Saturday, April 11, 2009

Day +24

Sorry I've been AWOL the last few days, I wouldn't have time to tell the whole story. They finally took me off the TPN, no sooner than they did that. They started sending up all of the specialist. At first they suggest that it may be VOD, and they they thought that it may be related to my Liver. They even suggested taking a biopsy of my liver. I've had a doppler ultrasound, a CAT-SCAN, they've done another EKG, and an x-ray, then they they did a biopsy of my lower arm that came back negitive for GVHD. So they put me back on the feeding line (TPN). My kidneys and my liver are currently failing, so on Monday they have me scheduled for a Biopsy of the liver, and I may have to go on dialisis to help my kidneys out.

Within 4 days last week I have gained 28 pounds (in less than a week), my legs are swollen My eyes are yellow and it looks like someone punched me right in the eye because I have a bruise all around it. If I have to go to the bathroom I have to call for a nurse to help me up off of the bed. They are going to take me off of the TPN tonight and see if I can get some food down. I currently look like I'm 8 months preganat, but it is just all from the swelling.

Today after Rick left to go home my Doctor came in to go over some results, and that they would be doing a biopsy of my liver. She asked me how I was feeling, I said to be honest I'm really scared. She said yeah we pretty scared too. Thank you...??? Nice reassurance. I am in alot of physical pain. Oh and did I mention up until about Wednesday they were talking about sending me home.

Veno-occlusive disease (VOD)

This is a complication that can happen during the first 30 days after transplantion from the high doses of chemotherapy that you recieve. VOD affects the liver and makes it more difficult for your liver to function properly. Weight gain or fluid collections in your abdomen, abdominal pain, and an increase in your total bilirubin are all signs that you will be monitored for during transplation. VOD can be mild or severe and although some patients recover from this complication, VOD can be fatal.

Please keep my family in your prayers.

119 comments:

Susan C said...

Oh, my. I was hoping your next post would be about returning home.

So sorry to read about this setback. Two steps forward one step back.

Daria said...

Sorry to hear things are as they are ...

Praying for good news.

Anonymous said...

I pray for your health. Stay positive, optimistic, and hopeful. Our mental state often affects our physical state more than we know.

ellen said...

My prayers and good thoughts are for you. Hang in there. :-)

Anonymous said...

Somehow I began following your blog about 8 months ago. I think your blog was linked to a another blog of a friend. Anyway, I want you to know I am praying for you and your family.

The Mama Monkey said...

Oh my goodness. I am just shocked as I so thought you would be on your way home. I will keep you in my prayers. Hugs to you.

Christina said...

Wow! This sucks!
I'll be praying for you and your family.

Tori said...

Like anonymous above, I've been following your blog for some time now. You don't know me, and I don't really know you, but you just struck some kind of chord in me. I check the blog regularly and say my prayers quietly, but this time I'm going to speak up.

I'm scared for you too. And I'm going to pray to every deity out there for you to make it through this.

Many virtual hugs,
Tori from Ohio

Anonymous said...

My prayers are with you as they have been for some time even though I don't know you personally. May God wrap his loving arms around you and help to resolve these issues that you are having at this time. My heart goes out to you. Please know that there are people that you don't even know that care very much about you. God bless you. I will keep praying.

Anonymous said...

I pray for you everyday and hope that you are beating this. Your family is in my thoughts.

Marie said...

I lit a candle for you and said a few prayers at my home town church's easter vigil last night. My local church now has you on our prayer list as well. Know that not only the people that keep up with your journey but perfect strangers are praying for your liver to take a deep breath and start functioning to eliminated the toxins that are causing the fluid build-up.
I'm praying for a comfortable resolution of this painful situation.

Marie

Anonymous said...

i say a prayer for you and your gang. like marie said, there are many people you don't know right now praying for you. hang in there - you are going to win.

laura

donna said...

Realllly hoping for the best here. Hugs

hockeychic said...

OH NO! This is really scary. Hoping for good news. Sending you healing thoughts.

Anonymous said...

I am another person who doesn't know you, but keeps you in my prayers daily. I am sure it's very scary, but I think the doctor is doing you a favor by being honest so you can gather all the knowledge and fight this with body, mind and spirit.

I am sending you all the very best prayers and good thoughts.

Anonymous said...

