|Cherie, Reese and Gates|
I didn’t see Cherie today.
Gathered just feet away from the elevators a small group of us, including Grandpa and Grandma Hunsaker, some of their life long friends and Brian, talked of Gates’ progress. In the crossfire of conversation, another family friend entered the room where I overheard Brian mention she was with Gates.
Reflecting now, I imagine her there, her quiet presence reassuring her son as he rested from another arduous day; never leaving him solitary. As a parent, I can only imagine how she longed for his comfort, how her heart must ache from caring so hard and loving so much.
“May I say to mothers collectively, in the name of the Lord, you are magnificent. You are doing terrifically well. The very fact that you have been given such a responsibility is everlasting evidence of the trust your Father in Heaven has in you. He is blessing you and He will bless you, even—no, especially—when your days and your nights may be the most challenging. Rely on Him. Rely on Him heavily. Rely on Him forever. And ‘press forward with a steadfastness in Christ, having a perfect brightness of hope.’” – Elder Jeffrey R. Holland
We love you, Cherie and we’re praying for you!
Gates amazed the masses again today. His feet dangled off his bed as he sat, for 10 minutes, without the assistance of the adjustable mattress.
Brandon Sulser (who I look forward to highlighting later in this blog – with his permission, of course) cheered Gates as he sat raised and upright, “Go, Gates, Go! Nice! Keep going!” Brandon, who also uses a wheelchair, explained the miraculous milestone as “something that took me weeks to do,” in just a short six days.
The fluid in Gates’ lungs persists and Thursday is another target date to determine the next step. It looks more likely the tracheotomy, which again would give Gates much relief, will be performed on that day.