Friday, December 30, 2011

December 30, 2011

Well, we made it through the next two days of treatments!! We are 1/3 of the way through the cycles. I go into for a shot and then we can bring in the New Year. So far so good. My two great sisters took me down and stayed with me the last two days. It was fun. We always take some thing to do and then we never quit talking. I have about decided to leave the bag at home, it is better to talk.

The staff is wonderful at the clinic and I am enjoying working with them. They are so kind and gentle, but positive and happy. I continue to learn a great deal. As Kelly and I were driving to my sisters yesterday we read in Mosiah these words “that he remembereth, every creature he creating.” I know that he knows me. My testimony of the healing power of the atonement, not just physically, but spiritually, has been strength because He knows me. As President James Fauset asked “how many precious drops of blood were spilled for me?” The people that have been sent to help strength our family during this period of time have lifted, given us hope, and loved us were sent because of their love of the Lord and of his children.

I have just a little hair left on the top of my head. Kelly has decided to call it angel hair because it is hardly visible, but I still have some. Other than being fatigued and a little swollen I can’t complain.

Everyone have a great New Year!! I am celebrating New York time-so I will be in bed by 10:00, because I do turn into a pumpkin about then. Love to all!


Thursday, December 29, 2011

ROUND TWO – Sherie 2, Cancer 0!

27 December 2011

I had the honor and privilege of taking my sweetheart to begin round two. It was a good day. Bear felt reasonably good. She scored a 93 on the oximeter, which is a winner as far as I’m concerned! Other than fatigue and weakness, Bear is doing well. We are grateful to the Lord for His tender mercies in our behalf, for the great attending medical staff and doctors. They gave her a prescription for dealing with water retention because her left leg has swollen a bit.

Dashing Escort J

28 December 2011

Melissa Porter had the privilege to take Bear today. We are so grateful to her, and to her family. The treatment went well again today. Bear has maintained a remarkable attitude. Only one more day of treatment and then the $6,000.00 shot on Friday. The center will administer a scan at the end of this treatment and give us the results of the chemo treatment. We will have more information the middle of January.


Christmas 2011

December 25, 2011

To really understand our Christmas, you have to understand our Christmas Eve. So I’ll begin yesterday. How wonderful it was to have the entire family (less beloved Timos) gathered at home to enjoy the spirit of Christ and a season of good will. Much of the morning was spent getting ready for the Porter Christmas reunion, this year down in Kaysville. We were thrilled to have Becky and her friend Damon and his family come join us. Another highlight was Skyping with Ed and Lori – they look and sound so good. Uncle Roger and Aunt Connie added frosting to our events. Of course, the nativity production – on both continents – was outstanding with a wonderful cast of grandkids and great grandkids. Nick, who will be heading to Spokane on his mission the middle of next month, won the privilege of being the donkey J. Our little Libby and Issac played Mary and Joseph and all grandkids had special parts. We even had camels this year! We honor Sherie’s parents, Aldin and Shirley Porter for establishing a tradition so many years ago that brings us together in the true spirit of Christ.

After the festivities, in a random act of spontaneity, our entire family drove to Antelope Island. Crazy fun. Matt, commenting to Mark, said he had never been, and Michelle urged them on, so off we went. What a special moment it was to dance on the ice-covered salty beaches and spy on slow moving bison.

The evening was filled with last minute purchases and family gathering to exchange gifts. As Timmy might say, I’m not going to lie – we were all beat, but thrilled to be together. Mom was tired, but loved every moment, as did I. She gave a tender lesson to the family on the Savior’s birth, the swaddling clothes and dedication of Mary. Mom and I were absolutely mesmerized by the moment. Mike and Dede took their kids home and the rest of us hit the sack for a long winter’s nap.

We love having Christmas on the Sabbath! It ought to happen every year on a Sunday. At around 8:15, we finally took a broom stick and knocked on the downstairs ceiling just below where the Fausetts were sleeping. My goodness they slept late. Unfortunately, our knocking only scared the kids. Issac and Palmer came down virtually in tears. I took Isaac and showed him the broom stick and let him bang the ceiling. What a wonderful gift exchange. A highlight of the day was to Skype with Elder Timothy Wright. Wow, he looks good. And he appears happy. It meant so much to us (and I suspect to him) that we could skype. I had to leave later for Church and participate in a Christmas program where I played my flute. Later, we drove to hear Mom and Dad Porter speak in Sacrament meeting. Unfortunately we only got the tail end of Dad’s talk. Apparently we got our strings crossed. But then we said a sad goodbye to Matt and Michelle as they headed out to Delaware to meet with Michelle’s family. The Fausetts also headed home (sigh…) and I took Mom to Sunday Christmas dinner at John and Connie’s home. Bear even got to see Becky’s girl, Olivia, by Skype. It was a wonderful day. We tried to go to bed early, but without success, as we prepared to take Mark, Jacky and Ian to the Salt Lake Airport. The next morning at 3:45 am, we said good byes to the last of our traveling children and returned to try and catch up on our sleep. We are glad Thomas is close, although we love to have all the family visit. Two wonderful, memorable days!

KelWil &Sherie

Wednesday, December 28, 2011

A happy Day!

Mr. & Mrs. Wilford

The Girls with Elder Wright

Father & Son

All the girls

Thomas, Elder Wright, Mark & Ian

(being Hard core)

Cutting the cake

The Wright Family

A beautiful bride with her Mother

Daddy's little girl

Thursday, December 22, 2011

Amanda's Wedding Day

Well today was the day. Amy came bouncing down the stairs at 5:30 singing “I’m getting married”. Then she was off running, hair appointment at 7:00 and I am already exhausted and the day has just started!!

Most everything was set for the wedding on Wednesday night. Suzi and Doug Chard had done a great job and we brought in just a few little things. Leslie, Blair, Melissa, and Grant helped the rest of the group finished. I thought it looked wonderful and I think that Amanda was happy with the end project.

