Sunday, March 4, 2012

I don't think any of us ever thought this day would ever come, but it did. We made it!!! Tommy made it through 3 1/2 years of cancer treatments with flying colors. We couldn't be more proud of our little boy, who isn't so little anymore. He is forever our hero, our warrior, our little champ!

 Tommy on his last day of treatments. This is where it all began...

Tommy's grown so much in the last 3 years!

Tommy receiving his last dose of chemo
Tommy and his cancer fightin' buddy Max Petty

Here's some of the nurses and doctors singing their "Happy last day of treatment" song. 
Tommy got spoiled by the amazing staff of PCMC! Thank you again!

Tommy a little nervous about his surgery...

Recovering after his backpoke and port removal

Loving those Root Beer slushies in recovery

No more port! Woot Woot!!
Tom and I brought Tommy up to PCMC for his last treatment, his last dose of chemo, his last backpoke, and his surgery to remove his port. What a day!! Tommy has grown up so much since we began all of this, he was just a little 4 1/2 year old boy, who luckily didn't know what we were about to experience. He was so happy to have this all over. No more pills, no more backpokes, no more chemo to make him sick and give him yucky mouth sores, and especially no more STEROIDS!! ( I might be the happiest about this one).

We celebrated with so many supportive family members, so many wonderful friends, and teachers, doctors and nurses. Thank you ALL for all you have continue to do throughout this ordeal. Wow!! I am still overwhelmed with the love and support this little boy has, and our family. We can't ever thank you enough! Tommy keeps saying that was the best night of his life.

I can't thank my Heavenly Father enough for watching over my little boys body, making it strong enough to endure all of this for the past few years, and especially for making his body healthy again. It is so true what they say about trials, they are so hard to get through while you're in the thick of it, but when you look back you are SO grateful for the opportunity to be given that trial. My faith has never been stronger. I have watched my family go through so many hard times the last few years, and there was nothing more important than getting Tommy through this and staying together as a family. I had a good friend tell me, in the beginning of this, that I would someday look back and be grateful for this, and I thought she was nuts, but I absolutely am so grateful for it, and I wouldn't have changed a thing. I couldn't have gotten through this without the support of my amazing husband. He has been a rock in my life.

Thank you ALL! We love you Tommy.

Thursday, July 7, 2011

Please join us Saturday July 9 for the Cure Search Walk!

Please join Tommy and our family and friends Sat. July 9, 2011 for the annual Cure Search walk at Libery Park.

Monday, November 1, 2010

Christmas Service Project!

As many of you know my little man was diagnosed with Leukemia almost 2 years ago. He is doing very well now, and we are SO proud of him! For Christmas this year our family is doing a service project to give blankets, hats, new clean toys, play doh, stickers, movies, games, baby toys etc. to Primary Children's Oncology Clinic. They have been SO AMAZING to our little Tommy and so many other little kids battling for their lives. Each time we go to the hospital, which has been many more times than I care to go, they have always made each visit special with fun things for the kids to do. They are always in need of new things to keep these cute cancer cuties happy! If you are interested in donating please let me know. We could use all the help we can get. It is a great way to get your kids involved in service too, and what better time of year to do it? ***Please make sure everything is either unwrapped or sanitized to help keep these cute kids healthy :-) Thank you for all your support.

Tuesday, December 15, 2009

One year Anniversary!

One year ago today I drove Tommy up to Primary Children's Hospital and recieved the horrible news that he had Leukemia. That was the worst day of my life! I can't believe it's been a whole year since that day, and I am so grateful we are already a year into his treatments. We have 2 more years to go, but it is amazing to look at Tommy and see how well he has done throughout this whole ordeal. I am so proud of Tommy for being so strong! What a champ! To look back at what he has gone through is tough, to see the pictures is a reminder of just how sick he was. It's sad how quick we are to forget how precious our little ones are, with how often they drive us nuts! I need to remember more often what he has gone through, he is one amazing little boy. Tommy keep fighting your fight, and you'll be a winner! We love you and are so proud of what you have accomplished in your short little life. I don't want to think of how our life would be without you. I have to thank my Father in Heaven for making Tommy healthy again, and for allowing us to be his parents. We are so blessed, and it is such a great time of year to remember all the things our Savior has done for us. Merry Christmas!!

