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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Thursday, December 15, 2005



Tired...

Wow what a day.  I first have to say that mommy and daddy are now OFFICIALLY tired of being in the hospital.  Maybe its taken the 5 days we have been here already this week, maybe it’s taken the 9 months that we have been spending regular time here – I don’t know but we are tired of it.  

Rebekah, on the other hand, knows everybody, loves everybody and enjoys the attention.  Obviously she is hurting and not happy about that but if you bring somebody into her room to play with her, work with her or take her attention away from where she is she loves it.  Today she got to go downstairs to the cafeteria with mommy and daddy for some lunch and then got to go to the family lounge with mommy and daddy and friends Karen and son Ian who brought some pizza for dinner.  Take Rebekah out of her room and she’s happy.

The Dunham’s who are regularly taking care of Sarah had a concert in Portland to go to tonight.  They brought Sarah to us to take care of this evening while they were out.  Boy did they look good all dressed up!  You would think that taking care of Sarah and providing our vacation in Sunriver would have been enough but no.  This week we started getting some paypal donations on www.HelpRebekah.com from Brush Prairie, the small community where the Dunham’s live.  Then tonight Debbie brought in cards, gifts and donations – LOTS OF DONATIONS.  Again, just when needed.  With the exception of the Dunhams they are ALL strangers who have never met us.  How wonderful they are!!!!!

It hit me tonight as I was walking back to the trailer that there are so many of you that read the blog, make comments, make donations etc. that you would think we would not be alone but in many ways we are alone, or at least lonely.  These contacts online keep us going but it would be really really cool just to have people stop by the house, stop by the hospital etc and spend some time.  To take that a step farther (and more important)  please take this away from us and to those that are in need around you wherever you are.  A phone call is better than nothing but what is really great is some personal contact.  If you know someone who is elderly, overwhelmed with kids or in any other way “shut in” please go see them.  It could be stopping by for coffee and conversation, a game of cards, or watching a TV program with them. Even if its just for 30 minutes it will really go along way towards lifting the spirts of those in YOUR community that are in need of some social time.   

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At Thursday, December 15, 2005 10:00:00 PM, Anonymous Tiffany Schwander Left a thought...

As you have done to the least of these you have done to me.

As Scott stated, go to your friends, family, neighbors, elders, "shut ins' and share time, love and support! If unable to go yourself, send a note, make a call, write an email- drop a comment onto the Blog sites you visit!

May you all experience the quiet peace and gentle love of the first Christmas today and always!

Love you Scott, Frances, Rebekah and Sarah!

Aunt TT

 
At Thursday, December 15, 2005 10:06:00 PM, Blogger Eva Left a thought...

I wish I lived closer - I'd come visit. :(

 
At Thursday, December 15, 2005 10:10:00 PM, Blogger Rebekah Christine Left a thought...

Eva - you don't have to live closer to us. You already live close to SOMEONE. Take the inspiration you might have gained from here and benefit someone close to you.

-Scott
Very Proud to Be Rebekah's Daddy

 
At Thursday, December 15, 2005 10:47:00 PM, Anonymous David and Jill Renton Left a thought...

Dear Scott and Francis, It sounds like most things have gone well this round of chemo. My husband is off work next week, maybe our family could stop by in Banks for a short visit next week. By the way Scott,I think you used the word monogamy one time when you meant monotomy. I hope this wasn't a Freudian slip. The Renton Family

 
At Friday, December 16, 2005 8:57:00 AM, Anonymous Anonymous Left a thought...

Great catch Renton Family. I had to go back and find where Scott had said monogamy. Really funny! We need the laughter amidst the tears. Scott and Frances - We will be stopping by sometime in the next week (assuming everyone is over their colds). Take care.
Love, Mikalows

 
At Friday, December 16, 2005 9:57:00 AM, Anonymous Paul Laroche Left a thought...

Hi Rebekah and family
Stopping in to say hello and give big hugs to all

 
At Friday, December 16, 2005 11:42:00 AM, Blogger Jessica Left a thought...

I would love to come visit & play with your daughters some day. My only problem is 1) I don't have access to a car during the week, and if I did, I don't know anyone to watch them.
2) I don't know where ya'll live.

I have lived the hospital life, not nearly as long (consecutively) as you guys have...but our son was born 3 1/2 months premature. We lived in the hospital for 2 1/2 months, then we were in & out several times for 1 week at a time over the next 1 1/2 years.

Please, email me, if you'd like my #. I would love to be there as a shoulder to cry on. Sometimes it helps just having someone to sit with & cry to that's experienced the hell of hospital life.

You are all in my prayers.
-Jes

 
At Friday, December 16, 2005 1:25:00 PM, Blogger mommyguilt Left a thought...

I am constantly amazed by the heart, compassion, and love of your family. The selfless-ness is incredible. As you sit, pondering the health of your beautiful daughter, you find it in your heart to remember all of the others out there who need attention and support, not just at the holidays, but year long. You are such amazing people!

Many hugs!
Christina

 
At Friday, December 16, 2005 1:33:00 PM, Blogger BHGA Left a thought...

Scott,
This is a heart felt post for me as I assist with the elderly; those with dementia, alzheimers,
cancer patients... to those needing help with grocery shopping, laundry, house cleaning, companionship,etc. I am blessed each day that God allows me to share a kind word, to proclaim His promise, to remind them of His love, that He is with them and has not forgotten them....each smile or hug brings the greatest joy....

Blessings to all of you,
Love and Hugs,
Donna

 
At Friday, December 16, 2005 5:06:00 PM, Blogger My Kid's Mom Left a thought...

Yes, I agree - the gift of time is the most precious present of all. I've been through what you've been through to a certain extent, and it is so true that you DO begin to feel "lonely".

 
At Friday, December 16, 2005 8:00:00 PM, Anonymous Anonymous Left a thought...

I feel intrusive when I call and unwelcome as a visitor. I do all that I can do by notes and prayers. I understand you all have needs, but at this moment, I feel slapped in the face.

 
At Friday, December 16, 2005 8:30:00 PM, Blogger Rebekah Christine Left a thought...

Anonymous we don't know who you are and definately don't want you to feel unwelcomed or not needed! I don't think that we have ever felt anyone was intrusive. We are not sure what might have made you feel that way and we would definately love to talk to you about it. PLEASE give me a call at 503-324-0111 and I'll try and sort things out.

-Scott (Rebekah's Daddy)

 
At Friday, December 16, 2005 8:48:00 PM, Blogger Rebekah Christine Left a thought...

I, too, want to echo Daddy's comment. It breaks my heart to think that I have made anyone feel unwelcome or intrusive. Please, Anonymous, call us so we can straighten things out. We are so sorry that we may have hurt you.

-Frances (Rebekah's Mommy)

 

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