Mommy's Time Out Magazine January 2018 | Page 15


Hello Friends,

It's been a rough month for Lauren. It started out good but ended with 2 trips to the ER, including one on Christmas eve for fever. Lauren tested positive for Influenza A and it has hit her pretty hard. All of us got it and have been sick this past week. Luckily, her fevers are gone but she still has a cough and congestion and no appetite and is still very tired. It has really taken a lot out of her. I am just hoping she starts feeling better soon.

Lauren's numbers looked good at her monthly check-up. So good that the oncologist decided to raise her dose of nightly oral chemo. I am hoping the combination of being sick and raising the dose won't knock her immune system down super low. It was bad timing that she got sick and we increased at the same time. Hopefully, next month she will be back on track.

Hope everyone had a nice holiday. Thank you again for your support.



McKinley is doing really great. She's loving school, LOVING dance & enjoying being off chemo meds. It really is amazing how much she's grown, how much she's developed & how much more personality she has since she's stopped chemo. All things are looking great which is wonderful news. We've been very busy with advocating & promoting childhood cancer awareness month & attending a lot of events. We did have one scare at this months appointment but all was confirmed negative with an ultrasound. Myself, a few other "cancer moms" & McKinleys oncologist were all concerned about a vein by where her port was placed especially since she had a clot in the past. But all was confirmed ok with a quick ultrasound (Thank God). I'm not sure I'll ever be able to take a deep breath but I do try too. We are praying for a Halloween at home this year (last year we spent 8 days in the hospital fighting a nasty virus over Halloween). And although the nurses & staff came by her hospital room to trick or treat, I'm actually looking forward to sweating & fighting bugs on Halloween night this year. It's the little things 😉 Thank You as always for keeping McKinley in your thoughts & prayers.