Friday, January 22, 2010

Extraordinary Measures

Billy and I seldom go see a movie in a theater, but tonight we did. I really wanted to see Extraordinary Measures, a movie about a dad who works tirelessly to find a cure for the disease that is stealing his children.

A few months ago, someone asked me how far I was willing to go for Will. I honestly had no idea how to answer that question. What was he looking for? A financial number? An emotional limit? How do you even process that question? It's really haunted me. How far do I go? How does a parent not go to whatever extent is humanly possible to help a sick child? Not all of us are called to quit our jobs and open new biotech companies to find cures for genetic diseases that insidiously steal the lives of our children. We aren't all Harvard Business School graduates or research scientists. But I am a mom with a brain who can research and learn and look for people who have answers.

We don't have the income that this family obviously did. But we do have a sovereign Lord who has blessed us with wonderful medical insurance, a church and friends who have unbelievably loved and supported us and held us up when I really didn't have the strength to continue, and doctors who continue to help Will to the best of their ability.

Is it easy? Nope. Some days it takes Herculean effort to just get out of bed in the morning. Meeting the medical expenses takes upwards of $1,200 per month. But it has been such a gift to see how the Lord has opened the doors and sustained us throughout the last two years...and to know that no matter what is required of us in the next two years, no matter how hard it is to continue to find answers for Will's health issues, that He holds those doors and our family in His very capable hands. Because He is the one who went to Extraordinary Measures.

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