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, January 22, 2006



At The Hospital Yet Again

We are set up at the hospital.  It took all day at home yesterday and today to get packed.  We arrived here late afternoon/early evening and the girls both played in the trailer with mommy while daddy got things set up.  Then Debbie and Kelsey (Sarah’s other family) showed up to cart her away.  It’s always difficult having to let her go but the Dunham’s have been a spectacular “second” family for her and we owe them SO much.

Mommy, daddy and Rebekah then went out to dinner at a kid-friendly Mexican restaurant the Pashley’s showed us a few months back – Chez Jose.  Good food and kids everywhere.  This is one of the few days in the entire chemo cycle that Rebekah’s counts should be good enough to be out in public so we took advantage of it.  Rebekah enjoyed watching the other kids, especially the babies.  Then we walked around the dollar store for a while (trying to wear Rebekah out so she would sleep well in the close quarters of the trailer tonight.)  Rebekah shopped and shopped every isle.  Daddy is REALLY scared that he has a shopper on his hands.

We got back to the trailer and put Rebekah to bed.  That was about 45 minutes ago and she is still lying down behind the curtain saying “shhh shhh shhh”.  She was actually singing a few minutes ago.  Once she gets to sleep mommy and daddy can set up their beds.  Right now its just trying to be quiet and watch the small 13” tv and keep quiet enough for Rebekah to sleep in this 100 square foot mansion  (

Tomorrow morning we go to clinic first for blood tests and then, assuming that her blood counts are acceptable, we will be admitted and start chemo.  We would like to see chemo start by 6pm based on past experience.  Yesterday we were a bit concerned Rebekah would need blood because she was being crabby, had no energy, and would not leave mommy’s arms (making it fun to pack!)  Today, however, she seemed to be a little bit better.  She misses her sister already but has over all been doing pretty good.  I really hate to see us going into chemo again and knocking that out of her again.

Please pray for the week to fly by and be uneventful with Rebekah keeping as much of her strength as possible.

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At Sunday, January 22, 2006 11:10:00 PM, Blogger Lora Left a thought...

It's great that Rebekah's counts were good enough for you to be out in public. I'm glad that you got to eat at the restaurant while Rebekah enjoyed watching the other children. I think it's pretty neat that she liked going shopping look out dad :) Praying that Rebekah stays strong and there's nothing eveventful happening during the week. Blessings & Hugs from Griffin & me :)

 
At Monday, January 23, 2006 3:22:00 AM, Anonymous Anonymous Left a thought...

will be praying :)
huggs
janice

 
At Monday, January 23, 2006 4:59:00 AM, Blogger Jayleigh Left a thought...

prayers always... and more prayers for Mommy and Daddy to have strength and rest.

 
At Monday, January 23, 2006 5:24:00 AM, Blogger My Kid's Mom Left a thought...

As always - prayers are being sent your way!

 
At Monday, January 23, 2006 6:54:00 AM, Blogger Katie Left a thought...

praying for this round of chemo, for strength and peace for rebekah and all of you

 
At Monday, January 23, 2006 8:22:00 AM, Blogger Carmi Left a thought...

I'm praying for you all. What a blessing that you were able to get out with her for a bit.

That shopping gene can indeed be dangerous. Please thank Rebekah for bringing us all a much-needed smile.

 
At Monday, January 23, 2006 9:40:00 AM, Blogger Dawn Left a thought...

Mexican food and shopping...sounds like a good day!

Prayers coming your way for a good and fast week. For Rebekah's count to be good and for all of you!

 
At Monday, January 23, 2006 9:42:00 AM, Anonymous Paul Laroche Left a thought...

Hi rebekah and family
Good to hear that Rebekah's counts are good.I'm always praying for that beauitful little girl.
Hugs to all

 
At Monday, January 23, 2006 12:09:00 PM, Blogger Eva Left a thought...

Last chemo. I can't believe how time has flown by. This stage will soon be over.

Praying.

 
At Monday, January 23, 2006 1:58:00 PM, Blogger JodiTucker Left a thought...

Praying for you all in this final week of chemo.

 
At Monday, January 23, 2006 7:42:00 PM, Blogger Danny Sims Left a thought...

Will pray.

Your post made me think of all the wonder-filled times of family fun we've had in our camper. I'm sad for you that your camper experiences are in a hospital parking lot. I'm praying that one day you'll be able to do real camping and that Rebekah will love it! We do pray for you and you are strong, even when you feel weak.

 

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