goddess in Progress said...

No no NO! That is not acceptable news at any time of year, birthday or none.

Super strong and healthy thoughts are being sent from here down to Virginia. I hope the surgery goes perfectly, and the recovery is quick, easy, and complete.

Hugs to all of you.

Barbara Manatee said...

OH Cheryl...I am so sorry to hear this. I remember you said the other day that you had a lot going on and some bad news. Didn't expect this. I will surely keep you and Double Daddy in my thoughts and prayers. *hugs*

BakerGirl said...

Keeping you all in my thoughts. I've had several family members fight melanoma, it's scary but you will get through it.

Tracey said...

We are with you in thoughts and prayers and optimism every step of the way.

Steph said...

Hugs, prayers and positive thoughts coming your way!

BoufMom9 said...

Of course... prayers streaming in from PA... Will have everyone I know (all of my prayer warriors) put to work ASAP.

(((HUGS)) and love to you!

Laura said...

Special Fetters prayers coming your way....and some Fetters' students prayers too.

Missy (Two Little Monkeys) said...

Cheryl, keeping you all in my prayers! What a shock to hear, I am sure. But I know you all are keeping your spirits up! Love you and praying for you!!!!!

Christy said...

Your family is in my prayers! I know I haven't been blogging much, but I always thought of us as "friends."
Prayers be with you!

Terri said...

Hugs and prayers to you and your family!

Amy said...

Cheryl, I am so sorry to hear your sad news. You have great reasons for optimism. please know that you and your family are in my thoughts and prayers.

Christy M. said...

Oh my goodness, I'm sorry, My Friend.
Prayers lifted, and if I can help in any way, please don't hesitate to say so!
HUGS!
xoxo

noble pig said...

Cheryl-

Wow, I am so, so sorry. I think expressing it this way was perfectly fine. Keep us updated and hugs to you all!!

Nancy said...

Oh Cheryl!! You absolutely have prayers from The Zoo. And I'll have Mike working on that cure a little extra over then next few days in your name...

*hugs* Thinking of you

June said...

Oh I'm so Cheryl! I'm praying for you and your precious sweet family. love and hugs, June Bug.

monica said...

I am so sorry Cheryl...thinking of you and your family and a speedy recovery!

Sharlene said...

Cheryl I am full of prayers and hope for your famly. My heart breaks for the struggle your family is going to have to endure. My father had melanoma reaccurance and I know just how scary and hard this all is. If you ever want to talk to someone who has gone through it, I am here.

Rebecca said...

Simply said, that sucks! Thinking of you guys...may this go away as quickly as it came.

Alisha said...

Praying for you guys!

Sara said...

Oh Cheryl! I am praying all is well. Keep us posted.

Mike and Jill said...

Sending you positive thoughts and keeping your family in our prayers.
j

Julie B. said...

Cheryl, saying a prayer especially for your husband. I'm afraid God may be a little sick of hearing from me this week. It has been such a terrible week on so many levels.

Donna said...

Ugh! I'm so sorry to hear this news! You can bet we will be sending the prayers up around the clock. Hold tight to your family and to your faith - lots of extra hugs and snuggles, and you can count of many, many of us to lift up that faith for you, too.

Terra said...

Oh I am praying, I am praying - you better believe it. Hang in their.

Dianna@KennedyAdventures said...

oh, Cheryl! Praying God heals Double Daddy, and Mary protects your family, under her mantle. Please keep us posted.

Debbie said...

I will certainly pray for you. Keep us posted.

Aimee said...

Oh Cheryl - how did I miss this post? Of course I am sorry to hear this news, but I will pray that you and your beautiful family are held firmly in God's grace and that you will find peace and strength through all of this. Please know that I am thinking of you!

Mama-Bear said...

Prayers for Double Daddy's health and peace for you all are coming from CA.

Many hugs...

Bia said...

I am the praying kind...and I will do just that for all of you.

Truly, tonight's family prayer time is for you.

Blessings.

Threeundertwo said...

Love, hugs, and prayers. You and your dear family are in my heart.

Kim H. said...

Cheryl, I haven't popped over in a bit, but Lisa (Are we there yet?) mentioned needing prayers -- so I just want you to know I'm on it! :) I truly believe even the blogosphere is a wonderful place to find support, encouragement and prayers!

Hugs, honey!