Sunday, November 12, 2006

SPRUNG!!!

FINALLY! KAYLA HAS LEFT THE HOSPITAL.

If I can say one thing about Kayla. She has never lost her big smile (well never for long) despite what she has had to endure. I doubt most adults in her place would have been so brave and determined.

She has been in hospital since June, if memory serves me correctly.
On Friday, she went to her foster home. She so needed to terminate her long term residence at the hospital. Although she was receiving the best possible care there, she was witness to far too much sadness. This past couple of weeks, she received news of yet two more young friends who did not make it. Their treatments were not successful. Please hold Kayla and her very young friend's families in your thoughts as they grieve the loss of those very short lives.
Kayla will still be spending a lot of time at the hospital while she gets her chemo treatments, but will be able to go home between treatments. Apparently her last chemo treatment went well and the nurses were able to keep her nausea to a minimum with the drugs they gave her. She went last week for a mould of her leg to get the making of the prosthesis underway. She is doing great with her balance and gets around well on her crutches. Kayla has a grueling task of learning to use her new 'leg' when it arrives. But despite the work , I know she is looking forward to standing on her own two feet before long! She mentioned that this coming week she was going to attempt a surprise visit to school and see all her friends and teachers. She hasn't physically been able to attend school since the start of the new school year... she is looking forward to seeing everybody. So in six months from now, her chemo should be complete, she will have adapted to her new "leg" and will be running circles around her little brothers and sisters!
This photo was taken on the evening that one of her nurses took her to see Phantom of the Opera. Kaylas alltime favorite show. She had seen the movie and had never seen the show. Her school raised funds for two tickets. That night she was so happy. She didnt need make a wish foundation with such good support from the community! (Thanks to Kaylas Mom for these photos).

Her success can be put down to Kayla's own strength and determination, and the great care she received and will continue to receive at the Stollery Hospital. Also the Circle of Prayer that went out for Kayla and her family, was an amazing support. Every good wish and prayer was heard and received by Kayla and our heavenly Father.

I personally want to thank everyone of my friends here on the BLOG for your love and prayers, and the continued interest in my niece's well being. She is not out of the woods yet, but at least she can see the forest starting to thin a little! She knows there is a meadow waiting not far off in the distance.

Now, I have a request. My friend Deni also has a niece in need of our thoughts and prayers. Monica is starting CIRCLE of PRAYER #2 for Deni's niece, who has a brain tumor and an aneurysm. She goes for surgery on the aneurysm soon and needs all our best wishes, positive energy and prayers. Please go visit Deni's blog and leave your thoughts there for her niece Tara.

21 comments:

Bobbie said...

What wonderful news! I'm so glad that Kayla has left the hospital and continues to make such amazing progress. She's a gutsy little girl!

Thanks for keeping us posted on her recovery.

sharon said...

Music to my ears. I'm so glad she's enthusiastic about seeing her friends and starting her journey toward mobility. One day,I think Kayla is going to be a very strong and resilient woman.
Nothing but the best wishes for her and your friend Deni's niece as well.

Chana said...

Kayla is beautiful and i can't wait to share with the kids in the morning the good news..to just be out of the hospital it's itself a great step..whooo-hooo..i'm delighted..

i'm sorry for your friend's nieces, off i go to her site and leave her a hug...thanks for the heads up.

i thank you for being such a wonderful family, one that loves and supports each other in good and in bad. you are all so beautiful, inside and out....and an example of all families potential..

the best is yet to come for Kayla..i thank you for letting us know hon..

deni said...

God surely does answer prayers, I am so glad that Kayla is doing so well.

Thanks for the update.

And thank you so much for joining the circle of prayer for my niece Tara, every thought and prayer is so appreciated.

Karen said...

I am so happy for Kayla, going home will do her a world of good. She and her family are always in my thoughts and prayers. She is amazing and an inspiration to us all.

I just read (and posted) about Deni's niece. Prayers are going her way too. Life is so precious...

jel said...

Glad to hear about Kayla,
she is still in my prayers!



Blessings

Gary said...

I am happy to read that news about Kayla. I wish her all the best. Continue to let us know how she is doing.

Dick said...

It is good that Kayla is getting to go home. That is a great feeling for the patient and all the family.

My friend, SW, lost her Mother a week ago yesterday and her Father yesterday, both parents just a week apart. While this is Nature happening in it's correct order, it is still hard on the children of the deceased and those they know and love. Please add a prayer for SW and everyone who has lost a loved one.

Monica said...

What wonderful news! I think Kayla has touched all of our hearts and I'm sitting here beaming from ear to ear!

Woo Hoo! Go Kayla!!!

Anonymous said...

Awesome! So good to hear.

Barbara
http://seeking-serenity.blogspot.com/

ellen said...

Good for Kayla! My eldest nephew (he's only a year and a half younger than I) lost his wife to brain cancer yesterday afternoon, after a decade-long courageous battle. I am glad that her terrible suffering is over, but I am, as always, deeply affected by her passing. It will do Kayla good to be in a more positive environment. I wish her the very best.

Barb said...

Thank you for the update on Kayla :)

Summer said...

I am so glad to see pictuers of Kayla, she looks good and i pray to God that she will feel better with time. my best wishes for a speedy recovery.

Meow said...

What great news that Kayla is leaving hospital. I hope her treatment goes well, and doesn't make her feel to unwell. I think she is such an amazing person, to stay so cheery and positive throughout.
Thanks for keeping us updated on her progress.
Take care, Meow

deni said...

I wanted to come back and say thank you to your Mom for the beautiful comment she left and for her prayers for Tara.

Monica said...

I shared yesterday with some of the church members about Kayla leaving the hospital. They've asked about her for several months as we kept her on the prayer list. We're all in agreement about the environment helping her and were sad to hear about her two young friends. Even though she left the hospital we are keeping her on the prayer list. And thank you for sharing her with us through your blog.

Tab said...

The love and hope you share with us for your beautiful niece Kayla is so touching and an important reminder for all of us to think outside of our boxes more often.
Oh Thank you for sharing Susan.

EMOB said...

SO glad for Kayla and your family. She is definitely an inspiration - a beautiful, brave soul.

sleeplessinoklahoma said...

Bless you Kayla!! You keep fighting girlfriend!! Keep fighting.

My prayers are with you

Blessed be...

Herman Verbrugge said...

How nice to see that wonderful smile on Kayla's face.

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