Monday, November 2, 2009

Tommy's "Make-A-Wish" Trip

We were so lucky to be able to go on Tommy's "Make-a-Wish" Trip to Disneyworld in October. It was so amazing, all provided by the Make-a-Wish foundation and Give Kids the World. We were treated so well from the time we met Mindy our "wish coordinator" to the time we got home. They really know how to spoil these little kids, and they all completely deserve it for what they've gone through. I have to thank you all for making Tommy's wish come true, he had SO much fun, and felt SO special.
When we got to the airport we met Roger, who was our greeter and brought us from the airport to the Give Kids the World Village where we stayed. The kids loved Roger!
The Give Kids the World Village is a charitable foundation, all donated to kids with life-threatening illnesses. Being there was very humbling and a reminder of everything our little Tommy and our family has been through in the last year. It is amazing how many sick kids there are in our world, it's so sad! Looking around there, being with all these families who have children who are so sick, we were SO grateful that Tommy is so healthy. We love you SO much Tommy! The place is amazing, each family gets their own little villa and each house is decorated differently. There is a ice-cream parlor where the kids were able to eat ice-cream anytime they wanted to for FREE, that was a dream come true! There was a magic castle where inside all of their dreams come true, a Merry-go-round that the kids could ride all by themselves whenever they wanted to. There was a salon for girls AND boys where the kids all got cool fake tatoos and face painting, and Brooklyn got a manicure. There is a theater, a mini golf course, a free arcade, the coolest model train set I've ever seen, a train that takes you around the village, a pool, a playground that is themed after the game Candyland, and many places to eat whenever you're hungry. So that alone kept us very busy!!
When we went to Disneyworld, Seaworld, and Universal Studios, it was SO crowded! I think mine and Tom's favorite part was the tag they gave us that got us to the front of the line on ALL the rides. That saved us many tears and melt-downs from the kids, and us. Tommy's favorite rides were the "Jaws' ride at Universal Studio's and one called "Everest" at Disney's Wild Animal Kingdom. I have to say "Everest" was SO scary, it even went backwards in the dark! Tommy LOVED every minute of it and rode it a few times, Brooklyn was bawling, and I thought I was going to go into labor!
The weather was ridiculously HOT for October, they said it was one of the hottest on record. It was mid 90's with humidity, so we would just sit there and sweat! One of the days we had to take a break from the theme parks and go to the beach. We drove a couple hours out to Cocoa Beach. It was beautiful, and a nice relaxing break. The kids had a blast in the warm water and the fresh air. Zac and Tommy could have played in the sand all day, and I think they did.
The trip was so fun and I can't ever thank Make-a-Wish enough for providing that for our little Tommy! Thank you!!

Thursday, September 3, 2009


Tommy started Kindergarten today, and it couldn't come soon enough... for him. He asked me all morning when he got to get on the bus, what is it about that bus? So I kept telling him in a couple hours, in a few minutes...then I finally got smart and stuck a watch on him. I said when the numbers say 12:00 it's time to go. Then he didn't bug me as much, just about every 5 minutes. He was so cute waiting for the bus with his buddy Parker, they were so excited. They were the first kids on the bus, and looked a little nervous about it, but we assured them it'd take them right to school. I didn't think I'd cry, because he was so ready to go, and I was so ready for him to go but I did anyway.
Tommy came home so happy, and loved every minute of his first day of Kindergarten. He got a "Ding-dong" from Mrs. Moon, and nothing could make Tommy happier. He told me all about the playground at recess and what he and the boys were doing, what could be better? What a great first day of school...Let's hope the next 9 months are just as great! We're so proud of you Tommy!

Saturday, August 29, 2009

Relay for Life... "Team Jake"

Our friends the Jamieson's who's little boy Jake also has Leukemia set up a fantastic Relay for Life at Riverton High. They did such a great job and went to so much work putting it all together for Jake. It was such a fun, and emotional night to see all these kids and adults who have had cancer, and still are fighting cancer. They had a lap for just the "Survivors", that was touching, that's where the emotions kicked in. Then they did a lap with the Survivors and their families, so we all walked together. Just thinking of what these little kids have been through in such a short time is heart-breaking, but they are so much stronger for doing it.
Here are some pictures from that night.