I noticed that it's been awhile since I've updated the blog. March has been challenging one and when I actually write down what is going on in Kassidy's world it just makes it that more real. It's been full of ups and downs, but we all are still trucking along.
The week of the broviach line scare (btw had a scan and the line is fine) was the same week high school softball officially started. Centennial played Foothill high school as a scrimmage game at their home field. This amazing group of young ladies and parents gave Kassidy an amazing surprise. All of the JV team were wearing Kassidy's Army shirts with "11 Strong" on the back and at the Varsity game, the parents were wearing theirs. What a great homage to our girl! Their team has dedicated their season to Kassidy and will be painting their dugout with Kassidisms. This melted my heart! Thank you Foothill girls!!!!!
Our own Centennial Softball also surprised Kass that week by hanging a sign in the outfield showing support for Kassidy’s battle. Such great group of coaches and girls letting Kass know that she is not alone. Thank you also Centennial softball for all you do for Kass! This meant a lot to her, especially that week. She had a bit of frustrating couple of weeks and the reality of this journey thus far had gotten to her.
|Centennial HS Softball Outfield Banner|
|Watching her most favorite game in the world.|
That Wednesday Kass had her bowling banquet to attend. At the banquet she received her white letter for lettering in 3 consecutive sports in a row and also received the “citizenship award.” Take that cancer!!! We were so proud of her. We are not sure sometimes how she does it! I know there were times during the season that she was not feeling well and still muddled through her bowling matches. Ryan and I were so glad she could actually be an active member of the bowling team again this year and help her team get 4th in the Region.
|Getting her "Citizenship Award"|
|Her White Letter!|
|Centennial's JV & Varsity Bowling Team with Coach Seiden|
On Friday, Kyle came home from college. We were all so excited to see him home for spring break. We had already bought his ticket home since we were suppose to go on Kassidy’s Make a Wish trip this last weekend, but had to be rescheduled. The weather in Australia is already getting cold and their winter is commencing. Make a Wish wants to make sure that Kassidy has the trip of a lifetime, so we will be going the week of Thanksgiving which is end of spring and beginning of summer.
Sunday, Kyle and Kassidy entered a junior/adult bowling tournament at Santa Fe Casino. They competed against some pretty good bowlers, but they had a blast just competing together. It was great to watch! Little did we know what the next week had in store. That same weekend we had to have Kassidy’s bowling ball drilled for a bigger hole. Her hands seem a bit swollen, but we did not think much of it. We just thought she had been bowling too much.
At the beginning of the following week, Kass started complaining that her joints hurt quite a bit, but after the Shadow game on Tuesday night she came home and couldn’t even walk and right after dinner proceeded to throw up all of her dinner. L We layed her down in her bed and noticed that her feet, ankles, knees and even hands were extremely swollen. We frieked out! We called the clinic emergency line and the doctor had us elevate her legs and told us if she continued to vomit that she would have to come off treatment and we would have to take her into the hospital. That night we checked on her and iced her limbs. Also, she only threw up that really long episode. which allowed us to keep her on treatment.
Next two days she stayed home from school and she pretty much slept all day long. Her swelling went down, but she battled the 24 hour flu symptoms, at first we thought we would need to up her decadron thinking it was more swelling but glad we didn’t have to. We also took her to the chiropractor that helped her feel much better and by Friday evening she was on the mend.
This Saturday, Ryan and I and a couple friends helped volunteer for the Leadman Triathlon sponsored by Lifetime Fitness. They gave us the opportunity to volunteer and at the same time they donated to Kassidy’s cause. Thank you Lifetime!!! Also, that morning I took Kyle back to the airport so he could fly back to Boise and finish up his first year of college. Crazy, Time flies!!!! He too is on the mend with his stress fracture. He is finally able to go on runs for 40 minutes or less and is doing some physical therapy. His coach has red shirted him for this year indoor track, outdoor track and next year’s cross country. This will allow him to run for four more years and give him time to heal. All of us already miss him, but he should be home soon for summer vacation.
Sunday, Kass has felt great. She went to breakfast & dinner with friends, dyed Easter eggs and hung out. Thank you God! We are so glad and hope and pray that she gets to enjoy her Easter and spring break.
Happy Easter All!