As we were decorating we received word that my little grand nephew (13 days) was going to primary hospital for a surgery today (Thursday). He has water on the brain so they had to get him down here and relieve that pressure. His mother had just been released from the hospital on Saturday because she had c-diff. The surgery went well and the fluid is draining and we are grateful.

The temple was wonderful. My father was able to perform the ceremony and it was wonderful to see so many family, friends. Ethan is a great young man and will take care of and love her. When Amy came in to say bye so that she could run, she said “I have been waiting for this day all my life. I dreamed of the day I would go to the temple and be married.” Pay day

Just a couple of other things. Isaac Sara’s 4 year-old was in quite a deep discussion with his mother. He said, I know when we see Nannie her hair will have fallen out because of the medicine. Sara told him that was true but it was ok because it will grow back in. He then asked, "Well what happen to Papa’s hair, is it growing back in?"

It was a wonderful day!! Thank you to all who helped, but thanks to all who came and helped us to celebrate this day. We love you and are grateful for your love and concern for us. No one walks alone!


It was indeed a wonderful day – and our hearts are full for the kindnesses of family, neighbors and friends who gave of their time and talents to bless our family!! How we thank you! As Sherie noted, when Amy stated “I dreamed of the day I would go to the temple and be married,” she added, “this is what I’ve wanted to do ever since I was four years old.” What a sweet realization for all of us, and how important it struck me that we love and teach our young children of temples, sacred covenants and eternity. The boys and I gathered just before Ethan took Amy to the Temple and gave Sherie a priesthood blessing; and then we watched as the Lord sustained her throughout the day, even to being able to stay in the reception line for two and a half hours! We will be forever grateful. Today we were especially blessed by the Wilford family – amazing people! How grateful we are to have their son, Ethan, as part of the family. I watched his tenderness in the Temple as he took the hand of our little daughter. He is a good man and makes this father ever so confident that his little girl will be well taken care of. After Amy’s first dance with her good husband, I had the chance to dance with her. Peanut Butter (as I like to call her), whispered to me that this is exactly what she had always wanted, that everything turned out perfect, and how happy she was. My heart melted. I shall always cherish the moment; and I shall always cherish this day with children and grandchildren, extended family and wonderful friends. Most importantly, I shall cherish this day with my beautiful eternal sweetheart and companion!

Papa, the-other-one-with-not-so-much-hair


Tuesday, December 20, 2011

Doctor Visit

Doctor report was very good. All the counts were up but one and it was still in the normal range. Everything looks like a go for next Tuesday to start the process all over again and then we will be ½ of the way finished!!


December 19, 2011

What a day!! Today 10 years ago, my first grandchild came into this world. Caleb Aaron Fausett was born and he has been a joy ever since. Caleb loves science, math, legos, and his brothers and sisters and his parents. He is asking how I am and if he is here, he rubs my feet, gets me water before I know I need it and just talks to me. His Mom and Dad are lucky to have such a great helper. Happy Birthday Caleb!!

On another note, Sunday night I was getting ready for bed when all of a sudden there I stood with a hand full of hair. It was like the strangest sensation. There was no pain, there was nothing, just hair and believe me, there is hair everywhere now. I had no idea that I had that much hair. Right now I kind of look like Kelly in the hair department. I still have some, but not much-so the question becomes, hat woman or wig women?? Can’t see me in either, but I am going to have make a choice I think. My dear niece Krystal made me 2 beautiful hats. I am so grateful for her kindness.

I go back into to see the doctor on Tuesday just for a check-up. I am trying to have the strength for the big wedding on Thursday which we are very excited for. Ethan is a great young man and he loves Amanda. This has been just such a fun filled week with everyone here and Christmas and a wedding. Last night we watched Scrooge. The second ghost sings “I like life, life likes me:” That is how I feel I love life!!! We are so blessed to have the experiences that we are having and learning and growing and loving. Sometimes there is so much love it is overwhelming. So grateful for the simple and wonderful things we have such as family and friends. I could not do this alone.


Saturday, December 17, 2011

December 16, 2011

This is an exciting day at our house. Matt and Michelle will fly in from Hong Kong this afternoon and I can hardly wait. It has been such a joy to have Mark, Jacky and Ian here and now to have those far flung world travelers for a week, seems like a dream come true. The sky is so blue and the world is beautiful!!

The wedding plans keep moving. We are so excited for the big day. Amanda and Ethan can hardly wait, and are busy trying to keep themselves busy getting the apartment ready. Ethan has finished school for this semester and Amanda is just busy working trying to get the money together, and we are all counting down to the big day!!

I seem to have started to gain some strength back. Yesterday was a very good day. I was able to get all the present wrapped(Yea) and to get a couple of things done.

Jacky and Mark have taken care of every whim. There isn’t anything I could possibly want that they have taken care, including fixing me Guatemalan hot dogs last night. So good!!

I was sitting here this morning thinking about the beauty of this season and reflecting upon the Savior. I thought of Mary and wondered what she thought about. What joy she must have felt knowing that the baby so coming. I am so grateful to be a mother. I can think of no greater blessing than to be blest by family.


Tuesday, December 13, 2011

Tuesday December 13th

Today was an interesting day. I had my appointment to see how I am doing after the first series of chemo. All my counts were fine. I just hope that I have some blood left at the end of this. I go in again next week and am hoping that the counts will be on the going up.

After that I went wig shopping with my sister Leslie, a cancer survivor, and my Mom. If I lose my hair it should be next week either the day before the wedding or on the wedding day!! So we set out in search for a wig. We met this very nice woman in a store with thousands of wigs. Any style, color, shape whatever you wanted. She asked me about how I wear my hair, the same style since I was 12, color, which of course really is gray, and what I was looking for. I told her to choose. She did. I am not going to reveal what the wig ended up looking like, but I was pleased. It was fun to be with Leslie and Mom and to have this adventure. It is something that I never thought I would have to do.

