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Mom & Dad

Mom & Dad

I thought I would add some new pics of Mom, since we took some recent ones. 

The first pic is of Mom & Dad at Dr. Porter’s office during one of her high dose Vitamin C IV treatments.

These treatments take about two and a half hours to complete.  Dr. Porter’s office is so relaxing.  The chairs are very comfy and the music is so peaceful.  It’s definitely been a wonderful experience.  The IV room is very private and off to the side.  No one comes in during Mom’s treatment except Dr. Porter.

Mom’s been getting a higher amount of sodium bicarbonate in her IV lately (along with all the other stuff), so it’s been making her a little sleepy during the treatment.  She’s having 75 gram doses of Vitamin C  in the IV bag now.

Dad often holds her hand to keep her arm in the correct position for the IV.  If it gets out of position, the drip slows down and it takes a lot longer to complete.

Dad’s also been getting weekly IV pushes of vitamins to help with his energy level.  So far, it’s been working well for him.


Mom's Birthday!

This next picture is of Mom on her birthday on December 26th.

You can see the earrings that Gretchen (my sister) gave Mom for Christmas.  They are sterling silver starfish earrings.  They are SO cute and definitely got Mom’s tear factory going on Christmas.

Mom looked so pretty on her birthday.

This picture was taken at Mom & Dad’s house with Mom in her favorite chair near the front door.

The birthday festivities hadn’t started yet.  We were getting ready to eat a wonderful leftover dinner of homemade tamales and refried beans. 

Mom has had a pretty healthy appetite lately – which is just fantastic.  She hasn’t lost any weight due to cancer.  That’s definitely a blessing.

Mom on her Birthday.

Mom on her Birthday.

This is another picture of Mom on her birthday.  You can see her earrings really well in this picture – as well as see the adorable angel pin that my son, Nick, gave to his Grandma for her birthday.  It is a silver pin with her birthstones on it.

I think Mom had a nice birthday this year.  She got a very nice fountain pen set from Dad to go with the leather Daytimer he got her for Christmas.  She also got a nice ballpoint pen from Gretchen and a book about living life to its fullest from Marc and I.  The book is called “Shut Up and Live” and was written by a 93-year old woman who is still skydiving in her 90’s.

We didn’t have birthday cake for Mom this year – as she’s not eating sugar right now (because sugar feeds cancer).  So, she had leftover apple crisp I made the day before for Christmas.

I hope everyone has a great new year!  I know our family is believing for a lot of wonderful things for 2009.  We’re believing for the complete restoration of Mom’s health, as well as many other things.  I think 2009 is going to be our best year yet.

Cancer has caused all of us in the family to think about “today” more than we ever have before.  We aren’t just making plans for the future – but are living today to its fullest.  As much as I hate cancer and all that it does – I can say that I am grateful for the refocusing effect that confronting cancer has brought to our family.  The little things become so much less significant when compared to this.  Every day is valued and cherished.  Every kind deed is appreciated.  Every moment we spend with people we love is magical.


Written by Tracey

January 5, 2009 at 12:40 pm

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  1. Oh, Tracey, thank you so much for posting these pics. The one of Dad and me was just taken TODAY. Now, you can’t get any more current than that. 🙂

    I want to thank ALL of you for your prayers and positive thoughts for us during my journey. I am feeling great, I am in no pain, and I am looking forward to the best year of my life… 2009.

    God bless you all,


    January 6, 2009 at 12:31 am

  2. Julie, you look great-keep the faith-praying for you. Barb


    January 6, 2009 at 8:19 pm

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