Olivia’s birthday is January 21st so instead of a party and gifts she wanted to go to the beach and relax with her cousin Whittney who is just 4 days younger! They have always shared their celebrations and this year is no different! We decided to take advantage of an extra day off of school to take a direct flight to Florida for a long weekend! Some may think it’s extreme but our parenting decisions have definitely changed over the last nearly 4 years during Olivia’s journey!
Olivia still continues to have knee and foot pain for the last 2 weeks since deciding to practice with the high school tennis team! As much as she’d love the pain to go away she’s been a trooper and Whittney and Alecia have been patient with her situation! This has been a very laid back, schedule free trip where we’ve found ourselves having appetizers at midnight the evening we arrived, traveling 40 minutes in the mustang convertible we rented to find the perfect beach, watching the incredible sunset and running in to a cute farmer’s market this morning!
Although Olivia has to stay out of the sun because of what chemo and radiation has done to her body, she is still as happy as ever looking at the beach with her sun protective clothes on, under an umbrella!
We hope you take every moment to Liv it Up with your kids whether it’s time at the park, coloring with them or getting away for a long weekend! Our eyes have been opened at how precious life is and how fortunate we are to be healthy!
Olivia is finishing up her first semester as a high school sophomore and came home with her ceramic masterpieces today! This is the first full semester in over 3 years that Olivia has went to school more days than doctors appointments of being home sick! To top it off she’s finishing with all A’s (assuming her finals go as well as the school year)! Olivia participates in 3 philanthropy groups through school, 4-H, piano lessons, and she’s trying tennis this year! Although the first week of tennis conditioning had her taking ibuprofen for the pain in her knees (damage caused by chemo) and increasing her neuropathy meds so she can sleep through the night without shooting pain down her legs, Olivia won’t give anything less than 100%! She absolutely hates that she can’t keep up physically with her peers but we remind her of the amazing improvement in her stamina over that last several months!
We are so thankful for Olivia’s improvements and for the near completion of her first semester attending high school! Please continue to pray for all of our friends and their family that continue to fight the awful disease cancer! We hate seeing others go through it as much as we hated going through it ourselves! Please God give us a cure!
Olivia enjoyed her first semi-formal dance last night! Thank you Izaiah and all of Olivia’s friends for such a memorable evening!
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!