#13 is actually a lucky number for Megan. She is closing in on day 13 of her recovery from stage 4 alveolar rhabdomyosarcoma cancer. Megan just got finished telling me that this was the best she has felt yet. She only had stomach cramps twice today, and she was able to eat pretty well, which is very important for her. As I have state in previous posts, we are working hard to get Megan’s weight back up prior to her second chemo cycle, which starts on January 26. However, in addition to feeling better and eating well, Megan had some other very exciting things happen today.
At about 10:30 a.m. today, her Grandpa and Grandma Bugg came to visit her. They are staying overnight with us, so pictures with them will be posted tomorrow. Megan was happy to see them, and we are so pleased they were able to make the long trip to spend some time with our family. They are wonderful people and our girls love them both.
At about 3:30 p.m. today, Megan was visited by her friends, Emma Byers, Sam Olsen and Makenna Emerson. She was a little tired this afternoon, but seeing them perked her right up. She was also excited when she received this video from Mrs. Ness’ 4th grade class at Coal City Intermediate School. Putting together the video was so nice of Mrs. Ness and her students, and it really made Megan happy. Thanks to all of them for their kindness and consideration.
Megan also continues to receive some really thoughtful pictures from people who have joined “Team Megan”. Here is one from the 7th grade Warrior basketball team from Coal City Middle School. Thanks to Coach McCleary and all of his players. Also, here is another one from some of the wonderful students at CCMS. Even though Megan’s health has not allowed her to get to the middle school yet, our entire family is so appreciative of the tremendous support and consideration the staff and students of CCMS have shown her during this difficult and challenging ordeal. We truly have fantastic students in our school district, and I am so proud of all of them.
Megan’s older sister, Mackenzie had a basketball game tonight, but Megan did not feel well enough to attend. However, she was really excited when she called one of her favorite people in the world, Tammie Hall, and found out she would come and visit her while her mother and I attended the game. Tammie was the babysitter to both of our girls when they were younger, and we are so fortunate that “Aunt Tammie” has continued to be such an important part of their lives. By the way, Kenzi started for the sophomore team and scored all ten of our team’s fourth quarter points to help lead us to victory. She put on quite a performance for her grandpa and grandma! She also played about three quarters of the varsity game, which we won as well. She had a great night, and the varsity is still undefeated in the conference!
When we got home from the game, Megan had a big surprise waiting for her. Megan is a huge Chicago Bulls fan, and her favorite player is Joakim Noah. Thanks to Coal City High School graduate, Jenna Wharrie, Megan was absolutely blown away tonight. Joakim Noah has officially joined “Team Megan”!!! Megan could not have been more excited!!! Thanks to Joakim Noah for taking the time out of his schedule to make her day. Also, many thanks to Jenna Wharrie for making this happen for her. By the way, Joakim Noah wears lucky #13!!!
#13 was definitely a lucky number for Megan today. The kindness and compassion shown by people inside and outside of our wonderful community continues to amaze us. “Team Megan” continues to lift her spirits and help carry her down the road of this incredibly difficult journey. Megan is now one day closer to recovery, and “Team Megan” has gained the services of a very kind and gentle giant…Thanks Joakim!!!
Tomorrow is Day 14, which will mark two full weeks of recovery. Let’s see what it brings…