Then the three of us went to lunch and enjoyed the time talking about all of the fun things we did when were growing up. Thanks Mom and Leslie.

Last night I went a little late to the Community choir concert. The music was wonderful and the children’s choir was so sweet. I love Christmas music, smiles, and candy canes, all of them at the concert last night. Filled me with the Christmas spirit. Life is good-hope you are enjoying this great season of the year!!


Saturday, December 10, 2011

Friday - Dec 9th

What a marvelous day!! It is one of those days you dream about from the time you understand that a new child will be joining your family. We took Amanda and Ethan and went to the temple. She looked so peaceful and beautiful and there was a sweet spirit presented. Ethan was so very attentive and kind to her. As we were walking in we met three girls and their leader Rhoda Ewing on the way to do baptisms. I couldn’t explain to them what it meant to have her doing what she was doing. It was a tender mercy to see them and see the excitement that they had.

It brought me back to the day that I went to be married to the man of my dreams. I needed to thank him so much for all the years together, but especially this last month, No one could have some one care as he has cared. He has done everything and is always looking to see if he can find a need I have. I am grateful that he is a priesthood holder and has used that priesthood in my behalf. I used to wonder if we could spend 24 hours a day together-I no longer do. I love you Kelly!!


Mark and Jacky’s little 14 month old boy, Ian (aka meatball), hasn’t been feeling well. When Mark and Jacky first flew home on Wednesday, little Ian would walk all around the house, stumbling and bumbling into things – he’s not use to walking on carpet. (Mark and Jacky have tile floors in El Salvador). So this morning as we arose, I asked Bear what we could do to help little Ian, and she simply said “roll him up in bubble wrap.” I had to smile J. Today was a wonderful day. My sweetheart was in good spirits and able to accomplish much good, even though fatigue is an issue. I discovered an article spotlighting her on the front page of our little Morgan County News – what a touching tribute to my sweetheart! (Thank you Allens!) She has indeed blessed this community. The Temple experience was clearly the highlight of our day. I pondered on the tender mercies of the Lord which permitted Sherie and me to see the last of our last children receive her endowments. Wow – Amanda was so beautiful, and Ethan was simpatico! We were grateful the Wilfords could join us. There was a sweet spirit; the ordinance workers were attentive and kind. How grateful I am for sacred ordinances and covenants available in Holy Temples! Thank you for all your prayers in behalf of my eternal companion. We love you. And I will be forever grateful to be with my sweetheart and family in the House of the Lord! Yeah Bear…!


Thursday, December 8, 2011

Thursday, December 8, 2011

They are here!! I have those cute kids home from El Salvador for a minute or two. Ian has grown so much and is trying hard to walk on carpeting because they don’t have carpet in their home. I love watching Mark and Jacky watch him. Life is good.

So far so good. I am little tired, but otherwise am feeling well. I had a chance to visit with my Mom and Dad yesterday. I love to spend time with them. I have a good friend who is always reminding me of the importance of enjoying and growing with your parents and appreciating that you have them here, as her parents on now on the other side helping her from there.

I just wanted to share a thought I found today in an journal today. It was from Elder Jayden Snyder report home from his mission. He said “Believe in miracles. Those who don’t believe in miracles will never find them.” Miracles surround us all every day. I know, they are happening to me and those who are around me.



December 7, 2011
Well, the first series of drugs are done. So far, so good. I have a shot tomorrow and then check-ups to see how things are coming the next two Mondays. I am just a little tired, but that is solved easily.
On our way home today, I went with my sweet Amanda and got her clothing for the temple. What a great experience for me. She is so excited to go to the temple and I feel so blessed to be able to have her getting ready for the big events in her life the next couple of weeks. It just adds to the excitement of Christmas!! We love Ethan and they will be a great couple.
The last bit of the exciting news for today. Mark and Jacky should arrive on American soil in about 15 minutes from El Salvador!!! Yea for us!! We are so excited to have them come home for a visit. Ian is up and walking and I am hoping will be able to remember a little bit who his Grandmother is. This is going to be a great Christmas and wedding season. I am so blessed.


Wednesday, December 7, 2011

December 6, 2011


I wanted to add some events that happened on Monday, December 5. Our little Mayli turned 6 years old and had a wonderful exciting day full of love and dance and everything that little girls love. Her mother also had a wisdom tooth extracted not so much fun, but she made it a special day for Mayli. Also beautiful Libby danced in her dance recital and then surprised her older brother and had him dance with her for one of the numbers up on stage. They were both so excited!


We just returned from the second treatment which went very well. Thomas was my number 1 driver today and entertainer. He helped me to tie around a blanket (not quite with a smile), but was very kind patient while we were there. I appreciate the time and effort it took on his part. I am feeling good. Most likely we will not see the side effects until Thursday or Friday, but why worry about that now. They have tried very hard to keep them stay at a minimum.
The treatment went faster than Monday, but about the same procedure. No extra tests and so we were able to move on.
I will go back tomorrow for the third treatment in this series.
I found a thought as I was reading a book by Patricia Holland called the Quiet Heart that I wanted to share:

No matter how serious the trial, how deep the distress, how great the affliction, God will never desert us. He never has, and He never will. He cannot do it. It is not His character. He is an unchangeable being, the same yesterday, the same today, and He will be the same throughout the eternal ages to come. We have found that God. We have made Him our friend, obeying His gospel: and He will stand by us. We may pass through deep waters but we shall not be consumed not overwhelmed. We shall emerge from all these trials and difficulties the better and purer for them, if we only trust in our God and Keep his commandments.”