I am so scared for you! I pray your body can take this. I realize you are so strong emotionally which being a Mom brings out that tiger in us doesn't it? I realize how weak I was before being a Mom.
You're such a devoted Mom and your
blog is a testament to that. You have a lovely family. You were so smart to get out of your prior marriage. Kudos to you! This battle I hope will be over for you soon. God Bless, Kelli

Anonymous said...

May God wrap his loving arms around you & your family and bring you comfort and strength.

Please know that we care very much and are praying for you.

Beverly said...

My prayers and thoughts are with you. Keep strong and Keep fighting. You've touched so many of us and we are with you!

God Bless You,
Beverly

Ronni Gordon said...

Sounds like a lot of the things I went through...kidney failure, weight gain, a million tests, food up the nose. They finally did do dialysis on me and that straightened me out. Hang in there. You can do it!

Anonymous said...

I came to your blog through another and have spent the last several days reading it from beginning to end. You sound like a very strong woman who will fight this until she is well again. You are in my prayers.

Pam in VA

Hopesrising said...

Saying prayers in your behalf. Keep fighting!

Anonymous said...

still praying and hoping all is well. hang in there....

hugs from PA

Anonymous said...

wow - this is getting scary. was wondering if anyone has an update they can share here?

still praying and sending positive thoughts...

Anonymous said...

Ditto to the last post......

Duane said...

Hope you're doing well. :)

Christina said...

Hi there
I haven't heard from you in a while, so I hope it is because you're doing really well. ;-)
Sometimes I wake up at about 4:00 AM, for no discernible reason. It makes me wonder if God wants me to pray for somebody. That is one of the times that I pray for you, and your family. Hope to hear from you soon.

Anonymous said...

Praying for you and your family.
Wendy

Anonymous said...

Hello to all the follow April's Blog. I'm her best friend Ange so I thought I would update via a comment. April has had a very tough week. She was on MV (life-support), however with favor from God she was taken off of that today and is breathing on her own!! She has made great progress in the past 48 hours. She is so strong and her love of life will keep pushing her through. I'm sure she will post for herself soon!!! Thanks for your support, it helps her so much.

Anonymous said...

Praise God!!!!!! We will keep praying for her. Thank you so much for your update.

Anonymous said...

Ange thank you so much for updating us. Please keep it up! So happy to hear that she is improving. Prayers for all of you.

Tori said...

Oh thank you! I've been afraid that the lack of updates meant very bad news, but this actually sounds positive. I will keep praying for her and for the entire family.

hockeychic said...

Thank you so much for taking the time to update us. Sending you healing thoughts April!

Anonymous said...

Yes, Ange, thank you so much. Obviously this long break had many of us who follow April worried.

Anonymous said...

Thanks for the post and I will keep her and the family in my prayers here in Jonesboro, Ar

Leisa said...

Thank you for taking the time to update us. So glad to hear that April is still fighting. I prayed today that she was and I will continue to pray that she wins this fight and we get to read a post from her very soon. That would a true blessing from God. God is good and my prayers will continue.

Christina said...

Hey Best Friend Ange

Thanks for the update. By telling us what is going on with April, we can better pray for her.
Please tell her, that I miss hearing from her, and that I hope she is getting stronger every day, and that I can't wait to hear from her again.

Anonymous said...

I hope that it is still good news. Please post when you can and update us. Thanks so much for letting us know how she is.

Leisa said...

Still praying regularly. Hoping for an update of good news very soon.

Anonymous said...

April Update (4/28/09)Day + 41:
April is still FIGHTING!! She is making small improvments each day. She has a nasty lung infection that makes it very hard for her to take the deep breaths that all her doctors want her too. April is awake and alert (for the most part) she can talk very little, her text msg ability is improving. By the grace of God, she will get passed this! Thanks again for all the support via this Blog. Ange

Anonymous said...

Praises to you Lord Christ for the steps toward healing and for the obviously loving family and friends April has! What a great comfort & blessing you all are during April's trials. Our prayers are abundant and continuing. God Bless!

Anonymous said...

Ange please let her know we are here! Come on April FIGHT FIGHT FIGHT.

Hugs and prayers,
Laura - PA

Anonymous said...

Thank you, Ange, for keeping us updated. We're all pulling for her!!

All in a day said...

Hang in there April!...we can't wait to hear from you soon! :-)

Leisa said...

