On Thursday, February 26, 2015, after discovering 6 weeks earlier that the ovarian cancer in her lungs had spread into her brain, our family began hospice care for Cynthia at our home in Brentwood. Looking at this page now for the first time since I helped work out with wording with my mother nearly 3 years ago, I am struck again by how lovely she is–how eloquent. She has taught me (and so many of you) the value of words throughout my life. Now I hope to honor her by continuing to share with you all our continuing journey. We are still asking that same question: “what next?” but we now do it in a different context. Each next moment is a gift, and we are blessed to be moving through them with her.
– Emily Tripp
“On Friday, February 17, 2012, my world changed. I’ve never smoked, never had serious illnesses, and never faced a challenge such as this one. I was told that there was a 95% chance that I had stage 4 lung cancer. Then on Friday, March 2, the genetic profile of the cells indicated that the cancer cells are not lung cancer. The profile was that there is a 70% chance that the cells are LIKE ovarian cancer but NOT ovarian cancer; however, I had a complete hysterectomy 26 years ago, which I think might be worth noting. Whatever it is, it’s cancer, and it’s stage 4.
My prayer is that I will not be fearful and that I can trust in God’s provision for my life. Throughout my life, God has given me so many opportunities to trust him; in fact, I have often wondered, “what next?” as I have faced wonderfully strange and weird situations that forced me to acknowledge His faithfulness and His sovereignty in my life. Obviously this diagnosis will be my biggest challenge, but I have no doubt that He is present in this challenge and will continue to draw me to Himself.
My world is different now, but I guess what I really mean is that everything has become more intense. Ultimately, isn’t this the question for everyone: Do I and will I trust Him right now?
I am a wife, a mother, a grandmother, a daughter, a sister, a teacher, a friend. My prayer now is that I will also prove to be a trusting woman of faith in the days ahead.”
– Cynthia Tripp