Courage for Kennedy – Journal

April 10, 2006

Kennedy Passed Her Counts…It’s A Go!!

Category: Fundraisers,Treatment – Melenie – 8:41 pm

Just a quick note:

Kennedy had her counts check today and passed to start the next phase tomorrow. Her platelets were 80 (they needed to be 75) and her ANC was 1500 (it needed to be 750) so we are moving forward. We have to be at radiation/oncology at 6am!! Ugh!!! I have become way too comfortable (and spoiled) getting up at 7am! Now I will know how the other half lives! I actually have to get up with Keith at 3:45!! I’m tired just thinking about it 🙂 We will also be in Day Treatment for an LP with IT Methotrexate, IV Cyclophosphamide and Ara-C, so it will be a very long tiring day. Kennedy and I plan to nap in DT to rest up for the big fundraiser at Papa’s Pizza!!!

Yes, we will be at Papa’s Pizza! We should be there around 5-5:30 and will stay as long as Kennedy can (probably 7pm). We would love to see everyone there!

Also, yesterday was St. Baldrick’s day! Bet you didn’t even know it was a very important day, did you? St. Baldrick’s is the day when MANY people shave their heads to raise money for children’s cancer research. We went for Keith to shave his head and were able to visit with so many people we have come to care about over the last year. It was great to see Maggie May’s family (Rick, Beth, Papa Potato-does he have another name? I feel silly calling him that here :)-Angelina), Rebekah’s family (Scott, Francis and Sarah), the Renton family (it was so nice to finally meet you!), Kennedy’s entourage (Megan, Amy, Sean, Heather, Wendy, Darcie, Molly, and so many other nurses we love), Dr. Norwood and Dr. Olson, Gina, Suzanne (who got her head shaved! Way to go!!), Ileana, Nellie, and so many others that mom just can’t pull out of her brain this late! It was an incredible gathering at Barracuda’s downtown! We were so surprised at how many women shaved their heads! What courage! Way more than I have for sure! Next year we plan to stay long enough to shave Dr. Norwood and hopefully Dr. McGann. We have pictures and will post them as soon as I send them from my cell phone. I had my camera but left it in the truck several blocks away.

OK, I promise to post very soon. Oh, and for those who have asked…Kennedy has really enjoyed her week off and has played and eaten like there was no tomorrow! We can’t wait for maintenance!!!


One response to “Kennedy Passed Her Counts…It’s A Go!!”

  1. Becky says:

    Glad you had a great week!!! I can’t wait for maintenance too!!!

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