We are at the end of Day 57 of Megan’s journey towards a full recovery from stage 4 alveolar rhabdomyosarcoma cancer, and it was another great day for her. She spent a very busy day with family and friends, which is always a fun time. Due to the cumulative effect of her chemo treatments, Megan still fatigues easily, but that didn’t stop her from thoroughly enjoying her day.
After yesterday’s Bulls game, Megan’s friends Paityn Smith and Raegan Murphy both stayed overnight with her. However, they had to wake up by 8:00 a.m. because we had plans to be on the road today by 8:45 a.m. So, Megan’s friends left at about 8:15 a.m. so we could get ready to head down to Bloomington.
Central A&M School District is where Megan’s Grandpa Bugg used to teach. He taught at the junior high and also coached girls basketball. Also, Megan’s cousins attend that school district as well. Their high school made it to the championship game of the IHSA class 1A girls state basketball tournament. Since the game is played at Redbird Arena on the campus of Illinois State University, Grandpa and Grandma Bugg, Uncle Matt, Aunt Amy Lynn and the cousins, and Uncle Todd and Aunt Keely all met us for breakfast this morning. Unfortunately, Mackenzie couldn’t join us because she had musical rehearsal today, and the show is two short weeks (she is a busy girl!!!). We had a great time seeing everyone this morning!!! Here are some pictures from breakfast.
Also, we were very excited to hear that the Lady Raiders from Central A&M won their game today and are the state champions!!! They defeated Hardin Calhoun 51-41. The girls from the team took time out of their busy schedules to organize this picture showing their support for “Team Megan”. It’s pretty exciting to have the support of the state champions!!! Thanks girls…and congratulations!!!
After spending some time with family, we went shopping in Bloomington for a little while, but Megan quickly started to get tired. The Coaler wrestling team was in the IHSA dual team wrestling championship today, and that just happened to be in Bloomington as well. Since Megan was worn out, Deb dropped me off in time for our 2:00 p.m. semi-final match and she took Megan back home to rest.
Our wrestlers lost their semi-final match, but came back and won their next match to take home the third place trophy. I was so proud of Coach Master and his squad. Coaler Pride was certainly on display today!!! Here is a picture of our boys with their new hardware. I’m looking forward to the celebration to honor them, which will be at 3:00 p.m. on Sunday at the high school.
Although I was very excited to watch our wrestlers today, I was disappointed that I didn’t get to see Mackenzie off to her Winter Ball at CCHS. I always like to be there for the pictures and to give her a hug goodbye, but I couldn’t be in two places at once today. However, I did have Deb send me some pictures. I’m a little biased, but I think she looked pretty gorgeous 🙂
I didn’t get home from the wrestling match until about 10:00 p.m. However, I found out that Megan went over to her friend Paityn Smith’s house to hang out for a few hours tonight. When Megan could go to school, she and Paityn would hang out before school and during lunch. I know Megan really misses seeing her every day, so to see her the past two days was really enjoyable for her. Thanks Paityn!!!
“Team Megan” continues to amaze us with their undying love and support of Megan. Today, Megan received a few things that she thought were pretty awesome. Many of you have seen the pictures of Megan and her giant teddy bears. Well, today she received a huge box and when she opened it, there was a giant stuffed lady bug. As you can see by the picture, Megan really enjoyed that.
Yesterday, Megan received a huge package from the Illinois State University Athletic Department. She also received an email from the ISU softball team, which contained a video of the players saying hello to Megan and this picture. Megan thought this was so nice of them. Thanks ladies…and we hope you have a great season!!!
The support that Megan has received from our neighboring school districts has been nothing short of incredible. She has received gift bags, gift certificates, cards, letters, signed volleyballs and many other things far too numerous to mention in this post. However, she always loves to see the different pictures from the school districts who all continue to show their support for “Team Megan”. One of our good friends, Janine Michalak, is a teacher in the Channahon School District. Here is a picture they sent, and notice they are sporting their own “Team Megan” shirts. This was so nice of them.
Megan had another terrific day. Other than being tired, she felt good and was able to spend some more quality time with family and friends. We only have one more day until Megan has to go back to the hospital to start Round #4 of her chemo treatments. We plan to thoroughly enjoy another day before Megan steps into the ring to beat down cancer again. Remember…
Cancer messed with the wrong diva this time!!!
On to Day 58…