So glad to hear that our prayers are being answered and April is still fighting. God is good. Many prayers will continue to be said for April and I will look forward to the day that we get to read her posts again.

Sharon said...

Hang in there April! You can do this! I know you can! My family is praying for your recovery. Much love to you.. sharon

Anonymous said...

So glad to hear it's good news.

Anonymous said...

Hello to all,
April's lung infection is herpies, caused by the extended insertion of her resperator tube, along with the sores in her mouth, an throat. They are starting her on medications for it. Rick, her husband told me last night, that she will be in the hospital for at least another month. The doctors want to make sure all infections are cleared up, and the treatment for it is around 28days. April is doing good, but is having questions about what happened to her. Why she is sick now, when she went into the hospital in pretty good health. I trust in prayers, and I know with all of her friends out there praying for her and the family, that they will get through it. Remember Rick right now, too. He leaves for work around 9:30p.m. when he gets off he goes up to be with April, he stays there for hours, because when he says he needs to go home she gives him the puppy dog eyes. so he stays. He goes home and gets a few hours sleep, before getting up to get supper for the kids. he watches T.V. for a couple of hours, tells Khrys and Courtney what he wants done around the house and then he's off again. He comes over to our house Sat. afternoon to pick up Breanna and Ricky. Most of the time he sits in the recliner and sleeps for a couple of hours. I don't mind this because he needs it, and the kids get to play outside with the rabbit, and not running in and out yelling DAD, DAD instead they come in yelling grandma. I know as soon as April understands what is going on, that she will send him home to get the rest he needs, and he knows this to. I am thankful for a very thoughtful and caring son-in-law.
Thank you all for your prayers
Donna Allen (April's Mom)

Anonymous said...

Ange,
Thankyou for the update. I am praying for April to recover so she can go home to her family. Please update again when you get the chance.

God Bless You ALL

Karla
Arkansas

Ronni Gordon said...

I've been checking for updates too but this is the first time I read down far enough to find the information. I am so glad that April is doing better and making progress in her recovery. As someone who was in the hospital for three and a half months, I know how hard it can be.

Leisa said...

Donna, thank you for updating us about April's condition. Please make sure she knows there are many prayers being said for her and there are people out here who don't even know her except through this blog who care very much. I will continue to pray for April and your entire family and appreciate you taking the time to let us know that our prayers are working and April is improving. Take care. Leisa

Anonymous said...

APRIL UPDATE

Last night Rick was on his way to work when he got a call from the hospital. He went up to the hospital instead of going to work. April took a turn backwards. Her blood gas was low, and her heart rate was up, and they had her on 100% oxygen, and she had labored breathing. They told him if she was not put back on the resperator that her body would give out. So at midnight she was put back on the resperator. I know April is a strong willed person, she has always been since she was little. The thought of her being there to see her babies grow up is strong. I know that she is trying as hard as she can to overcome this in her mind, even though her body does not want to cooperate at this time. I know with God's help she will pull through this, and will be cancer free. I know that things don't look good, and I sit here writing tears running down my face. Its hard to see your baby going through all this pain and suffering. Yes, she is a woman with four children of her own, but she still is one of my babies, whom I Love and hate seeing her going through this. God has his reasons, even thought we may not understand it now, one day we will. Pray that she will come through this, and to give those around her strength to be strong and to carry on. Thank You All
Donna

Anonymous said...

You're right. God has his reasons. Trust in Him. I will pray that April will pull through this and see her children grow up.
...Prayers from WI.

Leisa said...

I too am praying for April to pull through this. My heart goes out to you as I understand your pain. My mother was diagnosed with Acute Lymphoblastic Leukemia in December of 2005. It was the hardest thing I have ever gone through in my life. You and your entire family will be in my thoughts and prayers. May God be with you all. Leisa

Christina said...

Hi Donna

I'm praying for April, Ricky, the kids, and you as well.

hockeychic said...

Sending healing thoughts and strength to all of you. I am hopeful that April will pull this.

Donna, thank you for keeping us updated.

Anonymous said...

Praying April is doing better.

Anonymous said...

