Day at the beach by Noel.

Monday, August 23, 2010

All last week and this weekend seem to be a blur, but I will do my best to try and remember most of it. I have been spending mainly all of my time outside in the pool listening to music and relaxing. I could spend all day in or by the pool just relaxing because everything is so nice and peaceful outside. If I'm not outside I'm inside writing thank you cards or watching The Godfather with my dad. That movie and Fantastic Mr. Fox are officially my two favorite movies. Yesterday it was nice to get out of the house and go to my grandparents house and have a BBQ with the family. It's been over a month since I've been to their house due to me getting sick, but it was extremely nice and you couldn't have asked for greater weather. Great news from the doctor, the Monosomy seven testing came back and it was clear. So right now I don't have any Leukemia cells OR Monosomy seven genes in my body! It was a wonderful week, great news from the doctor, no trip to Santa Barbara on Friday, no chemo all week and I haven't felt this good in a while. This week is going to be the challenge. I go to Santa Barbara tomorrow and I have to go to the actual hospital to be in the ICU all day. I get a lumbar puncture (spinal tap) and new chemo injected into my spine, and I also start new medication which is chemo in pill form. Then to top everything off I get chemo at home through my port on Wednesday, Thursday and Friday. It will be tough, but it's nothing I can't handle. I'm willing to take on this challenge. All it takes is positive attitudes and prayers, and you are set. I'm actually thankful I'm going through all of this stuff this week, because it means my body is responding to everything very well. I am what you call a Rapid Early Responder to the chemo. The name says it all. Some people ask me if I'm scared, but what is there to be scared of? Honestly I'm not afraid of anything as I go through this. I'm completely knocked out during all of my procedures and there is nothing to be scared of when I'm at home. If you put all of your trust in God's hands, then you never have to worry or be scared and everything turns out to be fun.


  1. Noel,... I love you so much... have been thinking of you alot wish i was there with you.
    Your big sis

  2. Only you Noel... You have the best outlook, the most beautiful soul... I love you... I think of you all the time... Stay strong.. We are making bracelets like crazy~~
    xoxo Megan

  3. It is so good to hear you accentuate the positive! It's our attitudes that get us the farthest in life. We love seeing your smiles that extend from ear to ear-We will be praying that your week goes well and all test results are good news and the side effects from all your chemo are minimal.

  4. I got goose bumps reading your blog today. You're amazing! I hope you get through the week the best that you can and next week will be better. It's such good news that everything has been going so successfully. Strong faith and a fighting attitude will get it beat! You are always in my thoughts.
    Hugs, Tracey

  5. Gods grace and favor is yours!
    Aunt Eydie

  6. You have been on my mind all day... I got to see Emma for a few minutes and give her the "special" bracelet Ron Dog made for her.. she loved it.. missing you...
    Love.. Megan xoxo

  7. Sister N!!!
    You r the most amazing person in the entire world! You are truelly the hero everyone needs in there life! I love you so much and could not ask for a better best friend!!!
    Sister N

  8. wow, again I am so encouraged by you Noel! What a testimony to God's faithfulness. Keep on pressing on. You are in my prayers.

  9. Noey - you are truly amazing. I am amazed everytime I read your blogs. Your faith is so strong. Don't loose that. Keep looking to the Lord and he keep you strong.

  10. We are all praying for you everyday and have our church praying for you as well. Your faith in God is awesome. I will say of the LORD, "He is my refuge and my fortress, my God, in whom I trust." Psalm 91:2
    Love, Uncle Edward, Aunt Jenna and the girls

  11. noel<3
    I have been thinking of you alot. I hope you and you're family are doing well. You're such an inspirational person. I have been reading your blogs very often, and I find myself getting the chills throughout the whole paragraph. God is on your side and he is always with you, remember that<3 I'm always here for you if you need anything. Love youu<3
    xoxo, nat<3

  12. love the new pictures girly. im so excited about the good news- god is love
    miss you

  13. Noel, I finally bought a new computer!! It's so cool to finally get to read your blog!! I said it before and I will say it again, you are truly a gifted girl... I love reading your blog, following your journey, and seeing how strong and courageous you are. You are an inspiration and I know the Lord is with you. Jake says, "Hi" and hopes you are doing well.
    Lots of love,
    The Perez Family

  14. Keep up that positive attitude, Noel! I brought you your mother's Junior High cheer leading picture that I had from many years back. You look so much like your mom. I am thinking and praying for you, Noel!
    Mrs. Venn

  15. Noel,
    So happy to hear the positive news! The happiness and love and good old belly laughs in the new pics are contagious as is your determination and spirit. Faith, love and laughter are the best medicine. With your faith and determination and the love of your special family and the support of so many friends I am not surprised you are an early responder! Thank you again for sharing your journey.
    keeping you in our prayers,

    The Woodhead Family

  16. Noel,
    Reading your blog is very encouraging to me and I love your positive attitude! I will be thinking of you and praying for you.

  17. Noel,
    You are a brave spirit! Keep fighting and we will keep the prayers going. I hope this week has been tolerable for you! We love you and your family.
    The Koehlers

  18. Hi Noel
    You and your family are in my prayers and I admire your positive attitude you are a shinning star. Keep your head up and eye on the the ball ( your recovery) and you'll hit that curve ball out of the park . - victoria marquez

  19. Hey Noel! I wanted to tell you how amazing you are! I have been following your blogs looking everyday to see whats new! I have been ralleying the people of Paso Robles and local Businesses! They all want to help and we are all behind you! My little Neice had Leukemia since she was 5 months old! she is now 4 healthy as can be and as happy as God intended life to be. She just finished the last of her chemo 2 months ago. The funny thing is I am going to be in Ventura this week for a Family thing and She is going to be around! I hope you will consider if you are in Santa Barbra talking to her. She loves talking to people that have or are in the possition she has been in! She already wants to be a doctor and find a cure and she is 4! Haha. Well I think and pray for you all the time! You are an inspiration to many including myself to live life to the fullest and do as God has made and intended us to do! So Thank You! If you or your family needs anything I am a call away! Please Do call I would love to see you and see how you are doing! Thanks for reading this.
    Brett T. Pike

  20. Noel you don't know me, but I know your Parents and your Aunt and Uncle very well. I am sorry you are going through this right now, but keep the faith. Just this April we found out that my daughter will need a bone marrow transplant. They thought that she had faconi anemia, but now they are unsure they do know that she will need the bone marrow transplant. I totally understand what you are going through. You are brave and strong and so is my little girl. Both of you are angels. I will be praying for you and your family. May God be with you. Be Blessed Phaedra "Mitchell" Haynes

  21. Hi Noel,
    We at Highlands Church heard you on KPRL this afternoon! You did a great job and you sound so togther and full spirited, even if you are not feeling well. We are all looking forward to helping, shopping and setting up tables for the big sale on Saturday! And shopping for bracelets by Marly and family:)
    Prayers to you fighter,
    Jill Alexander