THANK YOU TO ALL THAT CAME TO GIVE AND SUPPORT OUR BLOOD DRIVE !!! YOUR DONATIONS ARE PRICELESS!!!
We were sitting quietly in the examination room at Anoka Riverway.... it had been more than 30 minutes since they decided to draw Jaela's Blood. We sat wondering why they were taking sooo dang long. I had more than 1 inclination that the delay equated an issue. In my mind I told myself, [they are going to come in here and tell us we need to see an Oncologist], someone was preparing me for what we were then told.
Her counts were sooo high the clinic level machines could not provide accurate results, that they had been on the phone with the Hematology and Oncology experts at Children's and we needed to go, right then, to get the help we were going to need. They recommended an Ambulance, but we didn't need to be that extreme, right?? They asked us to go immediately and expect to stay a few days.
Against their wishes, I did take her home. I let her take her time gathering what she thought would give her comfort and peace for the undefined next steps. I frantically was updating my mom, her dad and my boss. Unplanned -uncontrolled was not my style. (well it really isn't still, but I have learned to let go of sooo much)
This is where it all began. The last 12 months of life defined by a treatment plan, expected and the unexpected response to that treatment plan and an AMAZING amount of support and prayer.
As we follow so many of our new Cancer Families, those that have won, those that are fighting with us and those that have lost their fight, we pause and recognize the unquantifiable gratefulness that Jaela is doing unbelievably well, is being allowed to do what she loves, is growing curly strawberry blonde locks, has 6 A's and two B's in school (B+'s, lets be clear) and that the nightmare we had last summer has become just memories.
The carwash, the Beef's beer bust, the ice cream social and grill out, the Blood drive and bake sale, TBox dinner, the MAXX night out, the jewelry party, Drop the Puck on Cancer and ending the year with the legendary Golf & Silent Auction Benefit. How lucky are we? People are what make everyday doable. Thank you.
The sky is blue, the breeze is light, the day is full of moments. Pause and enjoy a few.
Yea, thats Zach.... He is HOT
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