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Rachel’s Story

Hello Family and Friends,

We really don't know where to begin this story so we have decided to just start where we are at today.  Rachel has been diagnosed with a new brain tumor and will begin radiation treatments today, October 28th.  She will finish sometime mid December and then begin follow up appts with her oncology team.  We have been blessed by a fantastic team of doctors as well as a super
support team (all of you!)

We simply ask you for your prayers at this time.  Please feel free to leave Rachel messages of encouragement here as well.  I am not too technology savvy so it may take a bit for me to load any photos.  

One last note....We haven't found much to smile about these past months but when you find opportunities for laughter one must take them...when we found out today that she has a 5 hour clinic visit on Thursday, my comment and email back to our doctor was, "5 HOURS!!!  Some women have babies faster then that" (ok maybe not all women but some).  It made Rachel smile and even gigle just a bit....it was so worth it!!       

Love,
The Woell Family

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Four weeks....

Wow!  The rainbow extends from one end of Totino-Grace to the other!  Thanks Rachel!
Wow! The rainbow extends from one end of Totino-Grace to the other! Thanks Rachel!

Hi Everyone,

Tomorrow it will be four weeks since Rachel’s passing.  Four weeks….can it be??  I looked at the calendar….and it is true.  So why does it feel like a lifetime ago that I last held and felt the warmth of her hand in mine?  I find myself wishing and begging God at times to have a re-do….just one more moment in time with her….where I could hold her in my arms and tell her one more time how much I love her.  To feel her arms wrap around me tight, to see her smiling back up at me with her big beautiful smile and to hear her say, she loves me too…   …and that’s just the beginning of this ‘never ending’ wish……if only…wishes came true.  

I simply just miss her….I miss every little thing about her….I miss her outlook on life, no worries mom, as she would say…she was an observer, she noticed everything….she always found something good in everything and everyone (and it never took her long to find it)….she loved life and lived it to the fullest….she was genuine and kind….funny and witty, she had the best facial expressions, she was by far the bravest and most courageous person I have ever met……she was mentally strong, she focused on her capabilities and not on her limitations….she loved to learn…..her faith was quiet yet so amazingly strong, I was in awe of her ability to love unconditionally and she did it so effortlessly as well.   You might ask yourself….did she have any flaws!!!….well…..she was a bit stubborn at times and she liked Duke (sorry Rachel!)  Through all the tears I try to find these moments of humor….it helps…   

I could go on and on….but I won’t as I would never stop….

We do want to thank everyone who came to celebrate Rachel’s life with us that Thursday or Saturday or on both days.  Thank you to all who could not be there but sent us emails, texts or cards….your presence was also felt.  Rachel continues to be remembered by so many….when we played Irondale high school just a few weeks back….both sides wore green…special t-shirts were made by the Senior class of Irondale and on the back it read…Everyday is a gift, Rachel.    They ordered t-shirts for the TG seniors as well!  How awesome is that!  Even the little half-time dancers had on green t-shirts.  We played Osseo last Wednesday…(which by the way was a fantastic game…Yea Eagles!!) Osseo wrapped their goal post in green and had a moment of silence for Rachel….how amazing is that!   Again, I could go on and on….oh the lives she touched.    

Last but not least….We have the information on the scholarship fund that has been made in Rachel’s memory….sorry it took us a bit to get finalized….     

We have established the Rachel Woell Endowment Scholarship Fund through Totino-Grace High School.  This fund will be part of the Totino-Grace endowment fund that will provide financial assistance to students who are unable to afford the full cost of tuition at Totino-Grace.  We are particularly excited about this fund as it will help to provide continuing scholarship funds to students both now and in future years.  Something that we know was important to Rachel.  For those of you interested in contributing to the fund, please send your contributions either to us or to the attention of Chris Beach, VP of Advancement, Totino-Grace High School, 1350 Gardenia Avenue NE, Fridley MN  55432.  You can also contact us or Chris if you have questions or are interested in a donation of securities.  Chris can be reached at 763.586.6315 or chris.beach@totinograce.org.  Checks should be written to Totino-Grace High School with the memo indicating the gift is for the Rachel Woell Scholarship fund.   All donations to the fund are tax deductible.

Thanks everyone for all your beautiful stories you have shared with us about Rachel, and for your continued prayers and support on this journey as well.  One last thought....if you have nothing to do tomorrow evening.....head over to TG and watch the Eagles football team take on Anoka in the first playoff game.  Rachel will be watching with a great view from above.  Go Eagles!!!    

All our love,

Jamie and Yvette

P.S.  I attached a photo of the rainbow seen the night of Rachel's visitation below too!


  

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Julie Wierzbinski
By Julie Wierzbinski "82
Tearing up reading that, what an amazing young lady!!
Continued thoughts & prayers for you.
& yes Rachel will have a great view to cheer on her Eagles..