Olivia’s made it through the first quarter of her sophomore year and everything’s been pretty normal with a few appointments at Riley once a month! Olivia received all A’s so far and is especially enjoying her time in a ceramics class at school! She keeps busy with philanthropy groups in our community along with 4-H and youth group at church. Her first opportunity to attend the school semi formal is coming up in December! Olivia’s good friend Izaiah surprised her Monday night by asking her to the dance! Tomorrow is scan day at Riley Hospital so since we’ll be in Indy, we hope to end the day by finding the perfect dress for the dance!
We feel confident that the scans will show that Olivia continues to be cancer free and can continue her “normal” life for 3 more months until the next scan. Many say the scanxiety won’t go away no matter how long you are cancer free. Olivia seems to be the calm one, it’s mom that has the scanxiety! Please pray for clear scans tomorrow! The CT scan is scheduled for 11am.
Please also pray for our friend Conlei Walworth and her family. She had scans this week and should be finding out the results tomorrow!
Olivia went roller skating for her cousin Logan’s birthday over the weekend. She had to miss out on all her cousins birthdays and other family events last year! We are so thankful that Olivia continues to feel good and is getting stronger! We don’t take for granted these little “wins”! (Pictured: Whittney and Olivia)
Yesterday the weather was beautiful for a trip to the pumpkin patch. Olivia loves fall and looks forward to decorating the house inside and out for the season!
Olivia’s health has been great. She gave us a scare a week ago because of cold-like symptoms but after a trip to the doctor we were assured she is fine. Olivia has enjoyed attending several school football games, getting involved in several clubs at school and so many other experiences that come with being a typical high schooler!
Olivia continues to practice driving since she received her learners permit a couple weeks ago. Her grades in school are all A’s , although Olivia still has a little chemo-brain which causes a delay in her reaction time and takes her longer to problem solve. It continues to get better the longer she’s in school, just as the doctors thought.
We continue to ask for prayers that this cancer is gone and never returns! Please also pray for other children that are currently in treatments, including Conlei and Daphne.
I don’t know who’s more excited for Olivia to be able to enjoy homecoming week in High School! Every day I think back to where she was a year ago, 2 years ago or 3 years ago! Every day I’m so thankful for how far she’s come! Olivia celebrates homecoming today in her 70’s gear! Friday we will get to tailgate with her friends! This sophomore year is already going by so quickly!
Olivia recently got her Driving Permit! She had to work hard over the summer to catch up with online school, but Olivia also found time to work on online drivers training course work!
It has been just over a week since the Liv It Up block party in downtown Angola! We are again amazed by our community! The outpouring of love and support towards Olivia, Conlei and Nomalee was unbelievable! Olivia still can’t believe her dream of someday helping others has become a reality and it’s all do to YOU! Thank you...Thank you...Thank you! We look forward to another block party in 2020!
Olivia has enjoyed the last 5 days with other youth from her church at CIY Move, a youth Christian conference! She had the opportunity to share with the group of over 400 youth, what she has done to be a Kingdom Worker. I (mom) picked her up early from the conference to go to her monthly checkup at Riley Hospital. As much as Olivia is tired of visiting the hospital and dealing with the effects of cancer, she wouldn’t have the opportunities as a Kingdom Worker without those experiences!
Olivia and her sister Evelyn are home from “cancer” camp! They are exhausted and have so many stories to tell! We are beyond grateful to Camp Watcha Wanna Do for giving so many kids a week to just be a kid and not worry about cancer!🎗
In 2017 Olivia spent a week at Camp Watcha Wanna Do (CWWD)! Last year her cancer relapsed and so during the week of camp she was Olivia was busy with tests to prepare for her upcoming bone marrow transplant.
The transplant was grueling! Olivia’s body went through more than any one person should have to endure! The one thing that Olivia would talk about during that process was getting better so she could go to camp!
On Sunday, Olivia and Evelyn (she got to take one sibling) were dropped off for a fun filled week at CWWD! They have no way to communicate with family and friends (no phones, iPads, etc) so we are thankful for CWWD updating their Facebook regularly with pictures! Every camper is all smiles! This years theme is Wizard of Oz, so it looks like Olivia got to take a ride in a hot air balloon this week!
We love that the girls are enjoying themselves and getting to not worry about cancer this week!