TP and Regina Kennedy
My last post spoke of my niece, Regina Kennedy, wife of my nephew, TP Kennedy. Today, after an encouraging consultation with a doctor at Johns Hopkins Hospital, Regina shared her thoughts in a Facebook post. This is part of what she wants us to know about this journey she and her family are on.
So, what do you do when you're diagnosed with stage IV pancreatic cancer at the age of 38? You have your share of ugly cries and then you decide to put your big girl pants on so that you can fight. You don't ask the doctors how much time you have because you're here on God's time and he says when it's time to go... you wake up each morning and think, "I have today" and then praise God that it is so. You pray fervently for healing, the right treatment, that you will live long enough to see your babies leave the house, and to celebrate many more years of marriage to the incredible man who walks by your side. You research as many alternative therapies as you can to use in conjunction with conventional treatments. You ask God to not let this diagnosis be in vain but use it as an opportunity to help others. You begin to wonder and then ask God what you can do for Him with the card you've been dealt. You give thanks and praise and believe that come what may, He's with you every step of the way and because of that you will have victory. If you really trust in Him, you find that you have peace in your heart because it is well with your soul. You choose to fight the hardest fight because you don't really believe it's time to leave your family and friends and that you have not fulfilled your purpose. You praise God, focus on your family and continue on.
To all of you, squeeze your family and friends and hold them tight. Forgive where forgiveness needs to take place and live your life to the fullest. Most importantly, spread love. When you see me out and about, please be sure to say hello! Love to you all. -regina
Regina and TP are facing monumental expenses as they enter the world of cancer treatment. Their friends have created a trust for those who wish to help. Checks can be made to:
"The 2017 Regina Gray Kennedy Support Trust" and mailed to
"The 2017 Regina Gray Kennedy Support Trust"
Gould Cooksey Fennell
c/o Dillon L. Roberts, Trustee
979 Beachland Blvd.
Vero Beach, FL 32963