Tuesday, October 27, 2009

Andrea's last chemo party!

Monday, October the 12th our family loaded up and headed to St Louis for Andrea's last chemo celebration! We hadn't been up there as a family for over a year so everyone was pretty excited.
We arrived and Andrea got checked in. Then the party began! Confetti, singing, dancing, a no more chemo t-shirt, no more chemo sugar cookie and lots of smiles!!! We saw tons of people who have been through this whole thing with us from the very beginning. The pictures say more than words so I'll let them tell the rest!

Andrea and Dr. Gauvain. Dr. Guavain is Andrea's primary oncology Dr. and our "Angel"! Dr.Gauvain has had cancer herself so she more than sympathized with us, she emphathized! When I wondered if I was crazy for being scared for Andrea to stop taking chemo she assured me that she herself was terrified when she stopped her chemo. Dr Gauvain has been a real inspiration to our family and we will never forget what she did for Andrea!!

Let the party begin! Andrea was a little taken aback when they first started singing and dancing around! :)

Here is Bobby and Marsh holding her no more chemo shirt....she wears this shirt all the time to bed!

Andrea and Dr Bhatla....another one of our "angels"! Dr Bhatla has just recently completed treatment for cancer as well. She has taken care of Andrea many times when she was hospitalized and we love her to death!

Luke, Andrea, Tyler, and Travis waiting for her check-up. 8 people in a small room can get REALLY small, REALLY quick!! :)

Andrea....all smiles!

Andrea and her best buddy, Bobby! Bobby is truly an inspiration to our family! He is always happy and always has a smile and a hug! He made clinic so easy and something to look forward to! He sees pain and sorrow every day yet always has an encouraging word to give! We love you Bobby! You are part of our family now!!

Andrea and her favorite 4th floor nurse, Miss Kristin! Miss Kristin is our 4th floor angel!! Words cannot even begin to describe what she has done for our family...from a smile, a batch of cupcakes, to offering to take our laundry home and do it while we were in for a long stay! I know it isn't just our family she has taken care of....I have acutally seen her bringing clean laundry to rooms! ( I mean laundry she has taken home and done for someone! ) Krisitn loves God and has taken time to pray for us and with us! She lost her brother to cancer when he was fairly young and she has dedicated her life to trying to help kids with cancer smile! We love you Kristin!!
Andrea finishing her chemo was a bittersweet time believe it or not. It has been our life for the past two and a half years and that is a long time! All Andrea has know (that she can really remember) is having cancer. She still thinks she has Leukemia. We have tried to tell her it is all gone but, she just hasn't been able to process it all. My biggest fear is that we aren't doing anything at all now and will it really stay away. But, life goes on and you just have to keep trusting in God who has brought us this far!

After our 4 hour visit at the Costa Center we headed to a place we haven't been able to go to for 2 1/2 years.....Chuck E Cheese!!! This is a family favorite but has been out of the question with Andrea on chemo. We had special gift bags made for each of the kids since they have all had to sacrafice "normal" life on many different occasions. They have never complained and have rolled with the bumps like champs! I can't say enough good about these 6 awesome kids! I wouldn't trade them for all of the money in the world!!

Troy and I. Troy is my rock! He has always been so strong for our family through this time. If he ever got scared, I was in FULL PANIC mode because I know its really bad when he is scared!

5 Happy kids with their suprises! Alex was to busy eating another piece of pizza! :)

Mr Alex, enjoying a cold piece of pizza! This little guy keeps us all young!!
Sorry this post was so long but, 2 1/2 years is a long time to cover! :) Now we just wait for 5 years to see if we are all clear! Andrea will go every month for blood work for this 1st year to make sure everything is still okay. We go in about 2 weeks for her first check up. They tell us most relapses happen within the first two years and then after that the chances lessen. We are going to just take it one day at a time and enjoy every moment we have! God has been so good to us and our heart overflow with greatfulness!!!!


Charity said...

Hooray, Andrea!!! What an exciting time for the whole family! God bless as you continue a life without chemo and cancer!

Kristin said...

Oh my goodness...my heart rejoices with you all and my eyes have tears...your family has been such an inspiration and encouragement...you may say that I have been an angel...but you all were angels God sent to the 4th floor and the Costas center! I have learned many times throughout my life...that God's plans are perfect and so are His ways! We don't know all the answers to the "whys" we have to go through certain trials...but I know the Lord is smiling down on the Truitt family for your faithfulness to Him throughout this time! Oh how I love you guys...celebrating with you...and will continue to pray for you all! Will keep in touch!!!

Hugs to all!

Love ya,

Kristin :-)

Nadine Snodgrass said...

Thank the Lord for a wonderful report. Andrea has been such a trooper and your whole family has shown such a "Christ-like Spirit" throughout the entire 2-1/2 years. Thanks for sharing. I have learned to love your family in the short time I have known you. Will continue to remember ya'll in the coming days.

Love you,
Nadine Snodgrass

Brittany said...

Yay! I'm happy with y'all :) You guys are an amazing family!

Shirley said...

I was touched as I read through your blog. Behind your smiles I know there's been a lot of fear and worry. The beautiful part is to see how God has carried you this far. You are stronger now because of His grace. Thank you for your leadership. I love you all.

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Ronda said...

My heart is happy, though my eyes have tears! What a story of faith! Can't imagine what your family has gone through. My heart celebrates with you today and I plan to keep Miss Andrea on my prayer list. Loved meeting those special caregivers that God placed in your lives...They sound so awesome! My own faith is increased while reading this post today. May God bless you all!

Beth Stetler said...

Wonderful tributes to some of the great people we meet in this world. I have followed your blog for several months and rejoice with you that Andrea is done with chemo.

Lisa said...

So thrilled to hear about Andrea! You all are so precious...and what troopers you have. I'm with ya about our hubby's being our rock...whenever Phil gets concerned I know then I'm now real concerned. Anyway, we'll be praying for you ALL!

Look forward in seeing you at Christmas! :=)