Two competing high schools, Cedar & Canyon View, showed amazing generosity this past week in the presentation they did for my daughter, Raquel, who is fighting Glioblastoma, brain tumor cancer. The presentation was given at halftime during a basketball tournament called the Steve Hodson Cancer Classic. It got its name from a teacher who passed away from cancer, and now they do fundraisers to benefit other local cancer victims. They selected my daughter Raquel, and invited us to come to the game last week. There was a whole section packed with kids from Raquel’s high school. When she came out onto the floor to receive the award, the entire student section from Cedar High held up their hands to her with the sign for “I love you.” Of course, she did it back! After they read Raquel’s bio, I was amazed to see the whole section of students respond to her, holding up a heart sign and shouting out in unison, “We love you, Raquel!” It made my heart melt. Then they presented us with a very generous check. I can’t tell you how relieved I was and overwhelmed. I had not expected it to be so much. And what a blessing it was for our family since our finances have had a hard time keeping up with all of Raquel’s natural cancer therapies. At the end of the presentation people clapped and cheered wildly. It was so sweet! Here’s a video I took of just the reading of her bio, I couldn’t help it. I knew it would be an amazing moment and I’m so glad I captured it! We stayed for the second half of the game, and Raquel enjoyed sitting with her dear friends, including Morgan, a boy she’s been hanging out with more lately (I like him because he is so nice to Raquel and plays with my kids, letting them climb all over him!) . Afterwards she hugged so many of her friends and fellow students, and we took this fun picture. Here’s a poster that was hanging in the basketball gymnasium. When we got home as I was getting Raquel ready for bed, she was absolutely glowing and joyful to the point of tears. As my mom would say, “she was on cloud nine.” She said it was the happiest day, and that her life was so wonderful. She also said that she loved everyone at her high school so much! I’m amazed at the kindness and generosity in the world. There are so many wonderful, loving, thoughtful people all around. I want to be one of them. We will pay this good deed forward at some point in our future!
Latest Update on Raquel!!!
Raquel has started school, and things are going well! She just had another MRI which showed that the brain tumors are still shrinking, and there is no new growth. Hooray! I will be taking her to Jamaica next week with doTERRA. She is so excited, and so am I!
This past month has been full of lots of hard work as well as much healing and progression for Raquel, as she struggles to fight glioblastoma, brain tumor cancer and regain her functions from the last emergency surgery she endured. The surgeon did not think she would make it through that surgery, and when she […]
Well, the last few weeks have been a blur of amazing progression with Raquel’s health as she’s fighting brain tumor cancer, but her sweet 16 birthday party was so much fun that I need to write a whole post about it! I invited a whole bunch of her friends to come over the night of her […]
We had a wonderful experience last week with our daughter, Raquel, who is fighting brain tumor cancer. We enjoyed an intimate concert with a fantastic singer and musician, Mindy Gledhill. Our friend introduced us to her uplifting music while we were in the hospital, and we bought a couple of her albums right away. We […]
This Elderberry recipe is a wonderful, natural remedy for kids (and adults), as it is mild and yummy tasting. I usually make this and start administering it in the fall when school starts and the sick bugs are flying around. It is highly anti-viral, which makes it great for fighting flu, fevers, coughs and colds. […]
After five weeks stay at primary children’s hospital in Salt Lake City, Utah doing radiation and other of my own natural treatments for my daughters brain cancer, we are finally home! We’ve been back for almost a week, and I still feel like I’m trying to get my head above water. But I can’t tell […]
We are so happy to have finished up radiation treatments for our daughter’s brain tumor cancer. This last week has been crazy trying to get all the supplies we will need to bring her home, including a ventilator. But we are so excited that she is doing better every day, and is well enough that […]
You know there are bound to be ups and downs when going through treatment for brain tumor cancer. It could be a lot worse for us. Right now we have opted to only be doing radiation, along with some natural supplement therapies. Chemo is still a possibility, but I would really like to avoid it. […]
Raquel continues to make little improvements, despite being very tired from radiation treatments for her brain tumor cancer. We are learning all about G-Tubes and Trachs, and I’m having fun braiding and styling her hair. She definitely makes her opinion known about what movies she wants to watch, music she wants to listen to, and […]
I am utterly amazed at the love shown by Raquel’s friends, our family and many people we don’t even know, who have reached out to give love and support as she is fighting glioblastoma, brain tumor cancer. I have learned so much about ways of showing love to those who are sick, just by watching […]
Music is a powerful tool for healing. It has the ability to lift us out of sadness, depression, and discouragement. It has helped me and my daughter Raquel, who is fighting brain tumor cancer right now. I want to share some or our favorite, special music with you. We are musical family. I come from one. […]
We had a couple big things happen in the last 24 hours that I believe are going to help us make progress against Raquel’s brain tumor cancer. Yesterday, the oral surgeon told us he could come extract two of Raquel’s teeth that very evening at 8:30 PM. She had two infections under adult teeth in […]
Raquel is getting better everyday, despite the brain tumor we know is still there, and the extra recovery she has had to make after her emergency surgery 10 days ago. YOU WON’T BELIEVE WHO has been praying for Raquel (besides everyone we know, and many people we don’t…I’ll tell you in just a minute). Each […]
This morning I met with the dietician and integrative medicine rep. We decided I needed to write down all the amounts of vitamins and minerals in the supplements and healthy organic formula that I want to give to Raquel via tube. It’s been a good exercise, but tedious. I also mentioned to the PICU doctor […]
I had trouble sleeping again last night (due to a chicken and mashed potato dinner, mainly I think), I had some bad dreams, prayed, felt better, and then lay awake for a couple hours thinking of ways to take down the size of the cancerous tumors in Raquel’s brain. I wrote down a juice recipe […]
Today was more of the peaceful day for us and for Raquel. Each hour is over shadowed by worry about the tumors in her brain which are preventing her from being her normal, happy, energetic self. We are praying to have more answers and a good action plan tomorrow when we meet with our team […]
We have been waiting, watching and hoping that Raquel would recover and bounce back from surgery as she did before, but we are having to re-adjust our expectations once again. My husband suspects that the pressure that had built up from the failed shunt pushed the dense tumor matter farther down on her brain stem, […]
Raquel is still with us. Her neurosurgeon said he is amazed she is still alive. According to the MRI, her brain tumor has become bigger and the cancer has grown over the past couple months, but she is hanging in. She’s a fighter. Today held some miracles and blessings, along with some pretty tough moments. […]
I had to lay in bed several hours this morning to recover from the scare, anxiety and exhaustion of the previous night after our daughter, who has brain tumor cancer had a seizure, and we weren’t sure if she’d make it after surgery. I woke up at 7 AM and the recorder of my mind […]