Happy New Year?

JANUARY 2020 After a whirlwind of a month in December I was really looking forward to some down time in January! Both our moms were coming to visit but other than that we didn’t have any major plans. We celebrated New Years Eve on the 1st because our kids lost their minds about 9pm waiting […]

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We have been so lucky to spend the time surrounding LJ’s MRI’s at the Great Wolf Lodge. This time we were able to check in the night before giving us time to unwind before he had scans the next morning. I use the term unwind very lightly because regardless where you are in the world […]

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Christmastime Chaos

December 2019 December had finally arrived. “The most wonderful time of the year” was here and we were a solid party of four. Looking back on it I still can’t believe we have celebrated two holiday seasons with a DIPG diagnosis. When I tell people LJ was given 9-12 months they usually look at him […]

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Strong and Courageous.

2020 In 2015 my stepdad drowned causing my mom’s and our world was turned upside down.  In 2016 we lost our dog and my dad within a month of each other while enduring a six month deployment.  In 2017 Joshua and I would both lose grandparents, his Papa and my Grandma, who were vital in […]

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Anxiety.

I written a lot about scananxiety that shows itself around cancer diagnosis related scans but what about all the time that isn’t around scans that is filled with anxiety?  I am a psychology major and very distinctively remember learning about panic and anxiety disorders. Truthfully, I thought these were “make believe” disorders, something a patient […]

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Grateful and Blessed.

November 2019 Most people who have known us for a while, know we’ve always been pretty busy. Planning a trip or a busy month are things that I’m pretty good at doing. It shouldn’t be a surprise that with the holidays approaching November wouldn’t have us slowing down. But post diagnosis things sure have changed, […]

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A Month of Treats!

October 2019 October is one of my favorite months of the year because it is the month of EMMALEIGH! Most of the time you can find us in Disney World celebrating our birthday girl at some point during October but this year she spent her birthday on a homecoming parade float! She has become quite […]

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Cancer Family

September 2019 Once you become a cancer family your world kind of slows down then it can rapidly speed up as you decide what your role will be in fighting the battle of whatever type of cancer you are up against. When we were leaving the hospital on D-day, the day LJ was diagnosed, the […]

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Normalcy

AUGUST 2019 August started out with one of LJ’s biweekly blood draws at the Liberty Campus of Cincinnati Children’s Hospital. It was the best blood draw yet. LJ sat on my lap, just me, a nurse, and of course nurse Emmaleigh were in the room, his port was accessed effortlessly while he chatted with us. […]

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2 TDYs and 1 Trip

July 2019 The summer kept chugging along and we were really enjoying our time at a weekly meetup with other homeschoolers called Wild + Free. While there a woman asked me what was LJ’s prognosis (not randomly but I was telling her about why we moved to Ohio) and the best way I could explain […]

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