Tripp Postmus~Our Courageous Knight

$7,475 of $25,000 goal

Raised by 53 people in 20 months
Julia Holm
on behalf of Chad Postmus
 ROCK VALLEY, IA
Thursday, March 30 Our precious Tripp had a severe headache. Friday God sent us to visit Dr Dejong. Then God sent us on to Dr Dreisen where they discovered Tripp had swollen optic nerves in both eyes. Then God prompted through wise doctors an MRI which we had on Monday in Sioux Center. The results of this MRI changed our world- Tripp has a tumor on his brain stem. Please pray for peace and patience for our family! Thank you for all the love and prayers already sent our way. Blessings! "His mercies are new every morning". -Maria (Mom) Tripp had a 5-6 hour surgery on 4/4/17 in which they were able to remove most of the tumor. Awaiting further test results at this time.
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Back to Reality (2-5-2018)
It was hard getting back into the groove of things here- but it was good to be home. As Tripp said at Burger King on the way home from the airport, “It’s good to eat Iowa food again” Haha, lets just hope it was Iowa food. And… just as we were settling in, it was time for another round at our favorite Castle. Yes, Tripp’s numbers were ready and he and Chad trekked through the snow thing morning to check in. Tripp had a hard time this morning wanting to go. He woke up ready to go to school, to be with his friends and he didn’t want to go back to the castle. It took some encouraging, some tear wiping, some nose blowing (they will grow up someday and do it on their own-right?) but by the time it was time to go, he was looking forward to time with Dad. This is the round that his numbers will drop really fast, but then come all the way back up. It will be another roller coaster month.
Tuesday, I was reflecting that is was 10 months since he was diagnosed, and Wednesday was 10 months since his first surgery. We live so in the present, that sometimes I forget about how far Tripp has come, what he was struggling with yet even 9 months ago. Praise the Lord He has come so far! He was showing off for me tonight, how he could lift his toes
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Saturday, Race day! We got to the track around 9:30am and hung out around the garage area until the Driver/Team Meeting which we got to attend. The team was working hard on getting the car ready for the track so we walked around until the start of the grid walk. We got to hang out inside the tape, by the cars, take lots of pictures, and greet a lot of people. It was here we were introduced to the GM executives that were there and Chad told them his Dad had retired from GM (they said thank you) and we also got to meet Mr. France- whose family owns the Daytona track. We walked down the grid and stopped the Corvette Pits where Mr. Binks was waiting. We hung out there and toured the pits until just before the race started. We stood with the crew for the National Anthem.
When the Race started that afternoon, we spent a lot of time up on top of the Chevrolet Engineers trailer watching it. We slowly ventured inside and watched it on the TV’s in there. We learned a lot and it was very relaxing. We left for the hotel later that evening, ate at Red Robin, and crashed.
Sunday: we got to the track that morning and did the tourist thing, we walked around collecting T-shirts, eating slushies and donuts. It was a little freer schedule, and it was nice. We also went to the “International Horseshoe” the part of the track that goes inside the typical Nascar Track. This is the part of the track that the “action” happens, such as passing etc. It was fun to be close to the track and feel the thunder of the cars. We then headed back to the garage area and watched the race from the “roof” of the garages. One thing about LeMans Series racing is it is all pretty open. It is one reason why we like it so much! The people working with the cars are just car lovers that get excited when people like what they are doing. They are real “gear heads”. We met up with Tim later and he took us to the GM/Cadillac suite in the grandstands. We were spoiled there, and we even found Tripp a hotdog.
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Tripp’s Wish!
First of all, thank you everyone for pleading on behalf of Tripp and our family for Tripp’s strength for his Make-a-Wish Trip and for Caleb to recover from his cough, and for safe travels! Tripp was a rock star the entire time! Wow! I am amazed at his strength and when checking his numbers when we got home, only by the Grace of God did he have the energy to do what he did!
We started bright and early on Friday Morning with breakfast at the hotel, meeting our guide for the weekend. Tim is part of The Nascar Foundation, a group that hold fundraisers and volunteers at the track. Everyone knew him and we were able to have easy access to whatever we needed. We learned very little about what was going to happen that day, but we were anxious to go. When we arrived at the track, there was a golf cart waiting to take us around to where we needed to go, driven by Harry, another volunteer. We met our Make -a -Wish Liason, Jennifer, who got to hang out with us. She was awesome! They took us straight away to the Corvette Corral where we listened to the rules and safety briefing of riding on the Daytona Speedway. Yup, that’s right, Tripp rode in the Corvette pace car around the track 3 times! Top speed was only 70, but you know, safety first.
After we were finished at the Corvette tent, we rode the golf cart over to Marian’s. Marian is an amazing lady, who, with her daughter now in charge, shows up to all of the Le Mans Races and serves food 24/7 for all of the teams and drivers. We were gifted with the chance to eat amongst them. We also met Robin and Sharon. There were a lot of people involved in granting Tripp’s wish, but these two ladies took it to another level. They were constantly checking with us to make sure we were comfortable or in need of anything. They were almost giddy with the surprise they were so excited about in the garage. Oh, I should explain. These ladies were very influential in the Corvette racing team- they got it done! Basically the boss’
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9/15/2017: Blessed

