Thursday, November 3, 2011

little things are not so little (Guest blogger - Micki)

Micki here - Thank you for sending the emails to Rachel, she appreciates them and is overwhelmed by her supporters (often from people she has never met). 
Yesterday, Wednesday November 2nd, Rachel had a busy day with several visitors. Her favorite visitor is the person that brings Tea from McDonald's (half sweet/half unsweet), it happened to be Dad.  Mom and I were there all day looking at pictures and organizing. Rachel spoke about future plans, some unpleasant topics that need no further elaboration.
Dad picked up Iris from school to take her to dance class.  Iris was a little grumpy which made it challenging to get her dressed.  I finally got her in pink tights and black leotard and had given up on brushing her hair. Rachel was on the couch armed with hair brush and detangler. Iris stood still and Rachel, with a mother's love, brushed out a school day's worth of tangles and put her shiny blonde hair in a pony tail fit for a dancer.
Uncle Don had dropped off some delicious home cooked food earlier in the day and returned later with Aunt Mary for a short visit.
I left in the evening with Rachel resting, catching up on some sleep before Iris and Vera returned from church when they would inevitably be waking her up with hug & kisses.

The big sister - Micki

*This is one of Rachel's favorite pictures with Vera - taken in the emergency room in September before she went to UPMC Pittsburgh.


  1. Thank you so much for keeping this updated, Micki!

  2. Anyone can see from that picture how much Rachel loves her little girls and that is a precious shot. My modem has been acting up so that is why I've not been posting in a timely manner, but every morning I send prayers out to Rachel and to all of you in her family. I know this is a hard task for you, watching her leaving you, no harder than it must be for her not wanting to go. May these days be filled with the Love that cannot be erased... blessings to you all.

  3. Hi Rachel,
    Although you may not know me personally, I wanted to introduce myself. My name is Don and I am your cousin Michelle's boyfriend. I have been following your story since the day Michelle told me about it. I have a few things I'd like to say to you. First, I want to tell you how much of an inspiration you truly are to people everywhere. You have shown courage, determination and strength when most people would have given up. For that I say you are one of the strongest people I've ever known. Second, as a person who recently lost his father to cancer, I can honestly say I know what you and you're family are going through and although I am not a religious man, I will tell you that my heart and thoughts go out to you and your family. If I had the power I'd wipe this wretched disease from the face of the Earth. Third, I wish I could have gotten to know you and your family. Michelle had always had nothing but wonderful things to say about you and your family and I wish work had not been so busy or I would have been there too so I could get to know, if even only for a week. It would have been a great priviledge to do that.
    I truly wish you and your family the comfort it deserves during this time and I hope you take solace knowing that so many people love you, care about you and are touched by your story. I only wish I was there in person to tell you. Always know that you and your family are always in my thoughts.

  4. God bless your family. You don't know me but I'm following your story and praying. Such a lovely photo!

  5. Rachel,

    I hope you are doing well; being Veteran's Day weekend I just wanted to thank you for your service to our country.
    love, m