What happens when you’re stuck in a Hospital around Christmas-time? Let me tell you...
In 2010, one of the best men I know - my Uncle Phil, got a diagnosis that changed his life, and his family’s life forever. Multiple Myeloma - a cancer of the blood. It attacks really anything and potentially everything that has to do with your blood - cells, marrow, the works. Over the past (almost) 8 years, Phil and Anne have gone through clinical trials, oral chemo, IV treatment and so much more.
Fast forward to this year.
A little over a month ago they got news that the trial was not longer working how it should, the MM monster had reared its ugly...stupid...dumb...evil (oops, I got carried away) head again. So a new plan was formulated, Phil’s first round of slow drip, IV chemo. Four straight days of treatment, the back home to recover, wait and pray. They prepared for this, they listened to the doctors and the possible side effects and were ready for it.
What Anne and Phil didn’t prepare for was the emergent need to return to the hospital for two weeks.
Cue the REAL Christmas story.
The support Anne and Phil have received from the moment he was diagnosed has been astounding. These two humans are LOVED, they have both served their communities in such unique, important and life changing ways. It’s no surprise, that after one of the most difficult experiences of their lives - they were completely wrapped up in love.
Being stuck in a hospital at all is no joke, but when Christmas is approaching, and your tiny hospital room doesn’t allow for any kind of true Christmas cheer, and your son (JP!) gets snowed out and delayed, and….well, the list continues...it takes a toll.
But those same people that Anne and Phil love and support, give it RIGHT back. Meals, Groceries, Donations, Gifts, Nurse Consults (thanks to Nurse Jen!) Yard Work, care for Beau (their sweet pup), blankets, cards, well wishes, overnight stays, car rides, endless messages of support and prayer.
And with little to no time (or energy) to prepare for the holidays, Phil and Anne returned home to Roswell, GA from their arduous hospital stay to their very own village of elves arriving to spread some Christmas spirit.
A fully-lit tree for their living room. Lights and Christmas characters for the
outside of the house. Just like that, their home was filled with brightness and joy, the kind that only the holidays can bring around. Even more beautiful than the decorations though, are the hearts of the people who chose to take a minute from the craziness of their holiday schedule to lift up Phil and Anne in a time when they truly needed it.
This is community. This is Christmas.
Every act of kindness counts. It’s Christmas Eve, what can you do today to spread the love and make Christmas more beautiful than it already is?
To keep up with Phil's journey - click here.
- Love ya, Mean it, MERRY CHRISTMAS.