|Watching a barge on the Mississippi River.|
I met another new mom in the waiting room today, just briefly (new as in not relapse). She heard me talking about the incredible parents group on Facebook, and asked about it because she had wanted to
|At the front of Graceland.|
|Part of his trophy room.|
|Buried with his mom and dad on|
either side, and his grandmother.
St. Jude, and her dad, who was here with her during treatment is now studying to be a nurse. So, how cool is that.
Eli and I have enjoyed having Hg around. She is a chatterbox, but she is fun for the most part, and pretty low maintenance as far as where we go, what we eat…. as long as we do “go” and we do eat. I
|The caddy that he bought his mama.|
Please, continue to remember Baylee. The hospice nurse thinks she might have a week. You may not know this, but Baylee was a good artist. Her hope and dream was to become a professional artist. I
|What would now be called a media room.|
I have a Thanksgiving activity for your family or church group or class get-together. One way to feel thankful is to think about others, so gather up some cards, and stamps, and bring the following list of addresses to your gathering (I will make a
|Sun Studios where Elvis made his early recordings.|
Some of you that have followed Eli from the beginning will remember six-year-old Smilin’ Jack, a precious light that medullo took in early 2013. Jack was finishing treatment as we were in the middle
|A rare moment while we wait for an appointment.|
You long-timers will also remember eight-year-old Ryan, who lived just a couple of miles from us, and was also taken by medullo in 2013. His mother, Jasmine, continues to struggle emotionally (as I imagine all do who lose a child), and is fighting some health issues of her own. I would love if she was flooded with cards to know that she
|Just playing around.|
Another couple of moms from the past is Maranda Martin who lost her son Bradyn to relapse, and Brittany Blake who lost her son Nolan to relapse. Brittany was one of the first relapse moms outside of St. Jude that I cybermet. I kept up with these two besties for a while, and watch their posts. They are understandably still hurting, but are both positive in their attitude and a great example for anyone facing adversities.
Gina Palmer is a mom who lost her son young Derick to relapse medullo and she channeled her grief into sewing special hooded towels to send to kids with cancer. Eli has one, and he loves it. I appreciate her example.
More recently, when Eli started the path to Houston we came to know who Zach Grisham was, and that he lived just one town over from us. The 21-year-old was taken by relapsed medullo earlier this
|The new Bass Pro Shop near the hospital.|
Another mother who lost her baby just Wednesday is Nicole Skaro. Vito was two, and such a cutie, never was without a smile. He is forever healed of medullo. A young girl named Jordyn has been clear of medullo for a few years, I think, and was recently diagnosed with DIPG, which most of you will recognize as incurable and inoperable.
A couple of local kids that have relapsed in our town, I would love for you to send something to:17-year-old Leah Seibert, who is a wonderful example of grace and courage to all that know her, and to nine-year-old Sweet Emma Clark, who is fighting a second cancer, and must live in Memphis for treatment taking her and her mom away from home again for a lengthy time. She goes in tomorrow, on Thanksgiving to begin a bone marrow transplant, which is a harsh and lengthy procedure. Her mother is Katie.
Add 12-year-old Kennedy Estes who is fighting extreme lupus complications with chemo. And others mentioned in previous posts, 15-year-old Chandler Howard; two-year-old Townes Querin; and less than two years old, I think, Quin Merryman.
If you include gift cards, my preference is that you include gas cards from Texaco, Shell or Exxon. Thank you for taking part. There are many, many more, and some that are slipping my mind, but if you would like to post an address of a child in relapsed treatment or extreme medical treatment, or a grieving mom, and you know that the address is ok to publish publicly, then post it in the comments. Please, scroll the comments to see addresses from others to complete your list for this Thanksgiving activity.
Natasha Heming, 2450 Weems Road, Weems, VA 22576
Jasmine Davis, 15198 Mill Valley Drive, Athens, AL 35613.
Leah Seibert, 21198 Loggins Road, Athens AL 35614
Kennedy Estes, PO Box 6, Spring Grove, VA 2388
Chandler Howard (Patient), Target House, 101 N McLean Blvd, Memphis, TN 38104
Townes Querin (Patient), St. Jude, 262 Danny Thomas Pl, Memphis, TN 38105
Quin Merryman, 2400 Hackberry Lane, Birmingham, Al 35225
Baylee or her mom Shellie Bassett, 786 Enchanted Dr. Midvale, Ut 84047
Emma Clark (Patient), 101 N McLean Blvd, Memphis, TN 38104
Kathy Grisham, 1313 Castleman Avenue SW, Decatur, AL 35801
Drew Davidson, 127 Woodhaven Drive, Eastaboga, AL 36260
Nicole Skaro, PO Box 293, Waconia, MN 55387-0293
Maranda Martin, 5825 Austin Garner Road Sugar Hill, Ga 30518
Brittany Blake, 217 Brown acres rd Griffin, GA 30224
Gina Palmer, 1301 Stamford Dr., Virginia Beach, VA 23455