Sunday, May 16, 2010

Good Weekend

Ally has done amazingly well all weekend. We are very grateful. She finished her last round of antibiotics (because of fever) on Saturday night. She got de-accessed and was finally able to take a shower. She had her needle in for five days.

She was able to do lots of regular things this weekend. She loved our neighborhood garage sale...of course she set up a stand selling her crafts and punch and popcorn. Some of her friends set up a root beer stand in their driveway and wore their Ally's Army t-shirts. They raised about $40 for the leukemia society just doing that. I always love when kids recognize and work towards something charitable.

Ally also did a little fishing, played outside, and got to have a sleepover with a friend. Again, very normal things, but to us those moments are cherished. They really are and I can't even begin to try to explain it.

Today we did a walk, similar to the Light the Night Walk, but for a high school friend of mine whose son has Cystic Fibrosis. I really wanted to go because I know how important it is to show support, plus I got to see some of my old friends. Ally also really wanted to go and had lots of questions about the boy, the disease, etc. She has great empathy and knows what it is like to some degree. We were going to push her in our bike trailer, because she is not a strong walker right now, but promptly got a flat tire. Yikes. Luckily our friend Craig loaned a wagon and also pulled her along. Thanks Craig.

Tomorrow is radiation again. Then Tuesday thru Friday we have radiation and chemo every day. And then.....drumroll please.....the party. I keep telling my family, after this week I will be found on the couch every day, all day, recovering. Having a huge party the same week as all of this is just crazy stuff. Thankfully there are lots of people helping out.

Speaking of the party...I am off to try to do a seating arrangement for the tables. We just have too many people coming to try to wing it, so we are assigning a table for at least the auction/dinner part of the night. So. I think I have a master list of everybody coming. BUT..if you have not signed up...and I know there are quite a few people who told me they are coming, but are not on the list yet....please sign up! There are also still seats on the bus coming from Junction City and Columbus, and you can email Jess if you want a spot. ( I am going to make one more last ditch effort to get the final list.

Here is the link to sign up!


  1. Just got signed up for May 22nd. Looking forward to seeing you! If I can do anything on this end to help you with preparations, please let me know! :)

  2. Ok Janel. We are officially signed up. We would love a table with the Swabbs, Hogenkamps, Jaros's and Cordes's. We are all looking forward to making a difference.

  3. I just signed up, so sorry about being late. If there are any seats by Erin & Brent Cobb we would love to sit with them. However, with our late (annoying) sign up, we understand if it doesn't work out. :) You are doing wonderful work!! We are so excited to come.