I created this blog when my sweet little girl, Kristen, was diagnosed with cancer, for the third time. After fighting for almost 3 years Kristen was called home to that same God who gave her life. One of my favorite quotes comes from Neal A. Maxwell- "Those who "plow in hope" not only understand the law of the harvest but they also understand what growing seasons are all about. True, those with genuine hope may see their proximate circumstances shaken like a kaleidoscope at times, yet with the "Eye of faith" they still see divine design." Kristen blessed lives and continues to do so. Her light continues to shine. As for me, I continue to "plow in hope" knowing well that Kristen is mine for eternity. Families can be together forever!

Thursday, July 23, 2009

Beads of Courage

The program "Beads of Courage" is designed to honor the journey that children take while experiencing cancer and related treatments. The children are given certain beads that represent certain procedures. The collection of beads become a symbol of their courage.
Kristen received most of her beads from the clinic at Primary Children's Medical Center.
A quick list of the beads and what they represent:
Bone Marrow Aspirate- 6 beige beads
Course of Chemo- 5 crystal beads
Central Line insertion and removal- 1 orange bead
Clinic Visit-4 blue beads
Emergency Room- 1 pink bead
Hair Loss -1 brown bead
Neutropenia-6 green beads
Lumbar Puncture (spinal tap)- 7 green beads
Pokes, IV Starts, Shots-8 black beads
Test/Scans- 3 light green beads
Blood or platelet transfusions-28 red beads (Wow! that's a lot of transfusions in 7 months)
Chest tubes, Foley- 2 aqua beads
TPN- 2 dark green beads
Surgery- 2 silver beads
Transfer to PICU- 1 heart bead (Thank goodness it was only once!)
Nights spent in the hospital- 140 blue beads ( during her 7 month course of treatment)
Completion of treatment- 1 purple star
As you can see our little angel earned her beads with great courage!

When Kristen was in the hospital she received this white tiger from the family of a little boy that also had cancer. The tiger proudly displays Kristen's Beads of Courage.
When you squeeze his paw he says, "Never Give Up!"
Kristen still loves to squeeze his paw. I am convinced that Kristen is with us today because she NEVER gave up!


Jeana said...

She looks so good! Those beads are so special, she has come so far, what an example to us all to never give up. Thanks for sharing.

Heather said...

Memento's.Reminders of a courageous journey.Present in our lives so we will never forget how very far these children have come.Kristen is such an inspiration.One I feel blessed to have stumbled upon in this vast blogworld.Zoey and Kristen.Kindred spirits.I cannot wait to watch the rest of their lives unfold.

Lea White said...

The beads are so cool. My daughter Bianca has been collecting beads since she was diagnosed beginning June 2007. She loves her beads so much, she once took them to school to do a show and tell for her friends.

Your daughter is very brave indeed!

ABandCsMom said...

Those beads are really cool. Carly was just finishing her treatment when we first saw the beads circulating around our clinic. I'm glad Kristin only received one heart bead! You're right. She is still here among us today, because she NEVER gave up! She's a trooper without a doubt.

Peter Olson said...

That is a great idea!
Look at the beads and see all the accomplishments.
It is like winning a Gold Medal.
Great job Kristen!

My name is Sarah said...

That is so awesome. I love your necklace. I am happy that things are going good for you now.

Monica Crumley said...

Wow, what a neat way to represent a long journey. I'm so happy you're at the end of your treatments and that you will start feeling better. She looks like she's a very brave girl.