Weston Crusselle's Journal
Written Dec 11, 2012 7:57pm
SURGERY IN THE MORNING
We just got back from CHOA. Weston had his MRI this afternoon. Dr. Busch wants a new image to look at as he attempts to rebuild Weston ankle tomorrow morning. Again he will be using donor bone and tissue. We are so thankful for all the wonderful people who make that decision to become an organ or blood donor. Weston has been helped time and time again by people we will never know. Weston is ready for some relief from the constant pain. I pray tomorrow’s surgery will go well and Weston will have an easy recovery. Dr. Busch may work on Weston right knee again tomorrow too. It just depends on how long his ankle takes.
Please keep our boy in your prayers. I will update you all tomorrow on how he is doing. I have missed updating y’all. I promise to let you know everything tomorrow. Until then…….
WE WILL WIN!
Written Oct 4, 2012 11:41am
I know it has been a long time. I have sat down to write at least 5 times, but for some reason I never post. So much has been going on. Life has been busy. I will keep it short and swee, and I promise to do a better job. <?xml:namespace prefix = o ns = "urn:schemas-microsoft-com:office:office" />
First off, Weston is doing great. He is loving life in Valdosta. Matt and I miss him like crazy. He is working hard in all of his classes and spending quite a bit of time in study hall and the library. He is determined to keep his grades up, first and foremost because he loves college life and would never want to give that up because of bad grades. He is pledging Kappa Sig. Of course we do not know much about this because he can’t tell us anything. I will say this, though, he has found a great group of friends.
Weston turned 18 ways back on July 22, and we left for Hawaii a few days later. Hawaii was his Make-A-Wish trip. We had a wonderful time surfing, deep sea fishing, snorkeling. We got to visit Pearl Harbor. Weston loved the North Shore. It was so beautiful. We got to do a Luau. That was a lot of fun. Hawaiian shaved ice is truly the best. I promise to post pictures. It was the trip of a life time.
Okay, so on August 31, Weston had his port removed and he finished chemo a few weeks later. He has never been happier. Dr. Lew thought it would be safer for Weston to remove his port and finish chemo a little early since he would be four hours away from CHOA. This has brought on so many emotions, but for now we will be happy. Weston will have labs October 15 and head back to the clinic in November if all is well. Weston also has an appointment with Dr. Busch on October 15. We will be getting everything ready for his surgery over Christmas break. His ankle is in bad shape. Time to have some work done.
So for now we will pray that Weston stays healthy and is smart enough to listen to his body. You know how the kid can be. Go, go, go… You know he always says “I only have one life and I am going to live it." We will live life and do our best not to hold our breath until the next appointment.
WE WILL WIN!
Written Jun 26, 2012 3:39am
I know it has been a long time. Three month of chemo, an appointment with Dr. Busch (the orthopedic surgeon), CT Scans, last spinal tap, graduation, acceptance letter to Valdosta State University, working on plans for this Make-A-Wish, and just plain old summer fun. I have sat on this update for quite a while just thinking I would continue to add to it, but I realized it has been way too long. So for now I will just hit on the main points. The kid was really sick for a while, and he continues to cough his head off. It is just one of the ways his body reacts to all of this chemo, but Weston continues to do wonderful with his treatments, and we are getting so close to the end. I can see the finish line. Dr. Bush is ready to do surgery on Weston’s knees, ankles, and his right shoulder just as soon as Weston is done with the pain, but for now he just wants to enjoy his summer and not take on anything other than finishing up his chemo. I can’t blame him, and after July 22nd all of this will be his decision. My baby will be 18, and he reminds me all the time that means he will be an adult. Oh crazy kid, has he not figured out who his mom is after all of these years?
So our hearts have been heavy this past week. We lost one of Weston’s coaches, Tim Crunk. He had a heart attack while out for a run. He was only 52. Coach Crunk was one of the kindest men we have ever known. He was soft spoken yet could fight with the best of them over a bad call on the baseball field. Heaven sure got a good one. Thank you for being a part of Weston’s life. Our prayers and thoughts continue to be with his family.
How many cracks can one heart have before it breaks? We also lost our friend and Cancer Warrior Nick Nutt this week. Most of you know Weston and Nick formed a friendship through fighting cancer. Nick was so much like Weston. He was always looking for the next big adventure, and cancer was not going to stop him. Nick was Weston’s partner in crime at Camp Sunshine. They almost got kicked out for sinking a canoe. I love that they could be wild together. Nick had a kind heart and a sweet smile. We will miss you.
Let me first say that Weston is sad and scared. It is always hard to see one of the cancer warriors earn their wings. It brings all the what "ifs" up and makes him ask the question, "Am I next?" It's hard to watch; he gets so mad. It is not fair for all of the warriors. They have to fight so hard and witness and feel such loss at such a young age. It’s not fair….. CANCER SUCKS!
Thank you all for your prayers and continued support for the kid. He continues to amaze me everyday. He will head off to college in August. Am I ready? My heart says no, but Weston's heart tells me every day he can’t wait to leave. Really? So please add Matt and me to your prayers as well. We need to strength to let him go. I know it is what is best for him, and that's what a mom does, right? I am thankful to have such a wonderful team that continues to stand by our side.
WE WILL WIN!TEAM WESTON