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.

Monday, June 05, 2006

cancer Survivor's Day

UPDATE: Here are the girls at the water fountain, one of Rebekah's favorite places in the hospital. She can find it from ANYWHERE on the hospital grounds! Don't know what that face is on Rebekah????

Wow, 77,000 visitors in just over a year. You all continue to bless us abundantly and even though we don't post every day are are still inspired by your faithfulness.

Yesterday, Sunday, was cancer Survivor's Day. The hospital has an annual afternoon with booths, entertainment, food etc. Last year it was just after diagnosis and we were in for treatment. We remember because Rebekah won youngest survivor and the Polaroid that we took straight out to the trailer sitting in the parking lot stayed there for the last year.

Again, Rebekah was the youngest Survivor there with friend Warren a close second. Rebekah had the choice of gifts from a fully loaded Wagon and she choose a basketball saying "Ball ball ball ball" over and over again. She had to have it opened and started to roll it around all over the hospital. It was kind of a chagrin to some of the older kiddos who came behind her, especially the boys, and had their choice barbies and other baby dolls... oops.

We had gotten to the hospital a little early and went upstairs to visit the nurses. It was nice to see Betsy, Elizabeth, Tory, Lisa and some others that we don't know as well. Rebekah walked all around dragging Sarah by the hand and pointing to different things. She was very much showing Sarah around; it was cute.

One question that got asked a lot by the nurses and even by some of the other Survivor's downstairs was "what is it like coming back here?". There is no way that we can put the true feeling into words but can only say that it is weird. In some ways we feel like we are comming "home". We don't WANT to be there but it is comfortable. We obviously don't want to STAY there but yet when we are there that is what seems right. We have spent so much of our life there in the last year that we just feel like we should be there. Daddy says it is like coming back to work after a long vacation and mommy says it is like going to grandma's house or a second home even though this one is not good. It must have some effect on us because it has even gotten daddy back in a posting mood.

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At Tuesday, June 06, 2006 6:47:00 AM, Blogger JodiTucker Left a thought...

His ways are not our ways (in regard to anyone having cancer or bad stuff happening to them). Glad that Rebekah is a cancer survivor!!

At Tuesday, June 06, 2006 10:12:00 PM, Blogger Eva Left a thought...

Forget the face! Look at all that hair!

At Friday, June 09, 2006 7:35:00 PM, Blogger My Kid's Mom Left a thought...

I know what you mean - it's hard to describe what it's like to go back to the hospital. For me, I always felt like we were in our own little world. There was a routine, a rhythym, to each day - and we knew the doctors and nurses were doing everything they could do to meet our daughter's needs, and our needs as well.

At Sunday, June 11, 2006 8:52:00 PM, Blogger Deb Left a thought...

Olivia will choose a ball over a barbie every time!

Rebekah - Survivor! God is good!

At Monday, June 12, 2006 7:16:00 AM, Blogger Jeff H Left a thought...

Oh my gosh!!! I LOVE the picture of the girls together. Rebekah looks so much improved.

God truly is good.

At Tuesday, June 27, 2006 4:48:00 AM, Anonymous Anonymous Left a thought...

During the cancer diagnosis doctors look for the site of origin of the tumor and the type of cells. Cancers arise in any organ. The body site, where cancer develops first, is the primary site. The tumor spreads (metastasizes) then. Common cancers include skin, lungs, breasts, prostate, colon and uterine tumors. There are many signs and symptoms of cancer. Doctors may find tumors directly, by X-ray or MRI imaging, or through lab tests.

However, these signs and symptoms of cancer may mimic other diseases. Weight loss and abdominal pain may mean stomach cancer or an ulcer. Weight loss and swollen lymph nodes may mean lymphoma or AIDS or tuberculosis. Blood in urine is a sign of bladder or kidney cancer or a kidney infection. Blood in stool is a sign of many bowel problems, not just cancer. Benign looking skin mole may be deadly melanoma. Doctors often need a biopsy (microscopic check of tissues samples) to diagnose cancer. The cancer type is found by microscopic examination. If the type is different from surrounding tissue, the cancer came from another primary site. Metastases can spread directly or through blood vessels, and lymphatic vessels. Biopsy helps to find the primary site. Treatment also depends on the cancer cell type. Cells could be more or less differentiated and originate from different layers of the same organ. If the cancer cells resemble healthy, mature cells, they are differentiated. Undifferentiated cells look like very immature primitive cells. Checking the differentiation allows doctors to know how aggressive the cancer is. Grade one cancer is less aggressive than grade four usually.

Also doctors classify cancers by stage. Stage depends on the size and spreading of the tumor. Stage determines the mode of treatment - Whether it is surgical, radiation, chemotherapy and so on.


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