April is not doing very good at this time. She is still on life support, she has blood in her bladder and lungs. I went to see her Tuesday morning. Rick was in a chair asleep. When I looked at her The tears started. She was so swelled that he fingers were the size of hot dogs. You almost couldn't tell where her ankles were. She looked like my mom did, just before we took her off of life support. the only difference was that April wasn't yellow like mom was. I stood by her bed and rubbed her hand and arm and a nurse told me not to rub her. it was adjating her and her heart rate was going up. Last night when I went over to her house to stay with the kids, I asked Rick how she was doing that day. He said you know how swelled she was yeaterday? I said yes, he said she is worse today, they started her on steroids. He wants to get all the doctors together and ask them what they think her outcome will be. The way it looks now not very good. When I got home this mornng I called her sister Rachel and told her she needed to get up there to see her. I also told her what to expect when she does see her. Breana and Ricky both keep asking to go see mommie. Rick and I told them she dosen't look very good right now, and she would rather they didn't see her like that, that it might scare them. the accepted that. For all that follows April's blog and family members, please remember Marco in your prayers too. His mother Ashley just called and wanted me to take her to childrens hospital. Jenise took him for his chemo today, he is running a fever, and has a viral infection. They have put him in quaritine, for the next few days. All his blood levels are at 0.
Keep the prayers coming PLEASE
Thanks to all Dona

Anonymous said...

For some reason, I decided to check the comments today and finally saw all of the updates. I'm really sad to hear of all the setbacks and I'm praying that you heal quickly.

Anonymous said...

donna;
thank you for the updates. i can't imagine how difficult it is for you to do - but thank you. please whisper to her that all her blog friends are pulling for her. also thank you for the update on marco - i was wondering how he was doing. sending so many postive thoughts to your entire family during this incomprehensible
time.

hugs from PA,
laura

hockeychic said...

Really sad to read this. Have been hoping for better news. Continuing to send healing thoughts to April and her family.

Leisa said...

My prayers will continue. This just makes me so very sad to hear. I will pray for a miracle. May God be with April and her entire family.

Anonymous said...

We're all praying for the entire family. Thank you so much for keeping us posted at this most difficult of times.

Susan C said...

I just realized that I haven't received an update from April for a while. I was so shocked to read all the latest.

What a scary, scary time. I am holding all of you in my warmest thoughts.

Anonymous said...

I am sure that April inside wants to see her children as much as they want to see her. I also understand that April would not want them to see her the way she is now. If you can bring a recorder into her room try having the kids record a message and play it for her at the hospital. That maybe just what she needs to hear to give her a boost of strength to keep holding on and induring! She is a true fighter! They can read one of their favorite stories, tell her what they ate that day. Anything would be a blessing. Keeping you all in our prayers. We lift you up all through out the day! You are a beautiful family!

Anonymous said...

you have made me appreciate my life and the precious gifts that are mine to enjoy every day. thank you and i pray for you every day for a quick return to health.

Anonymous said...

Hello to All,
Sunday I took April's younger sister Rachel, and went up to the hospital. When we walked into her room Rick was there. He left for a while, and the nurse came in and I started asking questions. April was yellow almost orange. she was still passing blood from her bladder (not as dark as earlier). When I called Sat. night and was told she was on 80% oxygen. Sunday it was down to 70%. The WEEKEND doctors and nurses told Rick he needed to call family and friends in to see April. They said a decision would need to be discussed with her doctor on Monday morning. He called everyone listed on her phone. I told him I would call the rest. I hugged him crying and told him I would be there for him and the kids, then came home. Terry made sure I ate that night, it was little but it was some. Terry called into work that night and took a sick day, so he could be with me on Monday. We got up to her room around 10:00, I looked at her and couldn't believe what I saw. She had color in her face and body, red rosey cheeks. I went on the other side of the bed, no blood at all coming from her bladder, all yellow. I went on her left side and started talking to her, and she tried to open her eyes. Some friends came and stayed awhile. Rick then came in with her friend angi, who came in from Fl. because of the worst thoughs. Rick stood there with his jaw dropped and eyes wide open. He said I don't believe this. I said she is was at 50% oxygen then they dropped her to 40%, and had him come around and look at her pee bag, with no blood. he again said I don't believe this. I said she even tried to open her eyes, he said no, and Terry said yes she looked at me. so Rick went over and talked to her and she tried to look at him. , rayed dosent Angi broke down and cryed. Rick was so sure as the rest that that was going to be her last day with us, that he had sat the kids down the night before and told them what was going on. He even kept them out of school, to come up to say their goodbyes to Mommie. They came in one at a time to see her and they all took it better than I expected. Breanna's eyes teared up, and Courtney wanted to spend time with April alone. I went up this morning she has a 100.2 temp. and has some bleeding in her belly. her white cell count is up a little so they took some cultures to determine what the infection is. She tried to open her eyes again. I know that there were at least 10 prayed lines going for her yesterday, so I know prayer works. Thank to All of you
Donna

