Brain Tumor Cancer: Getting Ready to Go Home!

Brain Tumor cancer: Raquel Thumbs Up

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 we are ready to go home.

Brain Tumor Cancer: Getting in Car with PT

For the past three days they wanted us to do something called “rooming in,” which meant that my husband and I handled almost all of Raquel’s needs and cares. We had already been doing almost everything, but to do it all without much help from the nurses was pretty intensive. Not to mention that we had doctors and delivery people coming by all the time to talk with us and show us how to use the new equipment we would be taking home. It has been absolutely nonstop!

Brain Tumor cancer: Supplies for going home

I did sneak away on Wednesday to mail our tax return, and thought it might be good to pick up some button-down shirts for Raquel. So I went to the mall, to her two favorite stores, and went on a little shopping spree! Raquel was so excited when I got back and showed her what I got. I guess I know what she likes, and have good taste, because she loved it all! :) Her sweet 16 birthday is only 3 weeks away too!

Brain Tumor Cancer: Clothes Shopping

This afternoon we took Raquel for a ride in the car as a trial run, to make sure we could do the special seat belt they had given us, and that she could tolerate being in the car for a little while. It went very well, but she was tired so we did not get her out of the car.

Brain Tumor Cancer: In Car Mike Raquel

We did however meet up with some of her friends and here is a little video of that.

Tomorrow we will check out in the morning and go see our natural practitioner lady, who we love, before we head home. Mike took several wagon-loads out to our car already today.  We have tentative plans to bring Raquel back up in two weeks to see Mindy Gledhill play at the hospital, and then in a month to have her trach checked and a possible MRI. We will do more treatments with our natural practitioner when we come back up on those dates.

Brain Tumor Cancer: Andersons and Raquel

It’s going to be a bit challenging, I think for me as a mom when we get home, to resume being a mother to my other children and still make sure Raquel gets all the care she needs. I will be reaching out for help to my community about that, along with hiring additional help as well. I know there have been many people waiting for me to just say the word, and are excited to jump in and help us. I am so grateful for the many good hearts out there and all the support and love that we feel!

Brain Tumor Cancer: Treatment Ups & Downs

Brain Tumor Cancer: Going to Radiation Therapy

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. […]

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Brain Tumor Cancer: Hair, Trach & G-Tube Update

Brain Tumor Update: Raquel Asleep With Braids on Trach Vent

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 […]

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Brain Tumor Cancer: The Power of Music for Healing

Brain Tumor Cancer: Emily & Chelsea Singing

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. […]

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Brain Tumor Cancer: Extractions and Radiation Prep

Brain Tumor Cancer: Getting on elevator with Raquel

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 […]

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Brain Tumor Update: Rich Blessings and Strong Prayers

Brain Tumor Blessings: Chloe and raquel in ICU

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 […]

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Trach and G-Tube Surgery Update

Doterra Essential Oil Conference 2014

Raquel is recovering nicely from her surgeries Thursday morning. I’ve been learning a little about how the Trach and G-tube to her stomach work. She has been healing well, and they have been working well. They slowly started her on liquid food until they got to the full amount and she is doing wonderfully! And […]

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Brain Tumor Cancer Update: Healthy Formulas

Healthy Formulas: Raquel in Hospital Bed

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 […]

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Brain Tumor Cancer Update: Big Decisions in ICU

Brain Tumor Cancer: Music Therapy in ICU

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 […]

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Brain Tumor Cancer Update: Our Sabbath

Brain Tumor Update: Kids with Raquel in ICU2

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 […]

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Brain Tumor Cancer Update: Ten Little Miracles

Brain Tumor Cancer: Ten Little Miracles

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, […]

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Brain Tumor Cancer Update: Recovering From Surgery

Brain Tumor Cancer: Raquel recovering

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. […]

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Brain Cancer Update: Raquel’s Shunt Failure

Brain Tumor Cancer: Life Flight Helicopter

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 […]

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Raquel’s Cancer Fundraiser To Help Others


I am so grateful to my sweet sister for creating an incredible fundraiser in Raquel’s name.  We do have extra costs associated with Raquel’s brain tumor, but we have been blessed with wonderful employment and feel that we can manage the insurance deductible and other expenses without too much burden. So we wanted to have much of these […]

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After Brain Tumor Surgery-Part 3

Raquel going to surgery

When Raquel came out of brain tumor surgery, it was tough on my heart. To see her completely unconscious, with so many tubes coming out of her body. She had a stomach tube and breathing tube in her mouth, which would be pulled out as soon as she woke up enough. They said her throat […]

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My Daughter Has A Brain Tumor-Part 1

Tub of treatments

My daughter has a brain tumor. Discovering that information has shattered the normalcy of our lives, for how long we do not know. My daughter, Raquel, is 15 years old and she finished the ninth grade the third week of May. Just then her dad went on a trip to South America for two weeks […]

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