Monday, March 9, 2009


Mike and I were able to enjoy a some time away in Lansing on Saturday night leaving Lisa in the capable hands of Maranda and Mike's sister Sharon. They all made it thru the night and kept up the endless routine of diaper changes and temp watch with Sharon assuring us that "It's nothing we can't handle". A great big thanks to Sharon and Walt (who watched Chrissy and Thomas) so we could get away.

I relieved Sharon late Sunday afternoon and was happy to hear that Lisa had been fever free for most of the day. With a bit of force, we convinced Lisa to walk to the elevator to bid Aunt Sharon and the others goodbye. She spent a good part of Sunday sleeping. At about 6:00 in the evening...Lisa was BACK. The fever was gone, her spirits were up and she was giggling and playing away. She kept doing this right thru the night until 4 a.m. "I'm not tired" she kept saying. I drifted in and out of sleep thru the night and heard various bits of conversation with Lisa and the night nurses....all of which ended with "you should be sleeping".

She finally went to sleep around 4 am and slept until 11 am. Once she shook off her sleep we played on the computer, talked with some visitors, went for a walk and did a craft. She ran out of steam around 4 pm and I let her take a 2 hour nap. We followed this with a craft and bath and an attempt to scare Mike and the other kids when they came off the elevators at 7pm.

Lisa has definitely turned the corner. Her fever is gone, her counts are up, she's feeling much better. I'm ecstatic. She looks great and it is such a relief. If all holds well, she's coming home Wednesday. It is amazing! I'm ecstatic...did I say that already?! I just can't believe it. Once she's home, if she doesn't spike any temps or have anything out of the ordinary happen, we're done with overnight stays at Motts. Can you believe it?! AWESOME!!! The rest of her treatment (radiation, vaccines, follow-up tests) is scheduled to be out patient. Yeah!!!

I am thankful to all of you who read and pray. I continue to pray and hope that you will to. There is a very small percentage of children who beat this cancer...and right now....I'm feeling pretty positive and BELIEVE she's going to be one of those children. I cannot imagine her not surviving. She needs to go on and be that beacon of hope for all of us who face adversity in life. I have every intention of making sure she starts kindergarten in fall....even if I have to push her in on a hospital bed with tubes intact. I have no intention of spending countless nights on Motts Floor 7 ever again. I believe that you attract things to you and I'm going to really focus on attracting sand, sun, beaches, princesses, fun.....and leave chemo, nausea, hospitals far behind.

Always praying...always hoping....believing God knows what is best and will provide me the strength to persevere.


Anonymous said...

YEAH!!!! We are ecstatic too!!!!! God is so good!!!! We will continue our prayers everyday for Lisa. Much love to you all.

Uncle said...

Double YEAH!!!, many times we read the blog and wanted to comment and leave some positive words but we find it difficult to express the right words. But a beautiful expression of "faith", and acceptance you both have of what your duties are and the resolve you both have to complete the task.
enough cannot be said how greatful we are that God placed this responsibility on Linda & Mike and the blessings that he has given to Lisa we are truly grateful. Our prayers will continue and "God Bless you all" Uncle Gerald & Aunt Delphine

Anonymous said...

Praise be to God! We'll keep praying and thinking positive!

Anonymous said...

Yahhhhhhhhh such great news that Lisa is doing well I believe she can and will beat this Cancer. I pray you never will have to spend another night in any Hospital...God Bless and praying always...
Love, Kristen McIntyre

Anonymous said...

I agree!
No more overnight stays!
Only onward and upward from here!
Glad all is going GREAT!

Lisa G.

Amanda said...

Alright you go Lisa!! You are doing better and better each day. What a big relief you can start sleeping in your own beds again! I to believe that she will be one of those people who beat this cancer. I'm glad all is going well. I love you Lisa! Sending positive energy and prayers

Anonymous said...

I am so happy to hear that you will be coming home for good!! That is great news.

Sarah Rumptz

Anonymous said...

I think each one of you have been a beacon of hope for all of us that are blessed to be a part of your journey. You have faced the difficult times with dignity, grace and a positive attitude that is truly awe-inspiring. I will pray for sand, sun, beaches, princesses and lots & lots of fun!! God bless each of you, especially little Lisa.
Kim Enright

Anonymous said...

I am so happy for all of you. Here is to beaches, sun, sand, and most importantly all the princesses and princes in life!


Frances Monroe said...

Thank you Jesus! When Prayers go up Blessings come down! GOD is good. I will continue to keep you in my heart and prayers.

Anonymous said...

Thank God and the 2 of you. As I sit at my desk with tears in my eyes I think how easy everyone else has it. Your family has made this a learning experience for everyone else who thinks they have it hard. Your famly has overcame the un-thinkable and Thank you for letting all of us be a part of this. Lisa you are a MIRACLE! WE love you and miss you!! Hope to see you soon.


Miss Jen

Anonymous said...

Wow!!!!!! What a miracle, and what blessings you have received and continue to receive.
The folks from Western Michigan

Anonymous said...

LISA BE STRONG! With all the prayers coming your way i hope that you will be a survivor!