On August 29, 2012 our lives took a major fork in the road when our son, Austin, was diagnosed with Acute Lymphoblastic Leukemia or ALL. This is the story of his battle. We share this in the hopes that some day he will read it and know how much he is loved and understand the journey that he has taken. I invite you to leave any comments or thoughts that you might have to show love and support to Austin.
Saturday, September 8, 2012
We were finally heading home after 11 days in the Salt lake area. It's a 4-5 hour drive depending on how many potty stops we have to make, but it feels like it gets longer every time we drive it. We are looking forward to two weeks together as a family before we have to head back to Primary's on Sept 28th for more treatments. I knew we left our house in a disaster because we were in such a hurry to leave. We just threw things in bags and rushed out the door. I was not looking forward to having to clean the house but I knew it would be important for Austin to have a clean environment that wouldn't make him sick. Imagine our surprise when we arrived and found the house sparkling clean and Austin's room completely redone including a new full size bed, bedding, and bookshelves.
Austin's new room
Many of our St George friends generously donated time and money to make this happen. Kevin and I shed a lot of tears of thankfulness as we walked around the house and found surprise after surprise. I didn't have to worry about running to the grocery store for dinner because the refrigerator and freezers were stocked with more than enough food for the week. Kevin didn't have to worry about the yard because the lawns were mowed and weeds pulled. They even cleaned the garage and the car that we left in the driveway. How do we express in words how grateful we are for this love and generosity? I don't think anything I say would be adequate. It's not just the material things, though we are grateful for those, but that these friends cared enough to spend their time and money to make sure Austin is comfortable and that we don't have to worry about anything, but could relax and spend time together as a family.
Austin found this fortune in his fortune cookie last week. It could not have come true at a better time!
So for lack of anything else to say, I will just say thank you. Thanks to Emily and Adam for being the masterminds and organizers of the whole thing, thanks to those that cleaned, those that gave money, those that shopped, and those that did anything else to make it happen. We don't have blood family in St George, but you all are our family and we wouldn't be able to survive without you!