Grateful For Twenty-Two Months

While our nation pauses to remember the assassination of John F. Kennedy, in our little Schaffer world, today marks the twenty-two month anniversary of Gorman’s diagnosis. That Sunday afternoon in January, 2012,is forever etched in my mind when Gorman couldn’t stand up or keep his balance and I took him to the emergency room.

Recently I was on the internet trying to research a clinical trial and I read that the average survival time for a glioblastoma patient is 14 1/2 months. This is why I don’t look at the internet; I always end up reading facts that I’d rather not know. My first thought was, “Oh my gosh, we are really living on borrowed time” but then I began to think that this information was really no surprise; it just takes me aback to see it in print. Here’s the reality: our dear Lord has given us almost two years of blessings. Gorman has mostly felt good and we have been able to travel, see our children, visit with friends and, on a lot of days, act like normal folks. Hovering nearby is always the fear and dread of the cancer returning but God continues to give us strength, courage and resilience and so many praying friends and for all of this, we are grateful.

Gormn and I are really looking forward to Thanksgiving. On Monday we are flying to Palm Springs, CA, where we’ll meet Charlie, Kathleen and precious little Ryland and spend five days with them. At Thanksgiving I’m especially happy that Charlie and Kathleen are both professional chefs and that Gorman loves to cook. That means I can spend all my time playing with Ryland.

Happy Thanksgiving to each and every one of you!

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Posted on November 22, 2013, in Uncategorized. Bookmark the permalink. 11 Comments.

  1. Ralph B. Vance, Sr., M.D.

    Have a wonderful Thanksgiving in California.
    Much love,
    The Vances

  2. We will be keeping you in our prayers of Thanksgiving this year in that we are so happy ya’ll are having such fun times together and that you don’t have to cook!! Sure wish I was having Hall cook but he is going to Mississippi with Jill and her family this year!!! Enjoy and know you are thought of with love!!! HAPPY THANKSGIVING , Mel and Tommy

  3. What a wonderful Thanksgiving ya’ll will have this year!!! I am green with envy about you getting to play and no cook :0)…our chef Hall is going with Jill to Mississippi to feast with her family so I am solo in the kitchen this year!!! Ya’ll will remain in our prayers of THANKSGIVING this year and know we are just so happy all is going well!!! Much Love, MEL: and TOMMY

  4. We are so happy that you all are doing so well and are able to travel to be with your children, especially your beautiful grandbaby. Keep on doing what you are doing and enjoying life. And we will certainly keep the prayers going. God is good! We give thanks to Him for your continued healing ! We Love you! Happy Thanksgiving! Cheryl & Jerry

  5. Connie and Doug Cazort

    We are so happy for you two..
    Yes, a blessing.
    Our thoughts and prayers continue to be with you.
    Have a wonderful Thanksgiving in CALIFORNIA and
    enjoy yourselves..
    Love, Connie and Doug

  6. We wish the Schaffer Clan a very Happy Thanksgiving.
    We all have so much to be thankful for.
    Our prayers and I’m sure those of many others will continue to ask God to guide you journey .
    Have Fun!

  7. We wish you a Happy Thanksgiving! Sounds like a wonderful Thanksgiving!
    Love, Christine and Bobby

  8. We thank God for hearing our prayers and for Gorman feeling so good!! Have a great trip and enjoy that grandson!! Happy Thanksgiving!!
    Karen & Jimmy

  9. Safe travels and blessings to all. YES, to have three chefs in the kitchen – and get to play – how neat is that! Best always,
    Jann and George P.

  10. So I’m finally seeing your post after inadvertently de-activating my email from WordPress–actually trying to subscribe to another blog using my phone and no reading contact or glasses!! Meanwhile you have had a wonderful Thanksgiving trip, and I can hardly wait to hear about it in person! Love to you both, gloria

  11. Mary Kay Parrone

    Just checking on you all, praying.

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