So...yes, Calli gets chemotherapy once, every other week, and then a second double chemotherapy each day for 5 days on the fourth week. She is holding up, very very tired, but strong.
|Aidan, Josh, Master Cashatt, and Brianna|
|Doing Won Hyo Pattern|
|WON FIRST MATCH|
|THEY TIED THE SECOND MATCH AND NEED TO SPAR AGAIN!|
|AIDAN WON THE THIRD MATCH AND GOT FIRST PLACE!|
Aidan also sparred and won the first match, tied the second, won the third and got first place! He sparred BIG kids, and a black stripe- which is almost a black belt! We are very proud of his attitude that day, and of his perseverance.
|Grandmom, Calli and Grandpop- 1999|
This is the strong-willed, vivacious, caring and strong grandmother that we know, that helped us whenever we needed it, this is the strong woman and wife that cared for her own husband as cancer ripped thru his body, and saw him move on to Heaven...this is the strong, loving niece that cared for both of her elderly aunts in her own home, until they passed on to be with the Lord...this is the strong daughter that opened her home again to her own elderly mother and cared for her she herself could not stand.
Here we are just four months after Linda found out she had a cancer that was "contained and stage 1" ....Just four months later, it has invaded every inch of her body, every bone, her stomach, her lungs, and now her brain.... there are days she cannot hold a conversation at all there are days she cannot keep her eyes open, at times, she twitches, and moans and writhes in pain...Four months later, she is unrecognizable as the strong, independent, stubborn, caring mom, Grandmother, sister, daughter, aunt, cousin, friend and woman that we all know her to be.
It is very difficult for Calli and Aidan, to see this happening and so quickly-. For Mike, Jeff and Chris...they lost their dad at only 58, and are now facing losing their mom- she is only 63. So many emotions are running wild, and we all need God to help us, to give us peace and understanding, wisdom, patience and self control, It is easy to turn on each other, to take offense, to offend... when we are vulnerable, hurting, and raw.
Last week, Calli did not want to go and see Linda, she was just so different and frail, and Aidan could not look at her, or talk to her, it just hurt too too much. He is so angry, and hurt and confused. So the last 3 times I have visited her alone. This morning, Calli said, "Mom, can we go to Grandmom's house today and get a few of the story books? I always loved when Grandmom read to us and she always loved when I read to her, I want to see her in the hospital and read them to her- also can you give her this picture?" It was the picture above, of Linda, Calli and Mark.
So tonight, we went to see Linda, and she looked so well compared to Thursday, she was awake and in her wheelchair and was able to hold a conversation with us. It was really good for Aidan to see Grandmom awake and smiling. Calli jumped up in her bed and read her the storybooks that she had read to Calli so many times :) It was good and comforting.
Please pray for Mike and Jeff and Chris, please pray for our precious children: Calli, Aidan, Amanda, Alyssa, Zack, Kayla and Tiffany....our hearts are breaking, longing for normalcy, longing for a familiar smile, longing to see Mom, Linda, Grandmom, whole again, in peace, and pain free.