You Are Judged By The Strength Of Your Enemy

You Are Judged By The Strength Of Your Enemy

“You are judged by the strength of your enemy”  –  unattributed

I’ve always resonated with that quote and believe it can be directly applied to Irene’s journey.  Her real enemy, since 2007, is the ruthless & merciless, Primary Amyloidosis.  To date, she has defied the odds and conquered that incurable, relentless disease……not letting anything stand in her way….including a 24/7 bed of suffering, unyielding nausea and ruthless kidney dialysis treatment which only recently has been relieved by the kidney transplant.  YAY….!

A remarkable number of resources have rallied in support of this tenacious fight….an amazing UCSF Medical Team, innumerable family & friends……and a buoyant, ever present faith.  Her signature smile has become familiar to tens of thousands who continuously cheer her on.  And, although the enemy is currently in remission, Irene lives with the reality that it may someday return.  She’s also acutely aware that the new kidney organ may reject.  She’s determined to overcome, however, adjusting to the new routine of anti-rejection meds and fatigue that accompanies kidney transplant recovery.

We judge Irene by her inexorable courage, poise, cheerfulness, stamina and grace…..delightfully delivered to all who encounter her….she is deeply grateful for the entourage of continued support.

“You are judged by the strength of your enemy”

Thanks for caring,

Dave

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Strong At The Broken Places

Strong At The Broken Places

“The world breaks everyone, and afterward many are strong at the broken places.”

–Ernest Hemingway, A Farewell to Arms

Sisters Carmen & Jane took Irene to UCSF Medical Center today where Irene was given a GREAT report from the kidney transplant team.  Her lab work is exceptional.  She deeply appreciates the many expressions of outreach & support.  She returns to UCSF in two weeks.

Thanks for caring,

Dave

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What If God’s Healing Comes Through Tears?

We pray for blessings
We pray for peace
Comfort for family, protection while we sleep
We pray for healing, for prosperity
We pray for Your mighty hand to ease our suffering
All the while, You hear each spoken need
Yet love us way too much to give us lesser things

‘Cause what if Your blessings come through raindrops
What if Your healing comes through tears
What if a thousand sleepless nights
Are what it takes to know You’re near
What if trials of this life are Your mercies in disguise

We pray for wisdom
Your voice to hear
And we cry in anger when we cannot feel You near
We doubt Your goodness, we doubt Your love
As if every promise from Your Word is not enough
All the while, You hear each desperate plea
And long that we have faith to believe

‘Cause what if Your blessings come through raindrops
What if Your healing comes through tears
What if a thousand sleepless nights
Are what it takes to know You’re near
And what if trials of this life are Your mercies in disguise

When friends betray us
When darkness seems to win
We know that pain reminds this heart
That this is not, this is not our home
It’s not our home

‘Cause what if Your blessings come through raindrops
What if Your healing comes through tears
And what if a thousand sleepless nights
Are what it takes to know You’re near
What if my greatest disappointments
Or the achings of this life
Is the revealing of a greater thirst this world can’t satisfy
And what if trials of this life
The rain, the storms, the hardest nights
Are Your mercies in disguise

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