Personality has the power to up lift, power to depress, power to curse, and power to bless.
Tiffany has a way to brighten peoples lives. I've seen it many times. Whether it is with her smile, her service, or her great outlook - she creates happiness with so many people. Here in the hospital it is still the same. Her smile and personality continues to put smiles on the doctors and nurses faces, and in turn, it seems like they work harder for her, as they seem to care just a little bit more. Just today one of the nurses suggested that they are excited when it is there turn to take care of Tiffany, in large measure because of her attitude and goodness. Indeed the feeling she says is mutual. She loves the staff here at Huntsman.
Her battle with GVHD continues. And though she is responding to the treatments, the response has slowed down substantially. The doctors said best case is that she responds and will be out of the hospital in the next 9-10 days. But they threw caution at us as well, suggesting that was best case, and it was possible to be another 6-8 weeks before she can come home.
My personality at that news was to first to curse, and then be depressed. We have been through a lot this year and even though we have had so many wonderful blessings in the form of family, friends, and many miracles, I was looking forward to spending the holidays together as a family. Starting Thanksgiving we had every Thursday through New Years lined up with something to celebrate. Our 15th anniversary is a week after Thanksgiving, Day 100 post transplant was on Dec 11th, Emma's 12th birthday is a week later (holy cajole, she is almost 12!!) with Christmas the following week.
So, as the doctors continue to tell us it could take a while, I get the feeling I am going to have to boost her out of this joint! Any body want to help?
But, you see, Tiffany wasn't cursing. She continues to tell me it will be alright and lifts my spirits. She does miss being with the children but is so grateful to the friends and family that take care of them and keep them smiling. Knowing they are well taken care of takes of any depressed feeling she might have. She continues to wage war on this cancer and plans to be victorious.
As a friend noted the other night, we will take this one holiday, event, celebration at a time.
And then, eventually, we will be home and enjoy time with family.