Anonymous said...

praying ~ praying and pryaing. i think her kids talking with her is a great idea. someone mentioned recording them - i think it's a great idea. april needs them. oh i hope this is a turn around. come april - you can do this. fight fight fight.

laura in pa

Leisa said...

I will certainly pray that this is a turn for the better that will continue. Wow, this is just promising news. My prayers will continue daily for April. And I will continue to pray for your entire family as well. God bless you and be with you all. Leisa

Anonymous said...

I am praying really hard for her to condition to turn around. Everyone pray, pray, pray.

Christina said...

I'm praying too.
Thanks Donna for the update.

Sharon said...

We are praying for her too. Every time I wake up during the night, I pray for April. She is constantly on my mind.

Anonymous said...

Thank you, Donna, for keeping us updated. We are all praying for April.

Aunt Jackie said...

April I just wanted you to know that you are constantly in my prays and in my heart. Hope we hear from you real soon. Rick said you are doing better, just please keep up the fight.

Love you Rick and the kids very much.

Love Aunt Jackie

Anonymous said...

Hi again to all,
April had a trake tube put in Friday. She is doing ok at this time. She opens hers eyes and looks at you when you talk to her. She still has a ways to go, but all we can hope for is one day at a time. She has lost a lot of her water gain, is still at about 40% oxygen, bp has been pretty normal for the most part, blood counts have been pretty normal also. Thanks to all, Donna

Anonymous said...

Glad to hear that April is opening her eyes. One step at a time and soon enough she will be ok. The trach tube is normal to help with breathing - don't worry about it too much. It looks scarier than it is.

Anonymous said...

Donna, Thank you for taking the time when you are under so much stress to keep us all updated. Those of us who follow April's blogs are sending your entire family our best thoughts and prayers.

Leisa said...

Many prayers have been answered and I am so glad to hear that April is still fighting this battle and taking steps toward improvement. I will continue to prayer for April and look forward to the day when she starts posting on her blog again. Thanks so much for keeping us updated Donna. My prayers are with you also. God bless you and your entire family. Leisa

Ronni Gordon said...

Glad to read about that happy surprise when she looked better. Sending all good thoughts for continued improvement.

queenoftheclick said...

Sending lots of prayers your way!

Anonymous said...

Hope April is continuing to improve! Praying in Jonesboro, AR

Leisa said...

Still praying that April is doing better each day. Will continue to keep her and the entire family in my daily prayers.

Anonymous said...

still checking in each day. hoping april and her family are hanging in there. prayers and love coming your way.

laura - pa

Anonymous said...

Hi to All Again,
I was hoping the next update would be from April, but as you see it is not. April was doing good, She was telling Rick she wanted to go home. She even went as far to say the doctor released her. Yeah right April. She was still on 40% oxygen and has not moved even her hands. Courtney her 15 year old, said mom, you can't even move your hands and you think you can go home? April said Yeah when I get home I know I can do it on my own. Courtney said, no you need to stay here, which April told her to shut-up. when Courtney said no mom you stay here, April turned away from her and would not look at her again. April still is not vocal, but she sure can mouth what she wants to say. She can also let Rick and the nurses know what she thinks. Sticking out her tongue at them and trying to bite the nurses when they get to close. Also something I wouldn't have thought she would do, Give them the finger.