School- was pretty easy for Tripp. He excelled in a lot of classes, especially Math. That is why this year, Tripp was worried he wasn’t able to do school. As with every new year of school, training your brain to think again about school, how to do math, reading, spelling, writing, has to happen. As Tripp was reprogramming, he automatically assumed that his lack of knowledge had to do with his surgery. Until he got the “ah ha” moment when rounding numbers- he did not want to go back to school. There were some days last week that he was not going to go back. I asked him for 2 more days, and 5 days later- he’s still going. However, we did have a hiccup today as Tripp fell on the way to Gym Class. He hurt his hand and was pretty distraught. Not being able to calm down he went home to take a nap and spent the rest of the day with Dad- who came home from work. We are so thankful for Rock Valley Community Schools willingness to help with Tripp and love on him when he needs it! Tripp was able to get rest and by lunch was arm wrestling dad and asking for a cinnamon roll. Then him and Dad built a roof to go over the wood pile.

In the last couple of weeks, there have been moments of blessings that were so unexpected. There were handwritten notes of “this bill has been paid” or “your good to go” when you intended to pay, paychecks, or funds that were raised last spring being delivered. I get frustrated, saying “why” or “just stop” and asking myself why its so hard to accept. I discovered that its selfish, that I don’t want to feel like I owe anyone, or that I wonder how I’m ever going to pay these people back. Then I am reminded that just as God has used our family to bless others, I needed to let others bless us. So instead of throwing a fit, I just say “thank you” (It is still hard though) We have been blessed with a community that has continually outpoured love, even when we are home and trying to be normal, not chasing off to Rochester every week. It reminds us that we are not forgotten.

Tripp is finished with the chemo doses for Round 2. We now have 3 weeks to maintain his health and then work on getting his number back up. He has done very well again during this round. His appetite actually increased a lot this past weekend- gaining two pounds back! Hopefully we can keep this on and keep gaining. Except for the hiccup this week in Tripp’s physical therapy, he has been going to PT/OT after school. We have also started doing a lot more stretching as the foot drop was finally diagnosed. One of the chemo’s shortens the Achilles tendon, thus making it difficult if not impossible for Tripp to lift his toes off of the floor. We are using a stretchy band to pull the toes back and standing on the stair step and letting his heels fall. This has been helping a lot with Tripp’s walking- making it easier so that he actually was able to run again last week. This will be a side effect we will deal with until he is finished with all of his chemo rounds. We ask for prayers that this well go away when he is finished with the chemo!

