I talk a lot on my blog about our struggles with our two youngest sons who are both blessings that are on the autism spectrum. What many of my readers don’t know is that my oldest, John Allen was diagnosed with cancer when he was 15 months old. Retinoblastoma is a rare form of childhood eye cancer. Only 200-300 children are diagnosed with it a year in the United States. After several trips to various doctors he was official diagnosed 18 years ago today. The tumor that was in his left eye had detached the retina and was pushing it forward. The doctors said that he may have been blind in that eye for many months. Because the tumor was so large, it was recommended that they enucleate the eye in order to get all of the tumor. Thankfully they were able to do the surgery within a week and he has been cancer free with an artificial left eye since then. Many may look at the horrors of having a child diagnosed with cancer. It was scary at times. However, God allowed him to triumph over his cancer and He has blessed us with a wonderful, talented, intelligent son who loves the Lord. He is a fantastic helper who daily helps his mom and dad with many tasks. He loves his brothers and is a fantastic example to them. We love you, John Allen! We couldn’t have been blessed with a more wonderful oldest son.
And we know that all things work together for good to them that love God, to them who are the called according to his purpose. Romans 8:28