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.

Friday, October 27, 2006

So Many Thoughts

There are many families weighing heavy on my heart these days. In many ways, it is a reminder to me of how precious our children are and our time with our children should be well spent. And it reminds me that at least for today, my problems are petty and small in comparison to the struggles of many others. For that, I am thankful.

Gage's family continues to struggle through this Leukemia (AML) diagnosis. They found out that neither mom nor dad are matches for him. There are several possible matches in the Bone Marrow registry, but they will need to complete further testing to know if any are a match. Meanwhile, they are setting up a Bone Marrow Drive for Gage in Lake Oswego, OR and one in the Boston, MA area. There is more detailed information on Gage's page. At the same time, they are also concerned that the Leukemia is advancing and they will need to start chemo before the Bone Marrow Transplant. Needless to say, Gage and his family need lots of prayers.

Please consider donating Bone Marrow to Gage and becoming a member of the Bone Marrow Donor Program registry. You never know whether you might be the one to save someone's life. Check out Gage's page to find out more about being tested for him specifically and check out about becoming a member of the Bone Marrow Donor Program registry. You never know who might be the next person you know to need a Bone Marrow Transplant. Rebekah has been through the same treatment as Gage and has the same kind of risk of AML (Leukemia) as Gage. The more people on the registry, the more likely that anyone who needs a transplant will find a match. For anyone who is on the registry, thank you for being on the list and now might be a good time to make sure that the information they have on you is correct.

Maggie's family has been on my mind and heart quite a bit lately. One year ago, today, Maggie passed away from her cancer. I'm sure this is an emotional time for them. Check out Maggie's page to see what they are doing to continue the fight against cancer. And, think about commenting in their guestbook. I'm sure they could use some encouragement.

There is a little girl named Kaeli who is two and a half years old and was diagnosed with Leukemia about a month ago. She has two older brothers and her family is going through a lot right now. They went to the ER Wednesday night because Kaeli was in so much pain that she couldn't sit and wouldn't stand. They don't know what is going on. The steroids she is on will cause her pain, but it got suddenly worse. She's scheduled for an MRI today and hopefully they can find an answer. Kaeli is a little older than Sarah and her brothers are about Rebekah's age. I've never met this family, but I feel for them and what they are going through. In many ways, we have been there.

Oliver just celebrated his second birthday as a "normal" two year old. What an exciting time for them!

I choose to be happy today and thankful for the things that I have, despite the "not so pleasant" behaviour of my girls and I choose to not get frustrated over every little thing, although they are testing me. After all, they are toddlers. How do you choose to live today?

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At Friday, October 27, 2006 2:14:00 PM, Anonymous Debbie Left a thought...

Beautiful post! I am spending my afternoon with 15 teenage girls who are having an end of season soccer party at my house. The house is noisy and messy, but what a blessing! Thanks for reminding me of that.

I plan to be at the bone marrow drive for Gage. Please keep us posted.

At Friday, October 27, 2006 9:23:00 PM, Blogger Laina&laura Left a thought...

Dear Adams'
I was at Rebekah's school yesterday to visit with my former co-workers and met Rebekah coming out of class going to the bus. It was so nice to see her and see how smiling and happy she was. She greeted me and wanted to say hello to my daughter. I'm glad that she is doing well and I pray for her continued healing.

At Friday, October 27, 2006 9:28:00 PM, Blogger Laina&laura Left a thought...

Just had to add...the "yesterday" of my previous post being the day before yesterday. Not that it matters much, but time does slip away, doesn't it??

At Sunday, October 29, 2006 2:52:00 PM, Anonymous Anonymous Left a thought...

Always keeping you in my prayers, and always praying for great days. I hope that you all are getting back to a "normal" life. Then again what's a normal life anyway? :)
Take care, and God Bless each and everyone one of you in everything you do.

Always thinking of you.
~Sarah Mathia-Nycz~

At Sunday, October 29, 2006 6:12:00 PM, Blogger My Kid's Mom Left a thought...

You just wait until they are teenagers!!!!!! This is coming from a mom with two teenage daughters.

Actually, each stage has it's own challenges and blessings - and you can't have one without the other.

Love, Val

At Monday, October 30, 2006 8:48:00 AM, Anonymous Teresa M. Left a thought...

Isn't God wonderful? Challenges and trials producing insight and wisdom. Thanks for sharing.


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