Friends, Family, and all you other people…
Seeing as how we have not updated anyone in a while, it seems like a good time!
As most of you know, the last year has been the hardest year of our lives. We have endured more trial, more pain, and more heartache than we faced in all our years prior put together.
In this year, we have seen Lauren’s condition go from bad, to worse, to worst ever. We have had to spend weeks at a time apart from each other. We have had to lay down countless ministry opportunities. We have spent thousands upon thousands of dollars on medical treatments. We have lived in the hospital for weeks at a time.
And all of that in just the first half of the year.
Please don’t think I’m trying to start a pity-party for the Harmans. I’m just trying to say that regardless of (or rather in spite of) all that has happened in the last year, we’re still here!! We are alive. We are well. And we live to proclaim the goodness of the Lord!
However, as a result of the circumstances of Lauren’s battle with cancer, we have made a few changes.
By December of this last year, her symptoms were so severe that she was mostly bed-ridden and required full-time professional care (which my mother in-law, Kim, provided free-of-charge). In response to her increasing symptoms and the loss of all ports, PICC lines, etc., we started treatment at OSU.
The prognosis of the docs was not good. They anticipated that it could take up to a year to even begin to see positive results in her treatments, and even then, they were unsure of how long they would continue.
Due to that outlook, and several other factors, we uprooted ourselves from KC and moved back to Ohio. As unappealing as the idea of leaving KC was, it is better than the alternatives. Living hundreds of miles away from one another was crushing our spirits and definitely had a negative effect on our family life. Not to mention, at this point Lauren still needed full-time care.
So here we are, a little over a month into living here, and things are going well. Miraculously, Lauren looks and feels better than she has in over a year. Symptoms are lessened, her lymph nodes have shrank, and she and her mom haven’t killed each other yet! 😉
In all seriousness, the Lord has proven Himself to be good in all seasons. While Ohio was not where we desired to be in this season(our hearts and home are still in KC), we are growing excited about what we see the Lord doing here.
We look forward to the opportunity we have to meet with all you Ohioans while we are here! If you’d like to grab coffee or dinner, shoot us a message! Until then, much love!