Firsts: A Story in Pictures

“Remember your journey, from Shittham cancer to Gilgal wholeness, that you may know the righteous acts of the Lord.” Micah 6:5b

Sometimes, pictures tell a better story (tweet this).

Keep a record of your journey–whatever it may be and wherever it may take you–so that you can remember the righteous acts of the Lord.

Pedro's brother, Noel, helps Pedro prepare for his first chemo.

Pedro’s brother, Noel, helps Pedro prepare for his first chemo.

After having a port installed near his collarbone, Pedro suffers through his first chemo treatment.  The tumor makes his neck and face appear fat.

After having a port installed near his collarbone, Pedro suffers through his first chemo treatment. The tumor makes his neck and face appear fat.

The lymphoma cells froze Pedro's face and prevented him from swallowing.

The lymphoma cells froze Pedro’s face and prevented him from swallowing.

Pedro got out of ICU the day Laura and Sarah came to say their last goodbyes.

Pedro got out of ICU the day Laura and Sarah came to say their last goodbyes.

One month later, the doctors let Pedro leave the hospital to wait for his stem-cell transplant procedure to begin.  The girls come for another visit.

One month later, the doctors let Pedro leave the hospital to wait for his stem-cell transplant procedure to begin. The girls come for another visit.

Pedro presents a picture of glowing health (ok, see the photo above and draw your own conclusion ;) ) on the day of his stem-cell transplant.  It took 10 days of shots to the stomach and harvesting to produce enough stem cells.

Pedro present a picture of glowing health (ok, see the photo above and draw your own conclusion 😉 ) on the day of his stem-cell transplant. It took 10 days of shots to the stomach and harvesting to produce enough stem cells.

Pedro walks Laura down the aisle--a walk that many doubted he would ever make.

Pedro walks Laura down the aisle–a walk that many doubted he would ever make.

 

Anita currently teaches English to 7th-12th graders. She describes herself as a 'recovering cancer caregiver' who gives thanks daily that her husband has been cancer-free for ten years.

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  • I love picture posts! I did one when we were on sommvacay in 2011 to Napa. I feel like it’s a living book for us to show the world how we see it, the beauty and the dysfunction.

    Thanks for sharing Pedro’s story! Inspiring!

    • I’m still working on making the photos all end up exactly where I would have liked them…one of these days ;). I’ll have to look for your photo post–Napa is beautiful!

  • I LOVE this post! Dad looks so young in the first few pictures. And so wonderful in the last picture. <3
    Laura Melchor recently posted…The Grapes of Wrath and Little HouseMy Profile

    • :). Sometimes, when it’s all laid out in photos, it just tells the story more powerfully–especially the last one!

  • I loved this! Though it was really sad to see some of those of Pedro during treatment. Great to see rather than just read a post. And I’m SO glad there is a walking daughter down the aisle post. Good happy ending…and beginning. 🙂
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    • God is good. All the time. It was a fun and beautiful wedding :). Pedro even helped arrange the flowers and make the boutonnieres!

  • Bernardo Samano

    My admiration and respect to you Anita, Pedro, and your lovely family. You are a testimony of God’s wonderful deeds. God bless you!

    • Thank you, Bernardo :). Without God…well, we really ARE nothing!

  • I am so glad there was a happy ending to these photos. What a tough road he and you and your family had. I can’t get over how he looks like a different person in almost every photo.
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    • I should have included a ‘before the cancer ever started’ photo, huh? His hair used to be about as long as mine (about three years before cancer 😉 ).

  • I am in tears! This is absolutely beautiful! What an amazing story of God’s goodness and grace.
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  • It is such an interesting thing to be hearing and seeing your story in retrospect. I cannot even imagine how difficult this must have been walking through it, but I rejoice with you in the blessing of health today. Thanks for sharing your story!!!
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    • Thanks for stopping by, Becky :). God has blessed us beyond measure.

  • I love the way you tell this story with pictures! The last one is really beautiful!

    • Thanks, Kristi :). The end one is one of my favorites from the wedding :).

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  • Oh wow. That’s an amazing story. I’m in tears for you. (Happy tears)
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    • Thank you for sharing happy tears with me!

  • Oh my goodness. That’s about all I can say. That and I’m so glad this story has a happy ending.

  • Oh wow. That last picture took my breath away. Praise God for his miraculous healing! Cancer is one of the things I fear the most, and it’s so encouraging for me to read stories of other women who have traveled through it faithfully. Thanks for sharing!
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    • I always feared cancer to most…but God is faithful, all the time. We all learned so much from the journey.

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