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!

Saturday, May 8, 2010

6 very long months

It’s been 6 months ago this week that we received the devastating news that Kristen had relapsed, that the leukemia had once again found its way into her bone marrow, her blood stream and her spinal fluid. It didn’t make sense, her blood counts just 4 weeks earlier look great for the first time in months. She was getting her strength back and showed no outward signs of the monster that had once again taken hold of her. I was still trying to make sense of the unexpected passing of my father just 3 weeks earlier. Our family was in shock and mourning his loss. Kristen and my dad were very close. He dearly loved her and she him. The past 6 months have been difficult not having him here. He was always there for everyone. I know his heart would have been broken to learn leukemia was once again raging throughout Kristen’s body. This has been a long painful 6 months for everyone. We have taken comfort in knowing that my father is still very close to Kristen and that he is watching over her.

And what a long way Kristen has come in a short but seemingly forever 6 months. First of all we were told that Kristen’s only chance for a cure would be a bone marrow transplant. We were also told that it was very risky for children with Down syndrome. We were also told that Kristen would need to reach a full remission before she could have the transplant and there was a chance, a rather large chance, that she would not find a remission. The news was not good. Another one of those insurmountable obstacles placed right before us. I seemed to forget that this was Kristen we were dealing with. The one who has always had strength, fortitude, determination and the sheer power to survive all that life had dealt her. Now 6 months later she did find a remission, after only one round of chemotherapy, her body was once again free of leukemia. 73 days ago a bone marrow transplant took place. To this very day Kristen continues to amaze the doctors with her progress. She continues to be their “Rockstar.”
And we are thankful 

Kristen and her grandpa a couple of years ago with my first grandchild and his first great grandchild.

Kristen and her grandpa on their last trip to the dollar store together

The little rockstar today with her sheer strength of soul that emanates
from her everywhere she goes.

6 comments:

The VW's said...

Kristen is the definition of fighter and she goes through all of this with such grace! What an inspiration! She is a great example to us all! Hugs!

Angi said...

Such a brave girl - so sweet, so special!

Lacey said...

I'll admit, when I heard she relapsed again and needed a bone marrow transplant I was worried! But she is the poster child for defeating cancer, and she leads the way for everyone else!

To Love Endlessly said...

She's an angel indeed. God Bless her and your family!!

My Blog said...

Such a beautiful and strong girl!

Christi Harrison said...

wow, it's amazing how well she is doing. when i was first reading, i thought, will they give up or fight? the odds sounded horrible. i am so happy you fought and won. congratulations. i'm sure grandpa in heaven helped!