Thursday, April 19, 2012


We are baffled, as are the doctors! Today, Elaine went for her last MRI on her lungs to confirm that the spots are not cancerous. Well, it turns out that not only are they not cancer, one of them has completely disappeared and the other is almost gone. The experts could not offer any sort of explanation! As we have shared before, numbers of doctors from around the country were certain it was cancer. We are certain of one thing - Elaine is a miracle!

After that piece of great news, Fred and Elaine continued on to therapy this morning at Hoag for two hours. It went well and Elaine continues to improve. She is exhausted after a very long week of therapy and doctor appointments! Unfortunately, she has another one tomorrow to check her heart, but she gets a much needed three day weekend off of therapy while Paul is away at a conference. The kids stopped by quickly to visit a tired Elaine, give her a hug, and drop off the cookie Taylor made (and saved) for Nammie at cooking class this afternoon. We are hoping Elaine can get some sleep tonight and rest tomorrow before the doctor. She has been on the go a lot!

Richie and Julie left this morning to head to Montana for the next few months! There are not the right words to show our appreciation for all they have done for us all, especially Elaine. When this first happened, they flew out here two days later and have been our angels ever since and we mean that from the bottom of our hearts. We simply could not have gotten through these last three months without them. They have cried with us, laughed with us, yelled at doctors with us, spent countless hours in the hospital with Elaine. Julie has cooked up a storm and really been there for Elaine, in a role that neither Fred nor Staci could.  Richie has been Fred's rock and his right hand man. They have lived this nightmare right along side us. They even shared Bella with us.  The list goes on and on. They are two of the most wonderful people on earth, and we are so lucky to have them in our family. They have selflessly spent the last three months doing anything and everything they can to help out our family, physically and emotionally. They have put their lives and interests on hold for us, and never complained - not one time. They have been such an amazing gift to us and we are so grateful. They have always been second parents to Staci and to have them there during the most difficult time of our life has meant the world to us. You are the best brother/sister in the world Richie and Julie! We love you so much! Thank you for everything!

Our families also wish to send our most heartfelt condolences to Cece. Please know that you and your family are in our thoughts and prayers. May Randall rest in peace! We all feel so lucky to have known such an incredible man!

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