A Helping Hand for Mady
With all the great things that we are so thankful for we still have more to look ahead to. On Monday Mady starts another 11 day stint of radiation to the area where she relapsed back in May. Luckily these are quick outpatient visits but they will be trips to Marshfield each day. On a positive we will have that behind us when we get to head to Disney on our make a wish trip at the beginning of December and all three girls are really getting excited about (and so are Heidi and I).
We are just so glad and excited that Mady is doing so well and the family is able to get back to normal. We really want to thank all of you for your continued thoughts and prayers
Tough to believe it has been a year since we first found ourselves rushing to Marshfield to figure out what we would do and how we would treat this cancer. It is tough to think back to that day and how ignorant and oblivious I was. I remember the radiologist saying that there is definitely an abnormal growth and if I knew what Whilms disease was. I said no thinking oh, just something random that would need some medicine to take care of then back to t-ball and life as normal... then... the dreaded word... cancer... and the bottom dropped out and life as we knew it was turned upside down. Over the past year we have had the lowest lows, further than I would have ever imagined we would be able to endure. We also have had some incredible highs and unbelievably great times. We can't believe how much everyone has and continues to rally behind us and our daughter. For that we thank you all.
On to today. Well, Mady continues her fight against the relapse. She had the surgery to remove the latest tumor in the beginning of May and recovered wonderfully from that. Then at the beginning of June she had a surgery to switch out her port (the access point into her where she receives her chemo, transfusions and fluids) with a new one that has two lines to prep her for her stem cell harvest and transplant. The doctors then tried to rev her system up to bring her stem cell numbers high enough to harvest. Unfortunately it didn't work so last week she received chemo Monday through Friday to bring her system down and try to remobilize it and now is getting more drugs to catapult her numbers up high enough to harvest. Once we are able to get her stem cells harvested it will be on to the high dose chemo and transfusion of the stem cells. We are praying that will take care of things once and for all. Thank you all again for you continued thoughts and prayers as we continue down this path that started out a year ago.
Sending prayers for a very blessed Thanksgiving and continued good reports. Enjoy the family vacation to FL. May God bless you with all of His riches and fill your hearts and lives with His goodness poured out to show you His abundant love. Merry Christmas!
Thank you for sharing the wonderful pictures of Mady and the girls! I continue to keep Mady and your family in my prayers!!!
I understand the stress of having a very ill child. Don't be scared to ask for help for yourself and for the kids. There are many resources out there and here is one I would suggest you use. http://www.mealtrain.com/?a=aw&gclid=Cj0KEQjwjZefBRDfsY28oNjbgeABEiQA8kVt3fO4GjzgjcQcgQsKAjBwz8X5KiasRf-4Um9dE0S3WOEaAkel8P8HAQ
My oldest had a lemonade stand in honor of Mady at T-ball last night. Mady is a member of my other two boys team. He raised $40 and plans to have a stand at all the remaining games. Thanks to all the t-ball families!!!
Josh, Heidi and family, I've been praying and sending positive energy your way. This will be the most difficult thing that you will face, but I believe you are strong enough. Hold on to the love you share and your family and friends in the tough time. Please let me know if you need anything.
Praying for you and the entire family.
Mady, Isabelle, and Family, My prayers are with you all on this journey!! Jak says, Madelyn I will pray for you every night! Much love being sent your way!
Our prayers to you all . All our love to you.
Mady and family, you are in Derek's and my prayers! We love you and are thinking of you often. Praying for strength, healing and peace through this journey. (((Hug)))
Heidi and family I will pray for your little Mady. You are in my thoughts.
My heart goes out to your family.