To be yourself in a world that is constantly trying to make you something else is the greatest accomplishment. - Ralph Waldo Emerson

Thursday, December 16, 2010

She's lost her marble!

As most of you know, back in September our family had quite a scare.

Adam and I flew to Texas to be with my mom, along with my dad, Mark and Kimberly as we waited to find out if her brain tumor was malignant or benign.

Right before he left Connecticut, my brother Adam tried to explain to his cute little children what was going on. And, although the ordeal was quite scary. This story that Adam told us made us all smile, because his kids are just so stinkin' charming.

Adam: You guys, I have to go to Texas for a few days. Meme is sick. She has a tumor in her brain.
Jacob (7): What's a tumor?
Adam: It's a mass of cells/tissues that are abnormal. It's about the size of a marble.
Jacob: Meme has a marble in her brain?!?
Izzy (5): Did she eat the marble?
Adam: Oh my gosh, forget about the marble!

The morning before my mom went in for her biopsy. The kids called. And, Jacob screamed into the phone. "I hope you don't die Meme!" To which she responded, "I hope I don't either, Jacob."

Yesterday, we got some very good news. The tumor is gone. Completely. The doctor's can't even find it!

And, it appears that if all continues to go well, in 6 more weeks my mom will get a break from her favorite nurses and doctors at UT Southwestern. No more Urban Taco for every meal. No more wires and ports. No more mom looking like a cable box. No more chemo! No more marble.

I couldn't be happier. Or more relieved.

And, I just wanted to thank everyone who called, sent flowers, wrote messages, sent emails, etc. I want you each to know that I read/heard every single one. And, each one touched my heart. Thanks for all of your prayers on my mom's behalf. As a family, we feel very honored and blessed and humbled by the whole experience. And, I once again realize how amazingly wonderful my friends and family are.


Sandra Nixon said...

I am so glad to hear it! Thanks for the update.

Chad, Melanie and Layla said...

YEAH!! I'm so glad she lost her marble! That is an adorable story!! Very good news!!

mcwally said...

YAY! I have been praying and cheering you on... from a distance. I am so happy for your Mom and for you and for you family. What happy news!

I think you should go shopping to celebrate :)

Jordan said...

I hadn't even heard the good news yet! I was so happy to read your post. What a miracle and a blessing!

The last Unicorn said...

That is amazing Ali!!!! I am so happy for your mom and your family. I am sure this is the best Christmas present ever! What a blessing.

Mandy said...

It's a Christmas miracle! How exciting! Love you, Ali!

Tracy Anderson said...

Wonderful! I'm so happy to hear the news.

Michele said...

I'm so glad to hear Jan is well - I saw it on Mark's FB status, and couldn't be happier/more relieved.

The Urban Taco comment cracked me up - sounds like Mark may have had something to do with that. :)

Party of Five said...

YEAHH! I am so excited to hear that! I have been thinking about you so much, love you! said...

Best christmas present ever!!!!!!!!!! Yeah for Meme, no more marbles.