That’s right!! We are moving back to Asheville! (throngs of cheers rising up now from Asheville, NC…)
We want to be in an area that we really love and that will be best for Susana’s treatment. There have been so many things thrust upon us in the last few weeks that we have absolutely no control over. So, we do need to make good decisions based on things that we still do have control over. And one of those things is determining where to live.
We came to Miami simply because it was the quickest place to get to a hospital when we came from Haiti. But we have absolutely no desire to live in Miami. This new journey that we are on will be a painful and difficult one. We need to be around people that we know and love. We need to have a church that is so supportive of our family. And we need to have a place that we all really like. Isabela needs some serious stability now. And Susana needs to be in an environment as comfortable and pleasant as possible. And Mom and Dad need to be in a place where they can receive support and encouragement. And Dad needs to be in a place where he can fly fish for huge trout!!! Hey, we will all need our outlets to get away right? Seriously.
So, we love our friends in Asheville. We love our church, Biltmore Baptist Church. We love the mountains. We, well I, love the streams and rivers. We love that the cost of living will enable us to get a nice place to live. Asheville will be a good place for us to be. The girls are so happy!! We are all so happy!!
We just spoke with our oncologist this afternoon and told him what we were thinking and asked him how soon we could do this. He said it would be best to do it as soon as she is released from the hospital (10 days) and before she gets her 2nd round of chemo. So, this will be happening soon, Lord willing. Our last 2 weeks will be spent here at a very nice time share condo that my Dad and his wife have given us. that will be a tremendous blessing!
We have been overwhelmed with love and support from church friends here in South Florida. We are so grateful to Calvary Chapel Fort Lauderdale for their support in getting us a vehicle and helping us with some things in Haiti. We are so blessed by our friends Alex and Annabelle Valdes who have been so incredibly supportive and loving. We will truly miss you. And we have been blessed by many other churches and friends and family here. But we just don’t have any desire to call Miami home. And we believe that moving to Asheville will be a tremendous blessing for our family.
Susana will be getting treated at Mission Hospital for outpatient chemo, and will be referred to Duke for specific procedures and surgeries. So, we know her care will just as good as anywhere else. We have already spoken to the research nurse there to make sure that they are familiar with treating neuroblastoma.
Asheville…here we come!!!! (Thank you Miss Tootie for allowing us to stay at your Mom’s temporarily until we get our own place. The girls are are so excited to see you…and we are too!!!)