Tuesday, January 27, 2009

*UPDATE* on My Mom

I took my Mom for her 1st Radiation Treatment today, she did Great! She was worried(of course, who wouldn't be) When she went last week to meet with the Radiation Doctor they had to make a mask that she will have to wear during her treatments( ok, for starters my Mom can not stand to have anything over her face or even close to her face) they had to make a mold for the mask so she had to wear it for 30 minutes until it dryed. Like I said before, when she goes for her treatments she will have to wear the mask and then they strap her head down to the table which she is not happy about. But she did it today and survived. Well all I have to say is that I praise God that Homeschool is soooo! flexible, I had to take the boys (yes, all 3) to the Cancer Center today and since her appoinment was during school hours we took the school work with us, they have a great setup at the doctors office with dining tables and chairs so we just made ourselves at home and had school. The boys also enjoyed the coffee/slushes bar.
She made through day 1 of Radiation wonderfully so know she only has 19 more to go.(Yes, She was told that she would only have 15 treatments but today they said that she would in fact have to have 20 treatments, in Moms words, what is 5 more.
Please continue to Pray for my Mom and My Dad and if you don't mind the rest of us would appreciate your Prayers also.

Saturday, January 24, 2009

When we are weak, HE is Strong!!!

On Tuesday, January 6 th 2009, Our world was changed. My Mom was going in to have a cyst(or so we thought) removed that had come up on her forehead while we were on vacation the week before Thanksgiving. She had gone to the doctor the week after Thanksgiving and she had an ultrasound and we were told that it was cyst but that they wanted her to see a Plastic Surgeon , so the appointment was made and she went for the visit and was scheduled to return on the 6 th of Jan. for the procedure. We were not even expecting anything more than she would have two black eyes and a scar on her forehead. But instead what we got was that when they went in to remove the cyst it was not what they were expecting . My parents were told that it was a tumor and that part of it was fused to the bone, the doctor was only able to remove part of it and was going to send it to pathology. He told my parents that he was pretty sure that it was going to come back that it was cancer. My mom called me when they left the appointment and I asked how the procedure went and she said that it was more than we thought that it was going to be, I asked what she meant and that is when she told me what the doc told her. It is like a REALLY BAD!!! dream. For anyone that has ever had cancer or knows someone that has it, it is one of the worst things that you will ever hear about someone that you love. I talked to my brother and sisters and I think we were all in a state of shock. The doctor had told my Mom that it would be at least a week before they would have the biopsy results back but he wanted to go ahead and schedule her to see an Oncologist but it was likely going to be a week or more before they could get her in. On Wednesday (the next day) They called with a preliminary report and said that it was Cancer but they were not sure what kind. My Mom called to tell me about the report and it was like our world continued to crumble more. My mom called my sister to tell her and when my sister got off of the phone she was telling a friend of my family that she works with about it and told her that they were going to try and get her in with the Oncologist the next week so our friend called her sister who works with one of the BEST Oncologist on the coast and they asked if my mom could be there at 12:00 that day ( Blessing # 1 ) My Parents went for the appointment with Dr. Angel, and the Doctor said that based on what my mom had told her about the cyst and the biopsy report that she believed that it was going to be Lymphoma (cancer of the Lymph Nodes) or Multiple Myeloma (cancer of the bone marrow) but she was leaning toward Multiple Myeloma (cancer of the bone marrow). Isaac (my husband ) took the day off(because mommy was in no shape to take care of three kids). Next to my Husband, My Mom is my BEST!!! friend. My sister and I talked about that we both had the thought that when we woke that morning that we were going to realize that it was all a REALLY BAD! dream, but it was not. My Mom is an Extremely!!! strong woman that trust her Lord and Savior Jesus Christ! and knows that there is a reason for everything. The week passed very slowly, The Oncologist called and wanted My Mom to come in on Friday( Blessing # 2)(that they got her in so fast) for a skeletal x-ray(to see if the cancer had spread) and a bone marrow test(if it was in the bone marrow then they would know that it was Multiple Myeloma. My Mom, Dad & Myself went for the appointment and My Brother and Two sisters came as soon as they could get there. My Brother & I went in with my Mom for the Bone Marrow test( that is an awful procedure) but my Mom did GREAT! through the whole thing. On Friday night we all (My Mom & Dad, my family (5) my sister Karen's family (3) my sister Candi (1) and my brother Chris's family (6), there are a lot of us). all spent the evening together at parents house. On Sat. was Brayden's(my son) Birthday Party, I was so excited that my Mom was able to come to his party ( she wouldn't have missed it for the world). On, Sunday the 11 th, Our church had a prayer & annointing service, Our pastor said during his prayer that he felt like the Lord was healing her at that moment. On Wednesday the 14 th, My Mom went to the Oncologist for the diagnoses, we were all(Dad, myself, brother, two sisters & my Aunt who is a Nurse Practitioner) were able to go. The Poor Doctor was in shock at how many people we had in that little room LOL. We were told that it was Multiple Myeloma(cancer of the Bone Marrow) but Praise God! it is localized(it has not spread)(Blessing # 3) to the one spot on her forehead. We were told that they did see something on the skeletal x-ray, they saw a spot on her Right lung, but they would do a chest CT Scan later. They wanted to start her on several medications, blood thinners(people with Myeloma have thick blood), steroids, and Thalidomide.
She started taking the steroids on Thursday the 15 th, she takes 10 steriod pills a day for 4 days and then she is off for 4 days and then she starts all over again. On, Wednesday the 21 st she went for the chest CT Scan. On Thursday, the 22 nd she went to meet with the Radiation Doctor, She will start the radiation treatments this coming Wednesday the 28th, she will have 15 radiation treatments(5 days a week for 3 weeks). She also saw Dr. Angel the Oncologist when she was meeting with the R.D. and asked about the chest scan and she was told that the spot that they saw on the x-ray was just scar tissue( Blessing # 4) but they would do a follow up chest CT Scan in 6 months. Right now we are waiting for her to start the Radiation Treatments (to shrink what is left of the Tumor). From what the Oncologist has told us she should be in Remission in 4 to 6 months and then she should be ready for a Bone Marrow/Stem Cell transplant (pryor to starting Chemo they will take the good stem cells out and freeze them until she is finished with the Chemotherapy).
I apoligize for the long post but, But I thought this would be a great way to tell My Moms story. We really Appreciate your Thoughts and PRAYERS!!!