(Look at those blue eyes)


(getting ready for her dance recital)


Monday, December 5, 2011


Today we are grateful for miracles. In preparation for Sherie's first treatment, our wonderful research coordinator, Robbyn, told us Sherie would not have to endure multiple ECG tests since she had just learned that the study drug Palifosfamide did not contribute to serious heart damage as once thought. The treatment went well as 20 year veteran nurse Michelle introduced two cancer killing drugs into Sherie's implanted smart port and she had no adverse reaction. (The battle is on!) Sherie has required less pain medicine. The thrush she discovered yesterday was reduced and virtually eliminated in her mouth today. My sweetheart was able to join me for a late lunch at Applebees in Bountiful where the food tasted reasonably good and we enjoyed each other and the moment. Importantly, the outpouring of concern and cheer from family and community has been miraculous, lifting our hearts and spirits. And we are grateful for the miracle of children and grandchildren who excel and grow under the unconditional love and help of their parents. Today was a day of miracles and tender mercies :)


Saturday, December 3, 2011

My Love

Ok. So I win! I took my Sweetheart to our primary physician yesterday as we get ready for our upcoming treatments on Monday. Bear has lost several pounds over the last few days which I ascribe to eating no sugar and just not eating enough. Dr. Ferrin noticed the weight lost and told her that she needs to eat more - which is precisely what I have been gently telling her. She has promised to repent :)

I deeply love her with all my heart and soul! She is a resilient and elect lady. We are so grateful for the love of family and the community and friends, and for outpouring of love and kindness from so many people. We love you all! Bear and I take great comfort in the words of the Lord from the Doctrine and Covenants that we have shared before:

D&C 123:17 "Therefore, dearly beloved brethren, let us cheerfully do all things that lie in our power; and then may we stand still, with the utmost assurance, to see the salvation of God, and for his arm to be revealed." ly Dad


Thursday, December 1, 2011


I know that it has been several days since I have written, but it has been kind of quiet around here and I have appreciated that. Today was Emma’s dance day. I have to tell you that it was so FUN!! There was such joy as those ten girls danced, moved, and enjoyed each other. I love watching my grandchildren.

The wedding plans for Amy and Ethan are moving forward. There is such excitement around here. Her eyes just dance and we love the way that he takes care of her and protects her. Nothing but pure joy!!

We also received word today from the doctor’s office that I qualified for the study. I was happy about that. We will begin on Monday at 9:00. They certainly have tried to make this experience as nice for me as they can. As they explained today I will have an IV to hydrate me and then they will add the first drug. After they make sure that I do not react to anything, then they will do the same procedure with the second drug. After which they will give me a little more medication for nausea and to help keep infection out. The port has healed nicely and I am glad that we put it in a week in advance. It is kind of funny to have something inside of you that you can feel and see. I am sure that I will get to use to it at some point.

I was reading last night about hope. Michael Wilcox wrote about David and Goliath and that David prepared to meet his Goliath when he fought the bears and the lions that were there. His point is that we have been preparing for challenging times all the time and that we need to rely on the lessons that we have learned when we face them. The Lord has not left us alone. I have reflected on this today. I do know that there have been experiences in my life that have been given to me specifically to help me with this experience. Isn’t it good to know that the Lord is aware of each of us?


Wednesday, November 30, 2011

Tuesday November 29

I had a good day today. I went to the school for just a minute. I miss those kids and my friends at the school. What a happening place. The kids are Morgan High are the best!!!

After three friends and I went to lunch and laughed and didn’t talk about anything of any substance. That was so nice. I am so grateful for all of my friends. You can not believe how your phone calls, cards, and prayers buoy me up. I am blessed to be surrounded by the very best people in the world. You are truly my rock and my strength. Know that I love you!!


Tuesday, November 29, 2011

Monday, November 28, 2011

I think it may too late to back out now!! We went into today to McKay Dee and they inserted a part under my skin so that it will be easier to have treatment. I had have on efficient care for this procedure and they were smart enough to keep me awake and yet I couldn’t move or speak and I don’t think I really wanted to.

The procedure went well. It will take a couple of days for it to heal so that we will be ready on Monday to begin treatment. If all goes well no more doctor appointments this week!!

I do have to say that I thought the weather was unbelievable. What a wonderful world that we live in.

Kelly’s brother and wife came and visited with us. Todd has been fighting cancer for the last ten years and he went over his story. Todd has learned to embrace it and learned and grown from this adventure and it was his attitude that touched me so.


Saturday, November 26, 2011

Thanksgiving Pictures

Uncle John and Aunt Connie were kind enough to have everyone to

their house for Thanksgiving this year!!!

We have all been truly blessed!

Aunt Connie, Carolina, Aaron, Lucy Belle and Mom

Uncle John & Nathan
Amanda and Thomas being "Hard Core"

The cute engaged couple

Allison & Emma

Grandpa & Mom

Mike & Dede

Notice "The Look"


A Gingerbread Heart

For years the Wright tradition has been to make gingerbread houses the day after Thanksgiving. This tradition usually starts the week before Thanksgiving as gingerbread is baked and then set out to dry and then glued together. It is no little project. Years ago Aunt Leslie introduced this tradition to our Family. It has been a favorite ever since. However, as you know this year is a bit different. We were just planning on making houses out of grahm crackers. Dede got a phone call earlier in the week from Aunt Leslie telling her that she wanted to make gingerbread houses for the family. That is a lot of gingerbread houses!!! Anyway because of time and everything the only time we had was on Thanksgiving morning. Aunt Leslie made 18 gingerbread houses for our family, and put them together the day before Thanksgiving. She was even going to Idaho for Thanksgiving and she still did that. It was alot of work on her part and a great sacrifice. She will never know what a gift and blessing that was. How do you make the word Thank you say so much.

Aunt Leslie has such a loving and giving heart.




Isaac Decorating his house

Mayli decorating her house

Mom, Rapunzel and Palmer

Setting up the candy and having WAY too much fun!

