Sunday, October 7, 2012
Wednesday, September 19, 2012
Wednesday, August 8, 2012
Amanda just completed one full year without chemotherapy and is still in remission!!!
Things are in the works for her through Make-a-Wish. In fact, I won't say more because we are trying hard not to have anything leak out to her. All I will say is that things are starting to come together and my next blog should outline some exciting plans. I told her wish granter it's coming at a very good time. She just started into counseling. She's having a lot of headaches, insomnia, and anxiety as she copes with all the changes and difficulties she's had. Having a wish granted will help in ways that I cannot.
We attempted a family vacation this summer. My dad has a saying, "It's a vacation when you go with your spouse. It's a trip with you go with your kids." I had a nice "trip" to the coast. I'm sure it was a grand vacation in Amanda's mind. It's was wonderful to see her playing in the sand with her siblings. There was a time when I thought that would never happen again. Scott and I continue to be very grateful for the life of our children.
Sunday, April 15, 2012
Our beautiful daughter!
Make A Wish Easter egg hunt.
Viva La Perry! Amanda celebrated her 11th birthday in style!
Ahhhh. I'm shouting out my sigh of relief after a very chaotic transition in our life. We have settled into our new house and we are very happy with the decision we have made. The move was very hard on our family. I have been exhausted for quite some time now and the kids have been non-stop sick and ornery. But every day gets better as we acclimatize to our new surroundings and get settled.
With a larger yard I've focused on planting fruit shrubs and trees to give them time to take root. I thought of Amanda as the gardener told me to brutally strip down growth and fruit for the first two years to ensure that the roots grow strong. I feel like that's what we've done to her for several years now. Despite harsh pruning I know that we are among a season of strengthening and growth for her while she continues to mend physically and mentally.
Amanda is slowly making friends and adjusting to her new school. Aside from a really bad ear infection the first week of school, she has done really well. I didn't realize she had already done this year's curriculum plus the majority of sixth grade. Her teacher is a bit stumped with how to challenge her. She's missed over a year of school and is still a grade level ahead! She is so smart! So we are focusing our attention on friendships, church involvement, and extra-curricular activities. She is so excited to go to cancer camp, play soccer again, and everything else that so many other kids get to do without realizing it's something to cherish.
Scott and I continue to offer our heartfelt empathy for parents with terminally ill children. I daily think of children on the oncology unit at Primary Children's. There are a lot of kids struggling right now. www.anythingforafriend.com There are still moments I'm numb as to why my children have been spared. I know the best way to honor this blessing is to love my life, live happily, and cherish what I have. I will admit that the stressful ravages of going through chemotherapy, health problems, and other challenges has left me really tired and worn out. It can be distracting. I suppose that Amanda's not the only one stengthening roots right now!
Sunday, February 26, 2012
Has it really been 4 months since my last post? I'd like to think it was because time was flying. Rather, it was because life turned into pure chaos. The sale of our house fell through at the last minute, we re-listed and averaged showings every day, and the house we want hit some roadblocks. It's been crazy! We sold again and are temporarily with my parents. We are pretty tired and out of sync with all the changes and chaos. We will be moving into our new home next week. Based on the rare circumstances of how everything has played out, we have no doubt that this new home is where we are meant to be. Amanda is having a hard time understanding and adjusting. She will pull through just like she has with everything else she's had to deal with.
Aside from the stress of moving, Amanda really is doing remarkably well. I can hardly believe how healthy she is. I told her doctor that after 3 years I finally have my daughter back. To see her now you couldn't tell what she has been through. She has been in remission for 8 months. Every month gets us closer to the one year mark and greatly increases her odds of a full recovery. Personally, I believe she is cured. I can see such a bright future ahead of her. The fatigue and emotional setbacks are getting better each day. She is so resilient and I am so proud of her for it. We are so blessed to have our children healthy again. I have no doubt that they are a blessing from God and each day I cherish them. It is God's will when we come and when we go. I understand this and know that they are here for a reason. My job now is to better understand the purpose that they have and help them live up to their God given potential. I stand in awe at the blessings God has given me.
The picture at the top is inside the wishing room at Make A Wish. I am convinced that Make A Wish is one of the greatest charitable organizations in existence. I cannot believe the different it is making for Amanda. We went down to their facility and she made her wish for a Phineas and Ferb day. For those of you unfamiliar with the Disney cartoon I highly recommend you watch a few episodes and you will quickly fall in love with Perry the Platypus as she has. This show was our saving grace throughout treatment. She has just about memorized every episode. Even when she was at her worst, Perry would captivate her attention and bring a much needed smile to her face. She has been approved to go down to the Disney studios and it will be up to them how they create her day. If she has her way, they will animate her into the show. When we go is up to Disney, Make A Wish and ultimately funding. Since she started getting involved with the organization I've noticed such a difference with her. She is adjusting to the changes and accepting the past difficulties of her life with much greater ease. Having something to get excited about and getting such special attention has made a big difference for her. Amanda recently met another wish kid, Lizzy, with the same diagnosis and same age. They hit it off instantly. Lizzy had made a wish to have a new bedroom. She appreciated her gift so much that she wanted to give back. So for her birthday, she asked to have a party where everybody donated money for her to give a gift to another wish kid. Amanda was selected as that child. Lizzy purchased over $400.00 of Phineas and Ferb merchandise to give to Amanda. It was a touching experience and Amanda has just cherished the gifts, attention, and feeling that she is cared about. She is handling the current changes in her life so much better because of Make A Wish.