We have received the good news that the results from Joseph’s bone marrow test were “all clear”.
When we called the hospital to check on the results a nurse answered and checked with the consultant. After she told us the news I said, “Sorry to have interrupted your work,’ and she replied, “Oh, it’s no problem – it is always a pleasure to deliver good news”.
This of course is the best Christmas gift possible for our family. Unfortunately, Joseph’s immune system is too weak to allow him to attend Church on Christmas or New Years Day (which happens to be his birthday).
Joseph will receive his last dose of oral chemotherapy on the 27th of December. Then he turns 5 years old on the 1st of January 2017. He will continue to take an antibiotic four times a week for 3 more months to provide protection as his immune system begins to recover.
Though Joseph can still easily get an infection, that does not at all diminish the Good News of a successful end of chemo treatment. It fits perfectly in a season for Good News – over 2000 years ago angels announced the birth of Jesus to shepherds. Some of the least important people in a most remote and obscure region get the most astounding announcement in history. So what did these uneducated, unwashed and unacceptable people do? They went to see what all the fuss was about and they met Jesus. Let us do the same.
And in the same region there were shepherds out in the field, keeping watch over their flock by night. And an angel of the Lord appeared to them, and the glory of the Lord shone around them, and they were filled with great fear. And the angel said to them, “Fear not, for behold, I bring you good news of great joy that will be for all the people. For unto you is born this day in the city of David a Savior, who is Christ the Lord. And this will be a sign for you: you will find a baby wrapped in swaddling cloths and lying in a manger.” And suddenly there was with the angel a multitude of the heavenly host praising God and saying,
“Glory to God in the highest,
and on earth peace among those with whom he is pleased!”
When the angels went away from them into heaven, the shepherds said to one another, “Let us go over to Bethlehem and see this thing that has happened, which the Lord has made known to us. And they went with haste and found Mary and Joseph, and the baby lying in a manger. And when they saw it, they made known the saying that had been told them concerning this child. And all who heard it wondered at what the shepherds told them.” Luke 2 : 8 – 18