June 10th, 2014. The day that will be imprinted in my brain forever. The day that my dad had a grand mal seizure. The day my faith was shaken. Before I get too ahead of myself, let me explain my family a little bit. Debbie (My Mom)- Funny, Hip, Prayer Warrior. Jordan (My brother)- Athletic, Loving, Christ centered man. Lauren (My sister that I never had, SIL) – Crazy, Beautiful, Gentle spirit. Owen (My Dad)- Leader, Joyful, Servant of the Lord. Plus tons and tons of cousins, aunts and uncles. The Carter side (my dad’s side) is one big Jesus loving Norwegian family. If you don’t get the picture… our family motto is “GO BIG OR GO HOME!“ Nobody has experienced life-like the Carter’s!
Okay, Enough of me bragging about my family and back to my story. On that horrific day, I met my family at the hospital and we found out from the MRI scan that a spot was found on my Dad’s brain. Most likely a tumor and they would have to do surgery to remove it so it could be tested. The next couple days went by and surgery was underway. The doctor came back saying it looked like Glioblastoma AKA cancer. But they were going to send in to get tested.
Hearing all of this bad news, we felt that it couldn’t get any worse, until we got the results. It was in fact Glioblastoma and he will be starting chemo and radiation on July 14th. A nightmare became reality. The surgeon said this is a very deadly cancer and if he did not have that seizure, he would have been dead in 4 months. Let’s put this into perspective. It would be a christmas without my dad. Believe it or not, that seizure was a blessing in disguise. Thank you JESUS.
Even though this seems like a terrible story and you are thinking “I feel so bad for their family”, DON’T. I saved the best part for the end. My family has never been so consumed and in love with Jesus. Through it all, God has given us a sense of peace, a sense of Joy, a sense of strength. It can not be explained. He has been so present. I have learned to dwell in Jesus. Just like it says in our theme verse Psalm 23: Through the darkest times, My Lord is my comforter. This verse has become a phenomenon. To say the Lord is my comforter is one thing, but to actually feel his comfort and peace, takes it to a whole new level.
We have a Long Crazy journey ahead but, I know for a fact that my God is in CONTROL. My God is FOR me. He is NOT against me. So stay in touch, because we want you to be apart of this GLORIOUS adventure.
♥ Ciara Grace