Very HAPPY and EXCITED Children


Friday, November 25, 2011

My mother phoned to tell me that my oldest cousin Kenneth Palmer had passed away on November 21 of lung cancer. He lived in Houston and we were unable to spend a great deal of time with him and his family. He however loved his family and as a child was my favorite to be around. He was 9 years older than I was and always had things up his sleeve. He was not a member of the church and I hope that he and his family will find peace. I know that it is difficult for them.

We had a great day. Sara and Aaron and little group had to head home but not until they made sure we were covered with hugs and kisses and I love you. Dede and Mike and girls stayed and helped to decorate the house. My one tree is decorated so beautifully from four feet down. Emma took all the candy canes and laid them sideways on the branches because they look so beautiful that way. Life doesn't get better than watching the joy of life in the eyes of these little ones.

We were also able to talk to Matt and Mark for a minute via Skype. They are happy and had a wonderful day. We are grateful that they are where they are most of the time.

Cancer is a diagnosis that he whole family receives when one of us does. But as Kelly's brother puts it, I now belong to a little bit of exclusive club. I can check getting cancer off my list and I don't have to worry about my cholesterol as much. I can find joy in simple things and I can absorb all the love, beauty of this earth because my focus has changed and every day is a gift.

I found a scripture which I love and I share with each of of you:

"Therefore dearly beloved brethren, let us cheerfully do all things that lie in our power; and then my we stand still, with the utmost assurance, to see the salvation of God and for his arm to be revealed." D&C 123:17

In a talk given by Elder Neal A. Maxwell, he said

"If God chooses to teach us the things we most need to learn because he loves us, and if He seeks to tame our souls and gentle us in the way we most need to be tamed and most need to be gentled, it follows that he will customize the challenges He has gives us and individualize them so that we will be prepared for life in a better world by his refusal to a take us out of this world, even though we are not of it. In the eternal ecology of things we must pray, therefore not that things be taken from us, but that God's will be accomplished through us." Neal A. Maxwell BYU Speeches Sept. 1974

I want to stay positive but also want to share my feelings I hope that I do not make things sound too sad. I am not afraid of what the Lord has in store for me and I hope that as I better understand the plan that will become evident.


Friday, November 25, 2011


"In the gospel of Jesus Christ you have help from both sides of the veil,

and you must never forget that.

When disappointment and discouragement strike

--and they will--

you remember and never forget

that if our eyes could be opened we would see

horses and chariots of fire

as far as the eye can see

riding at reckless speed

to come to our protection

(see 2 Kgs. 6:16-17).

They will always be there,

these armies of heaven,

in defense of Abraham's seed."

-Elder Jeffrey R. Holland

What a great day today was!! The weather was beautiful and I was surrounded by many of those I love. The grandchildren added such life and I loved watching them and their parents interact with each other. Uncle John’s house was so fun and I loved everything that we had even the Brussels sprouts!! Grandma and Grandpa were there and it was just so relaxing.

Aunt Leslie made all 18 gingerbread houses for us this year, so all of the children and grandchildren were able to carry on in that tradition. The kids loved every second and I wish you could see how creative their houses were. Isaac still doesn’t understand why we make these houses and then not eat the candy that is on the houses. Doesn’t make sense to waste all of that candy!

I was grateful to find this quote and know that we are being watched on both sides of the veil. I know that they are there for us. I am grateful for those who have gone before me who are leading me strength and hope. Aren’t we just the most blessed people of all!! Thanks for being such great strength to me and for loving each other.


Thursday, November 24, 2011

A Letter to Sherie

November 13, 2011

My dear sweetheart and eternal companion:

I have been deeply touched to watch the outpouring from the community these last few days. As I read your patriarchal blessing to the children, I was again touched by the blessing you received of the ability to love, to give love to others. Wow. It truly is the most amazing gift. I believe it to be the pure love of the Savior. Thank you for sharing that gift with me, and for teaching me all that you have!

You are my sweetheart and never before have I given my entire heart and soul in love as I have to you. You are the mother of our remarkable children and grandmother to our grandchildren. You can see your powerful influence in them by how they have rallied around us these last few days. Wow. Your countenance and love is reflected in their acts of goodness and kindness. As a nurturer, you have touched their lives in so many ways, as you have touched mine. You are my love, my light and my life. The Lord has given me to know that you had a very special place in the heavens before the foundation of this earth, and that I was blessed to be your companion that I might take care of you. I find it a great honor to do so, and I have covenanted with the Lord to do so all the days of my life!

It is my faith that all will be well. You will receive the choicest of care and the prayers of faith and priesthood will see you through. You will be restored to health and will yet do many great and wonderful things to build up the Kingdom of God. May the Lord bless and sustain you, and may my love carry you through any and all challenges and trials you may yet face. I look forward to walk with you hand in hand through the eternities. I look forward to serving with you in the House of the Lord.

With all my love,


Wednesday, November 23, 2011

Treatment Plan Change

Tuesday November 22

For any of you who know me, change is a constant in my life. Kelly and I went into see a second doctor today. We have felt that we needed a second opinion, not that we didn’t like the other doctor just to make sure that we are all on the same page.

He works out of the IHC hospital in Salt Lake. We have decided that we should go with this doctor for a couple of reasons. He is a little more aggressive, he is a sarcoma expert, and at the present time has a study going that I can participating in where I will be momentum closer and for a little longer period of time. With this our treatment plan changed.

I will begin a serious of chemo treatments on December 5. We choose this date so that I will feel better for Amanda and Ethan’s wedding and can participate in most of the activities. It is a 21 day cycle and I will receive chemo on days 1, 2, 3, 8, and 15 and then start the next cycle on Day 1. After the second cycle they will evaluate where I am going and we change course or keep on. There will be 6 cycles. The plan is to control the cancer especially in my lungs and see if they can help to shrink some of the tumors. Both Kelly and I feel very good about this treatment plan and felt like we were directed to this doctor since we didn’t know of him. The Lord is in control and we are grateful for that.