Note: Due to My Parents not having Medical Insurance. If you would like to help Donations can be made at any Singing River Federal Credit Union Branch under account #87398009 or At any Century Bank Branch under account # 1939016

Wednesday, January 21, 2009

About My Boys!!!

As you can imagine, having three boys is not a piece of cake. They can completely wear you out in no time. But I wouldn't trade it for anything.

Grayson is always coming up with funny stories to tell & he loves to sing and play the guitar( although we are not always sure of what he is playing on the guitar, he is learning and loves it.)

He will be playing ball this spring for the third year and he likes gymnastics and loves math. He is Sweet, Loving, Caring and VERY!!! protective of his little brothers. ( although he and Brayden fight like cats and dogs alot ) he will still tell you that he and Brayden are best friends.

We were having a conversation the other day and asked the boys what they wanted to be when they grow up and Grayson said that he wanted to be a Worker like his Daddy( I don't think he knows that Isaac draws blueprints of navy ships all day) but Isaac thought that it was awesome that Grayson wanted to be like him (in Graysons words) when I get big.

Brayden is our little artist he loves to draw( he amazes me with some of the things that he draws). He is always coming up with something to do or to get into. He just celebrated is 5th Birthday (hard to believe that he is about to start kindergarten.) He loves bugs and anything to do with exploring(playing in the dirt). He told us awhile back that when he gets big he is going to be a scentist, and then last week he told us that was going to be a scentist and a clown( so as you can imagine we are now a little worried about the clown thing LOL.) but I guess we have told him to stop clowning around so much that we have planted a seed in his mind that he would be a good one. He got a Drum set from his Shashi(not real sure where the name came from) & Poppy's and Aunt Candi for his birthday and LOVES!!! it. So now with Grayson and his guitar and Brayden with his drums we have very noisey nights at our house but I am glad that my children love music. Brayden will also be playing ball for his second year, he also likes gymnastics and loves spending time on the porch swing drinking coffee( watered down) with his Poppy's and Shashi as does Grayson. He is also a very Loving, Caring & Sweet.

And Easton, he is a VERY!!! Happy baby. He had a Very!!! rough start, He was born 36 weeks(which is not too extremely early, Brayden was born at almost 34 weeks and had a few health problems but is now really healthy) Easton was a BLUE!!! baby, as with any birth you are waiting for that first cry, well Easton did not cry, after several attempts to stimulate him he finally let out a little whimper, but we were told that something was not right (but first our nurse whom we love dearly let me hold him for about 1 minute until he stopped breathing) and then he was taken to the NICU, There we found out that he had wet lung and several other problems so we did not get to touch him or hold him until he was three days old (when you touched him or when the nurses or doctors moved him he would stop breathing. So, as you can imagine having a baby and not having any idea as to what is wrong with him is very, very hard. His nurses are awesome and when he was three days old I was able to feed him his second bottle (thanks to his Nurse Amy) of course he was still in the NICU so I didn't get to hold him, His Nurse held his little head up and I got to hold the bottle, but i was just happy to be able to feed him. He had several episodes in the hospital when he would stop breathing which were VERY!!! scary. But Thanks to all of the prayers he was able to come home with us after a week in the hospital. It was scary being told that you could not take him home until you took a CPR class. So we took our class and were able to bring home with an Apnea Machine, He has had several Apnea episodes but the older he gets the less Apneas he has. We went for his 6 month checkup this week and he is doing GREAT!!! he is 18 lbs. and 28 inches long, He is TRULY a BLESSING!!! as is Grayson & Brayden. He will continue to use the Apnea Machine until he is at least 9 months.
I have been BLESSED! beyond measure.

A Quick Run Down.

We have three boys, Grayson is our oldest, he is 6 years old and in the first grade, Brayden is next & he is 5 years old and is in Pre-k and Easton is our New Little Man & he is 6 months.

The Life of Konnie!

I have been Married to my wonderful husband Isaac for 10 years. We have been truly blessed with our Three beautiful boys (yes, I can say they are beautiful because i am there mom HA!HA!). When there are so many people that would LOVE to be able to have children that can not, We are VERY grateful for all four of our children although we were not able to keep our first, We know that one day we will all 6 be together again and we know that the Lord had a Greater plan for our first baby.