Last night we settled into our hotel after quite a full day of packing, last minute errands, flying, meals with new friends, and a long drive to Rockville, MD. We are staying at a hotel just a few METRO stops down from the National Cancer Institute. We'll head downstairs in a few minutes to grab some breakfast and then take a shuttle over to the METRO to give us plenty of time to make sure we are there right on time for our 8:30 morning appointment.
Also, I couldn't really talk to Kevin at all, and so even though we were sitting next to each other, we both just silently enjoyed each other's presence and the flight. It was very very good for me to have that silence imposed on me. It was a 2.5 hour flight and I spent a good deal of it just being quiet and still. I didn't really pray a lot exactly, but just felt still in His presence, which is definitely what I needed I think.
At the last minute we decided to stay in a hotel, and I'm very glad because our friend Dane and Joni's house was quite a drive from NCI. The hotel is just a few metro stops down, so it should be relatively easy to get there this morning. NCI had a stupid crazy low preferred patient rate here (like more than half off), and it was only a little more than it was going to cost us to get a rental car (which we would have had to have done, since they lived so far). Apparently traffic here is epic as well, so another reason to be only making the drive once.
We were able to chat openly with her a good bit about the other sides of cancer that aren't talked about a whole lot, and it was very affirming for all of us. She has a good prognosis and the scans are expected to come back clear, but even so please be in prayer that they will be clear and that she and NED (No Evidence of Disease) will be friends for the next five years until she can make friends with REMISSION!
Alright, it's about time to pack up and head downstairs for breakfast and the next leg of our adventure. I'm trying really hard to take lot's and lot's of pictures this time, even if they're not really great technically or artistically. The pro photographer in me trips myself up at times and then I end up not taking pics that are more snapshot worthy and less portrait worthy. In the end, a crappy photo is ALWAYS better than no photo, so I'm working really hard on this trip to do better.
Love to you all and keep sending prayers of peace our way!
-Shalom, Kevin and Rachel