It's been quite a roller coaster at the Krull house as we have been fighting the battle of the ears. I am very happy to report that Lucy is responding well to steroids and her hearing is almost back to where it was. Where is was wasn't perfect but it sure is better than no hearing at all. Where she was/is now is almost completely correctable with a hearing aid. The left ear, as we now have confirmed, was damaged beyond repair from radiation. That's OK as long as we keep the right ear event free.
In between multiple doctor appointments this week we were able to serve Valentine's dinner to the Neuro floors at LeBonheur Children's Hospital. Our Go Lucy Go money was hard at work. We fed more than 90 meals and awarded $3500 in financial aid. I can't tell you how rewarding it is to meet with families whose children are fighting for their lives. The determination, the sense of urgency, the raw emotions and limitless faith of moms and dads in fight mode is more than inspiring.
Go Lucy Go has a big announcement to make. The lady below is Stacey and she is our new Executive Director. I am elated to have her help and I believe that God answered our prayers when we asked for assistance. We believe that God ordained the work of Go Lucy Go from the beginning of our journey. From the very first days after Lucy's diagnosis it was evident that a true need existed in the hospital. We immediately jumped into action by sharing the gifts we were so abundantly given. It was a natural reaction to our horrible situation.
For 4 years Erik and I have done the best we could with Go Lucy Go while being parents, spouses, church members, school leaders and community members. Unless you've walked in the shoes, life after cancer is one you just can't imagine. The daily stress level that we live with is, honestly, quite unhealthy. To be perfectly clear, we would live with 5x the amount of stress as long as our family is all together. Reaching out and asking for help was the result of a spiritual battle between me, God and the enemy. I didn't want to let go but I knew there was so much more purpose and potential for Go Lucy Go than I could manage. Living in "that" moment everyday-the moment that led us to founding Go Lucy Go-was tearing me down.
Stacey has come along side of us, handling the day to day duties and the organizational component of the job. She has a ton of great ideas and you'll be hearing and seeing a lot of exciting things from Go Lucy Go in the months to come. We, in turn, are relieved of the daily stress which allows us to mentor families and be the servants that God called us to be. I am grateful and continue to stand in awe of God's provisions for our family. Thank you all for your continued support.
Happy Valentine's Day from us to you!