Today, June 15, our oldest daughter, Emily, graduates from high school! We have lots of family in town to celebrate Emily and all that she's accomplished.
And Jill is able to attend!
This was a big goal last week, when on Tuesday night the neurosurgeon looked skeptical that Jill might make the ceremony. "That will be a good goal, for you to be able to go."
On that note, Jill is doing great. She came home from the hospital on Friday night. She had a very chill weekend, sleeping and relaxing at home with family. Other than tiring a little more easily than normal, she has had no diminished mental or physical abilities. The doctors have been very impressed with how quickly she's recovered and how well she's doing. I mean, here is a list of 20 things you can expect after brain surgery, and Jill is mostly not experiencing these things. Examples: She's taking an occasional Tylenol for pain. She got a pedicure on Monday (she had been staring at her toes all week in the hospital). We had to talk her out of making a Costco trip yesterday (thanks for going instead, Cora!).
I commented that she's like the superhero Wolverine, with uncanny healing powers. She only smiled slightly, letting me down easy after making a dumb joke. As many of us have experienced, Jill is a rock in every way. And we believe that prayers have especially powered her God-given strength this week, too.
We are still waiting for the final pathology reports on the tumor. On Tuesday, the doctor sounded like we should be prepared for radiation and possibly chemo. (Ugh!) But that won't be decided until we have the final results next week. So, please keep praying for the best possible outcome of those tests and possible treatments.
Still, today is a day to celebrate!
On Tuesday, Emily turned 18 and today she graduates as valedictorian. She is a beautiful young woman who possesses great reserves of strength, humor and diligence—just like her mom. Emily loves her family, friends and Jesus. Congratulations, Emily!