My mother-in-law Lynda has arranged a 2 bedroom suite with a kitchen etc. through her vacation club, World Mark/TrendWest, and has covered the expenses with her vacation points. Our air travel is in the works and between our friend Amanda and my friend Tami, we have that dept. covered too. Thank you to all of you who have donated time, money, miles and hotel points to help in this adventure! We sure appreciate it!
This is a photo of my friend Amanda with me and the hat she gave me at my hat shower! It was so cute and Christmassy! Amanda is a very, very special lady (who loves green by the way and wants to steal my green/black striped hat for herself! LOL) whose daughter, Hannah, is in my son Spencer's 7th grade class. After my surgery after I was diagnosed, Amanda brought us fabulous dinners from Elephants Deli several times and had Spencer over for a playdate! I'll never forget when he came home from his playdate with Hannah, carrying a long skinny green water balloon that they had named "Mr. Pickles." He even wanted to preserve it, so he put it in the freezer and froze it! That didn't turn out so well for Mr. Pickles. They had a fabulous time that day and I was so grateful to her for making Spencer feel special.
Amanda also got me hooked up with OHSU (Oregon Health/Science University) and being a patient teacher for the class "Living with Life Threatening Illnesses/Diseases" in which I was paired up with a medical student, Kyle, and was his "teacher". What a fabulous experience. Some of you may remember attending the fundraising brunch they had at the Govenor Hotel in which they showed the video/film that I was interviewed in. Amanda organized and filled up two tables of special family and friends in my honor and I was awarded some volunteer award and it was so nice to have these special people there cheering me on. I am participating in the class again and meet with my new medical student, Jenny, this Tuesday!
Thanks for the airlines tickets and the hat and the friendship Amanda!