The previous two days of Megan’s recovery from stage 4 alveolar rhabdomyosarcoma cancer have been pretty rough on her. She has been fighting two days of severe nausea, soreness and fatigue caused by her recent five-day chemo cycle. However, Day 31 finally started to provide some welcome relief for her. Although she woke up with a stomach ache, it didn’t stop her from requesting that I make biscuits and gravy at 6:00 a.m. By the way, I found out that the smell of fresh biscuits is a quick way to get Mackenzie out of bed on a snow day!!! Kenzi was so happy when she went to bed last night because she didn’t have to get up early, but at 6:45 a.m. the smell of biscuits baking had her downstairs. I’m going to have to remember that motivation!!!
Megan ate an entire biscuit and some sausage gravy. Although she didn’t feel great, we could tell she was better than yesterday. Since Deb’s school had a snow day today, I was able to go to work and try and catch up at the office. When I came home for lunch, it was obvious Megan was feeling better. She was downstairs on the couch, which is always a positive sign. She ate some lunch and seemed pretty good.
At about 2:00 p.m., Megan and her mom opened her cards that came from her “Team Megan” supporters. This continues to be such a highlight of her day because it lets her know that she has the support of “Team Megan” every step of this journey. Opening the cards and letters also takes her mind off of things for awhile each day, which is a welcome relief.
A few days ago, Megan received a very special gift from a friend of ours, Dave Wiers. Dave had heard that Megan was a huge fan of the Chicago Blackhawks. He also knew the Corey Crawford was her favorite player. Take a look at what Dave got for her. She was so excited!!! I took it to the hospital to show her last Friday, but she just didn’t feel up to taking a picture until today. This was so special to her. We cannot thank Dave enough!!!
When I got home from work, it was obvious that Megan was feeling so much better. Madison Emerson was over, and somehow, she talked Madison into giving her a foot rub. Both of them were waiting for their favorite show, “The Fosters” which started at 7:00 p.m. Makenna Emerson came over as well, so all three of the girls had a good time. Kenzi had musical rehearsal from 5-9:00 p.m., so she she missed out on “The Fosters”.
It is now about 8:30 p.m., and although Megan is feeling better, she still gets fatigued very quickly. She says that her stomach still hurts, but hopefully she continues to improve each day. She is settled in on the couch now and about to fall asleep. Hopefully, it will be a peaceful sleep tonight, because tomorrow, we go back to Central DuPage Hospital for an outpatient chemo treatment of Vincristine. She was supposed to have that treatment today, but Dr. Hayani rescheduled it for tomorrow morning due to the weather conditions.
“Team Megan” continues to grow in power with each passing day. Megan received some really nice pictures today from those supporters. One of our good friends, Ryan Cougill, is the head baseball coach at Yavapai Jr. College in Arizona. Here is a picture of his team showing their “Team Megan” spirit. Thanks Ryan!!!
Also, Brittany and Emily Halliday from Eastern Illinois University had their sorority, Alpha Phi, show their support for “Team Megan”. Brittany and Emily are right in the middle of the first row. Thanks girls!!!
Megan also received this picture from the Minooka High School National Honor Society who dedicated their Relay for Life activity to Megan. Thanks to the students and their sponsor, Donna Engel, for cheering on “Team Megan”.
Day 31 finally marked some relief for Megan. I can’t tell you the sense of relief Deb and I have that she is not experiencing the nausea and stomach pain today. It is such a helpless feeling to watch her go through that, so seeing it start to subside is a blessing. Thank you so much to all of you who sent encouraging comments, cards and letters to her. Those really help her through the tough days. In fact, I remember Megan’s disappointment yesterday when she realized that there was no mail delivery because it was Sunday. “Team Megan” continues to pull her through the rough times. Thank you so much for supporting her!!!
Day 32 will mark Megan’s 13th chemo treatment since December 30. That would be enough to knock down most adults, let alone a 13 year old girl who barely tips the scale at 100 pounds. However, Megan continues to persevere and trudge forward…and many times she does so with an incredible smile on her face.
Keep your face to the sunshine and you cannot see the shadow. –Helen Keller
On Day 32, let’s hope the sun continues to shine on Megan.