Wednesday, March 10, 2010


Good Morning! Well today is not the best weather wise, but it is a GREAT day! Things have been rather busy around our household. Baseball season is in full swing for the high school, so you know I am on the ball field and loving every minute of it. Ariel, Amber and their parents were able to come out Monday afternoon for a game. It was a beautiful and almost hot day to enjoy being outside. The baseball team had all autographed a game ball for Ariel. They are a great group of guys and the signed ball brought a big smile to a sweet face. Speaking of the guys, the team.... they will be going down to St Jude tomorrow for a tour of the hospital. They will be taking a few surprises along with them for a few of our friends. I am so thankful that the coach wanted to do this tour with the team, I think they will be amazed at what they see. Hopefully this will bring on some new fundraising for them too :)

I am very excited to tell you that Ariel finished up the first part of her treatment protocol. She is done with the everyday chemo. A big WOOHOO for that!!! She did so absolutely amazing. This is one very tough young lady with a wonderful and tough family behind her. I admire them all so much. While the completion of the first part of this journey is over, the second part has now begun. Ariel and family will be waking up this morning in their own beds at home HOME. The finished up in the clinic yesterday and were released to pack up and go home!!! I miss them already. This is the "not so good" part of this for me, I get attached, then they get to go home. Don't get me wrong, I am so grateful that she is doing great and back home. They will be back about once a month for the next few months for check ups and to monitor her progress with the chemo she will be taking from home. She will be giving herself a shot once a week for the next 47 weeks at home. She went in yesterday before going home for a lesson on how to mix and give herself the injection. She did great! She was very proud of herself and so she should be. Mom said she did not even get an orange to practice on... just mixed it and shot it right into her own leg. She is an amazing young lady. I have to say, like our other set of St Jude twins we have all come to know and love, Ariel has the most amazing and supportive twin, Amber. Amber has been such a trooper and a huge part of the support system for Ariel during this journey. I guess there is nothing closer than the bond between twins. This set of twins, also like the other set, has some of the best and most supportive parents. This entire family stopped everything and came to Memphis to go through this journey together as a family. Very touching! I wish them the best now that they are back home. I know they will be back into the swing of things soon. Pray for Ariel to do as well on this second phase of treatment as she has during the first part. Pray for her to be CANCER FREE for many many long years to come. I know that God has a great plan for her. Visit her CB site and let them know your praying for them. While they are back home, it is also a bit scary to be away from St Jude. There is comfort in knowing you are right there if anything needs to be checked out. Pray for mom and dad and for their peace and comfort during this new phase of treatment.

Ariel and Amber have had the opportunity to become friends with big Trevor during their time here. Trevor was in town for his check up last Friday. I had picked up the girls for girls afternoon and evening at the movies, out to eat and then their favorite Sheridian's Frozen Custard. Their mom and dad had a wonderful date night out. On my way back to drop the girls off at the Ron Mac house, they wanted to go by the hospital and catch up with Trevor in the Med room. He was getting his treatments so he was stuck there for a few hours. From the picture, you can see how that visit went!! Yes, that is a rubber surgical glove on Trevor's head!! He is such a clown. You just have to love him. He is doing great. He does have some damage to some of his bones from the treatment he received to save his life from the leukemia and will have surgery the first part of May to repair as much of the damage as they can. Keep him in your prayers, he is in pain at times with this problem. Pray for this surgery to be easy on him and to take care of the problem. Pray for a speedy recovery. It's hard to keep Trevor down for long.

Friday was a fun day around the Jude, Ariel and Amber also got to meet Morgan and her mom that day. Morgan was up for her check up and I am very happy to say that she is doing fantastic and all of her counts were the best they have been. What a great blessing to be able to sing God's praises for His healing power over Morgan. Pray that special prayer of praise for Morgan. She just looked adorable as always and is so full of life again. Pray a prayer of praise for St Jude too!

Jack, all smiles with his John Deere handmade quilt from my friends that make the quilts for all of our kiddo's.

Thank You Lord for the end of the radiation for Jack!!!! Bless his heart, he is such a trooper! He has now finished up the everyday radiation that he has been going through. One step closer to being finished up with his treatment. He has some burns and skin breakdown that is painful for him, please pray for this to heal quickly and for him to be pain free. He is just such the cutie. His mom and Ma have been such a wonderful example to others. They always greet you with a huge smile and they have certainly kept Jack as happy as you can possibly keep a little guy going through what he is going through. Please keep them in your prayers. Pray that when his treatment is complete, that all of his test will show him CANCER FREE. One thing I just totally love about this precious kid.... when you see him, you just have to smile. You can't help but smile!!!

Go check out the other kiddo's CB sites and offer up your prayers for each one of them. Prayers for all of our families! My heart rejoices with the good news from some, but the pain from the loss of some of our sweet angels is still very real. Please do not let up on your prayers for these precious families. Each day is another day of emotions to work through. Pray for them.

I want to introduce a new patient to you today and ask for your prayers and encouragement for this new family. They have been at St Jude for about a week now. I was able to meet up with them and spend a little time visiting last Thursday evening. They are from my husbands home town and we are still trying to figure out if there is a family connection here. Their last name is Scallions and there are some Scallions on Charles' side of the family in the same town. We will get it figured out. They have a precious 2 year old daughter, just diagnosed with ALL. I will add her link to "Our Friends" list. For anyone new to this site, just click on a name on the left side of the page and it will take you directly to that person's Caringbridge site. Go check out Leah and leave them your words of comfort and encouragement. This is such a scary time for new families. Their world has just been turned upside down. Please pray for them and for Leah to be healed.

Find someone in need, and give them a helping hand today :)

Love to you all


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