Tripp has been blessed with hair- in time for school pictures! He has a beautiful dark shade now covering his head, which our Doctors at Mayo said was a good sign that the radiation is leaving his body. Caleb rubs his head and says he is going to need lots of hair cuts soon. What a wonderful encourager

Caleb: Caleb feels like he has to protect Tripp. He is often asking Tripp if he is ok, and when he accidently hurts him, runs upstairs and sobs. He is so aware of Tripp’s needs, but has needs of his own. He is asking to snuggle a lot more, especially when he comes downstairs saying he had a dream that he didn’t have a family anymore. Caleb has been traumatized through this all as well, so we are making a huge effort to love on him all the more.

Blessed? Through all the crap, yes crap, that we have been through the past 5 months?? Blessed? Chad and I have been able to go to our jobs, except for scheduled doctor appointments (and today). Tripp has been blessed with health thus far! We are praising God for this!! It is a long road. We were discussing who in our family has had surgeries on the way to church last weekend. Tripp pipes up, “Yeah, but none of you have had cancer- It sucks- it takes forever” Yup, your right buddy! But you are such a trooper! There have been times that Tripp says he just wants to punch something- thus a punching bag is on its way. One time he drew a circle on the wall, said “that’s cancer” and punched it. (the wall is ok) We are so proud of him for fighting- for looking at each day as a day planned for him. Tomorrow he gets to go on a field trip with school- he is sooo excited! One of his friends is willing to push his wheelchair as it would be a lot of walking for him. Thanking God for the blessing of friends. Blessed? Yes, Yes we are!

“Count your blessings name then one by one, count your blessings, see what God has done. Count your blessings, name them one by one, Count your many blessings, see what God has done.”

Sometimes our lives feel so chaotic, trying to figure out the next battle or adventure. I was reminded of a little kid sitting on a dad’s shoulders, safe above the crowd, carried along without a care in the world, when I heard this song. I need to rest off of my burdens, fears, concerns on my Father’s shoulders- he is up all night anyway (says the sign west of Rock Valley)

Shoulders

For King & Country
I look up to the mountains
Does my strength come from the mountains?
No, my strength comes from God
Who made heaven, and earth, and the mountains
When confusion's my companion
And despair holds me for ransom
I will feel no fear
I know that You are near
When I'm caught deep in the valley
With chaos for my company
I'll find my comfort here
‘Cause I know that You are near
My help comes from You
You're right here, pulling me through
You carry my weakness, my sickness, my brokenness all on Your shoulders
Your shoulders
My help comes from You
You are my rest, my rescue
I don't have to see to believe that You're lifting me up on Your shoulders
Your shoulders
You mend what once was shattered
And You turn my tears to laughter
Your forgiveness is my fortress
Oh Your mercy is relentless
My help comes from You
You're right here, pulling me through
You carry my weakness, my sickness, my brokenness all on Your shoulders
Your shoulders
My help comes from You
You are my rest, my rescue
I don't have to see to believe that You're lifting me up on Your shoulders
Your shoulders
My help is from You

May you be Blessed

Mom
At Geoff Moore Concert
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Mary Van Heest
20 months ago

Prayers for all of you. God will wrap all of you in his loving arms.

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Lois Van Dyke
20 months ago

Praying for Tripp and all of you. Praying for the Drs. Just remember that God loves you and He especially loves Tripp! May you know His grace and peace!

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Peggy Hoogendoorn
20 months ago

Praying for him and all the family standing by him. May God grant a complete cure.

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Carol McKnight
10 months ago

Tripp, You are a strong guy. You have many new friends through Dan Binks and Corvette.

$90
Chance Jewels
10 months ago

Stay in the fight buddy! Never Give Up!

SH
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Shawn Hanna
10 months ago

Best wishes Tripp from another Corvette lover.

JR
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John Rogers
10 months ago

The Corvette family is pulling for you!

$200
Thomas Duncan
10 months ago

From our family to yours! Sending up prayers!

Mary Van Heest
20 months ago

Prayers for all of you. God will wrap all of you in his loving arms.

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Lois Van Dyke
20 months ago

Praying for Tripp and all of you. Praying for the Drs. Just remember that God loves you and He especially loves Tripp! May you know His grace and peace!

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Peggy Hoogendoorn
20 months ago

Praying for him and all the family standing by him. May God grant a complete cure.

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