Sunday, January 2, 2011

Sunday Thoughts

Since we got out of the hospital, we've just been enjoying our time together during the holidays. It's so good to finally have all of us under one roof again! Rachel continues to improve slowly. Nausea is still her worst enemy--it comes and goes. We consider it a good day if she makes it through without throwing up at all. The dr. says that bone marrow transplants really mess up your stomach--especially in teens. So we keep hoping this is all "normal".

We can't wait until she has an appetite again! It has really been a struggle for her to eat. Thank goodness she is still getting TPN (IV nutrition) at night. Even though the progress is slow, we are still so grateful that she is home with us. We have really been able to focus on what is most important this holiday--family, serving each other, and remembering the birth of our Savior--the greatest gift of all.

Thanks to all of you who continue to shower us with kindness, prayers, smiles, hugs, and hope! We hope that 2011 brings joy and good health to everyone.



  1. I wish I could get the video to play. It all seems to make us all remember what is really important. We hope your New Year is full of more ups then downs and lots of HOPE!

  2. I think about your family so much, it is so wonderful to have an update. We miss you!

  3. Happy New Year! We have been checking for an update. I am so glad Rachel is improving, even if it is slowly. We love you guys.

  4. Marie-
    Happy New Year to you and all of your family. I think of all of you often. You remain in my thoughts and prayers and on the temple roll. I am here if you need anything! May this new year bring renewed health and strenth to Rachel and may it be a year of great blessings from our dear savior. Love you!

  5. What a strong family you all are. We think about you all the time. Hang in there Rach!

  6. Rachel and Family! We've been trying to get in touch with you, ever since we started hearing hints from the nurses in ICS that there was a fellow patient and family that we needed to get to know.
    My sister, Kim, is 19, and is also being treated for AML. She was first diagnosed July 22, 2009, went into remission quickly, and checked out of her last stay at ICS in April of 2010. We just found out Dec 20th that her AML is back, so here we are- back in the game again!
    If you want to visit her blog (nowhere near as cool as yours- I think I need some pointers!) the address is
    If you want to get in touch, we'd love to hear from you at
    Take care!

  7. You guys are AMAZING!!! I'm so glad you could all spend the holidays together! love from florida!

  8. HEy Steele family!! Just wanted you guys to know we are thinking of you and praying for you always.

  9. You all so loved, just enjoy your family time and live life as you do. Thanks for spending a moment to blog update although all would understand if you skip weeks, you need to enjoy for sure.
    Love and Prayers are with you all. You can't believe what inspiration you have been.