I’m feeling grateful today. My brother is responding well to treatment and is on the road to recovery. All of your prayers, well wishes and words of encouragement have done their part. Jeff has done his part as well, toughing it out through a difficult and uncomfortable process. In his own words…
“After many days in the darkness, searching in the tunnel, there is a light finally shining at the other end. After 5 days of sliding down into the bottom of my blood values, my white blood count has finally made a move up. My value today was wbc=.6, absolute neutrophils made their first appearance in a week, registering a .5. My hemoglobin is 10.5, and my platelets are 10, but they take the longest to recover. The bottom line is that if all goes well, I could be released on Thu/Fri of this week. What this also means is that the stem cell transplant has proven initially successful. All of your prayers and thoughts have worked. I’ll give some more backstories tomorrow, but I wanted everyone to hear the first whispers of success!! I love you all. Your humble friend.” – Jeff Goad
I love the symbolism of the light at the end of a tunnel. Just like those Chilean miners who were thrilled to see the first sign of light after so many long lonely days underground. What did they have to hold on to in the darkness that kept them going… kept them hoping… kept them believing?
Jeff just went through a dark time, not knowing if the treatment was working. But just like when you enter a dark room – if you stand still for a few moments, your eyes start to adjust to the darkness. Even the faintest light starts to reveal itself and make its way into your eyes. You soon find that you can see more than you thought you could. And that first sign of light is a comfort, giving you the strength to keep going and find your way in the darkness.
Maybe you or a loved one is going through a dark time right now. Stand still in a moment of peace and think about the family and friends who love you. That’s the ambient light that can give you something to hold on to right now. And please don’t give up hope. It may take time, but daylight will eventually stream into the tunnel and light your way.