Now is the hard part. I took Ricky and Breanna up on Thursday to see her. It was Ricky's 7th birthday, they were out of school so grandma kept them a couple of days at my house. The nurse told me that April had had a bad night. She is still overbreathing, which causes her to hyperventelate. They had just given her meds. to help her relax. So when we got into the room I said April I brought Ricky to see you, so you can give him his birthday whippings. but she was to out of it to even open her eyes more than once. Needless to say we didn't stay long. I would say April slow down the breathing, let the machine do the work, she would slow it down until I quit talking to her to encourage her. I didn't want the kids there very long while this was going on. Plus I wanted her to rest. Later that day Rick was up there, because of her breathing. They told him they couldn't get her to calm down, so they agreed to put her in a paralizing coma. That way the machine was the only way she is breathing. Give her time to rest and let the meds take effect. Today Rick, and the girls had a birthday party for Ricky. I asked Rick how April was doing. He said not good. They did an x-ray of her lungs and they are squirting blood into them. Again tomarrow, the doctor wants to talk with him, at which time I will be up there too. I will let you all know what's going on, after we know. April's sister Holly is going to keep the kids this week, so Rick won't have to worry about them. It's getting harder on him with daily calls from the hospital, seeing to it that the kids are feed, working, keeping up on the bills and everything else. Like I said before I couldn't ask for a better son-in-law. He cares very much for April and the kids, and now he needs to have a little bit of ME time, to get some rest. We know as of today things are not looking good, we are still hoping for the best, and we can only take it one day at a time. There may be a time soon to make a dession. I hope and pray not, but if it needs to made I do know it's for the best of all. Please pray for us all that if that time comes that the right dessions are made. I know that April follows most of your blogs, and it breaks her heart, to hear what you are going through, or have gone through. I have included all of you as a group, along with everyone else that has this terrible thing called:
CANCER
in my prayers. I have found myself praying non-stop in my heart. Praying for cures, praying for loved ones, praying that everyone will find peace of mind.
Thank you all for your prayers and concern for others.
With Love to All Donna Jean Allen
(April's mom)
below find my e-mail address:
donna50r@yahoo.com
If any of you need to cry with someone, to be able to have someone who knows what you may be going through, someone to let it all out to, to send up an extra prayer for you, I will be there for you, as you are there for April, feel free to write to me.

Anonymous said...

oh donna - i wish the news was better for all of you. i just can't imagine the pain you are going thru - watching your baby try and fight this. you are ALL certainly in my prayers.

i don't have a blog, but here is my address if you need to cry, talk or scream.

hugs,
laura

lms330@ymail.com

Christina said...

Hi Donna
Thanks for the update. I've been praying for all of you, and specially for April. I'm praying for a miracle.

Anonymous said...

To All,

Today June 01, 2009, at 11:00 A.M. April lost her fight with cancer. I was up there with her, the doctor had told Rick that her lungs had ruptured, and said there was no more they could do for her. Rick wanted to ask the kids when they should unhook her, but the last thing she did was to go on her own. After talking to the doctor we went back to the room and her bp was 30/20. The nurses started to hook up fluids, and Rick ask why. They said to keep her going until you want it done. He told them no, she has made the decission for us. She knew it was her time to go. I will let you all know the arrangements, when we find out. Thank you all so much for your prayers, at a time like this we all seemed to get through it ok. Love to all Donna

caramia62 said...

I'm so very sorry for your families loss. May God give you the peace that only He can provide in this terribly difficult time. You are all in our prayers.

Tori said...

I am so very sorry, and yet I'm glad that April was able to go on her own terms.

I will be thinking about your family and including you in my prayers.

Tori in Ohio

Anonymous said...

We Love You April!

Anonymous said...

I'm so, so sorry.

My prayers and thoughts are with you all.

Anonymous said...

I am extremely sad to hear of April's passing. God will take care of her now.

Anonymous said...

Not the news any of us wanted to hear. She put up a brave and strong fight. My thoughts and prayers are with you all. I will especially be praying for her children. I hope they know she will be watching over them from heaven.

Pam in VA

Beverly said...

I'm so very sorry for your loss. Your daughter, your mother, your wife was an inspiration to me and always will be.

God Bless you all!
Beverly

Leisa said...

I am so saddened by your loss. May God be with you and hold you in his loving arms through this very difficult time. My thoughts and prayers will continue to be with you and the entire family. I'm so very sorry. My heart goes out to you. I lost my mother to this dreaded disease 3 years ago and I know how hard dealing with something this difficult is. Please hold the good memories close. The memories of her suffering will fade and they will be replaced with all the good memories that make you smile. Hold God close in your heart and he will help you through this. God bless. Leisa

hockeychic said...

I'm so very sorry to read this news. Sending your family many thoughts during this very sad time.

Anonymous said...

i just can't find the words.

God bless you all

laura in pa

Jacquie said...

