Sunday, May 29, 2011
Wednesday, May 25, 2011
Sunday, May 22, 2011
Hey everyone! Life being done with chemo has been amazing times 10! Its so nice being a normal person again and not feeling sick. This past week a lot has happened though.
Tuesday, May 17, 2011
Alexis has been seeing spots in her vision and has been struggling with seeing out or her peripheral vision. So, Dr. Glenn sent her to see a doctor at the Moran Eye Center. He examined her thoroughly and then told her that she probably had detached viscous. This is a common problem...in 60 year olds! However, he also thought this problem was fixable and something he could work with.
Then he said, just to be sure, he wanted to send Alexis for an MRI of her head. He wanted to be sure that there were not tumors in her brain. As you can imagine, hearing this as a worry for the doctor was a new monster of worry to Alexis & her family. Brain Cancer? Really? Didn't he know Alexis just finished her last chemotherapy treatment? Now everything anyone said was stipulated with, "but this could all change depending on what the MRI shows."
So last Friday Alexis had her MRI. And then the waiting game began. But this was a waiting game that was so familiar with all it's feelings of uncertainty, fear, and wondering that the question of "what if?" returned to hang above Alexis' head for days. It felt like February all over again. But somehow it was worse. Worse because you know how much there is to lose. Worse because you know how hard Alexis has fought. Worse because Alexis has taken two steps forward and no one wants to take any backwards. Worse because it felt like Alexis had just climbed the mountain, and now perhaps, there was another one waiting through the fog. This was definitely a familiar position, but in no way was it easier.
But today the call came. A call that said, "the brain looks great!" The relief that washed over every one and any one who heard the news was the kind of relief that can only come after having been through this experience called cancer. Somehow it was easier to breathe. Alexis shed some tears, and of course Michelle joined in too. A Blessing, A Miracle, A Joy found in the midst of war. The song ran through my head, "I can see clearly now, the rain is gone. All of the dark obstacles disappear. Here is the Rainbow I've been waiting for, it's gonna be a bright, bright, bright and sun shiny day." And despite the snow falling outside, today was a day full of sunshine. The kind of sunshine that warms you from the inside out. It was a joy that can come only with the relief of victory.
So onto the next thing! Basketball training, getting her energy back, a visit to the Moran Eye Center, and eventually a follow-up PET scan the first week of June to check on those shrinking tumors...none of which are in the brain.
Sunday, May 15, 2011
Friday, May 13, 2011
And to those who took time to donate & buy things that night, we especially thank you. Our totals so far are in the thousands of dollars. There are many things to worry about in a day when you have cancer, but this money will certainly aid in curing some of those worries.
So thank you for bringing your smiles, you money, and yourselves. Without you it would not have been an evening worth remembering. As Oprah once said, Lots of people want to ride with you in the limo, but what you want is someone who will take the bus with you when the limo breaks down. Thank you for being the friend who is there through the thick and thin.
Below are just a few pictures from the evening, I am sure Alexis will have more to post later with lot's and lot's and lot's more (some of those are on facebook).
(555 East Main Street * Unit G * American Fork)
“DANCERS AGAINST CANCER”
In Honor of
*B.Y.U. Women’s Basketball Player #10
*Recently Diagnosed with Non-Hodgkin’s Lymphoma – Stage 4
SATURDAY MAY 21, 2011
Open House Fundraiser
10:00 – 2:00 pm
ALL PROCEEDS GO DIRECTLY TO ALEXIS’ CANCER TREATMENTS AND CARE
*Free Dance Lessons*Free Adult Zumba Classes*Bake Sale*Boutique Sale* *Refreshments*
COMPETITION PERFORMANCES BY
PROGRESSIONS DANCE ACADEMY COMPANY TEAMS
Bring the entire family for a fun day so we can help Alexis
“Score the big win” against Cancer
To volunteer or donate please contact Gina @ 801-756-2114
Wednesday, May 11, 2011
Did you catch the article on Alexis and our event yesterday in BYU's Daily Universe newspaper? If not, you can read it online!
Fundraiser with Alexis Kaufusi!
Wednesday, May 11, 2011
6:00p - 9:00p
At Fat Cat’s Bowling in Provo
1200 N University Avenue
$10 per person = a game of bowling & pizza & a drink!
ALL proceeds go to Alexis Kaufusi Cancer Fund
Don’t miss - Buying a decal, a bracelet, or a necklace And there will be a silent auction
Also a into Costa Vida at any time on
May 11 and they will donate 10% of your purchase!
Sunday, May 8, 2011
Friday, May 6, 2011
Also, remember to join us Wednesday, May 11 from 6-9p at the Fat Cat's in Provo for a fun night of celebration! Because May 12th is Alexis' LAST chemotherapy treatment!
Come and show your support for Alexis, bring your friends, and let's have fun! There will be a silent auction and other ways you can donate money to the Alexis Kaufusi Cancer Fun.
Monday, May 2, 2011
Everyone who has ever met me knows I tend to tear up fairly easy over “happy things”, actually all things. I inherited this sensitive gene from my mother Janet Kenner Garrick. Sometimes I can bite my lip or pinch myself to try and keep my tears in check but today its worthless. I am a crying mess!
For the first time since that dreaded day, February 3rd, when we began this cancer journey I have felt unsure about the future of Alexis. I have tried to be positive, upbeat, happy, encouraging and even tried to be funny but deep down inside, is always that nagging feeling of the unknown. For the first time I have seen a turnaround in Alexis. Sure, she comes across like she is dealing with this but, only a mother knows what is really going on. We have had some long nights and some long days. This morning as I got up to fix French toast for the kids, all the sudden Alexis appeared in the kitchen and said, “mother this morning I am going down to watch my team work out”. That was fantastic news! I have talked with Alexis about focusing on school and looking at that as her motivation. She just laughed and said, “Really mom, school is not my motivation right now but basketball is”. Off she went happy and out of bed before noon. That is huge for her! While she was gone I went in her room to see if she was feeling good enough to make her bed, that was wishful thinking, but as I stood in her room I was overwhelmed with gratitude. There on her bed were numerous quilts friends have made for her to wrap up in on those days she cant seem to stop shaking, pictures drawn by little children taped all over her wall with words of encouragement, treats, books, stuffed animals, cards and so much more. Yes, I am a crying mess! I was so touched by everyone who has reached out to us during this time in our life. Thank you doesn’t even seem adequate to express how grateful I am for each and every person who has even thought of us.
Alexis just got home and said she even got on the bike and rode it for a little while. The fact that she made an effort is huge! I feel like it is something about knowing we are coming to the end. It reminds me of when I used to watch her as a little girl participating in field day activities at Elementary School. She would look over at me and give me this look of, “why are you making me participate in this?” She never was a good long distance runner but something about her seeing the finish line always motivated her to run faster. Maybe it was the popsicles that were waiting for her or just the chance to sit down. Who knows, but she has always been a strong finisher. We are seeing the finish line. It has given her renewed energy to get through one more chemotherapy treatment. It has given me energy to get through it as well. I have often told my kids, we can do anything once and finally we are down to our last one. Radiation is our next new adventure. I am ready for a change, any change other then chemotherapy at this point. Alexis is happy, I am happy and yes I am crying those dang “happy tears” …again.