noun - the trait of showing determination and courage in spite of possible loss or injury
Daisy can’t walk very well from various pains and difficulties from her treatments but she will make sure she bombs the hill.
“Flying down the hill makes me feel so free”
This is a reminder to head down today to the French Press @ 1101 State Street in SB. Buy espresso, coffee & beans, pastries, gift cards & more. 40% of all sales go to help Daisy beat cancer.
As I lay here (yes I’m still in bed) pondering family, cancer, medicine, and falafels I am realizing how so often in this terrible yet beautiful journey a constant and very strong thread is the realization of how many people are incredible blessings. Never would we get to experience the love we have experienced in the last three years if we weren’t living this story. From sun kissed little girls selling lemonade to people sharing in their talents to letters containing fun things like a mustache on a stick, we are overcome by people and the capacity of love.
Most recently we had the privilege of meeting the VP and president of Ugg (yes the cozy boot company who by the way makes beautiful shoes and bags too). They put on a sample sale for their employees and their families locally and I stopped by in between doctor appointments. This sale was to benefit Daisy and her treatment. They raised $80,000!!! It was a total rager!
What an incredible company, they do this often to benefit various causes and people in need. They were so loving and generous and we felt so cared for not to mention there were so many cool creative people on the team there.
Not only are we on a journey of pain but of a discovery of grace and being on the receiving end of a kind of joy that comes with walking hand in hand with so many who are rooting for Daisy.
Thank you Ugg Corporation for all your love! You are amazing and we appreciate you!
Be happy with those who are happy, and weep with those who weep. - Romans 12:15
Come out this Sunday to the French Press @ 1101 State Street in Santa Barbara to support Daisy! Enjoy great coffee and 40% of all sales go towards Daisy’s treatment. Thanks Todd, Julia and the whole French Press crew!
This morning I am praying for Daisy’s lungs. Yesterday our doc looked over the CT results and found a couple of spots on them. Thankfully they didn’t light up on the PET scan (which shows active cancerous activity) but they did show up on her CT as unidentifiable nodules. They could be one of three things: inflammatory infection, fungal infection, or more cancer. As they are too small to biopsy, we can’t be sure. Daisy will begin being treated as if it’s a fungal infection and we will re-scan after several weeks. So please join me in praying that these nodules disappear.
We are on pins and needles waiting to hear our next step and packing our suitcases. I feel like I have been living someone else’s life these last three years. There’s a certain mourning of your old life that is a lingering sentiment some days. (hence the old picture) My sweet friend who has lost her husband and I were chatting about life yesterday and feeling so many of these same feelings. We both agreed that life is fragile and meant to be lived and enjoyed despite the circumstances. That said, as soon as I’m finished praying that Daisy has a fungal infection and not more cancer in her lungs I’m going to lay in bed and snuggle her as long as I like, feeling her fuzzy head under my chin. Then I’m having extra cream in my coffee followed by some fort building, a beach day, and dinner with friends. And I’m going to enjoy it.
Teach us to realize the brevity of life, so that we may grow in wisdom.
We wanted to remind you about a rummage sale tomorrow and Saturday from 8AM - 1PM @ 2574 Bayshore Ave, Ventura Keys, CA 93001. All proceeds go to Daisy for treatment. If you live in the area, come out and rummage!
After a long day at the cancer center we got to see our favorite oncologist who let us know that the preliminary scan results were clear!!! Hooray!
On the way home I told Daisy she had completed all the hard things needed before we depart for her next treatment phase. She said “it wasn’t that hard”. Um, come again? She has endured so much in the last 3 1/2 months, I’m so unbelievably in awe of her sunny disposition and strength. My girl is a total warrior!
As soon as we know our departure date I will update y’all. And maybe I’ll write more sappy revelations or confessions of weakness. But for today, we celebrate a small victory! Thanks for “hearing” us and fighting with us. Love!