Over the past few weeks, we have received so many prayers, words of encouragement, and commitments of faith. It has been amazing. Faith is our foundation and gets us through these tough times. Kristi, Jessie, the boys, and I appreciate all of the letters, cards, phone calls, and emails so much. The support has been overwhelming and helps us to realize how much Jessie and our whole family is loved on so many different levels. Thank You friends and family.
Today's post, however, is about Hope. Hope is our anchor in life. It stabilizes us and keeps this rocky ship from drifting out of control. Hope allows us to look to the future.
This may be one of the most important posts that you read. I believe that it will help you truly believe that Jessie will be OK and that she has a real future and can grow up to live a productive and happy life. Kristi and I believe that with all of our hearts.
Meet Cameron. She is 7 years-old and a real cutie. She is in school and doing well and likes to do things that normal 7-year old girls do, like play dress-up and celebrate birthdays, and hang out with her friends and family. Cameron had a hemispherectomy at Johns Hopkins in June of 2007 (nine months ago). Her story is here http://www.blogger.com/profile/09618184310533248537 .
Cameron's story is not the only story of miracles and hope and faith and love either. Although the Rasmussen and Hemispherectomy community is small, it is strong. There are stories like Brandi Binder who had her surgery in the 80's, who is now a professional artist. And Jody, who is about to graduate from high school and dances three times a week, and working on choosing a college. And the stories go on and on. We are going to meet her and her family this weekend.
I hope that this post gives you Hope for Jessie and some peace of mind for all of you who care so much. Please join us in our Hope for the future.