Monthly Archives: December 2005

Bye Bye 2005

What a year! It was a roller coaster of a year for sure.

100_0691January 1, 2005 – HIGH – Life was good. Nathan had been NED (no evidence of disease) for over a year. Antibodies were done (no more travelling to NYC every 8 weeks for incredibly painful infusions for Nathan). Luke and I decide to proceed with trying for baby #3 as soon as we are able.

March 14 – HIGH – Very faint positive on pregnancy test!

March 14 – April 7 – LOW – concerns about the viability of pregnancy

March 16 to March 30- LOW – Nathan begins to have hip pain. Hip pain exactly like he had when he was diagnosed. Luke and I fear the worse – RELAPSE. We begin a process of tests and scans. This process takes 2 full weeks during which we are terrified.

March 31 – HIGH – Nathan’s test results all come back clear of cancer. He has transient synovitis – a virus in the hip.

April 3 – April 7 – LOW – Julia is sick – no one is sure what is wrong with her. Turns out she has Kawasaki’s disease (KD). She is hospitalized twice – doctors are disagreeing about whether or not she has KD. She finally gets KD treatment at hospital. A week later heart and blood tests show she did have KD.

April 7 – HIGH – leave Julia at hospital to get my ultrasound. Ultrasound shows healthy embryo with a heartbeat.

100_0807Late April – HIGH – we leave to go to Disney World on Nathan’s Make-A-Wish trip.

April – next day… LOW – Nathan’s hip pain is back with a vengence. He cannot walk. We enjoy the Magic Kingdom anyway.

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May – HIGH – Everyone is feeling good. Julia’s heart is normal, Nathan’s hip is better. Pregnancy is going well. Enjoy a trip to Arizona to hang out with friends.

June early part – HIGH – Have a great trip to visit my parents in Hilton Head.

100_1049June 24 – LOW – Routine scans show Nathan’s cancer has returned.

June 28 – HIGH – ultrasound of baby shows all is well.

July 7 – HIGH – Nathan is scheduled for surgery on Aug 1 in NYC. We are releived to have him on the schedule with the best surgeon in the country for this and also intra-operative radiation

July 15 – LOW – Nathan’s surgery pushed back to Aug 31 – this means more chemo and a chance for cancer to spread while we wait

July 27 – LOW – Nathan’s surgery pushed back more to September 15. We are getting upset about the delays and the chance Nathan’s cancer will spread while we wait.

August 1 – HIGH – Nathan’s surgery rescheduled to Aug 3…off we go!

August 3 – HIGH – Nathan’s surgery is succesful. The entire tumor is removed and area irradiated.

August – HIGH – Nathan starts kindergarten and Julia starts preschool 100_1088100_1075

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September – HIGH – My brother Jason gets married – we attend wedding in Grand Lake, CO

11-18 009November 16 – HIGH – Lauren Elizabeth Gentry makes her appearance into the world.

December – LOW – Nathan has his scans. The anticipation and possiblity of bad news is extremely stressful.

December 9 – HIGH – Nathan’s scans are all clear! He is NED once again.

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So – it has been a bumpy ride – but I am glad I can say that the year has ended with a high!

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More honeymoon pics…

More of my favorite shots:
The Pu`u `O`o vent, Kilauea Volcano. Taken from a helicopter. Definately the coolest thing I have ever seen in person

Luke at Volcanos National Park.

Me at the base of a waterfall at the end of a hike in Maui.

Ah…bliss!

I recently had our honeymoon (September 1997) pictures put onto CD. They were previously on APS cartridges. Anyway – This picture was taken on a sunset dinner cruise in Maui. It was also my 25th birthday. Boy do we look young!
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Baby Sleeps in Own Room!

Last night was the first night Lauren (6 weeks old yesterday) has slept in her own bedroom. She has been sleeping in a bassinet at the foot of our bed. She was definately on a trend of waking up only once per night and so we decided it was time. Well – she slept ALL NIGHT wihtout a peep. She woke up at 6:15! I fed her and then put her back to bed until 8:00. Too bad Nathan and Julia get up at 6:30.

Now – I won’t jinx myself and say this trend will continue – but I am delighted she did so well her first night.

Ok – me too

So – I have been blogging for a few years – but in a different forum. I have kept a website updated on my son’s journey fighting neuroblastoma, a childhood cancer. I have been able to put some personal thoughts on this site – but its purpose excludes me from fully expressing myself and addressing other areas of my life. So – on the heels of my husband, Luke I have created my own blog.