I have been learning a lot of about nutrition and appreciate those who have shared with me there knowledge. Our bodies are amazing things and the Creator of them all knows what is best for each of us.

Now have the very best Thanksgiving. I am so grateful for all of you, for you love prayers, fasting, and kindness. There could not be many people who are as blessed as I am. I wish that I can express that to all of you. The Lord lives, He loves each of us and He is aware of struggles, pains, and heartache. I am grateful for the Atonement for I do not bear this burden alone. He understands in ways that I can not explain. I love you all. Enjoy the heck out of your loved ones and families and save a drumstick for me.


Tuesday, November 22, 2011

Results Back From the Mayo Clinic

21 November 2011, Monday

I took my sweetheart today to meet with Oncologist, Dr. Carl Gray. The test results from the Mayo Clinic suggest that Sherie has Leiomyosarcoma (LMS) of the uterus. It's a fairly rare form of soft tissue cancer. Interestingly, none of the normal tests that are usually taken would have identified this cancer. The clinic suggested it was a high grade, that is, more aggressive, although the radiologist who first looked at it believed it was low grade. Dr. Gray said she may have had the cancer for a couple years.

Dr. Gray thought that our first line of treatment would be to take care of the soreness in Sherie's leg and back. He gave her some steroid pills today and scheduled us to meet with the radiologist for radiation treatments next Monday. The second effort would likely be chemotherapy. Surgery is not an option at this point.

Sherie and I, with the encouragement of Dr. Gray, will be seeing a second Oncologist tomorrow. Grandpa (Sherie's father) arranged the appointment through his long time friend, Dr. David Burton. We will let you know of any further information we receive after tomorrows visit. We love you all and are grateful for your prayers of faith! Be of good cheer! :)


Monday, November 21, 2011

I'm Going to Love You Through It

Everyone should listen to this song. It is by Martina Mcbride. This song is such a good one! We are all going to love you through this Mom! We all love you so much!


Weekend with Family

Getting the phone call that Mom was diagnosed with cancer was surreal. As I sat there realizing the words that were just spoken to me I was frozen not knowing what to do. My first reaction was wanting to drive up to Morgan to go see her. To hug her and let her know how much I loved her. To be with the family and feel the peace and comfort that comes from the loving bond we all share. Sara's family and Amanda dropped everything and were able to be down there the evening we all found out. We had to wait a couple days due to school and work. But when the time came it was wonderful to be home with all of us who were able to be there. We enjoyed one another's company. We laughed, we cried, we cleaned, we cooked, we played, and we had fun. Here are some pictures from the weekend.

Grandma reading to the grandkids
Lucy, Nanny, Libby, and Sara
Mayli, Katelyn, Juliet, Grandma, and Madi
Emma and Grandma
Mom and Dad

Dede, Mom, Amanda, and Sara

As Mom said earlier Sunday, November 13, 2011 was a special day. How grateful we are to the many people who fasted and prayed for Mom that weekend. We could feel the prayers of faith. It really was a wonderful spiritual experience. How blessed we are to have the priesthood of God restored. Mom was given a beautiful blessing that gave us all great comfort and peace. The title of this blog came because these were words spoken to her. Be of good cheer. And who better to be of good cheer than Sherie Wright. When faced with a challenge like this in their way some would be discouraged, down trodden, wallowing in self-pity, etc. But not Mom she is a strong lady willing to submit to the will of our Father in Heaven. A lady who instead of worrying about the trials in her life is asking how others are doing and asking what she can do for them. A lady whose testimony is stalwart and strong; who through this will surely bring others closer to Christ. How blessed we are to have her as our mother.

The gospel of Jesus Christ is true. The priesthood is restored. Our Father in Heaven loves us more than we can ever know. Our Savior, Jesus Christ, is mindful of our pains, trials, and infirmities, and He know's how to succor us and lift us up. He lives and loves us. I testify that families can be forever through the temple. How grateful we are for our family and for all the many people whose faith and prayers have buoyed us up so far. In the words of my dear, sweet Michael, "It's ok because the church is true." How true those words are and how grateful I am for the gospel. Love you Mom and Dad if I had, had the opportunity to design my in-laws I could not have done this well. You are simply amazing and I love you!


Saturday, November 19, 2011


The newest memeber of the Family


This new member was named because of the forever long cord that comes with it. Rapunzel and I are good friends already. I am so thankful for modern medicine.


Friday, November 18, 2011

Today has been a day of such emotions for me. First off, my friends Scott and Kathy Rees opened their mission call and they are headed to the Dominican Republic to serve. They will be great!! Kathy is so excited and I am excited for her. We pressed cider for the girls volleyball team because it was there last chance to be together as a team. Vicki brought doughnuts it was a fun day. Later in the afternoon we went back to see my primary care doctor to check on the pneumonia. They did a chest x-ray and it showed that the pneumonia was out of the right lung, but that I still had some inflamation in the left lung. My oxygen levels were really low, so She ordered oxygen for me to use at the house to see if I can get my numbers up. The plan is that I will only be on oxygen for a temporary basis. I received a beautiful floral arrangement from one of the sweetest women I know and chocolate covered grapes for a treat from Brother Don. My good friend Austin came and cut and stacked wood for the winter today. How do you repay people for their kindness? Kelly and I picked up Amanda’s wedding dress and then we all headed to a shower for Amy and Ethan at Aunt Ginger’s house. It was really fun. Most of Kelly’s brothers and sisters were there. I enjoyed seeing and talking with them. Todd officially welcomed me into the cancer club with a few jokes and remarks, but I appreciated his humor. Elaine helped me to understand and share other aspects of this battle. She and Lowell had some sacred experiences.

