Designs From LifeAugust 5, 2007
So, as noted in our last post the reason we bailed out on the last gathering was that our amazing son Caden came down with childhood cancer. Events like this tend to make one rethink everything about life. I always prefer to play to my strengths rather than weaknesses (maybe this is a weakness?). After trying to absorb the effects that this was going to have on our family’s life, I thought about if there was anything that I could do about this situation. Realizing that I was completely and not just completely, but COMPLETELY unable to do anything about neuroblastoma in myself. It was a not-so-nice-I-think-I-would-like-to-stop-the-world-and-get-off-for-a-while feeling. So besides praying (which is very worthwhile, and highly recommended) I wanted to do something. I decided that I would collect the paraphernalia from the events surrounding the cancer that Caden is fighting and produce a sculpture. Shannon mentioned in the last post that I was working on a sculpture, but I forgot to post a sketch. This is a rough sketch, but I think it embodies some of the ideas I am trying to address. I am using the actual items that Caden sees daily, or when in the hospital. I am basically making a history of the event in this way. I am going to insert them (aesthetically of course) into clear resin and have them surround the object in the middle, which I am hoping will be the glass encapsulated preserved tumor. I know, I know this may sound a little bizarre to some. I think it is more about facing fear, and knowing that whatever we go through, no matter how painful, we can do it. So ‘what doesn’t kill us makes us stronger’? Maybe that is how life is. The truth is in how we respond to what we are given, rather than what we are given. I would love to say I haven’t had any fear in this whole ordeal, but that wouldn’t be true. I appreciate the prayers of those who are praying, as we can feel them in a real way. Caden has been wonderful throughout this whole situation. His attitude is excellent and his smile is infectous. We are so blessed to have him. We are taking steps, small ones maybe, but steps to learning how to face our fears, to overcome them and realize that even though we don’t like it, we can learn from them and be better off even than before.
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