Kate McRae's Journal
Written Dec 17, 2013 6:13pmMuch to update with less than stellar focus right now...
Most importantly... Kate had her MRI yesterday. I thought we had that down. After seemingly hundreds, yesterday proved that even the routine can be not very. She was a champ as usual despite a nasty cough. She laid still for the entire scan holding her cough until they told her to. They were impressed, I was assured she would do no different. Then after the MRI she broke out into a rash. For as many times as I have said, "no she has no contrast allergy" (a medication given during the MRI) yesterday proved different. The rash turned into momentary wheezing and so on. Benedryl, longer stay for observation and then we left. But only to wake up this morning to the rash returning, and skipping school for the 7th Dr appointment in the last week. The rash has worsened despite Benedryl, which now will not allow her to have the contrast for the MRI's without first being treated on a regimine of steroids and a dose of Benedryl beforehand. Bummer. But the hard thing has been watching her struggle. She normally smiles incessantly, rarely complains and always find something praiseworthy in the hard. Lately she is just done. Done with cancer and all of its nasty after effects. She cries easily and feels left behind when she spends lots of time at the Dr. She has begun to wonder if life will always hold cancer's sting. Makes our hearts break to watch. Please pray for her spirits... they are taking a hard hit.
So as we were attempting to figure out the allergic reaction today we received the most welcome of emails from her oncologist... a clean scan! I have no detailed information until tomorrow at her oncology appointment... but for now we feel the burden of that lifted and we celebrate 1 and a half years off of cancer treatment! Thank you Jesus...
Thanks for praying and celebrating simultaneously with us. Seems there is always the need and place for both.
We will update after the final report tomorrow... however we may be headed in tonight for a chest xray... but it's with the ease of knowing no cancer is growing.
Written Dec 4, 2013 2:42pmThank you to those who continue to send in gift cards... I know they will serve these families well this Christmas.
I wanted to update some more gift cards we are in need of, but first let me update you on some of the families. I'm not sharing any specific story today. But here is why, many families don't have the means and desire to publicly share what they are facing. And so this year I have worked a little more with a few social workers to bring their stories and needs to us in hopes of better reaching those hidden behind anonymity. I was told I could have as many as I could take, the need was tremendous. And under the part listed "greatest need" many simply wrote "for gas cards" or "groceries". And then I learned many of these children had incurable forms of brain cancer. One little one ended their cancer battle just this weekend. It feels so small, helping only through gift cards. But the alternative of doing nothing, well I will take small being at least something. So thank you... thank you for seeing the need and heartache with us. And for stepping into it. Sweet school classes, bereaved families, families currently fighting, girl scout troops and some using their holiday parties to ask for gift card donations have all been stepping in. Please know our thanks runs deep.
For those of you who can still step in to help, we so desire you do. As some now bury their babies, others fight through the terrible treatments, and others deal with the life long realities cancer has dealt we hope to say we care, and that you care. And know any notes you send for the families will be included in the packages.
Additional gift cards we continue to need
LOTS of gas gift cards. (we will allocate to the state the person lives in)
Vallarta gas cards
Burlington Coat Factory
Food for Less (at least 10 families requesting)
Toys R Us
Please mail to:
Kate's Crazy Christmas
PO Box 8457 Alta Loma, CA 91701
Additional info is posted at www.prayforkate.com under Christmas drive.
Written Nov 21, 2013 11:20amThank you to those who have begun to send in gift cards for the Christmas drive. I love reading your notes, hearing your stories and seeing what you chose to give. It all blesses us. We are continuing to select families as donations come in. I wanted to share a few more of these children's stories with you. I never want this to seem disconnected from the lives we want to reach into. These kids have stories, families, hopes and dreams, and life threatening health challenges, which oftentimes equate to family financial burdens. That's where I hope we can send them a package filled with gift cards to say Merry Christmas and you are loved and thought of this Christmas by many. And yet we hope it will also meet a practical need. Groceries. Gas. Daily items. Or even Christmas gifts if they so choose. So thank you deeply for helping us.
Here's a glimpse at Jon's story...
Jon was always a VERY energetic child, so when his balance suddenly seemed off it caught everyone's attention. No one could have imagined what it was until one day at baseball practice they noticed his left arm just hanging to the side. Soon after he was seen by a neurologist and sent for a CT scan. Brain tumor. And then the heartbreaking diagnosis of DIPG, an inoperable brain tumor.
Jon is an energetic 6 year old little boy in the first grade. He loves teasing his two sisters and making his classmates laugh. He loves baseball, roller hockey, legos and video games. He never meets a stranger, and shows an incredible amount of love to all. He is currently undergoing radiation to the brain in California to treat the disease.
Amy is a fun loving 18 year old. She prefers baking, crafts, hanging out with friends and family and reading her bible fill her time, but fighting cancer now tops the list with an urgency. She was initially diagnosed with a germinoma brain tumor in July of 2012. After radiation the tumor seemed gone. But this past February she lost complete use of her legs only to find cancer cells between the lining of her brain and skull and multiple tumors along her spine. On her 18th birthday a port was placed and chemo was started.
With an unusual courage Amy has said that she doesn't fear cancer. That God will give her the strength to see this through or take her home. But she is believing she has much more to accomplish in her days here, hoping those days will be plentiful. Despite her own unique challenges she continues to put others needs before her own, praying for them when her own needs are so great. Amy is currently receiving treatment in Arizona.
For more information on Kate's Crazy Cool Christmas please go to www.prayforkate.com. Click on "site" and then on the christmas drive link.
Additional gift cards we are requesting...
~gas cards to Shell, BP, Valero, Speedway
~grocery cards to Kroger, Wegemans, Trader Joes, Safeway and Frys
~Dick's Sporting Goods
~Scheels Sports store
(Addtional gift card ideas are on the prayforkate site)
Thank you again for joining us. We will continue to update you on stories and additional requests. And thank you for keeping Kate in prayer as we work out a new brace, an indepth eye appointment and an MRI in 3 1/2 weeks.