Wednesday, September 23, 2009

When You Wish Upon a Star

Sirri was diagnosed with cancer, all we wished for was that she would be well. That wish has been granted and our family couldn't be more grateful.

Sirri has been given a wish of her own.

And tomorrow we are off to Disneyland!!!!!

Sirri's six month appointment, our oncologist, Dr. Hancock, told us that he was turning Sirri's name in to the Make-a-Wish organization. Kendon and I both had the immediate reaction of, "oh, we're fine. We don't really think we qualify what with Sirri's great prognosis and all." Dr. Hancock's response was basically it wasn't our decision. He was the one who made the decision about who qualifies and who doesn't and Sirri qualifies.

He asked us how many five year
olds we know who have been through the experience Sirri has. He asked us how many five year olds we know who have to have CT scans and IVs and oncologist appointments every three months? Just because Sirri's story has a happy ending doesn't mean that she doesn't deserve to be honored.

And so in honor of
Sirri and her life and her strength and courage, we agreed.
We leave tomorrow morning and will drive to Salt Lake. We will spend the night there and then fly to
Anaheim Friday morning. We have two days at Disneyland and then plan to visit my sister and her family in LA for a day.

Kim just happens to be expecting her second baby on Friday and I am just praying and crossing my fingers that that baby gets here SOON. The timing of the trip isn't the greatest, but what can you say when someone is sending you to Disneyland?!?!?!
(Our 1st choice date to leave was two weeks from now giving that baby a bit more time to arrive and Kim to feel a bit recovered, but this is the date we were given. Sirri's original wish was to go see her Aunt Kimmy so, I do feel badly that it's not ideal. But, again, no complaints. We are just thrilled to be going!)

My plan is to blog about our day every night, but we'll see how that goes. I just want to remember every detail as it happens so we can treasure these memories forever.

Again, we just feel so blessed and thankful for this opportunity. We know that there are so many kiddos out there who are struggling with illness right now, who deserve to make a wish themselves and we hope and pray that they will have the happy ending that we have. Kendon and I plan to give back to Make-a-Wish whenever we can and I'm looking forward to volunteering for them when we get home.

Life is good. We are blessed. Wishes do come true!

Post Edit: It's 10:43 and I'm too excited to even go to bed. I know I won't sleep. This is even more exciting than Christmas!!!!


Melissa said...

Lisa Marie~ I would be excited too! I'm so glad you guys get to go to Disneyland and Sirri's wish will be granted. Can't wait to see your posts aobut Disneyland and your trip. Be safe and have lots of fun! I'm sure you will. Take care!

Laurel said...

Okay, it's official. I love Make-a-Wish. And yea for Sirri! She has been so brave. I hope this trip is full of magic and delight! Can't wait to hear all about it. Cheers to you all!

Christie said...

That is awesome. I am now doubly in love with your doctor. How cool is that?

Rochelleht said...

YEAH YOU!!! I think that is so fantastic!! I hope it is not busy and so you can have a wonderful time and ride everything. I can't wait to read all about it.

the wrath of khandrea said...

suh-SWEET!! you guys deserve a fabulous trip. love every second of it.

Ilene said...

Fantastic! Have so much fun!

Although you are running around with a bunch of Disney princesses, we all know who the true princess is.

Sirri totally deserves this (and you too!)

Kim said...

we can't wait to see you...even if it may be for 5 seconds in the hospital if this baby ever decides to come. maybe i make it too cozy in there!?!?!

sirri does deserve this and so do you and the rest of the gang!!

can't wait to hug and squeeze on you all...monday is too far away...i might just risk it one day and come say hi. we'll see!!


see you soon princess sirri!!!

NT Weekes Family said...

Sweet! :o) Have FuN being a KID again... oh wait, you already are! :o) You guys deserve this. enjoy!

Hazen5 said...

I am so happy for your family, you guys do deserve it.

How about making a side trip to San Diego, You can stay with us. Please, please please!

robin said...

oh my goodness, that is awesome! chills. i have chills for you. you are gonna have so much fun!

way to go sirri!

Lauren in GA said...

That is so, so wonderful. I love what your doctor said. Sirri deserves this and so do all of you!!

That is so neat that she gets to see her Aunt Kimmy, too. I bet ya Kim is very excited to see all of you ☺

cath said...

two wishes for the price of one - aunt kimmy (and probably a new cousin), PLUS d-land?? ms. sirri earned that treat many times over. what a blessing that so many others will get to benefit from her wish!! travel safe & i look forward to the reports!!

Grandma W. said...

You bet she and all of her family deserve to go!!! Good for your Dr. too! We KNOW you all will have a great time and we are praying the baby gets here before you have to come home!! That would make the trip perfect!!
We love all of you!!