Friday, June 15, 2012

Round 1 done - Back home!

Madeleine’s Blog

June 15, 2012

So do not fear, for I am with you
Do not be dismayed, for I am your God
I will strengthen you and help you
I will uphold you with my righteous right hand
Isaiah 41:10

Sorry for the delay in posting - we all needed a few days to recover! On Tuesday, Madeleine received the last of her chemo for this round and then checked out of the hospital. We spent the night there in Riverside and then drove home the next day.

Home at last!
It was so good to get home on Wednesday evening! Her dad (along with the help of some friends) had fixed up a new bed and futon in her room, which was wonderful to come home to. Another friend had put together a beautiful photo album of Madeleine's graduation. People have been such a great encouragement to us during this time.

Madeleine has been resting a lot  since she got home (fatigue is definitely one of the side-effects of this treatment), but is getting a little stronger each day. Her appetite is slowly coming back as well. Today, she met with her local oncologist and he was very pleased with how well she is doing.

For now, she just needs to get stronger and recover from the chemo during these next few weeks. She is able to get together with friends, but has to watch her energy level and has to steer clear of people who are sick (because her blood counts may be down a little from the chemo). Her next treatment in Riverside will be on June 28th, so she will be looking to enjoy these weeks before heading back down south.


Anonymous said...

So glad your home! Cute picture Madeleine! Love, Lola

Unknown said...

Its Julie (Beau's mom) From the gym. I've been following your blog & thinking about you daily. You are inspiration to us all. Looking forward to seeing you in HIT with Robert. Rest up...

Anonymous said...

Dear Madeleine,
Your mom gave me the blog address last week so now I am caught up with what you have been going through. You are a courageous young woman and an inspiration for all of us. I hope that you are getting the rest you need.
Love to you and your family,
Debby Cutler

Anonymous said...

My best to all of you.A good morning to Max.
Joe Walsh
Slater Middle School

Marissa's dad.

Susan Milstein said...

Hi Maddy,
You probably do not know me, but your mom does. I am Susan Milstein, and your mom years ago taught my three children, Douglas, 25, Nathaniel, 22, and Julia Morrison, 17, to swim at La Cantera.

This weekend I saw the flyer for Robert's cycle event at Montecito, and went home to read all the entries in your blog. I am sorry you are having to go through this ordeal.

I have an inkling of what you and your family are experiencing because my son Nathaniel was diagnosed with Hodgkins lymphoma at the beginning of his junior year of high school. He went through six months of chemotherapy and radiation at Kaiser SF and UCSF.

LIke you, Nathaniel tried as hard as he could to keep up with his studies and his normal life throughout his treatment.

Maddy, you and your family are in my thoughts. Please give your mom a hug for me in case I don't bump into her at Montecito to give her a hug myself.

Susan Milstein

Anonymous said...

Thinking and praying for you and your family!
Mr. Haas.

Anonymous said...


I know you have been on a tough road, but judging from your mom's posts, you are handling it all with your typical positive, can do, attitude. You have been in my thoughts and prayers these last few weeks. Keep up the great spirits, and hopefully I will be able to see you sometime soon.

Mr. LaFrance

Doreen Pinelli said...

You are always on my mind and in my heart. You know I will always be on the sidelines cheering you on cause that is what I do especially, for the one's who inspire me most! Enjoy being at home with your family and friends. Keep coming to see me, it means so much to me.