The Next Step For Ingram And His Girls...
Okay so this next part is really hard to say and it brings tears to my eyes every time I think about it...but we feel it's time to move on in our journey. We are going to be posting on a less frequent basis so that we can have more time to spend with each other doing normal stuff rather than doing cancer stuff. The girls and Ingram have been through so much. While we've treasured being able to document Ingram's day-to-day journey, we feel it's time to give all three of them 100% of our time so we can help them sort through the last 17 months, and decompress ourselves as well. We have decided to write the blog on a weekly basis (posting late Sunday night or early Monday morning) so that it remains a "constant" for us, and for those who like to keep up with Ingram.
We will, of course, update with any changes that may happen in Ingram's journey as well as our friends that we have met at SJ. They're part of our family and we treasure them just as much as our own family; the cancer-bond is quite a strong one and one that doesn't end. Our family has once again signed up for the St. Jude Memphis Marathon Weekend and we will also be updating frequently about Team Ingram events and fundraising opportunities as well. The link for our Team Ingram fundraising page is listed below for any who want to make donations to St. Jude directly through the Marathon Weekend. Madison and Lindsey have set another lofty goal for this year and we hope they can accomplish it - although we are less confident about it than we were last year - so we need your help!
While we have all loved the support, prayer, encouragement, and friendships that have developed over the last 17 months, we know there are other children and parents in the midst of the darkest part of their journeys that need more support than we do right now - and we hope you will love them the way you have loved us. We have felt your love and prayers in many ways. Childhood cancer is such a hard road to travel and everything can change with a phone call. We like to say that we have felt God's mercy through the hands and words of our friends. We covet your continued prayers for Ingram as this is a lifelong battle for him; apart from God's healing and the work He does through places like St. Jude, we would have no hope.
If you would like to be notified of new posts to Ingram's page, click on the link on the right side of the page that says "Follow by Email" and you will be emailed as posts are published. We've also set up a Facebook page for Ingram that includes quick pictures of all the crazy things that happen during our days. If you are on Facebook and want to keep up with all of his adventures and shenanigans, click on the link below (and Like it) and you can keep up with Ingram that way as well.
"The Blob" as we here at the Dismuke house call it, has been one of the few constant things in our lives over the past 17 months and it's tearing us up inside to think that it's not going to be a regular occurrence anymore. We've laughed and cried as we've written the posts and read comments from all of you. And there are some parts that we don't remember because of the craziness of it all - so it's a good thing that we wrote it all down. As a family, we have recalled our days of ups and downs in a tangible way on a nightly basis for Ingram to have when he gets bigger to see what all he went through, to see what all he CONQUERed!
Ingram's next MRI and surgery for the removal for his port is on October 22nd, and we have faith that he will CONQUER yet another big day at St. Jude.
But now it's time to get our move on and we think we're ready. Once again, thank you for all your love and support and we will see you all bright and early each and every Monday morning with a new post!