Kelly and his brothers were able to give me a blessing.


Thursday, November 17, 2011

I received 2 texts today that I wanted to share:

"The determined man is not he who never gets discouraged, but he who continues on in spite of it."


"With God's help, good cheer permits us to rise above the depressing present or difficult is sunshine when clouds block the light."


Thursday, November 17, 2011

Tuesday and Wednesday Week Two

15 November 2011 Tuesday

Had a great day! Enjoyed the chance to talk with and see many friends. What a blessing you are in my life. I wish I could express how much I love you all. You have given me such strength and love. You are all my tender blessing today.

Kelly and I went the reception for Joe Rees and his beautiful bride Hannah tonight. What a great event. There was such a sweet spirit there and they were so happy. I was grateful to see Dede, Kathy’s sister who I have missed. I love this whole family and I love their love for the gospel.

16 November 2011 Thursday

I was a little tired this morning. I hope that they can get my leg so that it works. I may have bitten off a little more than I should have. Went visiting teaching for a little while. Came home and rested until time for a picture with the volleyball team and any of you who know me know how much I love to be in a picture. Ended the day with a meeting with my friends. I am excited for a lot of the upcoming events and grateful that these sisters are willing to take over much of the upcoming events.

Again I appreciate all of you who have called or dropped in. You lightened my load and remind me that we do not go through this world alone. I appreciate those who have traveled this road with cancer before me and are helping me to sort out all of the steps that I have taken or will be taking.


Tuesday, November 15, 2011

Super Sherie

This post says it all. Mom is incredible. Still recovering from pneumonia, a very sore leg, she was up and swimming this morning with all her good friends.
Don't you just love that smile!!!


The Story Continues

13 November 2011 Sunday

This was one of the most amazing days of my life. My family and many of my friends and ward members sacrificed and fasted in my behalf. I felt enveloped in my Saviors arms and felt his love encircle me. Everything whispered to me that he knows me and that He loves me and that I was not alone. Dede had listened to a talk given by Elder Oaks on Thursday, I think. She shared the sacred experience she had as she listened to him talk.

The talk was on Healing the Sick. When I arose this morning I pulled that talk and read and pondered on what he taught. Again I felt this tender mercy ofallowing me to remember and learn new things concerning the power of his priesthood and of the love He has shared with all of us. We then went to sacrament meeting as a family. What a great meeting and everyone knew that we were there. The children were very good and I was proud of them, but it is hard with 8 little children to keep them quiet. Kelly just sat and kept his arm around me. He has done so much and been so attentive to my every need. Sometimes he knows what I need before I even have a chance to think about it. His faith will build me up. I love him.After that I went to the Stoddard ward Relief Society. It was a great meeting and I was grateful that I was there. I saw many of my friends and a gentle peace came over me. It was great to hear that Sister Sandi is home and getting better. She is a wonderful women and I love her. The family gathered at 4. We brought Matt, Michelle, Mark and Jacky in via Skype so that they could be a part and John had Leslie connected via the phone. Kelly anointed and then Dad sealed the anointing and gave me a blessing. It was a wonderful blessing and I know it was from the Lord. You could fill the faith of all those who were present as well as those who had fasted and prayed that day for me. I know that family members on the side of the veil were also a part of this sacred experience. There was such a peace and calmness and I wish I had words to describe the feeling and what I learned. My sweet neighbor Marylene and Cathy came over Sunday evening with wonderful hot coca and a pumpkin pie. They stayed for a minute and I enjoyed our visit. Then the kids started to go home. What a blessing it was for both Kelly and I to have them here this weekend. You cannot know the joy that I felt just in watching them. They worked so hard and gave so much and we were so blessed by all that they did. I had my feet massaged by Caleb and then Isaac used water to massage my feet. (I am not sure that anyone else has their feet rubbed in this way.) Emma kept kissing my leg, Libby sat by my and rubbed my hair. Katie, Mayli wrote notes and Maddie drew pictures. Palmer kept putting up his finger and shaking it at me saying, “No more crying Nanny,” and then he would bring me a glass of water. How could you not feel better with that kind of attention? Their Moms and Dads worked their fingers to the bones this weekend. I don’t think they sat down and then they continue to work by helping with this blog. I am so blessed to be loved by such a wonderful family.

14 November 2011 Monday

We went into today and met with Dr. Carl Grey. He is a very competent doctor and took along time to go over all of the test results. They had to send the biopsy results to the Mayo Clinic so that they could sub type it. We are planning on the results being back next Monday. He did tell us that I have a sarcoma in my lungs and a tumor behind my kidneys that is about 6.3 inches by 4 inches. It is oblong. As Dr, Grey did the examination he decided that either he had found the tumor or I was expecting again. I think you can elimate expecting. We went to the volleyball banquet where I was uplifted and found great joy and happiness watching a wonderful group of people. The girls are amazing as are their parents and coaches. It was fun to be in a place so full of life and I even enjoyed the song written by our own Vicki and song by the coaches. No one else was real excited to teach. I had a minute to see my friend Larry who is always so good to me and to the community. We are lucky to have him in this community.


The Beginning of the Diagnosis

Beautiful Flowers from Kelly and Amanda

7 November 2011Monday.

Kelly took me to the doctor because I had been experiencing pain in my leg and hip and had been coughing and wheezing. We went to a new doctor, Tricia Ferrin with IHC, who did a very thorough examination which included a series of X-Rays. In reviewing an X-Ray of my lungs, Dr. Ferrin found some pneumonia and sent me home with several prescriptions. She also explained she felt the pain in my hip and lower back was not from bursitis in my hip, but came from my back and so she scheduled an MRI for Friday evening.

8 November 2011Tuesday

This afternoon I received a phone call from the doctor’s office explaining there appeared to be some abnormal mass in my lungs. Dr. Ferrin scheduled a CT scan for me on Wednesday morning at McKayDee Hospital.

