We Need Cheerleaders!

While Jennifer is going through this awful time, I think it would be pretty awesome if we could build an online support system/cheerleaders for her! She needs a lot of motivation, prayers, love, and support during this hard time. She has a really hard road ahead and I know she would love to see the support! Follow, like, share, comment etc!

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Halloween and The Holiday Season

Jennifer has been doing remarkably well. I have been so busy, I have completely forgotten to update the page about Halloween. 😦 Well, when Jennifer was first diagnosed and we learned the cancer was in her brain, one of my first thoughts, which I don’t admit to very often, was God please let her at leave live long enough to have one more holiday season with her kids.

Well, we had a wonderful Halloween, Jennifer was able to participate as much as anyone could hope for and the kids had a wonderful time. We actually had three different Halloween events we were able to take the kids too. I really enjoyed the fact that I was about to organize and get the kids together and Jennifer was able to enjoy the fun parts.

On Saturday we went to the Largo central park, Spooketacular event. The baby was too young to do anything more than looking cute. Natalie was too old for the bounce houses and the vast majority of the stuff to do, BUT her costume was so cute (and make up on point) people kept commenting and taking her picture. I know she was loving every minute of it!

The baby was dressed up as an elephant because once he started crawling about two months ago, he crawls with his butt in the air, I swear he looks like a baby elephant. I had to cut out the armpits and make some minor adjustments because it was a thick costume, he could have gone trick or treating in any New England city and he would have been comfy, here, I was afraid of heat stroke.

Almost all of the family went trick or treating together. My sister, her husband, the three kids, Mom, Ray, Jessica, and myself. In previous years we have not been able to find a neighborhood that has many trick or treater’s or active houses. This year, we found the perfect place! All night there were families all over the sidewalks, laughing, joking, walking with their little goblins and gools. It was such a fun experience, it was very much a traditional Hallmark style moment.

I have made it my goal for this holiday season, Halloween, Thanksgiving, Christmas, and New Years AKA Natalie’s 16th birthday, that I would do everything I can to organize a memorable and fun holiday event for the family. It has been such a hard year for all of us, so I want to create a better ending to 2016. When all of this started on August, I did not believe Jennifer would make it to Halloween, not to mention 2017. We are all so thankful for the blessings we have received during these extreme times. One successful holiday down, 3 more to do. The theme for the rest of the year is, love, appreciation, care, relaxation, reflection, and family.

Back to the hospital

Treatment number 5 was this morning. Around 2pm, a headache started and progressively got worse to the point of excruciating pain. The light sensitivity was so bad the only way to relieve the pain was with a dark towel over her eyes. Ice seemed to help the headaches a little. We made a ice hat for her head. The headache was coming in waves and simultaneously shooting pain down her arms. She became very confused and at one point could not decipher her daughter Natalie from Michelle. At that point, we decided it would be best to take her back to St. Anthony’s ER.

A new CAT Scan was done and waiting for the results was an eternity. We were very worried this new CAT Scan would should something worse. Every test result we received prior this this one was always worse than the last. So we felt the odds were against us in everything. Luckily, this scan showed no new damage or brain bleed. This result was the best we could hope for! So, the headache has to have been a reaction to the radiation, hormonal changes or something along that line.

We are hoping she can stay in the hospital until her Monday treatment. That way we can see how her body reacts to treatment #6. We are more prepared now and we understand the extreme importance in having pain medication on hand and ready for any side effect pain she may experience.

The worst part of all is the fear of the unknown. Of course, it is a worse fear for Jennifer but it is weighting on all of us.