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November of 2000.
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Mary Beth enjoyed
seeing all the trick-or-treaters last night. When comparing
candy piles with her siblings, she won hands down and she didn't
leave the house! She was in an isolation room at the hospital,
so she could not participate in the Halloween activities.
Cindy, her favorite child life specialist, went from floor to floor
gathering goodies and surprised Mary Beth with an overstuffed pillow
case. In addition to this cavity-generating cuisine, she is
consuming healthy food as her appetite improves.
She feels better now
that she is home and sleeping in her own bed. While
hospitalized, she managed to keep abreast of her Geometry and took a
This Friday marks the
8-week anniversary since her stem cell transplant and another measuring
point to determine
the continued success of her treatments. She will be having
her second post-transplant MRI on Monday, November 6 at 6:00 PM. Please
join us in prayer as we ask for positive results.
We want to express our
gratitude to each and everyone of you for your continued outpouring
of prayer and support.
God bless you,
Tonight is Mary Beth's
second MRI since her stem cell transplant. We will be advised
of the results tomorrow when she visits the clinic to get her immune
system tested. If all goes well, we will receive positive news
on the MRI tomorrow and she will have some of her food restrictions
lifted. She can't wait to dive into some fast food, especially
a large order of fries! If her immune system test results are
exceptional, she may even be released to attend school earlier than
the planned date of early December.
She is feeling very
good and is no longer bothered by her shingles, other than the
continuous IV. She should be receiving her last IV
tomorrow. If this occurs, the doctors will start planning a
surgery date to remove her central line as well. So far, her
hair is still hiding from us. I think there is a hint of it
breaking through, but MB doesn't seem to think so. She has
enjoyed not worrying about fixing her hair for the past months,
especially for 8th grade graduation when a lot of her friends were
spending hours getting their hair ready.
We thank you for your
continued prayers for a full recovery.
God bless you,
11-7-00 - GOOD NEWS!
We received good news
today regarding the MRI Mary Beth received last night. Her
scans looked identical to those administered four weeks ago.
She was informed that her next MRI wouldn't be for 3 months.
This may not sound like a long time, but Mary Beth was pleased that
she would not have to lie in the chamber again for almost three
hours until around Valentine's Day.
Her immune system is
being tested in the next few days and we should know the results by
the end of the day on Friday. She told Dr. Shenoy that she
would await her phone call on Friday to hear that she could eat
anything and go back to school. She said she would be wearing
her St Joe uniform and as soon as she heard good news, she was going
to McDonald's on the way to school.
Seriously, her food
restrictions may be lifted on Friday and there is an outside
possibility that she may return to school soon, pending the results
of these tests. She also received her last home-administered
IV this morning. We all look forward to having her three IV
pumps picked up by the healthcare company never to return to our
Thank you for all of
your prayers. And thank God and all the angels and saints for
God bless you,
11-9-00 - What a Difference a Year Makes!
It was one year ago
today when we were informed that Mary Beth had a malignant brain
tumor and she had her first brain surgery a few hours later.
It was one of the worst days our family has ever
Today is one of the
best days. Mary Beth received a phone call this evening from
her wonderful physician, Dr. Shenoy. She was informed that her
immune system test results had come in. Mary Beth's
lymphocytes have recovered to more than half of their normal level.
English: Mary Beth can go to St. Joe tomorrow and can eat virtually
anything! The outside chance that I spoke about two days
ago has come true. I think she is going to sleep in her
uniform tonight. She really wanted to return this week because
Mission Week started today at St. Joe. This is a weeklong
series of events in which the four classes compete against one
another to raise money for the missions.
Again, prayers continue to be answered.
Thank you and God bless you,
Since receiving the
news about being able to do more, Mary Beth has left few stones
unturned. On Friday she visited McDonald's on the way to St.
Joe in the afternoon and had three friends over after school for
about two hours. She ordered pizza for delivery on Friday
night. Saturday morning at 8:00 AM, she was at Dillard's at
Crestwood Plaza Christmas shopping as a guest of the Dream
Factory. Taco Bell was the fare for lunch. Saturday
night, she helped fellow freshmen by serving a pasta dinner to
parents at Kate Quaka's home as a fundraiser for Mission Week.
On Sunday evening, our
family dined out for the first time in months in celebration of our
wonderful news. Mary Beth attended school yesterday and plans
to attend for half days until her stamina allows her to return full
time. She is enjoying meeting her new classmates and getting acclimated
to her new environment.
Her smile never
left her during the past year but it has become even more vibrant in
the past week.
Thanks to all of your prayers and support, we get to enjoy it.
God bless you,
Mary Beth is out of
school today because the Mission Week carnival was held last night
at St Joe. As typical, the seniors came in first place as the
class earning the most money for the Peruvian missions. In
total, the school raised over $55,000 in the past week and Mary Beth
was very excited to be a part of it all. With each day, she
continues to get stronger physically and loves to be back in her
element. Her biggest problem now is remembering everyone's
name that she meets. They all know her name because she is the
only SJA Angel that is currently follicly-challenged. She been
called Rachel on occasion, which she considers a great
compliment. Speaking of hair, it is on its way back, so she
will soon have more than all of her uncles combined.
She has had several
friends visit her, both old and new, and is adjusting to her new
lease on life quite well. MB and her siblings get a reprieve
from their parents this weekend, so if you see multiple cars lining
the streets of Chaminade Park and hear music blaring from our house,
please ignore it. They need a break too!
Thank you for your
continued outpouring of love and prayer. We are able to report
good news because of it.
God bless you,
Prayer of Thanksgiving
We enjoyed the Thanksgiving holiday
by surrounding ourselves with family and friends to express our
gratitude for our many blessings. We smiled, laughed, and
cried as we thought about our year which included the additions of
Clayton Ricken and Nate Teckman to our family and the losses of our loved ones,
Great Grandma Nett and our dear Joan, Nate's mother.
Mary Beth made a cameo appearance
Thanksgiving morning at the annual Chaminade Park Turkey Bowl.
This "touch" football game ended in a tie with Team Fava
calling for a recount - when will it end. Mary Beth's stamina
was up and down over the weekend. On Saturday, she joined
Sheila and Barbie by braving the crowds for an afternoon of shopping
after sleeping until after noon. She planned to attend school
for a full day on Monday for the first time this year but her body
had other plans. She spent the entire day Monday at the
Children's Hospital oncology clinic getting a boost by receiving a
She left the clinic yesterday
energized and is at St Joe for the entire day today, provided her
body holds up. She instructed me that the total raised for the
missions by the St Joe Angels was north of $60,000. My apology
to all for misstating this total in a prior update.
We trust that all of you had a very
special and blessed Thanksgiving and want each of you to know that
we consider your presence in our lives among the most wonderful
blessings we could ever have.
God bless you,
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