Visit Rebekah's Page to get updates, read messages and send messages to Rebekah and her family through comments. This is a public "diary" of a family whose little girl started a battle with inoperable cancer in April 2005. In December 2007 our house burned down. And in September 2009 Mommy was diagnosed with a terminal disease (a genetic form of ALS) that took her to Heaven in July, 2011, leaving Daddy and two young girls to make it on their own. Over several years of ups and downs, you will get into our hearts, minds and souls as we share joys and sorrows. It can sometimes be very difficult to read. We hope it is also uplifting. Please find joy in what you read here.
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Sunday, December 11, 2005



At The Hospital, Ready for Chemo

We are in the camping trailer tonight in the hospital parking lot.  Tomorrow morning we go into clinic at 10 am and should be admitted as long as Rebekah’s counts are doing ok.  She hasn’t failed counts to start Chemo, yet, but there is always a first time.  

It has been a busy weekend.  Saturday morning we had a group of about a dozen people come to help paint the living room, hall and the trim boards for around the floor in the playroom.  They showed up about 9.  Mom was madly trying to finish getting things packed and get all the girls out the door, so that we weren’t in the paint fumes (and the girls weren’t into trouble in the paint).  It was about 10:15 by the time we got out the door and they were already painting in some areas.  

Daddy tells me that they got the painting done, and the sectional couches moved around.  The couch that was in the living room was moved into the play room.  We had been storing another couch at our friend’s (the Olsen’s) while we were waiting to get the room done.  And with the help yesterday, they were able to get the pieces back to the house and set up in the living room.  A BIG thank you to the Olsen’s for storing it for us for a really long time.  He tells me that the play room seems much smaller and the living room seems much larger.  I won’t see it for another week, so I’ll have to take his word for it.  Another BIG thank you to the Helping Hands group of Our Place Church who did the painting and furniture moving.  It is such a blessing to have that done.

After leaving the house, I dropped Sarah off at Grandma A’s and switched the car seat from rear facing to forward facing for her and got it sized for Sarah.  She is such a growing girl!  Then Rebekah and I headed over to Grandma M’s.  We settled in and trained Grandma M on some of the care for Rebekah and then I headed out to do a little shopping.  I figured that I better take the opportunity while I had it.  This week we’re in the hospital and next week Rebekah’s counts will be low and then it is Christmas.

Today, we celebrated Rebekah’s birthday with family. It was a good party with all the cousins and aunts and uncles and grandparents.  A little crazy with all the people and naps were delayed.  It was after 4pm by the time I was able to get the girls to sleep, after everyone had left.  But they did both get naps.  Rebekah woke up really crabby from hers.  All she wanted was her shoes.  She seemed to want to go see Daddy and sleep in HER trailer.  She was not happy when she saw him drive away with it shortly before her nap.  He wanted to get it set up before it got too dark.

At about 7:30, we headed down to the hospital.  Friend Debbie and her daughter Nicki met us at the hospital to pick up Sarah for the week.  Again, bless you Dunham family.

Rebekah continues to have some diarrhea and diaper rash.  Mostly, she has been tolerating her food.  Please pray that the diarrhea and diaper rash go away, and that she continues to tolerate her food.  The chemo will often make her nauseous.  


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At Sunday, December 11, 2005 11:09:00 PM, Blogger steve Left a thought...

HAPPY BIRTHDAY REBEKAH!!!

Prayers and love

 
At Monday, December 12, 2005 2:29:00 AM, Anonymous Anonymous Left a thought...

praying for a good week!
blessings
huggs from
janice

 
At Monday, December 12, 2005 3:25:00 AM, Blogger Alison Left a thought...

Glad the house is coming together so well. What a relief that must be!
I will be praying for a good week. For all of you!

 
At Monday, December 12, 2005 6:17:00 AM, Blogger My Kid's Mom Left a thought...

Yes, I echo everybody's sentiments when I say that I am praying for a good week, too. What a special group of friends you have who've been helping you out so much! Take care, everybody.

 
At Monday, December 12, 2005 8:44:00 AM, Anonymous Chris Left a thought...

Happy Birthday Rebekah...

May your hospital stay be a smooth one.

: ) Chris

 
At Monday, December 12, 2005 9:20:00 AM, Blogger mommyguilt Left a thought...

Oh it's so wonderful to have such great people around to selflessly help out and to offer their time and their labor. True blessings you have.

Keep us posted on how the week is going. I will definitely keep my prayers coming!

 
At Monday, December 12, 2005 11:06:00 AM, Blogger BHGA Left a thought...

Praying the week goes smoothly for all of you....

Love and blessing

 
At Monday, December 12, 2005 11:24:00 AM, Blogger Wade Rankin Left a thought...

Happy Birthday Rebekah! How wonderful to have your birthday in the season we celebrate God's love.

 
At Monday, December 12, 2005 6:24:00 PM, Blogger Jayleigh Left a thought...

Happy Birthday, sweet girl!

Praying for a peaceful week with wonderful results.

 
At Monday, December 12, 2005 10:40:00 PM, Anonymous Kylie Left a thought...

Happy Birthday Rebekah!i'll be praying for ya!

 

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