I'm so sorry to hear of Aprils passing. May she rest in peace.

Anonymous said...

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April's services are as follows:
Services for April will be at 5 p.m. on Friday, June 5, 2009 in Legacy Funeral Center at Memorial Park, 9350 E. Washington St. Indianapolis, Indiana with visitation from 3 p.m. until the time of the service. Her obit can be view on indystar.com on Thursday. Thank you all for your words of encouragement, and your prayers. April Loved all of you and would talk about what was going on with all of you. Don't ever leave this site, there are to many people that cares what happens in your lifes, you all are inspiration to others, helping them with their fights, knowing that they are not alone, that others are going through the same thing. May God be with each and every one of you, to put his healing hand upon you, or to just give comfert to your loved ones. After all this is over and insurance is settled, Rick is taking the kids to Disney World in Fl. for a much need vacation for all of them. A time for them to get to know each other again, a time to get their minds off of what just happened. I know it won't last for long, knowing mommies not coming back, but it will help them to know that they are there for each other. Bless each and every one of you
Love Donna

Anonymous said...

Oh no. I can't believe this. I am so very sorry. It's just not fair. I'm so sorry.

Becky..AMHW said...

I've been watching the comments as much as my flagging computer would allow these last few days. I'm sorry to hear of April's passing and send my condolences to her family as well as all who knew her in person. She was just blog to blog to me, a story, a photo, and her passing reminds me that there is a story behind the site...humanity.

As long as I have a blog, April's words will be linked to it.

Anonymous said...

April's courageous battle has touched so many lives and brought inspiration to all those who read this blog. All of her family and friends are in my prayers. God Bless,
Michelle in PA

Hedgie said...

Blessings to April's family. Being left at the end of another's cancer journey is painful. I hope you will allow those who kept the faith with you during April's struggle be with you now.

Hedgie
Princess Hedgehog Chronicles and
Mothers With Cancer

toddlerplanet said...

This is devastating. April will be missed greatly.

Susan
Toddler Planet and
Mothers With Cancer

Anonymous said...

If anyone would like to sign April's guest book go to:
http://flanner-buchanan.com/obits/obits.php
In the last name put kolanowski. Again thank you all for your love and support
Donna

Rosie said...

I am so very sorry...

Ronni Gordon said...

I'm very sorry for your loss.

adventure grrl said...

I am so very, very sorry Donna. I'm sending you a big hug along with Rick and the kids. April and her journey and courage (and beautiful smile) touched me very deeply.

Please reach out to us if there is anything we can do for you or Rick or the kids.

Sue said...

You are no longer here. I learned from a Sparker who knew your SparkBuddy. Your transcendant spirit glows from your beautiful face. Although we never met on Earth, I will carry your mother-grief forward, and transform it into even more love for my own loved ones. You will remain a big Light for me, when the tides of my own life unpalatably change. Blessings and a peaceful journey, sweet April.

robin said...

I sure miss you! Hugs!

BaldyLocks said...

You were the only AML blogger I had met at the time. You were so kind and caring and really brought me a lot of joy through your blog posts and comments. I also loved the photos of you and your beautiful children.

Sweet dreams,

Sweet dreams,

Sending all my love to you and your family.

kelly said...

Many post-mortems of cancer sufferers showed NO cancer tumours (killed by chemo). Bt also no white blood cells (needed 2fight infections).

It used to take 10 to 20 years to die from cancer, but now that is shortened 5 to 10 fold with chemo.

Know that chemo not only kills all cells, the mammograms that diagnose cancer also causes it.

KNOW THE TRUTH! Donations benefit not YOU the Cancer Sufferer, but those who want you to keep buying prescription drugs that don't work.

Many have been lied to!!! Beware of BBQ parties organised - they don't want you to know charred parts of meat is cancerous!! Beware of the "good organizations".

P.S. Google for Billy Best. He ran away from chemo and is still alive after 16 years. In fact CURED without painful, risky chemo that robs you of your health and your crowning glory!

My mum had cancer, my friend who had chemo died within a year. Why isn't anyone asking why ppl still die if Chemo is EFFECTIVE? The truth is, it's not.

Hippocrates first rule was ignored,"Medical treatment MUST NOT harm healthy cell."

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Sad to hear your story.
I send you my love & pray.
Hope you getting ok

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