Sunday, September 22, 2013

Bridesmaid :)

Madeleine’s Blog

September 22, 2013
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

Madeleine as a bridesmaid for her cousin
Can you believe that it has already been one month since Madeleine first began the chemo that prepared her for the introduction of her TIL cells? Wow - time flies by! 

She has been doing really well during this month of recovery. She asked me to say thank you to all of you for your cards and other support/encouragement while she was in the hospital.

One of Madeleine's main goals as she came back from NIH was to be able to participate as a bridesmaid in her cousin Katherine's wedding, which was on September 14th (just a few days after Madeleine came home from NIH). 

I am pleased to report that Madeleine did great at the wedding and was able to fully be involved in the whole celebration - including the rehearsal, the rehearsal dinner, and everything. It was amazing, and she looked gorgeous!

Here is what Madeleine wrote on her cousin Katherine's Facebook the day of the wedding:
"You are more than just a cousin to me. You are an inspiration, a role model, and basically my big sister. I don't know what I would do without you. You have always been there for me. We are family and nothing is stronger than family. I am so happy for you and Kevin. I love you. Congratulations!"
And her cousin responded:
"I love you Madeleine...thank you for being a part of our special day, that meant the world to me. Your description on this photo [above] totally made me cry. I love you with all my heart."
We are so grateful that Madeleine was able to be a part of the wedding and to stand alongside her cousin on such a special day. We thank God for moments like these.

Deanne, Madeleine, David, and Max at the wedding
Thank you to everyone for your continued prayers for Madeleine's complete healing. She goes back to NIH the first week of October for scans and tests in order to evaluate her progress.


Auntie Leslie said...

What a wonderful photo! You and Catherine both look beautiful...

Keeping those prayers for healing coming your way!!!


Dave & Cindy said...

Katherine I can't wait to meet you one day! You are Stunning! The picture and words shared between You and Madeleine brought tears to my eyes. Madeleine you just light up a room!!!! Love Our Sweet Girl! Hugs!

Anonymous said...

Hi Madeleine!Just wanted to say hi and tell you I've been thinking about you! You looked gorgeous at your cousin's wedding (love that red dress!)... so happy you got to be a part of it. Please come back to 3NW and say hi after your scans. Can't wait to see you!

Katie (Your 3NW Nurse):)

Anonymous said...

Dear Madeline,
We all are so proud of you and wish you the very best as you return to NIH in early October . Keep in touch!

Dr. Kyser

Karen Boga said...

How fun that you got to get all dolled up and enjoy such a special occasion. You look stunning...but then you always do, even when you feel crummy! Thanks for posting them, Auntie Zan.

So it's back to Bethesda. My prayers are that it's a short visit and that the tests aren't too stressful.

Love to you, beautiful Madeleine.