Sunday, January 27, 2008


Steve continues to get a little better each day. His chief complaints (not that he's complaining) are double vision, fatigue and headaches. His spirits were definitely lifted today by so many warm hugs and wishes from friends at church and visits from family members this afternoon.

Monday will be a full day with appointments at the Harold C. Simmons Comprehensive Care Center on the UT-SW campus. We should learn more about when treatment begins and what kind of schedule to expect over the next six weeks.

Today, for the first time since Dec. 11, I woke feeling a sense of peace and calm about Steve's condition and future. Both Melane and Julie had recently described similar feelings -- a calm after the storm.

I've had the chorus from one of my favorite hymns running through my head all day:

It is well, with my soul,
It is well, with my soul,
It is well, it is well, with my soul

I've always loved the song's message of hope and embrace it now more than ever.


Chitnis and Chahal said...

Steve and Tyra:

Remember what I said about statistics, its an average. There are people doing badly who bring down the average hence we miss out on the ones doing really well. Steve is going to be one of those doing well and I am hoping doing the best. I want him to beat all odds and my oncologist friend feels the same way.
Steve is not a statistic, he is a sweet, special guy and we are all rooting for him.
I hate spot so much, you can't imagine my helplessness in not being to do more, however a positive thought, had it not been for spot I would have never met you guys, I still want spot gone for good!!!
Also remember what I said in the hospital, no one knows what tomorrow may bring. You only have control over today, so live it the way you have been living it, with love, hope and peace.
There are no crystal balls which can predict anyone's destiny.
From Steve we have to learn that its more important to add life to your years than years to your life. Make each day count!

Not sure if saw the movie, Braveheart. Take this in the most positive way. William Wallace says " ALL MEN DIE, BUT FEW MEN REALLY LIVE "!

Steve really knows how to live, he is truly a braveheart! We should all be very proud of him.

Shilpa, Rahul, Juhee

Anonymous said...

Steve and Tyra

We know that you and Steve are strong and will fight till the end. If there is anything we can do to help, please let us know. You and your family are in our thoughts and our prayers.

Leticia Desaloms and Jennifer Poudel

Colleen said...

I know you don't know me, but I am a friend of Renee Simonieg. I think Steve and Renee went to school together. She sent me this site and wanted you to know my prayers are w/ you. I live in Houston and if you need anything with your visits here, please don't hesitate to ask. I am giving you my cell phone number in case you can think of anything you might need.

Again, my thoughts and prayers are with you and your story has touched me.

Colleen Twing

Anonymous said...

Steve and Tyra,

I continue to read your blog, through tears, in utter amazement at your faith, your courage, and your joy in the midst of this trial. My husband and I have seen first hand that God can completely heal and restore, and that is the prayer we cry out to Him for you. As I've said before, your response to this is a witness to me and a challenge to me (could I be so brave?). You are my heroes!

Marci(Children's) and Tim Diehl

Joe Gulick said...

The battle Steve is having to fight definitely is a sorrow that is rolling like a sea billow.

I'm so glad you can say it is well with your soul. I know God is helping you have that sense of peace at this difficult time.

The prayers of more people than you can imagine are being lifted on behalf of Steve and your family.

Christie said...

Steve and Trya,

We have been sharing your story and asking for prayers from friends all over the country. Let us know if there is anything else we can do for you.

Much love and prayers,
Mrs. "D" and family