It is a strange day for me. In many ways this year has flown by. In many others it has been the longest year of my life. I am unsure how to best describe it. It has been a journey, now in our last month of chemotherapy treatments it seems only appropriate to look back and acknowledge where we have been. I know that I cannot explain it all in writing...and I don't have enough pictures to do much justice. But here are a few from the course of the last year.
Just before we found Trevor's brain tumor...and before we lost our sweet Lexi dog (the black puppy).
Only two weeks after having brain surgery Trevor came hunting with my family and shot his first deer - here he is with its blood on his cheek. We have consumed almost all of the meat, and will be ready for him to fill our freezer up again this year.
This is a photo from my sister, Lacy's, wedding in December. Trev sported this awesome hat for pictures since he had half a head of hair and half a bald head! I think he looked completely debonair.
This is a photo from a dinner outing the day after Trevor finally shaved off the remaining bits of his hair that didn't fall out from the radiation treatments. I think this photo is from February.
This photo is from our first big biking trip after Trev's surgery and during his year of treatments.In May we biked in West Yellowstone with Trevor's parents and loved every minute of the trip. We biked about 30 miles.
This is a picture from May at a USU banquet with my grandma and grandpa - Trevor's hair is starting to grow back here. This was a bittersweet night. The dean of my college at USU had found out he also had brain cancer only weeks before. He knew about Trevor and I and made a special effort to find us and visit with us much that night. He passed away last month and will be greatly missed.
This is our graduation picture from May as well. Trevor's hair began to grow back from the fight side over, growing in first to the spots that we shaved off and filling in last at the places that received the heaviest radiation in October 2007. he is down to one tiny patch - where the most radiation was shot that is just starting to grow in now.
This is a photo from our Zion National Park over Labor Day this year!
- Days of Radiation: 42
- Chemotherapy pills Trevor has taken: 243
- Doctor visits: at least 15
- Medical bills: too depressing for anyone but our accountant to add up.
- Times Trevor shaved his head: 3
- Miserable side effects to chemo: too many to name
- Number of MRI scans: 12
- Number of complaints from Trevor: 0
- Number of Chelsi's nervous breakdowns: more than I like to admit.
- Number of prayers, small acts of kindness, warm wishes and bouts of good energy sent our way from incredible family members, friends and strangers: too many too count.