MRI #5...The real meaning of Thanksgiving!

We are happy to share with you that the results of Kyle's MRI show his tumor remains stable. In fact, if you multiply the measurements, it is actually a bit smaller by volume then his MRI in October! The changes in the tumor are a strange thing. The don't really indicate anything. But, the best news is Kyle remains symptom free and feels great.

Thank you to everyone for the extra prayers and positive thoughts. This news is a remarkable way to begin the Christmas season. I can't tell you how much joy it brings me to hear Kyle say, "I have some great news! My brain bump shrunk!"

I wanted to take a minute this week of Thanksgiving to share the reasons I am thankful.

I am thankful for finally seeing each day as the gift that it is. I am thankful for slowing down to enjoy this moment and not always trying to plan for the next. I am thankful for standing in the rain and wind watching my boys play soccer. I am thankful for packing lunches, parent-teacher conferences, and waiting for the school bus. I am thankful for the time to read bedtime stories, play card games, and cuddle on the sofa. I am thankful for the prayers of friends I know and friends I haven't met yet. I am thankful for my family. I am thankful for every kiss and hug from Nicolas and Kyle. I am thankful for realizing what is important and trying to set the rest aside.

I know it might sound crazy to say that I feel like I have so much to be thankful for this year, but it is true. I hope that you are all able take a moment to count all the reasons you are thankful too. I also wanted to ask if you could please take a moment Friday to send good thoughts to Kyle. It is already time for MRI #5 since he finished radiation and it is your prayers and good thoughts that make our trips to Children's a little easier.

Happy Thanksgiving,


joelle said...

I am thankful for good friends like you and the amazing strength you share with your family and friends. I will be sending good thoughts and prayers on Friday!

lots of love, Joelle

Grammy said...

I am thankful for my two wonderful grandchildren
and my daughters...they have all shown the greatest
strength and courage.
Love to all -

Rachel said...

Thanks for that lovely post Christin. I am certainly thankful to have you and your family in my life. I'm thinking good thoughts sending all the good energy I can towards Kyle.


Laurene said...

Christin and Family,
We are so blessed to be parents!
I am so thankful for the many beautiful memories my Family shares together.
We want to let you know that our Family is sending your Family daily prayers.
keep the strength and the focus on what is important.(love & Laughter)
Sending lots of hugs.
The Rusing Family

Sharif said...


Thank you for sharing with us and keeping us updated on the progress that Kyle is making. Its amazing how much we as adults can learn from children. I will be praying for you and your family.

kimjlund said...

I am thankful for Kyle's amazing spirit that kept him charging in the terrain park even in the midst of radiation. I am thankful for Jeeps that breakdown in the desert but other still operable ones not too far away! I am thankful for the summertime days at the pool watching silly dives and improving backstrokes. I am thankful for #10giving some sad husky fans a few fun days this year and hope for seasons yet to come. I am thankful for the snow falling in the mountains again this year. I am thankful you were there for me today. We have much to be thankful for indeed!



Anonymous said...

Your post is sooo true, so many times we take for granted things in life that are blessing. I am glad you are thankful for the small, medium, and large things because they all make up LIFE. I will pray for stable results.
God Bless you this Thanksgiving!

Anne-Marie said...

I am thankful for the latest results of Kyle's MRI.

Thanks for your lovely post. Have fun in Hawaii!


Anne-Marie and Chris

Anonymous said...

I am praying that Kyle's results are stable. Thank you for your post -- I agreethat you have to count your blessings in life.

Have a bless Thanksgiving

Lindsey said...

Kyle, Nicolas, and Christin,

I am so glad to hear that all of you are doing well! I can't wait to see you at Christmas time! I miss you so much! Great job Kylie on keeping that brain bump small!...I know it's because you have such a positive attitude towards life :)

I'll be seeing you very soon!

Love, Lindsey

Dana Hope said...

YES! This is wonderful news. I love coming on to the blog and reading all your positive comments and those others post. You are loved by so many. Keep the faith you guys! Much love, The Carpenters

Kim Adams said...

I am glad to hear Kyle is doing so well. My daughter is also on the Zarnestra trial - Kyle is the only other one I know of still taking Zarnestra, and I'd like to talk/email with you. Please write to me at kimadams@vol.com . My daughter's web page is www.caringbridge.org/visit/lindsayadams. Thank you! Happy Holidays to your family!