Sunday, October 31, 2010


Well, Rachel finished her last radiation at 1:45 p.m. today! Hooray! After a rough start, she ended up coasting through with mild nausea and just feeling really fatigued. She has still been eating well and is packing it in before she starts chemo tomorrow.

We did end up moving to a bigger room. We are now in #4404. This is the same room we spend round two of chemo in. So in a weird sort of way, it's kind of like coming home...

We are counting down until Thursday, her bone marrow transplant day! We are optimistic that this will be the end of her leukemia. Almost 5 months ago our world was turned upside down. I found the following excerpt on another cancer mom's blog. I wanted to share it with all of you. We so appreciate all of your love, prayers, and support.

We Entered A World

We entered a world where everyone is equal, and no one is excluded. A world where we are all the same... ethnicity, language, gender, religion and social status are irrelevant. A world where our kids play bingo and everyone wins. A world where missing body parts go unnoticed and bald heads are the norm. A world where strangers go out of their way to lend a helping hand. Athletes, celebrities, musicians, beauty queens and Santa Claus come to see you, and where anything needed is just a push of a button away. This is a world where no one wants to be, yet everyone is glad they are not alone. This is life on the children’s oncology floor. This world has needles and I.V. poles, MRI’s and CT scans, ambulances and surgeries, chemotherapy, radiation, and bone marrow transplants. We all fight the same battle, each on our own battleground, and working towards the same goal; to save our children.

Found this on Cure-Childhood Cancer's- site...


  1. Rachel, you are my hero. Radiation is over, only chemo to go, and you are probably halfway through that by now. Stay strong - we are praying for you as we all count down to T-day! We love you!

  2. I am so glad you raidation is done. You are 1 step closer to the finish line. HOORAY! Here's to hoping chemo goes well. Love you guys!
    Amanda and Millie

  3. Rachel, I am so sorry we aren't there to bombard your room! Especially now that you have a Marriot type room! Take care! I'm going to send John and Erin to come visit on Wednesday afternoon if that is okay. We miss you! Hang in there!

  4. Lots of love and prayers being sent your way from the Jenkins crew. . .

  5. Hi Rachel,
    we are with you - in thoughts, words, feelings, ...!
    You create this!
    It becomes like a birthday!
    Love from Germany

    Sorry -I hope you understand my english!

  6. Hey Rachel,

    I LOVE reading your blog! You inspire me! Happy belated birthday and Happy "other" birthday tomorrow. Please know that the Cook Family will have you in our prayers tonight as always!


    It may say anonymous because I don't think i have an account! But it's ME!

  7. Congratulations on finishing all the radiation and chemo! Yeah! You are a hero to all of us. Thanks for coming to our match last week -- it was so great to see you! You are in our prayers as you go through what we all hope will be the last of your battles. Good luck tomorrow! I will be cheering you on! And pretty soon we can cheer for you on the court too!
    Shay and BYU Volleyball

  8. Our whole family is thinking about you tonight. We love you and tomorrow you get to say GOODBYE to cancer. CONGRATULATIONS!

    Brady and I will be fasting on your behalf.
    Much love,
    Amanda, Brady, Millie, and Austin

  9. Today is your NEW birthday! Wow!!!! I am so excited for you. I know things will go fantastic; and the best part is that after more chemo! YEA!!! Praying for you all day today.
    Thank you donors of all kinds.

  10. We are praying for you--hang in there. The halls of Lakeridge Jr. High are all orange today...what an inspiring and touching sight!

    Martta Mella (Jessica's Mom)

  11. Marie that was a great way to give us all the reality of what it is to walk through those doors!
    That floor is as beautiful as it is difficult.
    I wish I were there with you all today. Know that I am there in spirit.
    Today is a new day! It is an amazing time, our prayers are with you. Love you all so so much!