9 November 2011Wednesday

At 10:00 a.m., Kelly and I headed to McKay Dee for myfirst CT scan. The scan, was a most interesting experience as they put a contrast into my veins. In the early afternoon, Dr. Ferrin phoned and asked me to come in so that they could talk and to bring Kelly with me. She said it was complicated. Kelly was at work, but Amanda was home, so she took me down and I met Kelly at the doctor’soffice. Dr. Ferrin explained at that time the masses in my lung were round, cannon ball shaped objects and were suspicious for metastatic sarcoma, a secondary cancer. It was such a shock, but she was very calm and helped us to be calm as well. She scheduled an appointment the next day for a second CT scan to see if they could find theprimary source of the cancer. She also called and set up anappointment for me to meet with an oncologist on Monday, November 14. Tender mercies all around that day. Had I not been ill with breathing problems they would not have discovered the masses. Kelly was able to leave work and come and be with me and we then were able to pick upthe required medication (contrast) for the scan that would take placethe next day. Amanda was there to help me and take me where I need to go. Sara and Aaron received my call with the news about the cancer at 4:00pm. They immediately bundle up their children and within a couple hours were on their way here. All of the children called and wanted to come, but I encouraged them to wait until the weekend to come. Mike and Dede had just returned from a trip to Texas, so they neededto keep the girls in school.We were able to get sweet Michelle and Matthew and our wonderful Jacky and Mark and talked with them via Skype. This was very difficult for us and for them because they are so far away. But we know that they love us. I am grateful for the tender mercy of modern communication.I don’t know what we would have done had I not been able to hear their voices. They have communicated with us every day. What a joy to have family who loves you and shares that love with you. Kelly wrote to President Clegg, Tim’s mission president, and asked himto let Tim know that we would be fasting on Sunday as a family becauseI had developed a health issue. President and Sister Clegg have beenso great. They wrote us back and President explained that 11 yearsago he had colon cancer. They offered their love, prayers andsupport. I am grateful for the love they have Tim and for us. They also reminded us of the strength that comes because of the service of these young people and the faith which they have.

10 November 2011 Thursday

Kelly and I went to the IHC Medical Building in Layton whereI had the another CT scan of the abdomen and pelvis region. A couple hours later, Dr. Ferrin called and explained that they had found a mass behind my left kidney. They could not tell if the mass was attached to the kidney or spine, but felt that we needed to have abiopsy on Friday.
At this point you are beginning to know the folks at McKay Dee by name.
When I came home, Cathy Rees and her Daughter Jamie dropped in to cheer me up. They are so thoughtful and so kind and so positive.
My neighbor next door and good friend, Marylene Caton, called me thisafternoon and let me know that she had heard about what was happening.She asked if she could put my name on the prayer roll of her church(Baptist). I was so touched by her faith and friendship and honored that she would do this for me.
Liz and Julia came by on their way back from the temple and on the wayto a team meeting. How grateful I am for the faith that these twowomen have and for their desire to do anything that they could to helpme.Thursday evening, Coach Wiscombe and Julia called the volleyball teamtogether and explained to them what was happening. They then had aprayer in my behalf. Sweet Katie Peterson and her Dad (our Bishop)came by to visit after. Katie told me that they would be fastingtomorrow in my behalf. I love those girls and their parents and havenot been as helpful this year as I wish I could have been.
We were also visited by our good friends, John and Cathy Ure.John and Connie also came to visit. They are so good to stop andtalk. Sara and Connie talked about the wedding and fun thingslike that. I enjoyed just watching them all and smiling. What ablessing to have a great family and friends to surround you.

11 November 2011Friday.

We found ourselves back at McKay Dee with a biopsy scheduledat 11:00 and an MRI for 8:00 pm. While we were filling out paperwork,Sue Stark, a friend of mine, came out from the back. I knew that sheworked with MRI’s at McKay Dee but also knew that she wasn’t workingthat evening as I had just spoken with her sister Sheri Rich. Sue stopped and talked to us and then worked her magic. She made itpossible for us to have the MRI and biopsy at the same time and thenwas kind enough to do the MRI for me. She was so very kind helping to keep me calm (which if you know me is a very difficult thing to do) and then making sure that I had the best nurse in the hospital inradiology watching over me. The Lord brought sweet people into ourlives to help us. Many of the students and teachers at Morgan High School fasted in mybehalf today. I could feel their love and support and their faith.The Lord does not leave us alone.
Just an added note. While Kelly and I were away, the kids got busy and painted the living room, rearranged the furniture, bought a new table for the entry way with floral arrangements, and change thefamily room by placing an area rug and moving the furniture. It looks amazing!! They all worked so hard and spent way too much money. Sara and Dede have been cooking everything that we would need includingwonderful smelling homemade bread. They have tried to make this house a home and have it be wonderful for me to be at.

12 November 2011Saturday

My mermaid friend Joy Randall dropped in. I love Joy.She is so willing to give everything she has for her friends.
The doctor’s office phoned again today (can you believe that?!) andhad the results of the MRI. The tumor was not on the spine. Greatnews!! Also the cleaning fairies arrived again and cleaned the master bathand bought new rugs to help me have a calm feeling. It looks great.Then a wonderful surprise, my sister Julie and her husband Ralph from Meridian, Idaho came to visit. They were so very sweet. They broughtme a stuffed bear with glasses that would watch over me. I am grateful for their love.
Brent and Melissa also came by with home made soup. I talked to Melissa for a minute about a change in my diet tosee if it will help me gain strength and health.
I think I shouldstudy the Word of Wisdom a little more.

to be continued.....


Monday, November 14, 2011

Purpose of this Blog

The purpose of this blog is to update everyone on Mom's cancer updates. It is still under construction but we will be posting a lot of information soon! Thank you for all the support, faith, love, and prayers we have already received!