Sunday, June 27, 2010

Sunday X 2

Today marks two weeks being here at Primary Childrens. Today went much better than our first Sunday here. A day I don't want to repeat. Rachel had a fair day. She is still in some pain from her typhilitis which is basically an infected intestine. We have another sonogram and spinal tap scheduled for tomorrow. We are hoping for good news on the typhilitis and continued good news of no cancer cells in the spinal fluid. She has been off of chemotherapy now for almost three days and we are told to expect her to get worse before things start to improve. We pray that she will continue to "Be Strong"as we go through the recovery phase of her treatment.

Emily and Tanner with the cardboard stand-up 
of Rachel / Nacho that was taken to Girls Camp by our ward this year.

We had some wonderful visits from friends and family with a very nice "simple" dinner from aunt Kathy Merkley. Those of you who have been lucky enough to experience her culinary skills will know simple never means simple. She is a saint! Rachel even called down to where we were eating to ask what we were having even though she wasn't able to enjoy the meal. She is still NPO which means no food or drink until her intestins heal up. This could mean two or three weeks, but we're hoping for much shorter as you can tell from Rachels previous posts. We also had several updates from girls camp and what a great experience that was for the young women and how blessed we were to have them praying for Rachel in her absence.

Praying for a better tomorrow!



  1. There was not a prayer offered by the YW of our stake that did not include Rachel. Our 2nd ward YW were so unified, and their focus was on the things in this life that are really important, like family and friends. And because our ward was so unified, it had a real effect on the whole camp. It was a wonderful thing to witness. So was the 6 foot Nacho cutout! Your spirit was felt at Shalom. We all look forward to next year, with you there in person. Stay strong! We know you can beat this. You are always in our thoughts and prayers. Love, Barb and Erwin

  2. What a bummer! No food or drink for so long would be absolute torment. We'll pray for good news on the tests. Hang in there. I fly in from Seattle on Tuesday and we are hoping to swing by after the airport with McKell and my mom. (No kids of course.) So hopefully I will see you guys soon.

  3. Good for you Rachel to call down and ask what your Aunt Kathy sent for dinner. That says alot! Our prayers are with you and that your tests will come back with good reports tomorrow. I love the cut out that went to girls camp! What wonderful friends and family you have!
    We love you...sleep well tonight. Your California friends...The Sniderbunch

  4. We're praying with you all Frost!
    These days of Spinal taps are nerve wracking for you all I know, You all are in my thoughts and prayers every day! Hoping to hear good news!
    Sending much love to Rachel.
    oh....and that cut out?!?!?! AMAZING! I can't wait to see photos of "Rachel" at camp :)
    Love ya, Shelley

  5. Hi Rachel,
    This is a poem that has given my family great comfort as a family member battled cancer a few years ago. (successfully I might add) I wanted to share it with you and I hope that it brings you and your family peace as well.

    Cancer Is Limited

    It cannot cripple love
    It cannot shatter hope.
    It cannot corrode faith.
    It cannot eat away peace.
    It cannot destroy confidence.
    It cannot kill friendship.
    It cannot shut out memories.
    It cannot silence courage.
    It cannot invade the soul.
    It cannot reduce eternal life.
    It cannot quench the spirit.
    It cannot lessen the power of the resurrection

    I love you Rachel! I know you can do this. You are constantly in my thoughts and prayers.
    Love Olivia Bowen

  6. Emily's secret admirerJune 28, 2010 at 7:41 PM

    Emily, you look really good in that picture. Good job.

  7. Emily, you do look really good in that picture. I concur with your secret admirer.

  8. Emily! Maybe you won't be a late bloomer after all! :)