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Monday, September 19, 2011

September 18, 2011

A very eventful week for the Merritt family, but full of blessings! It started off Tuesday night with a bit of a car accident.  My friend Holly and I were on our way to pick out some furniture for her new condo when we were distracted and engrossed in our conversation when she missed seeing a light pole and we hit head on in her car.  By the time we saw it, it was just too late.  Thank goodness we both were wearing our seat belts and were only going about 20 mph, but the air bags deployed and the car bounced back about 10 feet.
Car is totaled btw!

Ryan came to our rescue and we decided we better get checked out at the hospital, since I was having tightness in my chest and Holly had air bag burns on her arms.  After about 2 hours Holly was discharged with minor injuries, but I was being held up because my EKG was abnormal.  To make a story short, the impact of the air bag was pretty hard, which threw of the rhythm of my heart a bit so I had to stay and be admitted for observation and a battery of tests.  But all tests were good and I am as good as new, just have a pretty bruised up chest.  My biggest disappointment was that I was not able to take Kass to her MRI appointment on Wednesday, but Ryan did a great job.  This time we patiently wait for the results.....

Thank you all for your prayers, wonderful messages, and good thoughts!  We truly believe that God is holding our hand through this whole process.  The people he has put in our path, is definitely the best part! To see their good works, kindness, and compassion has been life changing.  We cannot wait till we can pay it forward in the near future!  Thank you all, we appreciate you.

Kass still has had a rough week and was not able to attend school all week, but we have seen improvement in her in baby steps each day. Her pediatrician was able to help us get her an earlier appointment with the gastro doctor for this next Tuesday.  Hooray! Maybe we will finally find out what's going on with her tummy troubles.

We have also been trying to figure out what the best choice is for Kass about the school situation.  Ryan and I are afraid that if she stays home, she will miss out on the interactions with her peers which we believe is important for overall attitude and healing process.  But being at school even for the couple hours is just too much for her everyday.  :( Sometimes the decisions that we are faced with are so just so hard to make.  We have asked her opinion and this week she has decided that she would like to stay home and study at her own pace, but only if she is allowed to be part of a sport at school.  So, this next week we hope to finalize at least these semester's plans and make adjustments to fit her needs.

On Saturday morning we woke early to go support the 21st Candlelighters Childhood Cancer Foundation 5k run & 1m walk.  We were excited to be part of the 2400 participants that helped raise $150,000 for the organization to help children and their families with this dreaded disease.  Ryan, Kass and I decided to do our mile walk proudly wearing our Kassidy Army shirts.  Next year we would love to form a team to help represent and support this cause and make a difference.

Did you know that today 40 families will hear the devastating words "your child has cancer"?

Please help us raise awareness and support these children and families.  Their site is:
Kass & Deputy Drip

Kass & The Duke, LV Wranglers Hockey team mascot

After the walk we stopped to say hi for a few minutes to the Leavitt Middle School student council, cheerleaders and ROTC who were doing a Car Wash for Kass.  Great to see the little ones working so hard!  I forgot how small they still are in middle school, but they were washing cars and holding signs on the corner directing traffic.  We are thankful for all their hard work!

Our weekend ended with a great celebration of a dear friend.  My friend Rosemarie celebrated her 1 year anniversary of being Cancer FREE!  Amazing right!  Last year when I found out that my running buddy had cancer I just couldn't do the Las Vegas half marathon without her.  This year we will train and do this years half together again.  My friend Ro is courageous and taught me that Cancer doesn't always win.  That you just fight like hell!
Happy 1 yr anniversary of being Cancer FREE Ro!

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