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What started out as a site to update on our daughter's cancer has thankfully grown into a site to update on our beautiful family of four. Enjoy our journey...

Wednesday, September 05, 2007

time = precious

"Enjoy the little things, for one day you may look back and realize they were the big things." - Robert Brault

I realize it has been a long time since I made a post. Time just gets away from me, and it is hard to catch up sometimes!! For those of you who have asked about Keira, thank you. Her tests came back with positive news! They dr. said her tumor as shrunk, not a lot...but it IS smaller! PRAISE THE LORD! Remember, you can visit her site at anytime, there is a link located to the right.

September is Childhood Cancer Awareness month. This is a very important subject to me, and since you are still checking in on Charli, I hope it is important to you too. I would like all of you who still read this to tell 5 new people about Charli's story, and ask them to do the same...and so on. I know that this is not "Charli awareness month" but sometimes when you can match a face and a story with an issue people will remember and do something about it. Now, I have no idea how many people visit this site, but let's just say there are 100 of us who log on on a regular basis. If we all donated $5 to the lunch for life program...that is $500. That adds up to be something substantial. Can you even buy a value meal for $5??!!! I am not asking for your money, just trying to show what a difference many people can make when they band together for a common goal. And, it doesn't take much. Now...if all 100 people donated $5 and asked their five friends to do the same...think how much money could be raised - not only for Neuroblastoma, but for Childhood Cancer in general. I want, no, I need to make a difference in this new world I have become a part of. I will not let Charli's illness come and go without making a difference somehow. Our family is dedicated to making this better for those who are yet to be diagnosed. I know we have a lot of support from friends and family, and for that we are forever thankful. Can you imagine if you told someone, who told someone, who told someone who knew someone like Oprah! She had a segment on Childhood Cancer, people became aware - wanted to make a difference, donations start pouring in, research is funding, drugs are discovered, and cancer is cured. All...because YOU told someone, did you know you were so powerful and influential. THANK YOU!!!!!! :-D

"When you have cancer, it is like you join a club. Suddenly, you're different. And, the people who reach out to you are those who have either experienced cancer themselves or have friends or family with cancer."

"It's like you have two lives, the life before cancer and the life after. Nothing goes back to normal again. You look at life differently, your priorities change, your friends change."

"When you go through treatment you get daily support. When it is done, you are left all alone"

"Cancer is a life altering experience"

These are quotes taken from cancer fighters and survivors. I can remember saying some very similar things on this blog months ago. The past several weeks I have felt like I didn't feel comfortable enough saying something that I really meant or what I truly felt - but then I decided that if you are still reading this you probably won't judge me for the truth. So from now on, I am going to try to get back to my honest self on here. Although it can be difficult because it is hard to look at people when you know that they know your inner most fears - not many people can say that.

Charli is getting cuter than ever! That is about all I can say to sum it up. Charli = adorable!

I love chocolate pudding!

I can feed myself, such a big girl!

"snap the head and pose"!

beautiful eyes!

time to brush our teeth!


pick YOUR favorite toy!

which ducky is the best prize!

Mommy says I am "precious"!

no, grandpa mommy won't let me go on a ride!

mmmm, good!


Kelly Olmer said...

hey brenda! wow charlie is getting so big. i love reading your blogs and looking at the pictues of charlie. they always make me think. i think you're doing a great job and i only wish i will learn as much about life as you have.

Anonymous said...

Brenda! You write so well. I just so enjoy logging onto this site and reading what you have to say. And those pics of Charli are just adorable. Her eyes are beautiful!!!! Landon's going to love her.....just sayin!

Anonymous said...

Thanks for updating your site. Be yourself, brenda that is why we all love you sooo much! Charli is so cute. Our family thinks of you often and prays that everyone stays healthy. You will always be in our thoughts and prayers...ALWAYS ... you will never be forgotten...What your family has gone through has changed our familys way of life...We enjoy every minute of everyday!!!!!!

Anonymous said...

Wow Charli is getting so big. It is great to see how she has grown since we can not see her all the time. I am glad that you three are doing great. Those pictures are so cute and maybe someday she can ride grandpa's motorcycle.


The Robbins said...

hey! I can't believe how fast they grow!! I am glad you guys are doing good! I love logging on and reading even though I don't comment very often. I put my thing on private, but if you send me your email you can check out my blog too:) take care, praying for you guys!

Anonymous said...

Brenda, thanks for keeping us all informed and helping set our priorities right. You, Chad and sweet Charli are in my thoughts and prayers daily. We treasure our time with you all. Everyday I tell someone new about my brave little granddaughter and her amazing parents. XXOOPP, Grma P

AndreaChad said...

Life can't get any better than chocolate pudding! She looks like she has quite a bit of hair coming back in!! Is is darker than before? Can't really tell from the pics?!?!? She does have some cute expressions that you seem to capture so well. Her eyelashes are so nice too...I'm so jealous!!! Glad to see that life is going so well.

Anonymous said...

How cute! I LOVE the pictures...the one of you two brushing your teeth is sweet!! Just when I think she can't get any cuter...SHE does! She loves the camera! (wonder where she gets that from?!) ~amanda