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Re: Prayers for Alison

Posted: Tue Apr 19, 2016 11:30 am
by Faster horses
What can we say but "thank you, Lord."
So happy for Allison and family. You can finally breathe again....Congratulations on your accomplishments, Allison.
YOU GO GIRL!!!

Re: Prayers for Alison

Posted: Fri Jun 17, 2016 4:38 pm
by DejaVu
We have been blessed! :)
By Colleen Simon — 1 hour ago

Warm summer greetings to you all!! It's been much too long since I've posted an update! Please forgive me while keeping in mind that no updates means things are going great!! :) I added several pictures of recent, monumental, wondrous, miraculous events for you to enjoy!!

Alison has graduated high school - an AMAZING FEAT after missing school from September to mid-March!! We are so grateful to the Gettysburg School Staff for all they've done to assist Alison - this past year AND during her 8th grade year! I didn't cry at graduation, I think because we were all so happy just to be there to witness her achievement! But, I do tear up whenever I stop to ponder all the things Alison has accomplished! Isn't it all so crazy wonderful?! :D Praise the Lord!!! <3

Alison has been enjoying FFA training and is so excited for the camps and travel she is privileged to do this summer! She continues to be humbled by the office of State President and takes the "wearing of the jacket" seriously. I'm thrilled to see her enjoying a dream come true and I look forward to watching her soar!! :) She heads to South Dakota State University in the fall to major in Agriculture Communications!

Medically, Alison is doing great! During the first full week of June, she had her first 3-month post-chemotherapy checkups. They didn't see ANY sign of cancer in the chest x-ray or abdominal ultrasound!! Woohoo!! More praise for the Lord!! Alison has been doing well, so I didn't think there would be any cancer, but it sure is reassuring to know for certain!! Dr. Wagner said she will have checkups every 3 months for at least the first year. At one year, March 2017, they will do a CT scan to make absolutely sure they haven't missed a thing. So, the next round of checkups with oncology, nephrology, and infectious disease will be in September. I'm sure she will be seeing Transplant at some point, too, as they are currently monitoring her Tac (anti-rejection) level with blood draws every 2 weeks. I'm not an official expert, but it seems like the Tac level is getting closer to finding it's "happy place"! Please keep praying for that to happen! Dr. Sanders says Alison's kidney function has leveled off, but it may continue to improve a bit more over time. Dr. Chatterjee could see that Alison has seasonal allergies, but no sign of rhyzopus fungus, thank heavens! At the end of checkup week, Dr. Ryckman removed Alison's chemo port! It all continues to thoroughly amaze me... :)

I want to thank the amazing staff at Sanford Children's in Sioux Falls who take such magnificent care of Alison! They also hold her in such high esteem. They gave her a poster congratulating her on beating cancer - the oncology staff, front desk staff, child life, and 3rd floor nurses all signed it. What a sweet gesture! I witnessed something, though, that sums up the collective way I believe the Sanford staff feels about Alison. When Dr. Sanders, who has known Alison since August 2011, came into the exam room for her checkup, he was accompanied by a visiting doctor. He greeted us, sat down, turned and looked at Alison and introduced her to the other doctor, saying, "And THIS... is Alison!" It's blatantly obvious she's one of their favorite patients! Another humble moment for this mom who can't blame 'em a bit for loving her so much! <3

And, THANK YOU for your love, strength, thoughts, prayers, hugs, visits, gifts, and for being on this crazy ride with us! I may not post a journal update until September, but I plan to add photos now and then to show you what words cannot express! <3

God bless you all! Colleen

Re: Prayers for Alison

Posted: Fri Jun 17, 2016 9:48 pm
by Big Muddy rancher
That is great news, just what all of us have been praying for.

Yes keep us posted on all of Alison's accomplishments cause I know there is no stopping her now. :D

Re: Prayers for Alison

Posted: Fri Jun 17, 2016 11:02 pm
by Faster horses
What Big Muddy said.

We are so happy for Alison....and her family...

Re: Prayers for Alison

Posted: Sat Jun 18, 2016 6:57 am
by Soapweed
Thanks for the update of this wonderful news. Prayers have been answered. :-)

Re: Prayers for Alison

Posted: Wed Mar 22, 2017 3:38 pm
by DejaVu
This was in my emails today and I wanted to share..........


I'm gonna sleep good tonight! :)
Journal entry by Colleen Simon — 1 hour ago

One year post-chemotherapy check-up showed NED: No Evidence of Disease!!! Wow, Lord!! So thankful!!

Re: Prayers for Alison

Posted: Wed Mar 22, 2017 4:19 pm
by Big Muddy rancher
Thank you for the wonderful news!

Re: Prayers for Alison

Posted: Wed Mar 22, 2017 7:47 pm
by Soapweed
That is great news. Thanks for sharing.

Re: Prayers for Alison

Posted: Wed Mar 22, 2017 8:49 pm
by Faster horses
I love good news! Thank you Lord.

Re: Prayers for Alison

Posted: Wed Mar 22, 2017 9:09 pm
by mrj
This great news puts all the "sickness" of the national news in a different perspective. I sometimes hear it said that illness and other 'bad news' is a demonstration of evil.

It is so great to hear the news when illness is overcome and good health prevails. This very special young lady appears set to soar into her education and life experiences with FFA and all the great things at SDSU. Given her past experiences, she has the added benefit of truly understanding how precious those experiences are. Surely Angels are rejoicing to see her healthy and happily following this path.

mrj

Re: Prayers for Alison

Posted: Sun Apr 23, 2017 10:58 am
by SMN Herf
Thanks for all the prayers for Alison. She has certainly had a great year. Cant believe a year has gone by already.

For those that are interested, the South Dakota FFA Convention will be broadcast online. The link for the schedule and link to go online to view the convention is: http://www.sdaged.org/state-convention.

Alison will open the session tonight at 7 and give her retiring address on Monday night.

Brian