Apr 12, 2018 Latest post:
10 hours ago
We have referred to Gabby as Super Gabby for a long time. When she was little she was so much fun we referred to her as the 'port-a-party'. Today she is a normal 14-year old who loves her friends, her camp counselors, and Snapchat and Instagram, and works hard in school. We started noticing she was getting a bit of belly a few months ago. We didn't care too much, she's a great kid and that's what is important. We attributed it to her love of carbs, burritos, and chicken wings, but there was a lot more going on than we initially recognized. The last few weeks her belly became more distended and she was losing her appetite regularly (not like her) and having a hard time keeping food down at times. On Monday we took her to the doctor, who promptly sent us to the emergency room. It's been a whirlwind since, but 3 days later we have a formal diagnosis of colon cancer. Her belly was bloated because a mass was clogging things up. We are a family that sticks together, has faith in the God of the Bible, and chooses optimism. We've been through life threatening / changing stuff before and can testify to God's faithfulness and the futility of dwelling on worst case scenarios. We really do trust God and take it day by day. Sometimes hour by hour. We are starting this site because we feel an obligation to keep those who love us updated, and doing that person by person (or even group by group) has proven challenging when our focus is on Gabby and the road ahead of us. This site should help us keep friends and family (who are one and the same to us) updated without us stressing too much about it. Frankly I hope we get through this scary time so quickly and smoothly that we feel silly for even having done this, but life doesn't have an 'Easy Button' so there is no guarantee.