With the news of the tumor recurrence, we feel an urgency to create some really special memories with the kids.
One thing I’ve learned from other families who have faced this diagnosis is to embrace each day that we have. We haven’t done a really good job of that this past year. We’ve spent a lot of days mourning the changes in our lives. We have tried, and have stayed as positive as we could in each moment. But we need to do better. We need to figure out how to escape the stress and enjoy moments with our kids instead of letting the stress and uncertainty get in the way of that.
We know that coming up in October we will have to pay $3000, and it has really been heavy on my heart to spend quality time with the kids and create memories while getting away from the stresses we face daily. Funds have been raised at the following link. I am so thankful for each person that donated. We had a couple of donated amounts that blew me away and made me feel a little bit guilty at the people’s sacrifices, and I appreciate each and every person that donated, even the littlest amount. Little by little a lot can be done. I appreciate each and every sacrifice that was made to donate to our family.
With these donations coming it, I also started to sell some photography equipment so that I’d feel like I was doing my part. Its a great feeling to know that others are partnering up with us financially.
July 2nd we saw the drs at Duke. July 3rd I took the family on a surprise get a way to Great Wolf Lodge for two nights. We truly were able to take a break from the cancer. There was so much do to for the whole family. This was probably the first time we ever went somewhere that each of the kids and Mike all enjoyed. Its hard to please a 13 year old girl, 12 year old boy, and 4 year old girl all at the same place. I wished we could have stayed longer because it was such a great escape from reality. Mike is always in pain (back, neck, shoulders, legs, wrist, ankles and feet) so I sent him into the spa once each day. One day he had a deep tissue massage and the next day a reflexology foot massage that was supposed to increase circulation. It was a great balance of allowing him to spend time with the kids and see them having a blast, but then also getting away for some quiet time to himself and to be pampered. I didn’t take a lot of pictures because I really didn’t want the burden of carrying a camera around, but I did take a picture of such a special moment with Kenzie and Mike at story time and a couple of other random pictures. We made the best memories. It was priceless.