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Feb 21, 2011

Lost & Found ~ Ringing the Bell

From Michelle:

Have you ever lost a camera? I did, along with a camera card that was filled to the brim with precious memories. Thank goodness my sweet husband found it... several months after I lost it. No comment about WHERE he found it. :-)

I knew I was behind posting here but until I searched through the through the blog looking for pictures, I didn't realize how far behind I was. So if you are game, I will gather up the pictures I found and retrieve the ones I took on borrowed cameras and catch you up on Abby.

Abby's energy level is improving and she is attacking life with an intensity that surprises even me. At 6 months old Abby earned the nickname, the Guatemalan Pistol. The pistol is back. She is curious about everything and afraid of nothing. Sometimes Abby, being Abby, is hilarious but today it was absolutely disgusting. Yep, I said disgusting.

Abby would live outside 24/7 if we would let her. She spends every free moment examining plants, bugs, rock, dirt, etc. Yesterday she dunked Landis into our neighbors outdoor goldfish pond, so he could "see the fish better"... disgusting. Today our sweet "princess" carried "beautiful" feathers into our home... that were still attached to the bird's entire intact wing. Disgusting.

We were warned that Abby's immune system would would take up to a year to recover from the chemo. Thankfully, so far, it is handling Abby's adventures just fine.

NO pics of the bird's wing, but Brent wishes he cold have taken a picture of my face when she brought it in.

Here's some pictures of Abby ringing the end of treatment bell when she finished chemo. It's a pretty emotional moment when, after 2.5 years of misery, you get to ring this bell that you've walked past and dreamed about during every painful visit for chemo, spinal punctures and hospitalizations. "Ding, ding, ding". Something so simple, so common that held so much meaning and relief.

Ding, ding, ding... signaling the end of 2.5 years of misery.

Abby gets a hug from Dr. Cain who managed her care for the entire 2.5 years.


Marlo said...

Watching other people ring that bell were some of the hardest times I had in the clinic. So glad you were able to celebrate. Wishing we were too.

Terri Green said...

How Wonderful! What great pics!

Love in Christ,
The Green family

Susan Baker said...

THANK YOU for posting this. We have been wondering how well Abby is doing. We pray very often for her strength and continued recovery.

Would love to see more pics! :D


Wendi Taylor said...

So precious!

Jerry and Christy said...

I'm so glad to see pictures of Abby again and glad to hear she is back to her normal self. The birds wing is really disgusting. Hope she finds some better things to explore.
I was just looking back at some older posts and saw that Abby is getting her wish. I'm so happy for her.


Sweet Joni said...

happy tears ... back later!

Jill Samter Photography said...

Praise God that is OVER! Love the photos!!!!! Miss you all! :-)

Anonymous said...

Wonderful news! As a fellow GT adoptive parent, I have been following your story for quite a while . Thanking God w/ you!

Marcie said...

Praising the Lord with you that Abby could ring the bell!!
And so glad you found your camera!

Mama D.'s Dozen said...

Yea! I so look forward to having you catch up with us. We've missed hearing from you.

So glad that Brent found your camera. We won't ask where.

I got your comment and did email you. Did you get my email? My email address is on my sidebar on the right side of my blog.

:) :) :)

Marianne said...

So nice to see the picture of Abby ringing the bell and with her Doctor. It brought tears of happiness to my eyes remembering back to the many times praying so hard for Abby during the many rough moments throughout those 2.5 years. Thank you God for watching over little Abby and her family through that very difficult time.

Sweet Joni said...

Such a special blessing to SEE that Abby was able to ring that bell!!! Yah Abby! Spiders, ants, dirt, oh my! :) Such a great Freedom to be a child again!!! :)

Way to go Abby! Michelle! Brent! & the rest... long windy road complete. On to LIFE!!! :)

Teressa said...

I am sooo happy to get an update on Abby. We have been praying for her these past 2 1/2 years and love her! I was just telling my husband a few days ago that I would love to get an update on how she is doing. Thank you.
Looking forward to all those missing pictures!

steffenboysmom said...

Oh my goodness! I'm glad I stopped by today. Wow! Brought tears! Glory to God....and that's all I have to say about that!

Anonymous said...

Thank you God
Thank you God
Prayers answered
We love you Abby !!!!

Anonymous said...

Thank you God
Thank you God
Prayers answered
We love you Abby !!!!

Anonymous said...

So fantastic!!!PRAISE THE LORD!!!!!!!!!!

Blessings Erika

Anonymous said...

I am so thankful to God that Abby got to ring that bell. My prayer is that one day there won't have to be a bell for anyone to have to ring. A cure for cancer in all ages is long overdue.

love and prayers..
Ann Stegall
Wake Forest, NC