Thursday, March 22, 2012

March 22nd - Lynch Syndrome Hereditary Cancer Awareness Day

Guest blogger - Micki

Today is March 22nd Lynch Syndrome Hereditary Cancer Awareness Day.  Proclamations signed by Ohio and West Virginia Governors along with several other states. 

Rachel started this project last year, she had letters for supporters to sign at Relay for Life and send to Columbus.  Rachel wanted to bring awareness to this horrible diagnosis.  With the help of friends and family Rachel's goal was achieved.  Her childhood friend, Aryn, submitted the proclamation to West Virginia and it was signed in enough time to get a mention on a local tv morning show.  Mom and I handed out Lynch Syndrome informational pamphlets to general practitioners, gynecologic practice, Veteran's Affairs, physician's assistant program and cancer care center.  Because of Rachel's efforts and legacy more families will be better prepared to prevent Lynch cancers.

~Micki, the big sister.

Tuesday, January 31, 2012

Happy Birthday - (guest blogger - Micki)

Happy Birthday Rachel, my best friend and little sister.  A birthday tribute party was held last Saturday night complete with cake, appletinis, 80s music, naughty limericks, goody bags and great friends.  Tonight I picked up Iris and Vera, and met Mom, Spence, Eva, Mary & Don, Amy & Wesley and Jason for dinner at Western Sizzlin.  We enjoyed sweet tea, Texas toast, sirloin tips, country fried steak, baked potatoes with cheese and hot wings and brussel sprouts from the salad bar (all your favs).  

missing you.

~Micki, the big sis.

Rachel's 35th birthday party, January 2011

Tuesday, January 24, 2012

Thank you (Guest blogger - Micki)

I know it's been a while since I've posted and I told several people that I would keep updating Rachel's blog (I will continue to post).  It's not possible to put into words how I feel now, without my best friend and sister.  Getting back into the work routine was difficult, Rachel was part of my day.  When I had a few free moments I would call and check on her or she would text me something funny or ask if I was going to visit her.  The weekends as well are not the same, we would call each other if a stupid movie was on, that is, if we weren't together watching one or taking Iris and Vera somewhere or just sitting and talking.   Actually, nothing is the same. 

My post tonight was to thank everyone for their kind words and generous acts during Rachel's battle and beyond.  From Facebook friends and loyal readers of her blog to family and close friends and even strangers;  people writing letters & cards and encouraging thoughts to Rachel,  bringing food, donating to Rachel's charities, driving hours, flying across the states, sending care packages, presents for Iris & Vera, bake sales, organizing suppers, creating awareness about Lynch Syndrome, collecting money, organizing fundraisers, donating airline miles, lighting a candle, saying a prayer, sitting with her and holding her hand.  Rachel was always so overwhelmed by the kindness of people, during this process I know how it feels to being on the receiving end of such generosity.  Thank you again - our families appreciate your thoughtfulness.