Wednesday, December 31st, 2014 – 1 year, 1 month, 15 days Post Leukemia Diagnosis – Pre Transplant

This was the gist of our final cancer clinic appointment of 2014 this morning…

Doc Du Jour

The Admin even started searching for “Doctor Du Jour” until I laughed and told her he was just kidding! Then Kevin says, “You never know what doctor you will see here… It’s like ordering the soup du jour.”. The admin laughed… thankfully. Not everyone gets his humor. The last appointment he told the Admin that he was seeing “Doctor Who”. lol So yes, I’ve decided that we really need to add “I think I’m hilarious” to his medical alert bracelet.

These local cancer clinic appointments are only necessary to keep checking his blood counts to make sure his counts remain stable while he waits for his transplant. Today he is still GOOD! YAY! Hopefully this will be his last Kingston appointment for a year or so…. Meaning he will be “adopted” by the Ottawa Bone Marrow Transplant Centre. It’s like we WANT it to happen, but not. But it’s best if it happens ASAP.

So…. HAPPY NEW YEAR’S EVE EVERYONE!!!

If you are reading this… CONGRATULATIONS! You made it another year!

If it was an awesome year, look back and be so thankful for your amazing blessings! If it was a tough year, don’t worry… you’re not alone. But regardless how tough it was, you still need to look back to see how far you’ve come and you NEED to focus on the positive, the blessings and the humor as much as possible. We ALL experience good and bad. I agree that some experience more bad than others, but it’s up to you to make the GOOD outweigh the bad. How you cope with the bad and negative circumstances in life is up to you. We are proof that you can make that happen for yourself, if you stay focused on the POSITIVE even when it’s hard. I can’t stress how important it is to do that. Not only does it help you get through all the tough stuff, it makes is a gazillion times easier for people to support you.  And it’s up to YOU to surround yourself with the right people that will bring out the BEST in you and remove/avoid all the people who don’t. Yeah, that sucks too… but it’s necessary.

Despite the negative and the bad stuff that comes with leukemia, like the pain and suffering from symptoms/side effects and Kevin being told that a bone marrow / stem cell transplant is his only viable option for treating his leukemia, 2014 was filled with a lot of hope, a lot of love, a lot of learning, a lot of joy and a lot of awesomeness.

The most awesome of the awesomeness – We got married!

We spent a lot of quality time with family and friends and recognize the blessings that they are.

We learned a lot and raised a lot of awareness about blood cancer, blood donation and stem cell registration.

We met some incredibly awesome people along the way.

We have received and continue to receive SO MUCH support from our family and friends and even our community. It blows my mind just how much people, some complete strangers, have stepped up to help us deal with the financial hardships of needing to relocate to Ottawa for the transplant for 4 months. Words cannot express our utmost appreciation and gratitude. It’s really hard to ask for help, but we need it.

We do have a page set up to thank Our Awesome Supporters, however, it’s always nice to recognize people for their efforts more than once. So from now on, each of my blog posts will mention THREE awesome supporters. It’s hard to know where to start, because we have A LOT of people to thank and each and every person is very special to us no matter how much they contribute. BUT I have to start somewhere so here it goes! I’m not going to start with close family or friends just yet because we get to thank them almost every single day. I’m going to start with some of the ones who went an extra mile when they really didn’t NEED to make the effort.

First, I would like to recognize the fact that even though both of my sons have graduated from QECVI, the Parent Council, Students & Staff continue to support us like we are their family! How awesome is that?! Just a few weeks ago three of the students made an extra effort to raise funds for our family. They raised just over $150 in one evening!!  I feel the need to recognize them because it’s not typical behaviour of the average teenager to care about this stuff… but these boys did, with the support of an awesome mom (who is also battling cancer) and the Parent Council. I don’t have all the names of the Parent Council, but here are some special mentions…..

THANK YOU Tyler & Lori Bark, John MadDonald & Marcus Walker… Tyler even wrote an incredible speech – TYLER AWESOME SPEECH!!!

QECVIQECVI also sent home a Christmas basket and will be hosting a Swabbing Event on January 8th, 2015 in honor of Kevin. CLICK HERE FOR DETAILS

Second, I would like to recognize Lee Thomson. Lee is a co-worker and really good friend of Kevin’s. For just over a year after Kevin’s leukemia diagnosis, Lee grew his hair with the intention to shave it all off to help raise leukemia awareness and raise money to help our family this Christmas. When he learned about Kevin’s bone marrow transplant, he stepped up his efforts and raised almost $600!

THANK YOU LEE!!

Lee

Third, I would like to recognize all of the Staff at Benson Auto Parts in Ontario. Earlier in 2014 awesome fundraising efforts raised $3000 to help our family out. Most of that money went to paying Kevin’s Insurance premiums, but it was much needed because without insurance, we would be living in a van down by the river. Wait a second… we don’t have a van. 😉

THANK YOU SO MUCH BENSON STAFF!!!

Benson

So yeah. 2014 was tough… 2015 is going to be REALLY tough. But we have too much to be grateful for to focus on all the crappy stuff. So our motto for 2015 will continue to be:

Focus on the POSITIVE

Recognize the BLESSINGS

Find the HUMOR

Hope for the BEST and brace yourself for the worst!

motto

You should adopt the same motto! It works! Happy New Year everyone!  We wish you and yours a wealth of love, laughter and health in 2015!!!

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