Sunday Refreshments with Laura Sobiech | Small Victories

May 18th, 2014

“Okay, Lord, you can have him. But if he must die, I want it to be for something big. I want someone’s life to be changed forever.” This was Laura Sobiech’s prayer when she learned her son had cancer, and she then decided to release her son’s health and future to God’s will. Laura Sobiech joins us today to share how even the smallest of victories can have a big impact with this excerpt from Fly a Little HigherLeave a comment below for the chance to win a copy of Laura’s book, Fly a Little Higher.

Zach had his summer back. It was late July, he was feeling great, he wasn’t in the hospital all the time, and he was living as carefree as he possibly could. The new outpatient treatments, which he started several days after we’d found out the previous chemo wasn’t working, were a dream in comparison to the excruciatingly long hospital stays from earlier in the summer. His friend Mitch often came with us to help the time go a little faster.

The first time Mitch accompanied us to the clinic, he and Zach wore Forever Lazy adult “onesies”—huge, blue, fleece suits that made them look like Teletubbies. We received more than a few strange looks. Mitch proceeded to grill the doctor about his knowledge of cancer and the various biological failures that happen when a cancer forms. A very serious conversation ensued between the man in the lab coat and the teenage boy in a onesie. Zach looked on with a huge grin on his face.

For Zach’s second infusion, Zach and Mitch filled rubber gloves with water and drew faces on them to create a family of water glove people. (One exploded all over me on the way home.) I put a stop to things when Mitch pulled a syringe and tourniquet from a drawer and threatened to give one of the water glove people an IV.

For the third infusion, they brought their instruments: guitar and cello. A little three-year-old boy, whose six-year-old brother was receiving an infusion in the next room, stood in our doorway, mesmerized as he watched them play. Another day they got jars of bubbles out of the toy cabinet. They walked down the hallway, Zach pulling his IV pole behind him, and blew bubbles into each room as they passed. When they got back to our room, they were both excited to tell me that after several attempts, they had gotten a teenage girl to smile at them. She had been lying on an exam table, looking very ill. To them, her smile was a victory over cancer.

An excerpt from Laura Sobiech, Fly A Little Higher.


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{More About Laura}

lauraLaura Sobiech was born and raised in Minnesota. She has been married to her husband, Rob, for twenty-four years, and they are the proud parents of four awesome children: one married, one in college, one in heaven, and one in high school. Laura has spent the past couple of years crossing things off her I-Never-Want-To-Do List, now having done most everything that was on it, including: globe trekking, public speaking, fund-raising, Skype-ing on live television, and supporting a child with cancer. In her free time she volunteers as an EMT/firefighter at her local fire department and can knit a wicked awesome pair of socks.

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  • This excerpt and this book trailer…stunning. Beautiful. Thank you.

  • Lizzie V. says:

    Wow, sounds like such a powerful story! Not sure if the giveaway is still going on or not, but would love to win a copy!

  • Linda Kish says:

    That must be so difficult. I don’t know if I would be as reasonable. She must be an amazing woman. I’d love to read this book.