Sunday, April 5, 2009

Sunny Sunday!

For all of you Mormon's wasn't General conference great? Almost every talk, I felt, was given to me and what we are dealing with right now. I was able to watch all of the sessions and only got sleepy during the last half of the last one. What powerful messages. We played a little game with Shay and Dane. We had a bag of sour Skittles and since we were DVR'ing conference we would stop and ask questions to see if Dane and Shay could answer. If they could answer correctly they got a Skittle. Of course Devree and Noble got into the game also.

I am thankful for neighbors and friends that want to support me by putting Devree's name on their prayer list. My neighbor Mary, who is Catholic, came and showed me Devree's name on her church's bulletin. She also gave me a book to read, "The Purpose Driven Life". In the L.D.S. church we have "The Purpose of Life" DVD and pamphlet. The book is interesting to see the concepts the author proves by his revised words of the bible. I really appreciate Mary's concern and feel surprised that there are people out there that have to be told that they are not a mistake and there is a reason and purpose to this life on earth as the book states.

Devree has been doing okay. She had a terrible Friday and I even had to call St. Jude's. She was in terrible pain and did the V word 3 times. Finally I got some Ativan down her and she slept for probably 8 hours and then slept for 12 hours through the night and next morning. The doctors told us that sometimes patients will have a really exhausting time about 2 weeks after you are done with radiation. That was exactly the day. But as I talked with Devree, she and I had the same hopes. We thought we could come home, and not be sick and gain weight and live a normal life for a few weeks. We were humbled once again. Devree was so sad that she had to miss a special sleep over that was in her honor. We will try again when we come back from California.

Yes Germantown ward, we miss you and are looking forward to seeing you soon. We have our flight arrangements already. St. Jude sent a schedule and Devree will be admitted on April 30th for her first chemotherapy session. That means she will be inpatient for 1 week. On April 22nd, Todd's birthday, we will be having lots of appointments to get us back in the swing of things at St. Jude's. Why do they have us be there so early and be going all day to really late? I guess they want us to be busy.


Lisa Wilcox said...

Hi Devree and Shana:)

We all miss you too. We miss having you with us and yet we don't want to wish you away from home and back here. I am so sorry to hear you are not feeling well Devree. I am not going through anywhere near what you are, but I am still recovering from my surgery. It has been five weeks and is still very slow. I want to get up and go, so I do, then I am sorry and down. Everyone keeps telling me, listen to your body and take the time now for it too heal. So that is my advice for you. This is the time to listen to your body, do what it is asking for and let it heal. I know it can be very frustrating and at times boring... Our bodies are amazing things. Even doing the V word is our body's way of making itself better. I loved in conference the quote they repeated several times from last conference "come what may and love it" (or something like that). Sometimes it is hard to love what is happening, but maybe we can appreciate it for what it is doing for us. Like doing the V word. Sorry for the long epistle. Think of you often and always have you in my prayers.
With Love Sister Wilcox

Val, Jed, Claire, and Annaliese said...

Hey Dev. and Shana!

Sorry to hear about the V stuff! Its not the best feeling is it? I wanted to talk to Shana about Dev going on the Pioneer Trek or not? I think the forms are due on APril 18th.. So i dont' know the best way to work that with you guys. please email me or get a hold of me on facebook! :)

lusum54 said...

Sorry to hear that you were not feeling well Devree. Kayleb and Thayne still pray for you everyday. The other night we were watcing a movie where a little girl had cancer. It was interesting to watch the boys and listen to their questions. It was good because they were able to see and get some awnsers about what cancer is and does. Now they have a better understanding of what they are praying for you about. It is a hard thing to explain to them. But now I think that their little sweet prayers on your behalf will be a little more meaningful and sincere for them. We hope you have an EXCCELENT vacation to Cali.
We love you all,
The Hatchs
Luke, Summer, Kayleb, Thayne and Tripp

The Welch Family said...

Praying for no more of the V word :)
We are scheduled to be back at St Judes on the 21st and 22nd of May - not sure if you will still be there, but maybe we will get to see you.
We are back in Ecuador and are doing well.

Love and prayers

Breck, Celest, Tayzia, Talon, Kallie, and Jackson Rice said...

Hi Devree! Sorry to hear that you have been so sick. We love you so much and pray for you every day! Wish we could have celebrated Easter with you! Hurry back so the party can begin again! Love, Aunt Celest