my sister bought me a CD I had been wanting as a thank you for helping care for her and my mom during my moms recovery from major back surgery. The CD was Matthew West Story of Your Life. Little did I know the emotions that track 8 would stir. It was a song that brought back memories, and still gives hope. It is my new song for Joey. This song had become my theme song for my little warrior.
It talks of the feelings of diagnosis, of being told to give up, of faith being worn away, and strength that falters. Then it talks of waking on the other end of the battle as a survivor. The chorus though… the chorus makes me want to sing at the top of my lungs…
Nothing can stop you now
Nothing can back you down
You never give up, never give in
You’re a survivor
THATS my boy! Nothing stopped him, he never gave up and today he is a survivor.
Granted I know we’re not done… there is more to do but his battle with histio… that is in the past. Now we get to look towards the future.
And part of looking towards the future is days like yesterday.
Running with the sand between his toes, sunscreen lathered on every exposed inch of skin, and his sun hat and sun suit at the beach. Life returning to normal. A SURVIVOR.
Hold your kids close, cherish every second. We are one of the lucky ones to come out the other end. So many of our friends have had to have the strength to let go of their little ones. I pray no one ever has to feel the fear, the pain, and the reality that so many we know have faced. I hope one day we will all be survivors in battles such as this, especially the children.