Thursday, December 11, 2008
I am certainly the world's WORST blogger! Bear with me as I play "catch up" for the past few months... Shall we begin with Halloween??!
Of course, we visited Corinne's BFF (cousin Breezy) in the hospital. This little beauty received her first round of chemo that day. I am continually amazed at her strength as well as that of her wonderful parents! We just KNOW that she'll get better soon. Thank you again to those who continue to pray, fast and render service in her behalf.
Isn't she a doll? Sweet Baby Minnie! I love that both girls were dressed up as Disney characters! And no, Kari and I didn't plan that! It was BFF destiny!
This is about the only "treat" she got for Halloween... Her "ba ba"!
She was one tuckered out Tinkerbell!
Friday, October 31, 2008
Good news yesterday!!! The doctors and pathologists are fairly certain than Bree's cancer is in the intermediate stage. We are still waiting for final word on the pathology of her tissue sample, but as far as the bone marrow is concerned, intermediate is most likely the case. This is wonderful news considering the vast difference between the two classifications (intermediate risk vs. high risk). She begins chemotherapy this afternoon. Please pray for her swift response to the treatment!!!
Yesterday Bree was happy, active and just being her adorable little self. She is reaching for toys and smiling a ton. I just love that Angel Baby Bree!!! We are hoping she and the family will be discharged on Sunday. There are plans for a more in-depth bone scan (called an MIBG) the following Tuesday, which we hope they can do as an out-patient procedure.
Thank you all for your prayers and fasting. I have no doubt that God is aware of us and blesses our lives when we put our faith and trust in Him. Please continue to pray and fast for this beautiful little girl and her family. It may be a long road ahead, but we're all willing to press forward along with her!!!
I'll try to keep everyone posted... Kari wants to either set up a separate blog for Bree or post to her original blog when she has the time. I'll let all of you know what the link is as soon as I know. Again, thank you for your concern, fasting, prayers and service and their behalf!!! More news to come...
Wednesday, October 29, 2008
Though many of you already know, here is an update on my angel baby niece, Bree Cook. She was diagnosed with a rare form of cancer on Monday night. Kari called her pediatrician because Bree developed shiners that wouldn't go away. Upon examination, Dr. Carroll noted that her left kidney was slightly enlarged. Thank heaven that her doctor is both qualified and in tune with the spirit. He consulted with a specialist who then recommended they go directly to the ER. It was there that they did blood work, an ultrasound and a CT scan. The tests revealed a 5 cm X 6 cm malignant tumor (located between her left kidney and adrenal gland) called a neuroblastoma. For further info on this type of cancer, cut and paste the following link into your browser:
Though this is an aggressive type of cancer, it is treatable. Unfortunately, it has metastasized and she is in Stage IV. But doctors believe chemotherapy will fight it. They did a bone scan today and found cancer in a portion of her orbital (eye) bones--hence the black eyes. It is also in several of her lymph nodes, the pancreas, liver and bone marrow. But the fact that it is, so far, only in the calcified portion of the eye bones is a very good thing! It will then be easier to treat. She will have a more in-depth bone scan on Friday, and we should also get the results from her biopsy. It will then be determined whether she is considered to be at an Intermediate Risk or High Risk...yet another classification.
PLEASE, PLEASE keep her and her sweet family in your prayers. I believe in miracles... especially when collectively we have FAITH. We hope to set up some sort of care page for updates in the future. Either that or blog posts. That way, it frees up Kari and Justin from having to repeatedly update everyone via phone. THANK YOU to all who have already lent a helping hand and for your faith, fasting and prayers.
Monday, October 6, 2008
My daughter is a bean pole. She has not gained ANY weight since her last doctors appointment! In fact, she lost an ounce! But the doctor told me I shouldn't be alarmed. She's progressing beautifully in all other areas... thank heaven! She really puts down the solid food, but she's not huge on finishing her bottles. Oh yeah, she self-weaned a few weeks ago... much to my dismay! So, it's all formula for the next few months.
She's into EVERYTHING these days. Very busy... Perhaps that's why she doesn't gain any weight! She's SO close to crawling, but hasn't quite mastered that yet. She scoots, rolls and sort of army crawls to whatever she can get her hands on! We are loving every minute with her! Here's a cute pic of her in the tub... well, sink. I know, I know! It's easier for me to bathe her there though! And at the rate we're going, she'll fit in there 'til she's 7. Haa! ;-D
Here are her stats:
Weight: 14 lbs. 11 oz. (3rd %...yes, you read that right)
Height: 28.5 inches (75th %)
Head Circumference: 17 inches (25th %)
Sunday, September 28, 2008
It's that time again!!! Football season! Only this time, Corinne gets to attend the games outside the womb! She looked so cute in her little ASU Cheerleader outfit!!
Corinne got to see her "boyfriend" Koston Bawden. He's such a cutie! While they were flirting, Tim and I visited with his parents, Kim and Jordan. He and Tim are partners at Wells Fargo, and Kim and I went to hygiene school together. We just love them!
Unfortunately, she didn't last long...
She passed out in spite of the crowd noise and fireworks! We had a great time... GO DEVILS!!
Monday, September 15, 2008
Holy cow! Sorry it's been FOREVER since I've posted something new! I'm so terrible at this blogging thing... Anyway, here are a few pics of what we've been up to!
So Corinne makes this face all the time now... It's hilarious! If you can imagine, she blows air in and out of her nose very audibly while making this expression. We die laughing every time!
Thursday, July 10, 2008
Nana makes the BEST steaks!!! We always eat soo good up in the mountains! Thank you Nana!
Corinne's first taste of meat. She enjoyed it thoroughly!
This was baby Rhett who started the whole steak/rib bone eating tradition!! I can't find the date on this photo, but it had to be the summer of 2006. Correct me if I'm wrong Linds! Now all the babies have to gnaw on their first steak/rib bone up at the cabin!!
Corinne took her first road trip this weekend! We drove up to Nana & Papa Reed's cabin in Overgaard to escape the heat! She LOVED it! We've decided she is a mountain girl... she loves the outdoors! Sweet Aunt Lindsey made her this red, white and blue tutu! She experienced a few "firsts" while we were there, namely sweet potatoes (which she loves...), lemonade through a straw (yep, all by herself!!), gnawing on a steak bone (I know... but it's a Reed Family tradition!), a parade and fireworks! We were worried the fireworks would scare her, but she seemed to enjoy them while snuggling up to me in the cool weather. Surprisingly, she fell asleep about 10 minutes into the show! We had such a fun time with Nana, Papa, Lindsey, Clay and the boys!!
Friday, June 20, 2008
So, I decided it was time to buckle down and create a blog. Regardless of whether anyone reads it, it will be a great way to journal our lives... especially since baby Corinne came to us! I can't imagine life without her now. She is such a joy! A disclaimer, though, for anyone who may take a look: I am quite novice at this blogging thing... consider it a work in progress!