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Prevent Cancer Foundation Webcast

16 Jul

In response to his recent Congressional testimony, Chip has been asked by the Prevent Cancer Foundation to participate in a webcast to discuss funding cancer research. View it live tomorrow at preventcancerwebcast.org; details below. (For those who are interested and can’t watch live, the webcast will be available after the event in the group’s archive at the same link.)

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Shaving a Leg

1 Mar

Today was a hard day. Or it was for me at least. Fatigue is setting in, the cytology report showed cancer cells in the fluid drained from the pericardial region and atypical cells in the fluid surrounding the lungs, so they performed another procedure called pleurodesis (just look it up) to hopefully prevent another pleural effusion from occurring.

And today was Crosby’s 3 month birthday, and I just wanted to be at home with my little family doing our normal little family thing instead of here at the hospital dealing with all of this crap trying desperately to understand what everything meant.

crosby's 3!!

So this afternoon I went home, loved on my girl, shaved a leg, put on some perfume, pulled on my knee boots, tucked a bottle of wine in my purse, swung by Taqueria Pablano, marched back up here and decided to have a fun double date in the ICU with my hubs and dear friends. After all, we do have free babysitters so may as well take advantage of that and tomorrow IS a new day.

double date night in the icu (photo courtesy of ginny j.)

double date night in the icu (photo courtesy of ginny j.)

– Sheila

(Reposted from Sheila’s Facebook page, where she wrote this nine hours ago)

Quick Update

27 Feb

Chip is still in ICU but has been moved to a step down room. They now have his pain under control and his BP has stabilized. I went home for a couple of hours to love on our babies, shower and eat. Felt good to recharge my batteries. Joe made lots of kisses for me to bring back to the hospital to his Daddy so I gladly delivered those. Right now, Chip is resting–snoring away actually. I would usually elbow him to make him stop but am being gracious and giving him a pass since he has a drain tube hanging out of his ribs and all. Thanks for all of the prayers and messages today. Have read every single one. Love all y’all. (For all you Yankees, that’s plural for y’all.) 😉

– Sheila

(Reposted from Sheila’s Facebook page, where she wrote this in the wee [wee!] hours of the morning)

Teeny-Tiny Update

29 Jan

I so appreciate each of you taking the time to keep up with us and way more importantly, keep praying for Chip and our family. I didn’t mean to make everyone cry, but I have decided tears of joy are the very best kind to spill.

Chip went back to Johns Hopkins yesterday for a sonogram of his eye and a check-up with his ocular oncologist. The Dr. was extremely pleased with what he saw–or didn’t see rather! He reported the tumor is now teeny tiny and much of what was showing up on the MRI was actually fluid around the retina which should hopefully continue to go away.

– Sheila