So it’s been awhile since I have updated here. This was somewhat intentional as too many things were hanging in the air and I decided to step back and wait before putting it all out there. I know … so unlike me. Anyway, all is well and we have made it through yet another stressful time as a family.

Julia, let me say right away, is fabulous! She is enjoying her good health by running around the neighborhood with all the kids and finishing up 2nd grade. We were at the clinic last Monday and as an early and priceless, Mother’s Day gift, we were told her blood work is still great and she remains cancer free! That is now a 14 month stretch and I am relieved beyond words. Whew!

As for me, I had a false alarm with an abnormal EKG and was told I had an MI. I thought for sure I would know if I suffered a heart attack but sure enough, as soon as I got this news I was short of breath and was always feeling tightness. Well, after wearing a monitor for 2 weeks, getting an echocardiogram and a stress test, I got a clean bill of health from my cardiologist. Again, I am unbelievably relieved! On with life … everything is fine!

The next two weeks are full of Paying it Forward events for me and my family. On May 22nd our neighbors are hosting a 5k Family Fun Event in order to help a dear friend and her family who are struggling with health issues with their 3 1/2 year old son. Matthew has an extremely rare brain tumor that has caused him to battle delays in developement and at one point suffered up to 400 seizures A DAY! He has endured several brain surgeries with more on the horizon. Please, take a look at his website we set up for them and consider what you can do to help this family get through another month of bills that keep climbing!http://www.miraclesformatthew.webs.com/

I am also so excited about getting Julia’s Rainbow Fund up and running and will be holding our first fundraiser in the next few weeks. I hate that there are so many new families joining the battle against pediatric cancer, but I cannot stand by and watch them struggle alone. Please help us to help them. We are trying to change this nightmare one family at a time and one heartbreak at a time. Our struggle cannot have been for nothing.

As always, thanks for everything! Thank you especially to my children who have made this Mother’s Day a special one for me. We enjoyed a great day of Strawberry Picking, Strawberry Cleaning and Strawberry Eating! I am so hopeful that this generation (my kids and I) will finally break the cycle of dysfunction that has been the family legacy and that when they are adults they are still celebrating Mother’s Day with their families together …. and I hope I am there!

Love, peace and gratitude,

K

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